2024 Livestock Quality Assurance Training Dates

2024 Livestock Quality Assurance Training Dates Announced!

Monday, March 18 at 7:00 pm at Jr Fair Building

Saturday, April 6 at 9:00 am at Jr Fair Building

Monday, May 13 at 7:00 pm at Jr Fair Building

Please remember that QUALITY ASSURANCE is mandatory for all youth (taking market livestock and lactating dairy cattle/goat projects) and one parent/guardian must attend in order to be eligible to participate in junior fair events, shows and sales at the fairs.

Test-out Option – Youth ages 12-14 and 15-18 may participate in the test-out option. The test will be offered immediately following each QA session.

Looking for study material to prepare for the test: https://washington.osu.edu/sites/washington/files/imce/Quality%20Assurance%20Test%20Study%20Guide_1.pdf

General Livestock Judging Webinars

Join the OSU Livestock coaches as they break down getting started with livestock judging.

The OSU Livestock Judging Webinar Series will have recordings of the webinars posted to: https://ohio4h.org/node/3429

January 24 – Let’s Start a Team

February 19 – Beef 101

March 18 – Swine 101

April 15 – Sheep 101

May 20 – Goats 101

June 17 – EPDs & Scenarios

July 8 – Reasons, Part 1

July 10 – Reasons, Part 2

OSU Sheep Team Posts

There are three recent posts from the OSU Sheep Team that might be of interest to local producers. Click the link to be taken to the blog articles: https://u.osu.edu/sheep/

  • Top Tips for Healthy Lambs
  • Goat & Sheep Birthing and Animal Health – Dystocia (Difficult Birth)
  • Bedding Options for Livestock and Equine

Washington County Fair Sale Check Pick Up

The livestock checks are ready for pick up and the Washington County Fair has added an additional pick up time for exhibitors.  If you missed the pick up days last weekend, you may visit the fair board office on Friday, October 13th from 5 to 7pm.  Once you have picked up your check please promptly cash or deposit the check.  It is also a great time to visit your buyers and offer a thank you card for supporting you by purchasing your animal at the 2023 Washington County Fair.

Free Beef A.I. Program – August 2

Flier: AI Final Flyer 2023

Join local educators for a FREE meal and an educational program provided by COBA/Select Sires on August 2nd at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta from 5:30 – 7:00pm.

Educational Topics include:

  • Health & Forages Update
  • Synchronization Programs
  • Technician Services
  • Genetics

Guest Speaker will be Kevin Hinds, COBA Beef Specialist.

Since this is a free event with dinner, registration is required.  To register, please call the OSU Extension office in Washington County, Marietta, at 740-376-7431

For questions, please contact OSU Educators Chris Penrose @ 740-962-4854 or Marcus McCartney @ 740-376-7431.

Market Ducks to Arrive Next Week

Our market ducks should be arriving next week and will be available for pick up at Heritage Country Store.   Market Duck exhibitors should have their pens and housing ready for ducks by Monday.  Ducks will be shipping from the hatchery on Monday and will arrive a day or two after.  We are scheduling a tentative pick up day on Wednesday July 19th from 3 to 4:30pm.  Please note that if ducks arrive prior to the pick up time or date we will contact the exhibitor to let you know the birds have arrived. We will also post updates on Facebook when they arrive as well.  If you would like to contact the office before your trip please call us at 740-376-7431 to be sure they have arrived.  Please also bring a box or container to transport your ducks as we have a limited number to hand out.  For more details contact the Extension Office.

Many Livestock Antibiotics Now Require Prescription

Many prescription (Rx) antibiotic products used in food animal veterinary medicine have been under veterinary oversight. In January 2017, several over the counter (OTC) products were shifted from OTC to veterinary feed directive (VFD) status. In 2023, remaining OTC “medically important” antibiotics will transition to prescription status. These products will no longer be able to be sold as OTC products and will only be available with a veterinary prescription and will need to be purchased from a veterinarian or a pharmacy.

New Antibiotic Factsheet: OTC to Rx AS-Y-6-23

Barlow Tag-in – July 15

Required Tag‐in for Market Dairy Goats and Feeder Calves will be Saturday, July 15 at the Barlow Fairgrounds
8 am to 10 am.

Market Dairy Goats (does & wethers) must have a Scrapie tag in place by tag-in on July 15.