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 Challenge Dates: October 31 – December 5, 2022

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Who can participate? Any adult with an email account.

How do I sign up? Look at this chart and find your county. Go to the link beside your county and register before October 28, 2022


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Butler https://go.osu.edu/lhlwbutler
Carroll http://go.osu.edu/lhlwcarroll
Champaign https://go.osu.edu/lhlwchampaign
Adams, Brown, Clermont, Hamilton https://go.osu.edu/abchrivercounties
Columbiana, Mahoning https://go.osu.edu/lhlwcolmah
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Darke, Mercer, Preble https://go.osu.edu/lhlwdarmerpreb
Fairfield https://go.osu.edu/lhlwfairfield
Fayette http://go.osu.edu/lhlwfayette
Franklin https://go.osu.edu/lhlwfranklin
Fulton, Williams, Defiance, Henry https://go.osu.edu/lhlwnwohio
Hancock https://go.osu.edu/lhlwhancock
Hardin https://go.osu.edu/lhlwhardin
Holmes https://go.osu.edu/lhlwholmes
Knox https://go.osu.edu/lhlwknox 
Lucas https://go.osu.edu/lhlwlucas
Medina https://go.osu.edu/lhlwmedina
Miami http://go.osu.edu/lhlwmiami
Monroe https://go.osu.edu/lhlwmonroe
Ottawa, Sandusky https://go.osu.edu/lhlwottawasandusky
Paulding, Van Wert https://go.osu.edu/lhlwpauvw
Perry https://go.osu.edu/lhlwperry
Pickaway https://go.osu.edu/lhlwpickaway
Pike https://go.osu.edu/lhlwpike
Ross https://go.osu.edu/lhlwross 
Trumbull https://go.osu.edu/lhlwtrumbull
Union http://go.osu.edu/lhlwunion
Washington https://go.osu.edu/lhlwwashington
Wood https://go.osu.edu/lhlwwood

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For more information, contact Lisa Barlage, barlage.7@osu.edu or Roseanne Scammahorn scammahorn.5@osu.edu

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New rule for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST program, BVD testing required

A new rule regarding Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) persistent infection (PI) status will be applied to the 2022-23 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) Beef Exhibitor Show Total (BEST) program. All cattle (BEST and non-BEST) (in-state and out-of-state) must have a negative BVD test to exhibit at any OCA BEST sanctioned show.

BVD is a respiratory and reproductive virus that wreaks havoc on cattle’s immune systems and their ability to bore calves. It can be passed on to calves at birth and has variable symptoms. The key to ensuring the health of a herd is to spot the signs of BVD early and cut off contact between healthy and infected livestock.

Like declaring a breed at the first sanctioned show, proof of a negative BVD PI test MUST be provided at the next BEST sanctioned show immediately following the first BEST show the animal attended, whether or not you plan to exhibit cattle at the show. Failure to do so will result in the animal being dropped from the BEST point standings and the program. Additionally, any showmanship points garnered with the animal will be forfeited.

A BVD PI test is a one-time test good for the life of the animal. Schedule the BVD PI test with enough lead time to receive the test results prior to a BEST show. A lead time of at least two weeks is recommended prior to the first show. If purchasing show animals, ask your seller if the animal has had a BVD PI test.

Acceptable tests include and are limited to: Immunohistochemistry (IHC) on skin, Antigen-capture ELISA (ACE) on serum (blood test) or skin, Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on whole blood, serum or skin. Animals must be individually tested and individually identified. Pooled testing is acceptable only if documentation is provided that the animal was specifically included in the pool and that the pool contained no more than seven animals.

The OCA BEST Committee will be working with local jackpot shows and county cattlemen’s associations to offer BVD testing ahead of the BEST show season to reduce the cost of the test for exhibitors and to streamline BEST check-in procedures. More information on these tests is available at www.ohiocattle.org/best or by calling the OCA office at 614-873-6736. If unable to attend one of the pre-season testing opportunities, your local veterinarian may perform one of the approved BVD tests.

For more information on testing, refer to the complete BVD rule included within the OCA BEST rules for 2022-2023 and available on the OCA website www.ohiocattle.org/best

Carving New Ideas Camp for Grades 8-12

Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. It is hosted by Collegiate 4-H at The Ohio State University and the college students, who are also 4-H alumni, are preparing all of the fun activities for the weekend of November 18-20 at 4-H Camp Ohio.

The registration website is at go.osu.edu/cni22 or share the attached poster. The online registration allows credit cards or checks.

Deadline to register is October 25 or until cabins are full.

The 4-H Advisory Committee has $150 in the budget to  share with 4-H members that register. Just email a copy of your paid registration to zimmer.2@osu.edu for reimbursement.

National 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Program

The National 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador program provides an excellent opportunity for 4-H’ers active in shooting sports projects to affording teens the opportunities to demonstrate their skills in leadership, citizenship and community service through ambassador activities that promote and encourage the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Youth selected to serve as Ambassadors will receive training that will allow them to return to your county and advocate for the program at the county, regional, and state level. Some Ambassadors may be asked to support national events as well. Ambassadors provide public relations support at special events such as donor/sponsor functions and serve as spokespersons for the 4-H Shooting Sports Program, helping to make 4-H and the 4-H Shooting Sports Programs more visible. The Ambassador’s further develop their skills in leadership, public presentation, citizenship, community service, public relations, and team building.

Click HERE for additional information.   Applicants would need to complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Award form and be selected by the state level award selection team.

Apply for a Trip in 2023!!

Interested in traveling in 2023 or want to experience a fun camp? Now is the time to apply for a scholarship so you can make it happen! Applications are due October 12, 2022.

2023 Trip Awards

  • Buckeye Leadership Workshop – Recreation Unlimited, Ashley, OH. March. Age 16 or high school sophomore.
  • State 4-H Leadership Camp – 4-H Camp Ohio, early June. Must be age 14 as of Jan 1st.
  • 4-H Citizenship-Washington Focus – National 4-H Center, Washington DC. June/July. Must be age 14 as of Jan 1st.
  • 4-H Forestry Wildlife Camp – Forestry & wildlife education, fishing, hiking, tree climbing. Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp. Weekend in April. Ages 12-18
  • 4-H Sea Camp – Kelley’s Island, July, Must be ages 15-17
  • Ohio 4-H Sr. Shooting Education Camp – Canters Cave 4-H Camp, Jackson, OH. July. Must be ages 12 – 18.
  • Ohio 4-H Jr. Shooting Education Camp – Canters Cave 4-H Camp, Jackson, OH. July. Must be age 9 – 12.
  • Space Adventure Camp – Marietta College. June. Youth ages 11-13 and/or grades 7 – 9.

You can find the application here: https://washington.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/washington-county-4-h-forms

Choose the application that works best for you: pdf, fillable pdf, Google doc, or Word doc

Ohio 4-H Health HEROS program

The Ohio 4-H Health HEROES program is back! This statewide teen healthy living advocacy group are called HEROES because they serve as Health Education Resources for Outreach, Engagement, and Service. Youth will learn about current issues and topics in healthy living, will be tasked to create an action plan to create change in their local community, and will be a part of a statewide cohort who cares about the health and well-being of Ohio youth.

Benefits of becoming a 4-H Health Hero are:

  • Learning about a variety of healthy living topics
  • Gaining valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Meeting other 4-H youth from across Ohio who are invested in healthy living
  • Leaving a positive impact on your family, friends, and community
  • Promoting the 4th H!

In previous years we have had youth focus on making change in health topics such as; mental health, vaping, opioids, and more.

Youth who are passionate about health and in grades 9 through 12 may apply! For more information, important dates, and expectations, you may check out https://ohio4h.org/healthheroes. Application is due Sunday, September 11th, 2022 by 11:59 pm.

Any questions, you may contact Justin Bower, State 4-H Healthy Living and Ohio Military Kids Educator at bower.183@osu.edu or at 614-247-1979.

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications due August 12

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications for the 2022-23 year are now available. Please note, because it is only a one year term, current TLC members who wish to continue their service must re-apply.

Questions can be sent to Sarah (longo.79@osu.edu).

TLC members currently serving from Washington County include:

  •     Josie Burke  Committee Chair
  •     Melina Matics   Committee Chair

Multi-Specie Livestock Clinic – June 18

A multi-species animal clinic we held in Monroe County on June 18th. This is a nice event that offers hands-on practice and grooming demonstrations as well as many great door prize giveaways. They welcome participation from other counties, so please share the flier with your members or on your social media accounts.

Click here for a pdf of the flyer: 2022 Clinic Flier