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2020 Quality Assurance Information

Posted: Mar 25, 2020

2020 Quality Assurance Information

IMPORTANT: (Please read!)

For our livestock project members and families, Ohio 4-H and the Ohio Department of Agriculture discussed some changes for this year that will help mitigate the effects the corona virus is having on holding in-person programming. For livestock quality assurance (QA) for the 2020 year only:

  • QA must still be completed before the opening day of exhibition, however the 45-day prior to the opening of the exhibition requirement will not be enforced. Quality Assurance IN-PERSON sessions are planned to be offered when and if we are permitted.
  • The actions we’ve taken so far are in alignment with necessary precautions recommended by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Ohio Department of Health. These are in place to help keep us all from getting, or unintentionally spreading, this virus. This includes the temporary closing to the public of our county Extension office and County Fairgrounds. We’ll continue to be available via email and phone.
  • Youth livestock exhibitors (8-18) may take the online YQCA certification. SEE the file below for ONLINE INSTRUCTIONS- $12 Cost per youth.
  • Please send a copy of your completed certificate to Julie Pinter at the Junior Fair office for proper credit. Email: jrfair@starkcountyfair.com
  • Livestock possession dates have NOT been changed, as listed in ORC- 901-19-39 Ownership requirements.

Please feel free to direct all questions and inquiries to jrfair@starkcountyfair.com or crawford.228@osu.edu

Keep in mind that the Fairgrounds and Extension offices are both closed during this time.

Stay safe and healthy! 🍀❤️🍀

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A Word from Extension

Posted: Mar 12, 2020

IMPORTANT: A Word From OSU

March 12, 2020

Dear 4-H Families, Volunteers and Supporters:

As you may be aware, The Ohio State University has announced the suspension of face-to-face instruction and the move to virtual instruction effective immediately through March 31. Events deemed nonessential are postponed between now and April 20, 2020.There will be evaluation whether they should continue in person beyond this time. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of all our people. Virtual meetings are encouraged.

Based on these guidelines, all 4-H Clubs must postpone/cancel all face-to-face meetings between now and March 30 , Stark 4-H enrollment deadline is changed to April 20, 2020.

In addition to all 4-H club meetings, the following list of 4-H events qualify as non-essential between now and April 20. Based on these guidelines, these non-essential activities must be postponed/ cancelled/ or held virtually. Examples include (this list is not exhaustive and subject to change at any notice):

4-H committees, including Advisory, Saddle Horse, Endowment, etc.

  • Club kick-offs, open houses, etc.
  • Community service projects
  • Educational clinics
  • Events put on by Advisory or County Committees or clubs, including fundraisers
  • Fundraisers
  • Social events (egg hunts, square dances)
  • Teen leader groups

NOTE: Senior Fair Board will need to make the determination for junior fair-related committees.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illnesses is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals might interact and transmit the diseases. The safety of our community is our top priority. We realize that our COVID-19 policy guidelines will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. We will share updates as more information becomes available.

Please read through the following date changes and mark your calendar accordingly.

Schedule changes for the next 4 weeks:

  • 4-H Enrollment Deadline will be extended to April 20th for STARK.
  • 4-H Camp Scholarship forms – will be shared by end of March to be submitted by April 20, 2020.
  • QA Programs & OSU Minor Policy 1.50 will be cancelled and rescheduled

The best way to reach us is via email:

David Crawford, 4-H Educator, at Crawford.228@osu.edu

Skillathon Practice for all Species from David Crawford

Posted: Mar 10, 2020

Skillathon Practice for all Species from David Crawford

Livestock/Animal activity games- parts, meat cuts, etc.. Similar to Skillathon Stations

https://www.purposegames.com/

Web site where members can practice games for livestock/animal skillathon stations….

Just search for species and/or key words...

Rabbit & Cavy Clinic - April 5th, 1pm in the Fairgrounds Art Hall

Posted: Mar 9, 2020

Rabbit & Cavy Clinic - (Mandatory for all 1st and 2nd year exhibitors)

When: Sunday - April 5th, 1pm

Where: Stark County Fairgrounds - ART HALL

Included with this year's clinic - Quality Assurance Session immediately following Rabbit/Cavy Clinic.

All exhibitor's, showing any market or lactating animal, are required to complete a Quality Assurance session prior to June 1, 2020.

POULTRY CLINIC - THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 1pm

Posted: Mar 4, 2020

POULTRY CLINIC - THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 1pm

March 8th starting at 1:00 is the Poultry Educational Clinic for first and second year members (all are welcome).

The Clinic will be at Sacred Heart of Mary’s Church Hall, 8900 Columbus Rd. Louisville Ohio 44641.

The Poultry Committee will be accepting the non-refundable project fees for Project 150CM Chicken, Market (broilers) and 150DM Duck, Market.

Project 150CM Chicken, Market (broilers) non-refundable project fee is $45.00/project.

Project 150DM Duck, Market non-refundable project fee is $4.00/duck with a minimum of 2 ducks per project.


Kinder Goat Application

Posted: Feb 3, 2020

Kinder Goat Breeders Association - Essay Contest!

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KINDER GOAT BREEDERS ASSOCIATION

DOE CHAIN APPLICATION


Application can be turned in any time before March 1st for the current year. Applications

received after this date will be considered for the following year if applicable. Contest winners

will be notified after the April KGBA meeting.


Applications can be sent to:

KGBA Doe Chain

P. O. Box 277

Beloit, OH 44609

or emailed to fallfirefarm@gmail.com. This program will be administered by the KGBA in

cooperation with local Kinder Goat Breeders.

Rules

If you are chosen you will be able to choose a doe kid that has been generously donated from one

of our member’s herds. You will also receive a one year youth membership to the Kinder Goat

Breeders Association. Once the doe is of breeding age and size she must be bred to a Kinder

Buck. You can contact your local breeder for information on available local bucks. When she

kids you must donate a doe kid from this doe back to the Kinder Goat Breeders Association for

this program. Until you fulfill this agreement your doe will be leased to you so that you have the

ability to show her. If there is no applicant the following year and your doe had a doe kid that kid

will be sold at auction at the next available KGBA show. Upon completion of the donated doe

kid back into the program the dam will then be signed over to you and registered into your name.

She is then all yours. If after being bred 3 times and if never having a doe kid your agreement

will be considered fulfilled and the doe kid will be signed over to you. NOTE: All doe kids

donated will need to be registered with the KGBA prior to their donation back into this program.

We do ask that you take good care of your doe and make sure that she is kept in good condition.

Make sure she has adequate nutrition, clean water, housing, and is kept up to date on

vaccinations and deworming. All animals have certain requirements to obtain optimum health

and we suggest that you know what those are before taking on this commitment. If a doe dies

because of not following these requirements she will not be replaced and you will not be able to

apply for this opportunity again. These kids are being donated to youth with the understanding

that they will be well cared for and loved, and for the purpose of helping youth to enjoy the

rewarding experience of owning a Kinder goat.

All does supplied by KGBA breeders will be vet checked to certify the doe is free from CAE, CL

and Johne's Disease. Youth members who return the donation must make sure their donated doe

is also vet checked for these diseases.

We do hope that you consider joining the Kinder Goat Breeders Association but it is not a

requirement to apply for this program. However, if chosen and you must remain a member until

you fulfill your agreement of placing a doe kid back into the doe chain. Once a member, you

have access to some great advice on raising and showing your new doe from some experienced

breeders and other youth around mid-Ohio.

Quality Assurance Dates for Stark County Livestock Exhibitors

Posted: Feb 2, 2020

Quality Assurance Dates for Stark County Livestock Exhibitors

Stark County Quality Assurance Dates at RG Drage:

  • Thursday, February 20 - (Beef Focus)
  • Tuesday - February 25
  • Tuesday, March 17

All sessions start at 7pm.

HORSE Safety & Ethics: Thursday, April 9

There will be a Minor Abuse and Neglect session prior to the QA sessions. This is an annual requirement for Adult Advisors and Volunteers.

Calling all FIRST or LAST year Swine Showmen! Don't miss out on the 2020 Carolyn Krug Memorial Essay Contest!

Posted: Jan 30, 2020

Calling all FIRST or LAST year Swine Showmen! Don't miss out on the 2020 Carolyn Krug Memorial Essay Contest!

2020 CAROLYN KRUG MEMORIAL ESSAY CONTEST

The winners will be awarded a market hog to be taken as a project and shown at the Stark County Fair in 2020. The pig(s) will be donated by the Krug Family and will ready for exhibitors in the spring, sometime in May.

Any 4-H member may participate if they will be enrolled with a club for 2020 and this is either their 1st year taking a swine project or a member that is in their last year of taking a swine project. Two individuals will be chosen.

TO ENTER the contest, the exhibitor must write an essay outlining why they would like to take a swine project, as well as what house and feeding arrangements they have. Include in your essay, your name, age, phone number, number of years in 4-H, previous projects taken, and any other information that you feel important/interesting. Be CREATIVE! Think about what may make your essay stand out from others. The essay may be hand written or typed. May also include artwork.

Parents/Guardians MUST sign at the bottom of the essay confirming that they would be able to receive the pig, take care of the pig properly as far as housing and feed requirements, and that they agree to oversee the project. The child responsible to complete the project by attending QA, skill-a-thon, and showing the pig at the Stark County Fair.

Our family is looking for individuals who show enthusiasm and interest in owning and raising a pig and who is able to provide proper care and adequate housing for a swine project. When planning for housing and fencing needs, remember that the pig will be around 40-70 lbs and around 240-270 lbs upon completion of the project.

ESSAYS are due by MARCH 1, 2020. The family will be meeting the first week of March and winners will be notified by phone. All others will be sent a letter by mail. If you win, be sure to sign up for the project with your club. Mail your essay to: The Krug Family, 1250 Glenway NW, N. Lawrence, OH 44666.

This is the thirst year for the program and we hope to be able to continue it in memory of Carolyn Krug for years to come. To help make this possible, it is suggested that a percentage of the sale of your project be donated back to the fund.

If you have any questions, please call Randy at 330.265.9322 or Scott at 330.465.3628.

Carolyn and Bob Krug were long time supporters of 4H and everything that 4H stood for. They were on the swine committee for 45+ years, their 5 children all showed pigs, as well as their 6 grandchildren, and 4 of their great grandchildren. All also took various other projects too. They were both very dedicated and committed to make 4H and the swine program a positive experience for all.

If we can help the exhibitor in any way, we will be more than happy to do so. We want this to be a successful, positive, and FUN experience for all.

January Marketing Committee Meeting

Posted: Jan 8, 2020

There is a Marketing Committee meeting this Thursday, January 9 at 7pm in the Junior Fair Building. This meeting is open to all.

Hope to see you there!

2020 Junior Fair Board Application

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