MILLERSBURG -- Hallie Rutt, 4-H Extension educator, presented the Extension report at the Holmes County Fair Board meeting in mid-February.
She thanked the more than 70 volunteers who attended the annual kickoff program. She reminded anyone needing to complete child abuse identification training that the only remaining option is to complete it online. Contact Ashley Gerber, office associate, at the Extension office to get registered.
Rutt reported she is putting together a list of quality assurance clinics, PAS shows, etc. She will accept QA documentation of attendance from other counties.
Scheduled programs include March 11, Sheep Clinic taught by Nicole Swavel; March 14, and April 18, at Baker Building with Hallie Rutt; May 4, at Winesburg Fire Station with Rutt; and May 21, Bunny Day Camp with Rutt.
"We are looking to restructure the format to make it more interactive and engaging," she said.
QA test-out option for intermediate and advanced livestock members is available from March 1 to May 31 by appointment. Cost remains at $5 per test. Those needing to re-test or attend a QA this year will be notified by mail.
Several livestock changes were presented to the fair board, which approved the recommended changes. The following is a list of approved changes and updates:
■ Beef: Youth are encouraged to participate in Holmes County Preview Show, March 4-5.
■ Dairy: DairyPalooza 2016 April 22, 2017, Wayne County Fairgrounds, April 29, 2017, Auglaize County Fairgrounds. Both dates includes quality assurance.
■ Dairy projects: dairy feeders, continuing mandatory dairy feeder vaccination program.
■ Dairy steers, no changes.
■ Dairy cows and heifers: Change dry cow points from 4 to 2; change cow to milking cow; animals must be exhibited at the Holmes County Fair to redeem all points associated with that project.
■ A maximum of three cow projects -- milking/dry; members that attend Holmes County Dairy Clinic will receive 2 points.
■ Exhibitors removing animals outside of the designated times (unless instructed by the fair vet) will forfeit their dairy sale proceeds.
■ Craig Hershberger's recommendation: Lactating cattle will be permitted to leave the grounds after midnight to 7 a.m., late Friday night/early Saturday morning.
■ Goats: Tagging on May 20, 2017, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Harvest Ridge.
■ Goat Showmanship Clinic, July 11, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Harvest Ridge.
■ Horses: A member may take two riding horse/pony projects.
■ Recognize outstanding member for senior, junior and tenderfoot divisions. Selections will be similar to outstanding market livestock selections (showmanship, book score, skillathon score, clinic participation and PAS participation).
■ Late entries will not impact separation of classes after July 1.
■ Barn meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday before fair.
■ Versatility classes: showmanship, horsemanship, hunt seat pleasure and stake race.
■ Not eligible to show in Ranch Horse Western Pleasure if show in classes 400 -- 32/34/36.
■ Llama: Llama Learn Day is June 15 at 7 p.m.
■ Poultry: Poultry Committee -- Youth Poultry Clinic, Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m., at Harvest Ridge.
■ Commercial Poultry Class (project 150CEP): two pullets of same breed or variety to be judged on their value as egg producers.
■ Fancy Poultry Class (project 150CE): one male and one female per division to be judged on their appearance, fitness and overall representation of breed standard.
■ Fancy ducks and geese (project 150DE or 150GE): One male and one female per division.
■ Turkeys weighing less than 18 pounds will be sent home.
■ A pen of broilers consists of three white Cornish Rock broiler birds equal in size, uniformity and conformation. The broiler exhibit must weigh no less than 12 pounds and not more than 24 pounds per pen. All pens weighing between 10 and 12 pounds will show in an under weight class and sell last. Pens weighing less than 10 pounds will be sent home.
■ All ducks must be hatched between June 18 and June 27.
■ There will be a penalty for not providing feed and water sufficient to last until birds are sent to processor on Sunday afternoon.
■ Requesting show time changed to 9 a.m. on Monday of fair week.
■ Continue requiring members to purchase their own birds for poultry projects. Advisers were encouraged to discuss with their 4-H'ers and parents that there is a certain amount of risk associated with this project and there is not a guarantee that the ban will not be re-instated during kickoff.
■ Rabbits: Bunny Day Camp, Sunday, May 21, 1:30-4 p.m., at Baker Building (quality assurance from 1:30-2:30 p.m.)
■ Rabbit tattooing, date changed to Friday, July 21.
■ Remove inquiry regarding pen sizes.
■ Update wording regarding completing evaluation in order to exhibit.
■ Pre-judging will not be eligible for OML.
■ Fryers: Age limit is 10 weeks. Must not be bred 100 earlier than 100 days before show.
■ If animals are obtained from a breeder, that breeder must follow the same breeding dates listed above.
■ Tattooing held for market animals July 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., breeding animals 7 to 7:30 p.m.
■ Minimum weight is 3.5 pounds per animal to 5.5 pounds per animal. Animals weighing 2.5 to 3.49 pounds and over 5.5 pounds will exhibit in an over/under class. This aligns with ARBA standards.
■ Over and under animals will be sold randomly included with other animals.
■ Single fryer: Class participation must be selected on the pen form in order to participate at the fair. Will not accept exhibitors who choose to participate at the fair.
■ All cages must have wire bottoms unless given written permission by the rabbit committee. A limited number of wire bottoms will be available if you cannot provide your own.
■ All pens must be cleaned by 10 a.m. each morning and cleaned throughout the day as needed.
■ If an exhibitor's pen is found to be unacceptable (soiled bedding, no food/water), an adviser of the club will be notified and two hours will be given to complete corrective action and be compliant. A notification will also be placed on the pen. First warning will be reported to your advisor. Second warning will result in not being able to sell if a market pen. Third warning will be a one year suspension from exhibiting the project in questions.
■ Rabbit committee will remove warning card when pen meets the acceptable criteria.
■ Update costume class number to 400 and 410: 400 -- rabbit and exhibitor duo in costume; 410 -- single rabbit costume (only rabbit in costume), champion award for each one.
■ Add three rabbit breeds.
■ Sheep: 2017 market lamb giveaway.
■ The giveaway is open to all first-year sheep project participants (not just first year 4-H'ers).
■ Applications are due March 21 and the winner will be notified by the end of the week.
■ Sheep clinic: March 11 (will include QA)
■ Swine projects: Tag-In: Saturday, May 13, or Saturday, May 20, from 7 to 10 a.m.
■ All pens must be cleaned out Sunday, Aug. 13, between noon and 6 p.m. If your pen is not cleaned by 6 p.m., $25 will come out of your check, earmarked for the swine committee.
■ Exhibitors are not to remove pen numbers. The committee will do because it is reusing them.
■ Washracks: The committee will post a schedule with each club designated a time to keep the wash racks clean. This will be posted along with penning assignments.
■ Sale: "Exhibitors must present their project in at least one designated market class in order to be eligible to sell in the market livestock sale. Exhibitors who do not meet this requirement will sell at a location determined in consultation with Senior Fair Board and the Sale Committee."
■ Thursday: Meat goats, dairy goats, market lambs and market hogs.
■ Friday at 4 p.m. is dairy sale.
■ Friday (at 5:30 p.m.): Ducks, rabbits, broilers, dairy feeders, turkeys, beef steers, dairy steers.
■ Sale checks will be distributed Sept. 1.
■ Committees will have until March 1 to submit their updated section of the fair book.
■ "Ohio 4-H Week is Sunday, March 5, to Saturday, March 11. I, along with Junior Fair Board members, will be visiting classrooms across the county," Rutt said.
The next Junior Fair Board meeting is Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Senior Fair Board members are welcome to attend.