Welcome to the Ohio 4-H Livestock program area. You will find information on events, resources and acknowledgements for livestock, beef, sheep and swine animals.
Ohio Cattlemen's Association BEST Program
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST program has teamed up with sponsoring partner, Weaver Livestock, to get new youth involved with the OCA BEST program. In 200 words or less, tell us why you should receive a Novice sponsorship covering your OCA membership ($60 value) and BEST nomination fee ($30 per head). This Novice sponsorship will be awarded to a maximum of 50 Novice participants for this year’s BEST show season!
What is BEST? BEST stands for Beef Exhibitor Show Total and is a youth development program that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors through a series of sanctioned steer and heifer shows that include showmanship competitions. BEST promotes educational opportunities for cattle showman ages 8-21 throughout Ohio. Juniors who participate in these shows earn points for their placings. The Novice division was implemented to provide a less competitive environment for newcomers to the program. Novice participants have their own showmanship division and an additional set of points tracked along with their regular class points, tracking both their overall achievement and their accomplishments in the Novice division. Awards for the Top 10 Novice Showmen, Heifer and Market Animal winners are presented at the BEST awards banquet at the conclusion of the show season.
Who’s eligible? Any 8-21 year old cattle enthusiast that is participating in their first or second year of the BEST program may submit an essay for the Novice sponsorship. Need some ideas? Here are a few questions to help prompt your thoughts.• What is your background with cattle?• Why do you want to show cattle in the BEST Program?• What are your goals for the first year?• What would you like to learn while you’re involved in BEST?• Why do you deserve the Novice sponsorship?
How do I submit my application? Send it to: Ohio Cattlemen’s AssociationAttn: BEST10600 US Highway 42Marysville, Ohio 43040 Or by email to Stephanie at email@example.com
Applications must be postmarked by October 15 and Novice sponsorship recipients will be notified by November 1, prior to the first BEST show.
Ohio State 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team
The State 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team provides learning laboratory opportunities for youth which will enhance their knowledge of the beef, sheep, swine, and goat industries and issues facing these industries, all within a fun setting.
The Skillathon Team provides experiential learning opportunities that develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and tests one’s ability to apply information. Also, the team provides opportunities that develop and recognize teamwork. Moreover, the team encourages youth to expand their knowledge of the livestock industry and become proficient in livestock management practices and quality assurance.
Additionally, the team serves as an award activity and trip for youth who have achieved superior levels of performance in state competition. Therefore, the team stimulates their learning processes, interest, and enthusiasm of the livestock industries.
2013 Ohio State Fair General Livestock Judging Contest Results
2013 Swine Exhibition Recommendations for Ohio Agricultural Fairs - Click here for recommendations from ODA for activities before, during and after swine exhibitions at agricultural fairs to minimize risks associated with zoonotic influenza. (Revised 06.13)
2013 Ohio State Fair Scholarship Rules and ApplicationPlease click here to find information about the 2013 Ohio State Fair Scholarships. Applications are due no later than June 15.
2013 Ohio State Fair Steer/Market Heifer Nose Print Card Information
Nose prints will be the only form of identification required by Ohio State Fair officials for 4-H and FFA steers and/or market heifers that plan to be entered in the 2013 Ohio State Fair. One or two legible nose print cards per animal must be sent to Stacey French, Ohio State Fair, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211 postmarked by January 15, 2013. They will be reviewed for legibility by the officials at the State Fair office. If they are not clear and legible, Stacey will be in touch with you for a re-print.
Steer nose print cards can be ordered free of charge through Ohio State University Extension Publications eStore online at:http://estore.osu-extension.org/. The link to the page showing the actual product is: http://estore.osu-extension.org/showproducts.cfm?Step=1&FullCat=226
2013 Ohio State Fair BPCQ Information
Please click here to find information about the 2013 Ohio State Fair Beef Performance and Carcass Quality Contest. For additional information please contact Mr. Kyle Culp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.247.8976.
2013 BEST Program and Ohio Beef Expo
2013 Ohio Beef Expo
The Ohio 4-H Livestock Judging Team is selected from the Ohio State Fair Livestock Judging Contest (application and information found in our calendar of events). The top 3 teams at the contest are eligible to participate. The selected teams will compete at several different national contests including the top team competiting at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Other trips include the Keystone International, National Western, Kansas City Royal, and other great contests!