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Resources & Forms:

2024 Tag-ins, Trainings, Judging Dates and Camp Schedule DOWNLOAD: PDF

Ohio Youth Livestock Exhibition Rules (PLEASE READ)

Ohio Fairs and Exhibitions Frequently Asked Questions

Veterinary Feed Directive Information (VFD) Important Information

County Bred Form DOWNLOAD: PDF

Breeding Animal Registration Form DOWNLOAD: Fillable PDF

Premise ID Form: DOWNLOAD: PDF

Ohio State Fair Livestock Competition Information

Project Enrollment for 4-H and FFA Members and Showing Animals at the Ohio State Fair

Jackson County Junior Fair Breeder's List

Quality Assurance (2024)

QA: All Livestock Exhibitors Must Complete Quality Assurance Annually. All QA Must Be Completed by June 1st. Youth MUST Pre-Register. 

Click Here to Register for a 2024 QA Training!

2024 Quality Assurance training opportunities can be found on the Calendar, in the 4-H Newsletter, and County Dates Page. 

Jackson County Quality Assurance Training Opportunities: 

  • Thursday, February 8th, 7:00-8:00 PM, Jackson OSU Extension Office
    • QA TEST OUT for teens 15+ ONLY
  • Wednesday, March 6th, 6:00-8:00 PM, ParksEdge Event Center, Sponsored by Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau
  • Saturday, April 6th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Jackson County OSU Extension Office
  • Thursday, April 25th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Jackson County OSU Extension Office
  • Wednesday, May 1st, 6:00-7:00 PM, Jackson County OSU Extension Office
  • Thursday, May 23rd, 4:30-6:00 PM, Jackson OSU Extension Office *$10.00 Fee*


Quality Assurance Test Out:

4-H teens ages 15+ have the opportunity to test out of QA for 3 years. Must achieve a 70% to pass. Test out is only offered once a year, in-person only. Pre-registration is required. If the test is failed, the member is required to attend an in-person QA session. 

  • Thursday, February 8th at 7:00 PM at the Jackson County OSU Extension Office. 

What will be on the Quality Assurance Test?

This year the test will primarily be over the Good Production Practices 2, 4, and 5 but other Good Production Practices will be included. We recommend that members study their 4-H Project Resource Book, focusing on the Quality Assurance section of the book.

You can also use the following references to study:


Out of County QA Training Opportunities: 

4-H members can complete QA training in any county. Many state events, such as the Ohio Beef Expo or Ohio 4-H Conference, also offer QA trainings. Some counties offer regional clinics, or speciality clinics for specific species. Some counties even offer Zoom training workshops. These are open to all 4-H members. If attending, you MUST indicate that you are from Jackson County and should communicate ahead of time with that county's 4-H Educator or whoever is taking attendance and/or facilitating the training. 

Check out opportunties in counties surrounding Jackson: GalliaLawrence, MeigsPike, RossScioto, Vinton Counties. 


Youth Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Online TrainingOnline BQA

Youth Quality Care of Animals online training costs $12 and is available at https://yqcaprogram.org/  

If a member chooses to complete their QA training using the YQCA site or at another county training, certification of the completed training must be submitted to the Jackson County Extension Office no later than June 1st.

Tagging & Weigh-Ins (2024)

Market Beef & Dairy Steer Weigh-In: Market Steer, Market Heifer, and Dairy Steer Weigh-in will be Saturday, January 13th, 2024 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds from 9:00-11:00 AM.


  • Please pre-register your beef project before January 3rd at go.osu.edu/JanWeighIn

  • If we need to cancel due to bad weather, the weigh-in will be rescheduled for January 20th from 9-11 am. 

  • There is a $5 pen fee per animal. 

  • County Bred forms must be filled out and turned in at the weigh-in. County Bred forms can be found above. 

  • Carcass Class forms must be filled out and turned in at the weigh-in. Carcass Class forms can be found on the Beef page under "Carcass Class Information & Rules"

  • Market beef animals must be born after December 1st, 2022. 

  • All steers must be castrated by 8 months of age per ODA guidelines. 

  • Market Heifers will follow the same rules as market steers. Market heifers must not be pregnant and any embryo flushing is NOT allowed. 

  • All cattle must have a halter with a lead strap on before exiting the trailer or they will not be weighed. 


Spring Weigh-In: Market Goats, Market Lambs, Market Hogs, Market Beef Feeder Calves, & Dairy Market Feeder Calves weigh-in will be Saturday, May 4th, 2024 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds from 9:00-11:00 AM.


  • Please pre-register your animals by May 1st at go.osu.edu/SpringWeighIn

  • There is a $5 pen fee per animal. 

  • County Bred forms must be filled out and turned in at the weigh-in. County Bred forms can be found above. 

  • Please see the rulebook for required birthdates and possession dates.


Market Rabbit Tattooing: Market Rabbit Tattooing will be Saturday, June 29th at the Jackson County Fairgrounds from 7:00 - 11:00 AM. 

Rabbit Exhibitor Fees: 

  • $5 for 2-3 rabbits. 
  • $10 for 4-6 rabbits. 


Poultry Pullorum Testing: Pullorum Testing for breeding poultry will be held Saturday, July 6th at the Jackson County Fairgrounds from 9:00 -11:00 AM. 

  • Exhibition Poultry ONLY (Not for Market Poultry)


FairEntry Animal Registrations for All Breeding Animals Due May 15th!

FairEntry Animal Registrations for All Market Animals, Dogs, and Horses Due June 15th!

Click Here to Log In to FairEntry

  • Please find links to the instruction sheets to register your market and breeding animals for the fair. Completing your FairEntry Registration early will help us in preparing for the 2024 Fair!
  • You can login to FairEntry using your 4-H Online family profile.
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Drug Use Notification Forms (DUNFs)

REQUIRED for ALL Market Animals (including market rabbits, dairy feeders, & beef feeders) exhibited at the Jackson County Junior Fair

Please submit the 2023 DUNF for the 2023 Jackson County Fair by July 16th, 2023

Click here to fill out the 2023 DUNF

Skillathon Contest (2024)

Sunday, July 7th from 12:00 - 4:00 PM, 4-H Building at Fairgrounds

All Jackson County 4-H Youth (regardless of project enrollment) are encouraged to participate in the NEW Jackson County Livestock Skillathon Contest!

This new and improved contest is a fun way to test your knowledge of animals. No registration required. Just show up between the hours of 12:00-4:00 PM and test!

Winners will be given their prizes at the 2024 Jackson County Junior Fair awards ceremony. Winners will be announced ahead of the Fair.

Awards include Beef, Dairy, Dogs, Goats, Horses, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, & Swine.

Skillathon FAQs

What is Skillathon?

•Skillathon is a fun test of your knowledge using interactive stations but is not a written test like you would take in school. Stations are more intentional, and youth are encouraged to describe and demonstrate what they have learned.  

Do I need to bring my project book?

•Nope! Project books are not checked at Skillathon anymore. Instead, project books will begin being checked at the 2024 Livestock Project Book Interviews.

Do I need to bring my animals?

•Nope! All animals can stay home.

Why should I participate?

•Generous folks sponsored AWESOME prizes to give to winners. If no one wins, who do we give prizes to? It just might be you!


4-H youth interested in exhibiting livestock at the Ohio State Fair should visit: https://www.ohiostatefair.com/p/get-involved/livestock/livestock-competitions.

All entries are due ONLINE by June 21st, 2024.

Possession Dates may vary. Equine & Dog show operate on a different schedule, so please check additional dates. 

Once updated, information for the following events can be found at: