Click on the follwowing links to go to that species:

Beef         Dairy         Dog         Goat         Poultry, Duck & Turkey    

Rabbit         Sheep         Swine    

2021 Livestock Record Supplement

The following projects should not be using this record book supplement.  Horses: Use Equine Record Book, Dogs: Use Dog Project and Record Book.  If it is your first year taking a project use the appropriate Record Book.

PDF fillable version or Word fillable document  

VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive)

Fact Sheet

Forms Required For The Fair

DUNF: This form is in triplicate. It cannot be downloaded. It will be available in the Junior Fair Board Office Sunday-Tuesday of fair week.  This form MUST be filled out completely and accurately and MUST be signed by the exhibitor AND a parent/guardian (unless the exhibitor is 18 or older). DUNFs must be turned in at Fair weigh-in or check-in. One form should be completed for each market lamb, goat, hog, steer, lactating dairy goat, lactating dairy cow, market turkey, and market duck. One form should be completed per pen of meat-type chickens and market rabbits. Exhibitors who submit incomplete or unsigned forms will not be permitted to show their animal(s) until the form is completed.

Quality Assurance and Skillathons

The required Quality Assurance (QA) and Skillathons for 2021 have been scheduled. All youth who plan to enter and exhibit (breeding and market) livestock (beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, dairy or meat goats, rabbits, and poultry) at the Adams County Junior Fair must attend a qualifying Quality Assurance (QA) program or successfully “test out” of the program.

Youth ages 12 and older as of January 1 may test out of QA at Manchester, North Adams, and West Union High Schools.  Youth ages 12-14 years old who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program for up to three (3) years. At the age of 15 as of January 1, current year, youth must then take the 15-18 year old test.  Youth ages 15-18 years old who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program permanently.  These ages are as of January 1, 2021 – a youth’s 4-H age.  In order to pass the test, members must score a 70% or higher.  Youth who have previously tested out of QA and who have not changed age divisions will not need to take the test again; youth who want to test out should contact the FFA advisor at their school for testing details.

2021 Test Out Dates

Wednesday, March 31 at 2:15 p.m. – North Adams High School
Friday, April 2 at 2:45 p.m. – Manchester High School
Monday, April 19 at 2 p.m. – West Union High School

Youth planning to show livestock at the 2021 Adams County Jr Fair or Ohio State Fair must complete Assuring Quality Care of Animals training or test out no later than 45 days before the start of exhibition.  This year we are offering virtual Quality Assurance training via Zoom on several dates and a limited number of in-person trainings.  Pre-registration is required for all Zoom and  In-Person Quality Assurance trainings.  To register click the link below and select the session you plan to attend. Please make your best effort to attend the training you register for as spaces are limited.  The following opportunities are available:

Adams County QA, 2021


Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 28 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 12 at 5 p.m.

In-Person – Limited Attendance

Saturday, April 10 at 9 a.m. – Livestock Clinic

Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 or 7:15 p.m. – Rabbit Clinic

Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. – Drive In

CLICK HERE to Register for Adams County 2021 QA Sessions

Youth Quality Assurance is an important part of the educational experience for 4-H and FFA members.  Members who plan to exhibit livestock at the 2021 Adams County Fair will be required to complete Quality Assurance prior to exhibition.  ODA has also authorized OSU Extension to deliver Quality Assurance virtually with specific guidelines.

Online YQCA – For 2021, online YQCA is an approved option to complete Quality Assurance training.  The online course costs $12 per member and each child will be required to have a unique email address.  A help sheet providing step by step instructions for families interested in utilizing this online option is available HERE.  The $12 fee associated with this option is not refundable, cannot be waived by nor is it paid to OSU Extension Adams County.  YQCA must also be completed a minimum of 45 days prior to the fair to be accepted.

Clubs and chapters will receive a list of members who need to be certified from the Extension office.  If you have questions regarding Quality Assurance please contact Kristy at or Barbie at

OSU Extension Gallia County is offering a virtual beef specific quality assurance opportunity. 

The Dollars and Cents of Market Projects will take a look at hot topics in the meatpacking industry and ways you can affect the resale value of your market animal.  On April 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM Dr. Steve Boyles and Dr. Lyda Garcia will be conducting this special online QA training. The training will specifically address issues with beef care and handling. The workshop is open to any 4-H or FFA member ages 12 and up, however members under the age of 14 will be required to have an adult participate in the training with them. To register for the event click on the link complete the registration form and a Zoom link will be sent to your email. You will need that link to connect and join the training on April 6, 2021. The Zoom room will open at 5:45 PM and the training will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. To receive QA credit you must participate the entire time and follow instructions given throughout the event. For questions contact Tracy at

Virtual Livestock Clinic Option

VIRTUAL Livestock Clinic on Saturday, April 10.  This date also has an in-person option.  If you want to attend the in-person option, please register by clicking the RED button above.  You also have the option to attend this livestock clinic virtually.  Pre-registration is required by logging on to

Skillathon Details:

All 4-H members and interested FFA members must also participate in the applicable Skillathon(s) to earn points for the Outstanding Exhibitor scoring. Skillathons are required for 4-H and optional for FFA. Exceptions: Participation in the Skillathon is optional for youth enrolled in horseless horse and pet rabbit projects. 

Looking for Skillathon study materials? Ask your advisor to borrow the Skillathon kit for your species from the Extension Office and/or review the materials in the appropriate species resource handbook. Horse members may want to purchase a copy of the Uniform Rules to use as a study guide, as well as a copy of the Beginning Horse Management project book. Poultry members face a bigger study challenge – check online for pictures of the many breeds; and check the turkey, duck, and chicken (fancy, broilers, etc.) project record books for information on the identification of bird body parts, cuts of meat, and so forth.

QA Program Details:

Participants must be prompt and stay for the entire program to meet the attendance requirement. It is the responsibility of all participants to sign in on registration sheets upon arrival, to complete all required paperwork, and to turn in that paperwork at the end of the program. Late arrivals will not receive their QA certification. Youth that do not attend a QA session or successfully test out of QA will not be permitted to enter or exhibit livestock at the Adams County Junior Fair or at the Ohio State Junior Fair. If participants arrive late or leave early, the attendance requirement will not be met.

Skillathon Schedule:

May 26 & 27 from 2:00pm-7:00pm, Fairgrounds.  Pre-Registration is NOT required.

Skillathon will be held on Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27 at the Adams County Fairgrounds from 2 – 7 p.m.  We will be set up in the Administration Building and only members will be allowed to enter the building.  Masks and social distancing are required.

Makeup skillathon will be scheduled on an individual basis.  If you cannot attend the scheduled dates on May 26 or 27, please contact the office.  Anyone not completing the skillathon on May 26 or 27 will not be eligible for related awards.  The makeup skillathon will however meet the requirement to show at the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair.

Quality Assurance Make-Up

We will not be scheduling any Adams County quality assurance make-up sessions. Opportunities to make up QA are available in neighboring counties during their QA programs and clinics. All QA must be completed by June 1. If you attend a qualifying QA session in another county, at the Ohio Beef Expo or Scarlet and Gray Show, etc., YOU are responsible for providing the Extension office with appropriate documentation of attendance on or before the June 1 deadline. Check the link above for a list of qualifying quality assurance programs in neighboring counties.

Test-Out Option:

There is a QA “test-out” option for exhibitors age 12-14 (Intermediate) and 15-18 (Senior). Youth who pass the test will be exempt from taking a test again or attending one of the annual QA certification programs until they move to the next age bracket or until they are no longer eligible, by age, to exhibit in the Junior Fair. Youth who exhibit swine will need to take the PQAPlus Youth tests. All other exhibitors will take either the Ohio Small Animal test (rabbits, poultry) or the Ohio Large Animal test (sheep, goats, cattle). Exhibitors who show both large and small animal species must take the Large Animal test. Tests may be taken only once each program year, and exhibitors must achieve a qualifying score of 70% to pass. To study for a test, review QA materials in your project record book and QA handouts from previous years. Visit our website or contact the Extension Office for additional study aids. Tests will be administered by FFA advisors at North Adams, Peebles, and West Union high schools and at the OVCTC. Listen to announcements or check with FFA advisors for testing dates, locations, and times. Tests must be taken and passed prior to the 5:00 p.m. QA program on May 1.



January 9, 2021 Market Beef Tag-In (see information below) 8:30 - 10:00am, Fairgrounds
May 1 Feeder Calf Tag-In 8am-Noon, Fairgrounds
May 26, 27 Skillathon 2-7pm, Fairgrounds
June 1 Breeding Beef Cattle Entry Forms Due Online (see link below)

Market Beef Tag-In

The Adams County Senior Fair Board will hold Market Beef Tag-in on Saturday, January 9 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds.  All market beef projects being raised for the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair should be in line no later 10 a.m. to be tagged, weighed and tattooed.

Families attending Market Beef Tag-In should remain in their vehicles until they are at the chute.  At that time, one individual can exit the vehicle to identify animals as they cross the scales.  Masks and social distancing will be required. 

Members will register their animals online and will receive an email confirmation including tag and weight following tag-in.  You will need to visit this link AFTER your animal is tagged to complete the required information.

Animals being identified for the Adams County Fair will be tagged, weighed, and tattooed. Animals being tagged as Adams County Born and Raised show entries will receive a special ear tag. No Born and Raised entries will be accepted after tag-in.  Youth may identify and exhibit as many as three market beef animals – steers or market heifers – for the Adams County Fair.  Each market beef exhibitor will be required to designate at least one animal in his/her name and a family can tag an additional two animals of that species per Junior Fair member as “family” animals.  Each exhibitor will have access to no more than three total animals in that species, including “family” animals. State Fair steers and heifers cannot be registered as a family animal.  Family is defined as junior fair eligible youth who are legally siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings.

Ohio State Fair: The Ohio State Fair (OSF) Beef Department is once again using EID ear tag and DNA sample protocols for identifying market beef animals for the 2021 State Fair, tentatively set for July 28 through August 8. These protocols include the use of an electronic identification (EID) ear tag that has a unique 15-digit number and a DNA sample that will be submitted for all market beef animals that exhibitors plan to enter in the 2021 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair follicle sample that will be submitted to the OSF by January 30, 2021 to meet the state fair ownership deadlines for market beef animals. Along with the DNA hair submission, each market animal’s 15-digit EID tag must also be included on the DNA packet.

No DNA samples will be collected by the Adams County Junior Fair Board. DNA packets with EID tags will be available at tag-in, and anyone wanting to identify an animal for OSF may request a packet. The OSF animal will be tagged with the EID tag, which will be also be used as its Adams County Fair tag. The owner will be responsible for collecting the DNA sample (instructions provided), completing the requested registration information on the packet, having the entry signed by an FFA advisor (for FFA entries) or the Extension Educator (for 4-H entries), and submitting their completed packet to the OSF by the January 30 deadline.

For more information regarding the Adams County Fair market beef tag-in on January 9, contact OSU Extension Adams County at 937-544-2339. For more information about the Ohio State Fair market beef nomination process visit the State Fair website at


Click here for Beef Breeding Virtual Registration



May 26, 27 Dairy Skillathon 2-7pm, Fairgrounds
June 1 Dairy Cattle Entry Form Due Virtual (see link below)


  •     Dairy Exhibitor Letter
  •     DUNF (required for lactating dairy cattle; available at the Junior Fair Office)

Click here for Dairy Virtual Registration



  Pre-Fair Judging  
July 1 OSF Dog Entries must be postmarked by July 1 (shows, poster contest, etc.) More events posted on the Ohio 4-H Dog Program Website


  •     Dog Project Guidelines


  • Ohio 4-H Dog Program - If you're taking a dog project, you'll definitely want to check out this website.  It is an EXCELLENT resource for fun show match dates, state fair info. and lots more valuable tools!



May 26, 27 Goat Skillathon 2-7pm, Fairgrounds
May 1 Mareket Goat Tag-In 8-10am, Fairgrounds
June 1 Fur & Feather Applications Due 4:00 pm, Adams County Extension
June 1 Dairy Goat Registrations Due Virtual (see link below)
June 1 Meat Doe and Dairy Goat Show Entry Forms Due Virtual (see link below)


Click here for Breeding/Dairy/Other Goat Virtual Registration



Feb. 15 Market Turkey Poult/Duck/Chick Orders due to Extension Office 4:00 pm at Adams County Extension (must be submitted by Advisor with club check)
March 18 Turkey Poult pickup tentative
May 20 Market Duck and Chick Clinic & Pick Up 4-5pm, Fairgrounds
May 26, 27 Skillathon 2-7pm, Fairgaounds
June 1 Fur & Feather Ambassador Applications Due 4:00 pm, Adams County Extension
June 1 Poultry Entry Forms Due Virtual (see link below)


Click here for Fancy & Production Poultry Registration



April 15 Rabbit Clinic and QA Session 1 - 5:30, Session 2 - 7:15, must pre-register
April 15 Breeding Rabbit Tattooing Session 1 - 5:30, Session 2 - 7:15, must pre-register
May 26, 27 Rabbit Skillathon 2-7pm, Fairgrounds
June 1 Fur & Feather Ambassador Applications Due 4:00 pm, Adams County Extension
June 1 ALL Breeding Rabbit Entry Forms due Virtual (see link below)
June 17 Market Rabbit (Fryer) Tattooing 6-8pm, fairgrounds


Click here for Breeding Rabbit Virtual Registration



May 1 Market Sheep Tag-In Sheep 10-11 am, Fairgrounds
May 26, 27 Skillathon & Quality Assurance Training 2-7pm, Fairgrounds
June 1 Breeding Sheep Entry Forms Due Virtual (see link below)


Click here for Breeding Sheep Virtual Registration



April 15 Market Hog Registrations Due Virtual (see link below)
April 24 Optional Market Hog Weigh-In 8:30-10am, Fairgrounds
May 26, 27 Swine Skillathon 2-7pm, Fairgrounds
June 1 Breeding Swine Entry Forms Due Virtual (see link below)


Click here for Market Hog Virtual Tag-In/Registration

Click here for Swine Breeding Virtual Registration

Please use the following fact sheets to learn more about a Ractopamine Free Swine Project.

  •     Exhibiting a Ractopamine-Free Swine Project - Fact Sheet
  •     A Ractopamine-Free Swine Project - Fact Sheet
  •     A Ractopamine-Free Swine Project -Primer - Fact Sheet

    Adams County Fair Market Hog Show Ractopamine Free in 2021

The Adams County Fair Market Hog show will be Ractopamine, known by brand names Paylean, Engain, etc., free this year.  This is a market driven decision that will give our junior fair exhibitors the best chance to receive a fair packer bid on their market hog project.  The process to ensure a ractopamine free show is still being finalized.  Exhibitors and their parents or guardians must sign an affidavit certifying their project has not been fed ractopamine.  These documents were sent via email to all members enrolled in a market hog project and they are linked above on this page.

When choosing your animals, you should confirm that they have not been fed ractopamine and you should not offer it as a feed.  In order to prevent cross contamination from previous market hog projects, exhibitors should thoroughly clean pens, trailers, feeders, fans, etc.  The attached fact sheet provides further information to consider.  Additional information compiled by the Ohio Pork Council, The Ohio State University, the Ohio State Fair and the Ohio Department of Agriculture can be found at