Wayne County 4-H Beef Department


2021 Beef Calendar of Events

  • January 1 - Obtain and care for your steer(s) on or before January 1st
  • March 13 - Weigh-In / Tagging 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Coliseum - Wayne County Fairgrounds
  • March 27 - Bad Weather Make Up Date for Weigh-In / Tagging (if needed) 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Coliseum, Wayne County Fairgounds
  • March 19 - 22 - Ohio Beef Expo 
  • Enroll in 4-H through 4-H Online by April 1st (note: clubs may set an earlier deadline)
  • April 10 - Attend Beef Clinic
  • June 1 - Complete Animal ID for all possible animals (including family back-ups) that you could possibly enter in the fair through 4-HOnline on or before June 1st.  Help sheets are available at wayne.osu.edu/help
  • Complete Quality Assurance Training by July 27.  QA will be offered virtually in 2021. See the Quality Assurance page for more details.
  • Skillathon - Skillathon will be offered virtually between July 1 and July 23.  Check our Skillathon page for more information.
  • Project Interviews - Dates / link to more information
  • OME - Click here for more OME information
  • Fair Entries - Make all Junior Fair Class Entries at https://waynejrfair.fairentry.com/
  • August 27th - Beef Carcass Contest Live Show - Check-in at 6:00 pm, show begins at 7:00 pm in the Coliseum at the Wayne County Fairgrounds
  • August 31st - Beef Carcass Contest Results Show - 6:00 pm, Heffelfinger Meats International

Things to Consider Before Taking a Beef Project

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Beef Project Books

  • The books listed below can be ordered through your 4-H club advisor, purchased directly from the Wayne County Extension Office, or ordered online at extensionpubs.osu.edu
  • Beef Resource Handbook (117R) - This one-time purchase contains essential subject matter information for members taking a market beef, beef breeding, beef feeder or dairy beef feeder project. An excellent resource for skillathons!
  • Beef Project and Record Book (117) - Complete this required project book every year a beef project is taken. This streamlined version of four previously separate publications allows for multiple projects and can be used by members at all levels. Use with 117R Beef Resource Handbook.

Beef Project Guidelines

  • 2021 Wayne County 4-H Beef Project Guidelines - published annually, this document provides an overview of the most important things youth and parents should know about taking a beef project including important dates, deadlines, animal id and junior fair information.  This document is usally updated each November or December with information for the new year.
  • 2021 Feeder Calf Lease Guidelines
  • Questions about Beef projects can be directed to your club advisor, Doug Foxx at the Extension Office, or by contacting Beef Committee Chair Josh Harley.

Beef Animal ID Requirements

  • 2021 Beef Animal ID Help Sheet - overview of how to enter Beef Animal ID in 4-HOnline and lists which fields and forms are required and which are optional.
  • November 2020 Letter to Potential 2021 Market Steer Exhibitors -this letter was sent out to everyone that exhibited a steer in 2020 with information about weigh-in / tagging and other details for the 2021 4-H / Jr. Fair year.

Beef Committee

  • The Wayne County 4-H / FFA / Jr. Fair Beef Action committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and carrying out the Beef program in consultation with and under the authority of OSU Extension and the Wayne County Agricultural Society (Senior Fair Board)
  • Our 2021 Beef Committee is made up of the following individuals: Matt Stoll, Todd Bair, Jeremiah Johnson, Kellie Mullet, Rhonda Oser (Sec/Treasurer), Brent Harley, Doug Wirth, Greg Beckler (Vice Chair), Josh Harley(Chair), Matt Kendle, Jenna Barbour, Adam Swinehart, Stephen Heppe (FFA), Terry Wood (Senior Fair Board), Doug Foxx (OSU Extension) and Junior Fair Board members Libby Grossniklaus, Christine Anfang, Mckenna Baney, Aden Beckler, Luke Beckler, Luke Beckler, Carly Csapo, Lane Duplaga, Ethan Gasser, and Gavin Snyder.

Beef Clinic

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Beef Carcass Contest

  • 2021 Beef Carcass Contest Letter 
  • Beef Carcass Contest Results - shared via Facebook
  • Beef Carcass Contest Results video - shared via Facebook

Beef Project Completion Information

  • Everyone taking a Beef Project must complete either Skillathon or Interview Judging.  
  • Skillathon
  • Interview Judging
  • Project Book Judging Rubric - Project books should be submitted to your club advisor for judging no later than

Outstanding Exhibitor Awards Program

Junior Fair Beef Information

  • 2021 Born Bred and Raised Form - due at weigh-in on March 13.
  • 2021 Pre-Fair Letter / Reminders
  • 2021 Market Steer Show Book
  • 2021 Beef Breeding Show Book
  • 2021 Market Steer Sale Order