Welcome to the Tuscarawas County 4-H Animal Sciences page. You will find event information and resources for all livestock - large and small - in this section of our web site.

In animal science projects, 4-H members:

  • Learn about animals and their behavior, health, and reproduction.
  • Practice leadership skills and roles, take part in community affairs, and demonstrate citizenship responsibility.
  • Explore career, job, and productive leisure opportunities.
  • Learn to use accepted practices for mental, physical, and emotional health.
  • Develop personal integrity, a sense of sportsmanship and team cooperation, and an ability to speak in public through participation in related activities, such as demonstrations, talks, judging events, field days, tours, and exhibits.
  • Share acquired knowledge and skills with other 4-H members.
  • Show their animal science projects at county fairs and expositions.
  • Develop skills, knowledge and attitudes for lifelong use.

Click on the links, below, for more information.

General Information Large Livestock Small Livestock
Livestock and Exhibition in Ohio Fairs Hog Hair Length Requirement Scrapie Tag Requirement
Veterinary Feed Directive Market Beef Tag-In Poultry Resource Handbook

4-H Livestock Judging Team

Pennsylvania livestock Judging Manual    
Livestock Project Registration Forms    


General Information

Livestock and Exhibition in Ohio Fairs

If a youth wants to take a project to the State Fair that is not available in the county (i.e., swine breeding), the youth must enroll in that project to be able to exhibit at the State Fair.

Click here for the Fact Sheet "Requirements of Livestock Projects for Exhibition in Ohio Fairs." It includes information about QA, project enrollment, etc.

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Fact Sheet for 4-H Youth Livestock Producers and Families

A VFD is a written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian that authorizes the use of an approved VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal feed. Starting January 1, 2017, you can no longer stop by a feed store and buy a bag of medicated feed containing certain types of antibiotics. Cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, honey bees and fish, as well as other food-producing species, even if they are not intended for food production are required to have a VFD. Read the VFD Fact Sheet here.

4-H Livestock Judging Team

Any Tuscarawas County 4-H member who is interested in the 4-H Livestock Judging Team is welcome to join! Contact Terri Specht, DVM, to be added to the email list or if you have any questions.
4-H Livestock Judging Team Flyer

Pennsylvania Livestock Judging Manual

This is an optional book for older youth that builds advanced evaluation skills. Learn to use performance data in oral reasons. Refer to it for information on how to handle market animals and understanding expected progeny differences. Available at ohio4h.org/publications.


Livestock Project Registration Forms

Livestock project registration forms will be linked below and available for pick up at the office once they are released for 2020.

Complete all areas of the form. Submit only one project animal in each photo (as needed). Photos must be printed to fit the form. All forms require a parent/guardian signature - regardless of member's age - and an advisor signature. All forms are in a fillable pdf format, and color digital photos may be inserted and cropped to fit the designated area.

  • 117B Beef Breeding
  • 117BF Beef Feeder, 117 DF Dairy Beef Feeder
  • 122 Dairy Heifer (2 pages, print double sided)
  • 126 Dairy Cow (2 pages, print double sided)
  • 135BD Breeding - Dairy Goat
  • 135C Companion - Pet (Pygmy) Goat, 135PY Pygmy Goat
  • 135P Pack (Utility), 135H Harness Goat
  • 139 Market Hog, Market Hog ID Information
  • Poultry (2 pages, print double sided) For projects: 150CE, 150CEP, 150DE, 150GE, 150TE, 150H
  • 199 Sheep Breeding
  • 225 Breeding Rabbit - Use this registration form for animals that have been previously tattooed.

Large Livestock

Hog Hair Length Requirement

Dr. Tony Forshey, Ohio Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian, has provided the following important information for all hog exhibitors. Please read this information. Should you have any questions, please contact the Kiersten Heckel.

  • Hogs must have hair over their entire body with the exception of the ears and tail.

  • All hair on the hog must be a minimum ½” in length.

  • DO NOT PURCHASE A HOG THAT HAS BEEN CLIPPED as there are no guarantees that the hair will grow back long enough in the ensuing months.

  • Be extra careful if purchasing a Hampshire or Duroc (Duroc especially) as these breeds are prone to being born hairless.  Do not buy a hog of either breed that has been clipped as the chances of it growing enough hair is greatly diminished.

  • Do not clip your hog at all, there is no need and the risk is too great.

  • The fact that a hog was born without hair or hair of an insufficient length will not be a valid excuse, these hogs will be denied entry to the fair.

Market Beef Tag-In

Market Beef Tag-In will be December 14 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Show Arena at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. For those with unavoidable scheduling conflicts, we have set aside December 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. You must pre-register for the 16th by calling the Extension office by December 11. If arrangements are not made by December 11, you will not be permitted to tag-in or exhibit. Click here for the letter that was mailed to all 2019 market beef exhibitors.

NEW for 2020:

Market Heifer Class – Effective for 2020, youth may choose to exhibit a heifer instead of a steer as their market beef project. All the same weight limits and rules for the steers would still apply and are outlined in this letter. Heifers will show in a separate class but would show for overall champion market beef. Once a heifer is tagged in as a market beef animal at fair, she is not permitted to be switched to beef breeding. Only one market beef animal is permitted to be exhibited.

Possession Deadline – Once a market beef animal is tagged in under a 4-H or FFA member’s name for the Tuscarawas County Fair, that animal is not permitted to be shown by any other person or under another name. Not adhering to this rule will result in the member not being permitted to exhibit their animal the 2020 Tuscarawas County Fair.

Small Livestock

Scrapie Tag Requirement - All Sheep and Goats

ALL goats must have a scrapie ID tag, microchip or tattoo, and matching registration papers. Scrapie tags must be in the animal before they arrive at the fairgrounds (including the June tag-in).

Poultry Resource Handbook

The 150R Poultry Resource Handbook will not be available for 2020. However, members are to use the resource information received with their project book from previous years. Members taking a poultry project for the first time should receive resource information; this can be indicated on the 4-H Project Book and Resources Order Form. Below is additional information that members can use to help them in their poultry project.

Easily accessible articles about poultry are directly available on the Poultry Resources webpage. These articles were available through the eXtension website (listed on the Poultry Resources for Ohio handout) but have been collected and converted into easy-to-read and nicely formatted PDFs.

Also available is a collection or articles called Basic Information About Chickens (143 pages). Volunteers and members are welcome to download this document themselves. Copy charges apply if printed at the Extension office.

The American Standard of Perfection 2015 from the American Poultry Association is the ultimate resource for anyone raising chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, and guinea fowl. Current edition and price are available online from APA at amerpoultryassn.com.

The Bantam Standard 2011 from the American Bantam Association supports bantam breeders and their special interests. Current edition and price are available online from ABA at bantamclub.com.

National 4-H Poultry Judging - You may want this optional resource for evaluating poultry. It is a good reference to study before participating in a judging contest. Current edition and price are available online from University of Nebraska-Lincoln at marketplace.unl.edu.