This page will provide county-specific information for the following projects:
Beef Dairy Llama & Alpaca Sheep Swine
117B Beef Breeding 122 Dairy Heifer   198 Market Lamb 139 Market Hog
117BF Beef Feeder 126 Dairy Cow   199 Sheep Breeding 140 Swine Breeding
117DF Dairy Beef Feeder        
117M Market Beef        





Market Beef Tag-In

Any member wishing to exhibit a market beef animal at the 2020 Tuscarawas County Fair must have an animal weighed-in. Exhibitors from 2019 have been notified. A copy of the letter can be obtained here. 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.

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.

Upcoming changes effective for 2021:

  1. Dairy market beef will only be permitted to be shown from the six recognized dairy breeds: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, and Milking Shorthorn. No other dairy market beef will be permitted to be tagged in and exhibited.
  2. Tuscarawas County Bred and Fed will become Tuscarawas County Bred, Born, and Fed. Calves must be conceived, born, and raised in Tuscarawas County and no embryos will be permitted.
Ohio State Fair DNA Sample Collection

The Ohio State Fair Beef Department adopted in 2015 new protocols for identifying market beef animals. 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 2020 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef Show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair sample received by the Ohio State Fair by January 15, 2020, to meet the 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 packets which will be available at weigh-in.

You are responsible for making a State Fair entry. You are eligible to show in Open Class but must follow entry procedures in the Ohio State Fair Handbook. Obtain entry information from the Ohio State Fair web site.

Click here for the Ohio State Fair DNA sample collection instructions.


Llama & Alpaca


Scrapie Tag Requirements - All Sheep

USDA Sheep Requirements Fact Sheet - explaining the national scrapie eradication program - for the following sheep projects: 198 and 199. Contact Kiersten with any questions.


Enforcement of Market Hog Hair Rule

The Tuscarawas County Sr. Fair Board will strictly enforce the 1/2-inch hair rule on all market hogs at the Tuscarawas County Fair. Dr. Forshey, State Veterinarian, has made it clear that any hog with hair less than 1/2-inch in length will be required to leave the fairgrounds. In addition, Dr. Forshey recommends that exhibitors not purchase a hog that has already been clipped. Click here for more information.