Click here for Small Animal General Information.

This page will also provide county-specific information for the following projects:

Companion Animals Goats Poultry Rabbits

215 Cavy

135BD Breeding-Dairy Goat

150CE Chicken Exhibition

225 Breeding Rabbit

216 Purr-fect Pals, Level 1

135BM Breeding-Meat Goat

150CM Chicken Market

226 Market Rabbit

217 Climbing Up, Level 2

135F Fiber Goat

150CEP Cheicken, Egg Production

227 Pet Rabbit

218 Leaping Forward, Level 3

135H Harness Goat

150DE Duck Exhibition


200, 201, 202 Dog Projects

135M Market-Dairy, Meat, or Cross

150DM Duck Market


220 Pocket Pets

135P Pack Goat

150GE Goose, Exhibition



135PY Pygmy Goat

150TE Turkey, Exhibition




150TM Turkey, Market


General Information

Small Animal Important Dates 2020

Members enrolled in any of the small animal projects listed above may participate in the many educational opportunities listed. Unless specified, member may bring animals to clinics. Click here to see the flyer.

Note: Members enrolled in #135P Pack (Utility) Goat MUST attend at least one (1) pack goat clinic. There are 3 options: June 25, July 25, and August 27.

Livestock Registrations Due

Livestock project registrations are due by 4 PM June 15 to the Extension office for small livestock - Pygmy Goats, Dairy and Pack (Utility) Goats, Fancy Poultry/Water Fowl, and Breeding Rabbit. See for the Livestock Registration Form area of our Animal Sciences page.

Junior Fair Entries Due

Members enrolled in any small livestock project (excludes companion animals) are required to turn in a Junior Fair Entry Form. Junior Fair Entries are due August 7 by 4 PM to the Extension office. The Extension office collects these on behalf of the Senior Fair Board; late entries are NOT accepted.

For additional dates, refer to the Livestock Requirement Summary.

See the Tuscarawas County Fair Booklet for entry form.

2020 Fair Check-in Dates Announced

Fair check-in will be September 19 and 20 for all small livestock projects (does not include companion animals). Please refer to the Tuscarawas County Fair Booklet for specifics.

Companion Animals

Members enrolled in any companion animal project will want to participate in several opportunities offered this year. See the Small Animal Important Dates 2020 flyer for details.


Scrapie Tag Requirements - All Goats

USDA Goat Requirements Fact Sheet - explaining the national scrapie eradication program - for the following goat projects: 135BD, 135BM, 135H, 135P, and 135PY. Scrapie tags must be in the animal before they arrive at the fairgrounds (including the June tag-in). Contact Kiersten with any questions.

There will not be a county-wide tag-in for 2021. Instead, market goat exhibitors should complete and submit the project registration form along with color pictures that show the scrapie tag affixed to the goat's ear. Forms are due by 4:00 p.m. on June 15, 2021, to the Extension office.




Pullorum Testing

If your turkey needs pullorum tested, Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic will be handling those appointments. Contact them at 330-852-2321 to schedule. Appointments will be on August 21 only.

If you have chickens that need tested, bring one (1) bird to the fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 5-7 p.m.

Poultry Resource Handbook

The 150R Poultry Resource Handbook will not be available for 2021. 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

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

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

Tentative Dates Announced for Market Poultry Pick-up

Tentative dates have been announced as to when members can pick-up their market turkey, broiler, and market duck animals. Pick-up will take place at the Heritage Country Store in New Philadelphia. Payments will be due at pick-up.

  • Market Turkey - June 14 ($40 for 5 animals)
  • Broiler - August 5 ($20 for 10 chicks)
  • Market Duck - August 4, 5, or 6 ($30 for 5 animals)

Again, these dates are tentative. Please check back for details once dates are confirmed.


Market Rabbit Check-in Date

Members enrolled in the Market Rabbit project are to bring their market does to check-in on June 12, 2021, from 9-11 AM in the Livestock Arena on the fairgrounds. If members are unable to attend at this time, the back-up check-in date is June 14, 2021, from 9-11 AM for breeding and market doe check-in/tattooing. This is by appointment only! Call the Extension office (330-339-2337) to make an appointment. Meat pens will be tattooed on August 28, 2021, from 9-10 AM.

On-going Learning Stations will be available. Members in all rabbit projects - Pet, Breeding, and Market - are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Breeding Rabbit Check-in/Tattooing Date Announced

Breeding Rabbit Tattooing will take place on June 12, 2021, from 9-11 AM in the Show Arena on the fairgrounds. If the animal already has a tattoo, complete a project registration form and submit to the Extension office no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 15, 2021. (Project Registration Form is included with the project guidelines, found here.)

Market Rabbit Tattooing Date Announced

Market Rabbit Tattooing will take place August 28, 2021, from 9-10 AM in the Show Arena on the fairgrounds.