February 13, 2021 - 8:20pm -- newman.221@osu.edu

Clark County 4-H Families and Volunteers:

Looks like Ohio finally has a winter with snow and cold.  Remember that your animals need extra care and attention during extreme weather events.  Snow and ice increases the risk for accidents from falls both by you and your animals.  Frozen water does not encourage animals to eat.  Make sure your animals have access to clean, fresh water.  

For those of you that have started contacting breeders to purchase animal projects, please consider weather concerns before hauling animals home.  If you need help making contacts with local breeders, refer to the lists posted on the 4-H web under the Project Requirements.  They will also be linked on the 4-H App under Projects soon.  These lists are not an endorsement, but have been created by the species committees to help you make connections with local breeders.  

Bio-security measures should always be a priority to protect you and your animals.  Before purchasing this year’s animals, clean, disinfect and prepare your facility, pens/cages/stalls and equipment prior to bringing animals home. You should be practicing the same COVID-19 protocols when visiting farms as expected at 4-H club meetings to protect you and the breeders you visit.  So that you do not bring disease home to any animals you already have, quarantine new animals and make sure that you wear personal protective equipment like disposable plastic boots on your visits.  

•    Bio-Security for Youth Livestock Exhibitors - https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/vme-7
•    National Pork County Youth Livestock Bio-Security Resources - https://www.pork.org/blog/biosecurity-youth-exhibitors/ 

There are several upcoming 4-H events that are cancelled due to the 50 person limit.  It is not possible for us to offer the following 4-H Events for 2021.
•    CANCELLED - Spring Beef Classic on Sat., March 13
•    CANCELLED - 4-H Kick-Off on Tue., April 6

For those of you with market beef and beef breeding projects, the Clark County Cattleman’s Association is working on planning their own beef show for Clark County youth only for Saturday, March 13.  Please visit the Clark County Cattleman’s Facebook Page if you are interested in participating in their show.

4-H Market Turkey Orders Due March 1, 2021
If you are planning on showing market turkeys at the 2021 Clark County Fair, you must order your day old market tom turkeys from the Clark County 4-H and FFA Rabbit & Poultry Committee.  The order form can be found at https://clark.osu.edu or under the Applications and Forms on the 4-H App.  Don’t delay.  Payment is required with your order.  You must order a minimum of 6 tom turkeys.  Cost is $7 per tom turkey.  Anyone that orders turkeys will need plan on picking them up on April 1, 5 PM to 6 PM in the Fire Barn on the Clark County Fairgrounds.

4-H Award Trip Applications Due March 1, 2021
Any 4-H teen age 14 and older as of January 1st may apply for one of the 4-H Award Trips sponsored by the Clark County 4-H Advisory Committee.  The award trips include:
•    VIRTUAL Citizenship Washington Focus – June 13-19
•    Ohio 4-H Sea Camp – July 15-19
•    Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp – June 1-5
•    Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Camp – Date To Be Determined 
•    Ohio Canopy Camp – June 13-18
If selected, your registration fee will be paid by the 4-H Advisory Committee.  To apply, complete the on-line survey application at https://go.osu.edu/2021clark4hawardtripapplication.  Applicants will participate in a ZOOM interview on March 2 between 6 PM and 8 PM.  

Quality Assurance Training for 4-H Club Advisors, March 1, 6:30 PM, Arts & Crafts Bldg. 
Any 4-H club that would like to be able to offer quality assurance at the club level MUST have at least one 4-H volunteer attend the Quality Assurance Training for 4-H Club Advisors on Monday, March 1.  This training will be held at 6:30 PM at the Clark County Fairgrounds in the Arts & Crafts Bldg.  In order to comply with OSU exemption requirements for in-person meetings, you must register for this training using this link https://go.osu.edu/2021clark4hqatrainingclubadvisors.  Please register by Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. With COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, 4-H club volunteers must attend this year’s training in order to be able to conduct QA within their 4-H club in 2021.  

CANCELLED 4-H Cloverbud Advisor for Wed., Feb. 17 Training Due to Severe Weather Forecast
Based on the severe weather forecast for the upcoming week, we are cancelling the in-person 4-H Cloverbud Advisor Training.  We will work to reschedule for a day in March.  Once a date is secured with the Fairgrounds, we will let you know in an upcoming Weekly 4-H Update.

VIRTUAL New 4-H Volunteer Orientation – Feb. 18, 6:30 PM by ZOOM 
Any adult that would like to become a Clark County 4-H Volunteer or is currently in the process of becoming a 4-H Volunteer must complete New 4-H Volunteer Orienation as part of that process. The next New 4-H Volunteer Orientation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM by ZOOM.   To participate in the ZOOM training, click on https://osu.zoom.us/j/93116395274?pwd=b1BCVHF5YlJibWlhMzFZUk1aQTBNUT09 
Meeting ID: 931 1639 5274
Password: 689534

If you have not completed a New 4-H Volunteer Application, please download one to complete at https://clark.osu.edu or off the 4-H App.  You may e-mail the completed application to house.18@osu.edu or newman.221@osu.edu to process.  

Next Weeks 4-H Committee Meetings by ZOOM 
•    4-H Horse Committee Mtg:  Monday, Feb. 15, 7:30 PM 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://osu.zoom.us/j/95435926396?pwd=em5RQ3B1cjRkeFc4NEFkT1YzcFIvQT09 
Meeting ID: 954 3592 6396
Password: 692089

or 
Dial  +1 646 876 9923 
Meeting ID: 954 3592 6396
Password: 692089
•    4-H Sheep Committee Meeting – CANCELLED, Next Meeting in April 
     
In the 4-H Spirit,

Patty House
4-H Extension Educator
house.18@osu.edu
937-398-7599