La. 4-Hers Win National Honors At Poultry Egg Conference

Theresia Lavergne  |  11/11/2006 1:34:05 AM

News Release Distributed 12/05/2003

Eight 4-H’ers recently represented Louisiana at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Ky., and several came home with national honors.

The conference was held Nov. 19-20 in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition.

Among the winners, the Louisiana 4-H Poultry Judging Team – Mark Carriere, Shawn Zeringue and Chris Head, all of Lafourche Parish, and Joseph Ash of Avoyelles Parish – placed second in market poultry judging, second in egg production judging, ninth in market egg judging and second in the overall judging competition.

Carriere also was the third among the high-scoring individuals in the overall contest, first high individual in market poultry judging and the fourth high individual in egg production judging.

Zeringue was the fourth high individual in the overall contest, the second high individual in market egg judging and the second high individual in egg production judging.

Head was the 13th high individual in the overall contest and the seventh high individual in market poultry judging.

The Louisiana team was coached by LSU AgCenter agent David Boldt of Lafourche Parish.

Other winners from Louisiana included Eric Kimbrough of Ascension Parish, who placed seventh in the National Turkey Barbecue Contest.

Kimbrough was judged on his barbecue techniques, the sensory evaluation of the finished barbecue and on his presentation skills during an illustrated talk about turkeys. Kimbrough, who was coached by LSU AgCenter volunteer leader Dr. Katherine Beier, won a bronze pin and a $100 savings bond.

Kayla Callais of Lafourche Parish also placed eighth in the National Chicken Barbecue Contest.

Callais was judged on criteria similar to those used in the turkey contest. The youngster, who was coached by LSU AgCenter volunteer Kelly Callais, also won a bronze pin and a $100 savings bond.

Amber Harrigill of Concordia Parish placed 10th in the National Egg Preparation Demonstration Contest. She was judged on her presentation skills and on the dish she prepared. Harrigill also won a bronze pin and a $100 savings, and she was coached by LSU AgCenter volunteer Penny Harrigill and AgCenter 4-H agent Shevwan Brown-James of Concordia Parish.

In addition, the Louisiana 4-H Avian Bowl Team placed ninth in the National Avian Bowl contest. The team members were: Molly Farrar of Caddo Parish; Eric Kimbrough, Ascension Parish; and Joseph Ash, Avoyelles Parish. They won bronze pins.

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Contact: Theresia Lavergne at (225) 578-2219 or tlavergne@agcenter.lsu.edu

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