Shannon L. Bere, Merrill, Thomas A., Nunez, Dwayne P. | 4/22/2005 12:01:45 AM
BATON ROUGE – Scholastic awards totaling more than $44,000 were presented Saturday (Feb. 12) to the top exhibitors of market animals at the 70th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show.
The awards, which ranged from $1,500 to $5,500 for individual winners, went to 4-H and FFA youth who showed champion market animals during the Feb. 5-12 events that included competition for beef and dairy cattle, goats, hogs, poultry and sheep.
Approximately 3,700 young people were qualified to compete with nearly 5,500 animals in the annual livestock show sponsored by the LSU AgCenter. The 4-H and FFA members from across Louisiana qualified for this state championship show by winning awards at parish and district livestock shows earlier this year.
The scholastic awards, which totaled $44,250, were made possible by donations from businesses and individuals. Those premiums have replaced the former system under which champion market animals from the livestock show were sold in an auction.
Under the newer system, each exhibitor of a grand champion, reserve grand champion, champion Louisiana-bred or reserve champion Louisiana-bred market animal receives a standard award depending on the type of animal.
The 2005 winners and their award totals were:
Grand Champion Pen of Broilers – Kristian Ardoin, Jefferson Davis Parish/Hathaway High FFA, $3,000.
Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers – Joanna Lejeune, Acadia Parish 4-H, $2,500.
Grand Champion Market Goat and Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Goat – Sammy Monier, Evangeline 4-H, $5,000.
Reserve Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Goat – Amber Gary, Calcasieu 4-H, $4,000.
Grand Champion Market Hog – Bradley Roussell, Calcasieu/Iowa High FFA, $3,500.
Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Hog – Dustin Wambsgans, Ascension 4-H, $4,750.
Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Hog – Sage Doise, Jefferson Davis 4-H, $1,500.
Grand Champion and Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Lamb – Brandon Marcantel, Evangeline 4-H, $5,500.
Reserve Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Lamb – Gregory Briscoe, Acadia 4-H, $4,250.
Grand Champion Market Steer – Claire Galley, Calcasieu 4-H, $3,750.
Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer – Claire Galley, Calcasieu 4-H, $3,000.
Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Steer – Timothy Thibodeaux, Calcasieu 4-H, $2,000.
Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Steer – Allison Gravois, St. James 4-H, $1,500.
Those who helped to sponsor this year’s livestock show or contributed to the cash awards included Accoustical Specialties, Ascension Parish Tourist Commission, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola, Baymont Inn, Big Red Ranch, Best Suites, Boots Etc., Budget Inn, Campus Federal Credit Union, Compton Farms, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, ConAgra Foods, Courtyard by Marriott, Crown Enterprises, Cypress Island Farm, Dairy Fresh of Louisiana, Ed Price Building Materials, EMCO, Federal Land Bank, First South Farm Credit ACA, Gerry Lane, Government Consultants Inc., Green Oaks Cemetery, Green Oaks Funeral Home, Hancock Bank, Harvey Honore Construction, Holiday Inn Gonzales, Holiday Inn South, Hutch’s Hardware Inc., John Barton, Jerry Campbell & Associates, Kleinpeter Farms, Louisiana Agri-News Network, LaQuinta, Louisiana Meat Industry, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Mary Lee Donuts, McDonalds, Mike Anderson’s, Ninfa’s Restaurant, Podnuh’s Restaurant, Price LeBlanc, Raeford Farms, Regions Bank, Roussel’s, Sheraton Hotel, Special Forces Association, Spring Hill Suites, Stanford Financial Group, Tanger Outlet Center, Taylor Porter Brooks and Phillips, Tiger Country 100.7, T.J. Ribs Restaurant, Turner Industries, Volks Constructors and Walt McCann.
In other activities during the Saturday ceremonies, this year’s livestock show was dedicated to the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association – an organization that has been a dedicated supporter of the LSU AgCenter for many years, particularly when it comes to youth livestock shows.