Dwayne Nunez, Merrill, Thomas A., Bere, Shannon L. | 4/21/2005 11:14:26 PM
BATON ROUGE – Thousands of youngsters from across the state are working toward competing in the LSU AgCenter’s 70th annual Livestock Show Feb. 5-12.
By the time they reach the February events, the 4,000 young people and the 5,000 to 6,000 animals that are expected to be a part of this year’s show will already have competed in parish and district livestock shows across Louisiana during the first few weeks of 2005. They will come to South Louisiana with the hopes of being named state champions in this show.
This year’s state Livestock Show will be held at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. That move was necessitated last year because of construction of a new Emerging Technology Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge that required demolition of a portion of the AgCenter’s livestock show facilities.
LSU AgCenter Chancellor William B. "Bill" Richardson points out that while the event is called a livestock show, it’s really about much more.
"Sure, we pick champion animals, but our livestock shows are much more about the part they play in helping young people to develop their full potential," Richardson explained, adding, "The dedication it takes to raise animals is just one way these young people prove that all of them are becoming champions."
Judges at the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show determine state champions in various breeds of beef and dairy cattle, goats, hogs, poultry and sheep.
In addition, six young people will be selected to receive Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Awards in a competition based on their knowledge of livestock. These annual awards were made possible by a $60,000 endowment donated in 1998 by Gerry Lane Enterprises of Baton Rouge.
Those winners, as well as winners of scholarships and other awards, will be honored during a ceremony and reception at 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Lamar-Dixon Center’s Trademart Building.
This year's show is dedicated to Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association – in recognition of the many roles that association and its members have played in the LSU AgCenter’s livestock shows throughout the years.