Shannon L. Bere, Merrill, Thomas A., Nunez, Dwayne P. | 2/22/2006 2:14:32 AM
News Release Distributed 02/18/06
Top exhibitors of market animals received scholastic premiums of more than $44,000 Saturday (Feb. 18) at the conclusion of the 71st annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show.
The scholastic 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. 11-18 events that included competition for beef and dairy cattle, goats, hogs, poultry and sheep.
More than 3,000 young people competed with more than 5,300 animals in the annual livestock show sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, according to reports from the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show office. 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.
"What we’re here for is to recognize young people for their hard work and dedication," said Dr. Paul Coreil, vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter. "We’re grateful for the variety of sponsors who have made it possible for us to award scholastic premiums to these outstanding 4-H and FFA members."
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 2006 winners and their award totals were:
Grand Champion Pen of Broilers – Matthew Rodriguez, St. Mary Parish 4-H, $3,000.
Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers – Kris Simon, Lafayette 4-H, $2,500.
Grand Champion Market Goat – Jessica Jenkins, St. Tammany/Covington High FFA, $3,000.
Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Goat – Holly Wooten, Lafayette 4-H, $4,500.
Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Goat – Alleigh Ory, St. Tammany 4-H, $1,500.
Grand Champion Market Hog – Ashlyn Trahan, Vermilion 4-H, $3,500.
Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Hog – Wesley Hayes, Allen 4-H, $4,750.
Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Hog – Braun Bourque, Calcasieu 4-H, $1,500.
Grand Champion and Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Lamb – Tyler Aguillard, Evangeline 4-H, $5,500.
Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb – Brandon Marcantel, Evangeline 4-H, $2,750.
Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Lamb – Drew Marceaux, Vermilion 4-H, $1,500.
Grand Champion Market Steer – Zachary Barry, St. Tammany 4-H, $3,750.
Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer – Amy Hayes, Allen 4-H, $3,000.
Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Steer – Frank Sotile III, Ascension 4-H, $2,000.
Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Steer – Conner Galley, Calcasieu 4-H, $1,500.
Those who helped to sponsor this year’s livestock show or contributed to the cash awards included Acoustical Specialties and Supply, John Barton, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Berry, John and Genevieve Berry, Jerry Campbell, John Compton, Dairy Fresh, First South Farm Credit, GNG Farm Partnership, Kleinpeter Farms, LAMPA, Price LeBlanc, The Robert Family and Volks Constructors.
In other activities during the Saturday ceremonies, this year’s livestock show was dedicated to Mary Lee and Bill Dixon – ardent supporters of the 4-H program who also are responsible for the vision and financial backing that led to the construction of the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center where the livestock show has been held for the past three years.
Shannon Bere at (225) 578-2255 or email@example.com
Dwayne Nunez at (225) 621-5799 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or email@example.com