Johnnie G. Whitmire, Van Osdell, Mary Ann | 9/11/2007 9:40:03 PM
The Town of Dubach will celebrate the Louisiana Chicken Festival Sept. 28-29 with a proclamation from Gov. Kathleen Blanco declaring September Poultry and Egg Month.
Rep. Hollis Downs, Rep. Rick Gallot and Sen. Robert Kostelka will be on hand to read the resolution at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the festival site on the town square.
Poultry production is Louisiana’s largest animal industry and has held that position for the past five years, said Johnnie Whitmire, assistant extension agent for poultry at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station in Homer.
“Poultry production contributes more than $1 billion to the state’s economy, which makes it the second largest segment of Louisiana’s agricultural industries,” she said, adding that forestry is first in total income production.
The Louisiana poultry industry consists of broiler and egg producers, and commercial broilers are produced by 420 growers in 12 parishes – Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Livingston, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Sabine, Union, Vernon, Webster and Winn.
There were 156 breeder flock producers in 2006 that produced 31.2 million dozen eggs, according to the latest figures from the LSU AgCenter.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture