Louisiana 4-H team competes in national contest

Bruce Schultz  |  11/12/2008 11:05:14 PM

News Release Distributed 11/12/08

The Louisiana 4-H Meat Judging Team won seventh place overall at the 2008 American Royal Livestock Show National 4-H Meat Evaluation and Identification Contest held Oct. 28 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.

Competing against top meat-judging teams in the nation, the Louisiana team placed third in beef judging, sixth in pork judging, fifth in retail judging, sixth in total reasons, sixth in total judging and seventh in retail identification.

Though no awards were presented for the “placing only” phase of the contest, the Louisiana team dominated this category and placed first.

Team members included Ashley Johnson, a Carencro High School graduate; Dru Broussard and Lance Martin, both of Carencro High School; and Brett Richard of South Cameron High School.

Broussard placed fourth in individual beef judging.

Coaches were Kyle Albarado, a 4-H volunteer from Carencro; Nikki Mouch, LSU AgCenter 4-H agent in Lafayette Parish; Stan Dutile, LSU AgCenter county agent in Lafayette Parish: and David Boldt, instructor in the LSU AgCenter’s Department of 4-H Youth Development.

“We are very proud of these 4-H’ers,” Mouch said. “Their hard work and dedication have paid off. We hope this opportunity will provide them with a very bright future.”

The team had the opportunity to practice in the Oklahoma State University Meats Lab before the actual competition. From there, they traveled to Manhattan, Kan., for the contest.

Next, they traveled to Kansas City, Mo., for the American Royal Awards Breakfast where the winners were announced. The rest of the trip consisted of educational tours of the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Express Ranches in Yukon, Okla. The last stop was the historic stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Writer: Bruce Schultz at (337) 788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

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