July 10, 2020
T0: All Livestock Exhibitors and Parents
RE: 2021 Spring Show Validations, Animal Health, Off Season Prep, State Fair Entry Information due entered online by September 7th, you will need to check the State Fair website often and submit entries online or mail by September 7th.Letters and entry forms will not be mailed.Spring Possession and Show Dates Award Trip Information.It is important that exhibitor families check AgCenter websites often concerning all 4-H programs.With current situation, things are fluid and may change.
2021 Show Possession/Validation dates and State Show Entry Fee information:
The LSU Management Council has left the possession dates for most species the same as last year, as well as allowing exhibitor families in parishes to tag and validate animals and not congregating and validating animals at a central location in the parish.The possession dates for the 2021 LSU Spring Shows are as follows: Market Steers-August 14, 2020.All Market Steers must be tagged and validated no later than Friday, August 14th with DNA and payment returned to the 4-H Office.All market steers that will be shown at the 2021 spring shows must have been validated through the Parish 4-H Office or FFA Advisor by August 14th.There will be a $7.00 fee for each animal validated.Breeding Beef and Dairy, Commercial Beef and Dairy Heifers is November 6, 2020.Market Lambs and Goats, Commercial Ewes and Does and Breeding Sheep and Goats November 6, 2020.Market and Breeding Hogs December 4, 2020.Any animal already validated for the 2020 State Fair of Louisiana may utilize the current ear tag I.D. that each animal has, but a new DNA Sample and nomination fee must be submitted by that particular species validation/possession date.This process is due to the fact that The State Fair and LSU utilize a different DNA Company.In Beauregard Parish, we will validate all animals requiring a tag and DNA sampling in the same manner as for the 2020 shows.We will be able to tag and validate all commercial beef and dairy heifers, market and commercial sheep and goats during the Beauregard Parish Fair set October 6-10, 2020.We will have tags and DNA envelopes available at the Fair or 4-H Office for pick up to allow families to validate their animals by the end of September.All Beef, Dairy, Lambs and Goats must be tagged and validate by November 6th.Validation is tagging animal and pulling hair with follicles (40 hairs) and placing in a DNA Envelope and returning envelope and payment of $7.00 per animal with check made payable to Livestock Show Office to the 4-H Office by 4:30 p.m. on November 6th.Market and Breeding Hogs must be validated by December 4th in the same manner as the Goats, Cattle and Sheep.If you have a conflict with this validation or a hardship, you must contact Mr. Mike or your FFA Advisor to complete a hardship form. We will help exhibitors and their family in any way possible, but it is the exhibitor family’s responsibility to properly possess and validate all animals they plan to show by the set deadlines.Any animal and exhibitor not following these procedures will be ineligible for entry in the 2021 LSU Livestock show series. All 2021 Beauregard EXPO, Southwest District and LSU entries will be due in the Beauregard 4-H Office no later than Monday, December 4, 2020.Entry packets will be available prior to this due date by post on the Beauregard 4-H website and the Beauregard Junior Livestock Association facebook page as well as hard copies at the 4-H Office.
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LSU State Show Schedule Change Information:At the present time, we have not received state livestock show changes from the state Management Council.However, show schedule should be similar to the 2020 LSU State Livestock Show.The show is scheduled for February 13-20, 2021.The exact show schedule is not completely set yet.The specie splits should follow the same schedule as in the past.Remember that those showing at the 2021 LSU Spring Shows will need to complete the Quality Assurance educational program for each species that they will show.This is the same program as last year.If you have a copy of last years’ completion certificate, it may be able to be used.You may access the program and print a copy of your certificate if you completed the program in 2017 or prior.New exhibitors must visit the website and complete the training and print a completion certificate.A copy of the exhibitors’ completion certificate must accompany their LSU Entry forms.To access the Quality Assurance training; go to http://qaec.lsuagcenter.com link.Follow the directions in this program.Remember to print a copy of your certificate for each species completed.
Ruminant Parasite Warning:One item to be aware of in our livestock projects such as cattle, sheep and goats that are grazing on summer pasture is internal parasites.The return of green grass and frequent showers as we have had recently this summer increases the risk of severe parasitism caused by Haemonchus contortus, the large stomach worm of ruminants. Immature stages of the parasite have accumulated in pastures this summer.August and September are the months when severe anemia, weakness and death from blood loss.Owners should be checking the eyelids of their animals for signs of anemia.A healthy animal will have reddish or pink colored lips and gums and on their internal eye lid.If their gums and especially their internal eye lid is very pale or white, then deworming of those particular animals need to be done immediately.Failure to deworm infected animals in a timely manner could result in death for those particular animals.Deworming with an effective drug followed by moving the animals to a pasture that has not been grazed in recent months is highly recommended.Moving sheep and goats to a pasture used only by cattle or horses is acceptable due to the animals’ different grazing pattern differences.
Off Season Preparation:With the new and possibly different school year upon us, the livestock show season is fast approaching.With this fact in mind, we as exhibitors should be thinking about first of all inspecting your livestock facility.All aspects of the facility should be looked at and inspected from the structure and supports to flooring and everything in between.Now is also the time to make any modifications or additions to your livestock facility.Remember that the animals that we place in our facilities represent a substantial investment.Fences and panels should be inspected for holes and damage, pay close attention to the attachment of the fences to post and walls.If the attachments are loose (for example nails or fence staples), they should be repaired.Check the water supply, making sure that there are no leaks and that each faucet or automatic water device works properly.If the facility is equipped with electricity, check all wires for damage and make sure all receptacles, switches and outlets are in working order.If damaged items are found; get an adult’s assistance, turn off main power and make necessary repairs.Check the flooring in the animal housing.If it is made of wood, check for rot and possible holes where an animal may step through and injure itself.Check cement floors for damage and repair if possible.Housing with dirt floors can contain foreign objects that an animal can eat or become injured.These items should be removed.The soil can be worked up with some type of disinfectant and possibly lime added to the soil and smoothed out filling in holes.Some soil may need to be added.After all repairs have been accomplished, it is time to clean and disinfect the facility.As a safety precaution, the main electricity should be turned off if and when using liquids to clean and disinfect.This will prevent an accidental electrocution.The facility should be swept clean from debris and dirt, a water hose can be used to wash down the entire facility including the floors, walls, and ceiling.It is important to limit the water use, especially if there is a dirt floor.An excessive amount of water could cause the formation of mud.After the entire facility has properly dried, the use of some type of disinfectant should be used to help destroy or kill any disease-causing pathogens.A good solution to use would be a mixture of 50% bleach and 50% water applied in a hand sprayer.This application can be applied well in advance of the purchase of new animals.It is a good idea to repeat the disinfectant application approximately a week prior to placing new animals in the facility.Make sure that these materials have completely dried before the animals are placed in the facility.
Locating New Animals:There are many local cattle, sheep, swine, rabbit and goat producers as well as producers around the state and country that have young prospect show animals that are just about at weaning age and will be ready to be sold in the next few months.The good show prospects will go very quickly.If you are interested in purchasing a new show animal, it is advisable to start locating breeders with potential show animals for sale.Many or most of them will allow you to select an animal for purchase now and pick it up at a later date.The possession date for many show animals such as beef breeding, commercial heifers, dairy cattle, breeding and market lambs, and breeding and market goats is November 6, 2020 and the possession date for market and breeding pigs is December 4, 2020.To be successful with selecting a potential show animal of good quality, you should begin your search as soon as possible.You can locate producers with potential show animals by contacting the 4-H Office, your FFA Advisor, Other exhibitors, and local livestock producers.Remember that the last possible date to validate the animals you will show is listed above.Those missing the validation for your particular species must file a hardship within 48 hours of the possession/validation date.Animals not validated will be ineligible to show in the 2021 LSU shows.Validation only includes animals that must be tagged.Breeding animals with registration papers need not be validated, however purchase date or owned by date on registration papers on all registered animals must be properly indicated on or prior to possession date on the original registration papers.
Possession Dates:Possession dates are very important to follow in our livestock projects.Possession is defined as the exhibitor having the particular animal under their personal care (and not be in possession of a custom fitter) after possession dates.The possession requirement covers the period from the date of possession to completion of the LSU State Show.Market and Commercial Animals must be tagged with DNA pulled by possession date to show possession.Registered animals must show purchase or owned by date on registration papers in the particular exhibitor’s name on or by the possession date of that specie.An animal owned by an exhibitor may be shown in an open show by members of the immediate family (parents, legal guardians, brothers, sisters and grandparents).Animals must be entered and shown in the open show in the 4-H or FFA member’s name to prevent the violation of the possession rule.Possession dates serve more than one purpose.First, the dates differ depending on the species that you plan to show.The different dates can deal with the expected time that it takes to break and train and growth patterns for that particular species of animal.In other words, the possession date gives you, as an exhibitor ample time to work, train and feed that animal for show.The other purpose of the possession date requirements is to give all exhibitors the benefit of being on an even playing field, and to try to make sure that the animal is in the care of the exhibitor.Remember that the 4-H and FFA livestock projects are utilized as a teaching/learning tool.As an exhibitor, not much is learned if someone else does all of the work in raising that project and brings that animal to you a week before the shows start.It is also an unfair practice for everyone involved.Our livestock projects are not just about winning and losing.The true winner is not always the individual that is in the winners’ circle, and a loser is not always the individual that gets last in the class.In our Livestock projects; our winners are those individuals who acquire animal care skills through raising an animal whether it is a cow or a rabbit, those who learn the importance of the responsibility of caring for another living creature, and those who learn life skills and develop good traits of character through these project activities.The character traits and life skills identified as part of the learning process in all 4-H and FFA projects are: Leadership, Fairness, Respect, Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Caring, Honesty, Integrity, Self-esteem and Citizenship.Youth exhibitors develop life skills and character traits when they are involved in each phase of the livestock project from selection through the show ring.The true winners in our livestock projects are those individuals who win and lose graciously and acquire the experiences and life skills that will allow them to develop into productive and respected adults in our communities.We do realize that not everyone has the space or facility to house potential show animals.The Junior Livestock Show Program has made provisions to allow youth who do not have space to house an animal at their own home the opportunity to participate in the Livestock project and Shows.The provision is the completion and submission of a 4-H/FFA Livestock Project Possession/Hardship Form.A link for this form is included with this letter. The acceptance of a particular hardship is based on the ability of the potential exhibitor to provide personal care for the animal and is the major goal in all livestock projects.The guiding concern with these hardship requests is the education and development of the 4-H or FFA member.Items of importance when submitting a possession hardship request are a) the animal should be housed within a reasonable distance to allow the project member to interact with the animal project on a regular/positive basis.b) The project member should do the majority of work and care for the animal project.C) All housing request must be made prior to the possession date for that species; Residential restrictions will be considered and opportunities for housing will be considered.d) Animals housed across parish lines must be recommended by 4-H Agents and/or FFA Advisors in both parishes.This process is a formality that is a requirement for livestock projects with hardship/possession issues.All hardships will be reviewed and passed on to the proper personnel.It is very important to take care of this paperwork prior to purchasing your potential show animal.If you have done this process in the past and your situation has not changed, you do not need to go through this process again.
Things to Think About for Spring 2021
The tentative dates for the Spring Livestock Shows are:
Possession Dates for LSU Livestock Show animals are:
!!!!!TBA - Southern Possession and Entry Dates are subject to Change!!!!!
Please contact me on Southern Possession dates if you have an exhibitor wishing to show at the Southern Show.
Those showing Beef Breeding animals should pay close attention to the birth date on cattle being shown and the ones to be purchased. The oldest heifer class for the 2021 Spring Shows will be Senior Yearling Heifers, Calved September 1 to December 31, 2018.The oldest bull that may be shown for the spring of 2021 is Early Junior Yearling Bulls, Calved January 1 to February 28, 2019.You may look at turning out or selling cattle that are older than the dates listed above.Now is the time to start looking for replacement animals if you have calves that fit into this category.
Other items to pay close attention to: For 2021 Market animals receiving a purple or blue ribbon will qualify for the state show.Market Steers will be shown by weight and classified as Brahman Inf., and Non-Brahman Inf.The maximum number of market steers an exhibitor can show is three (3).The maximum number of Market lambs an exhibitor can show is three (3).The maximum weight for market swine will be 285 pounds with a continued 5% tolerance.Market hogs will continue to show by weight and breed classification.Weight back tolerances on all market animals will continue to be the same.Some breed classification specifics have been modified on market swine.Those items are available at the 4-H office.Market goat minimum weight will continue to be 50 pounds.Weigh back tolerances for market animals are as follows:Steers; 4% + or – declared weight. Lambs, Goats and Hogs, 5% + or – declared weight.The state show will continue to be at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, through at least 2021. LSU and State Fair of Louisiana rule books will be available only on the web through appropriate web sites.The 2021 State Livestock Show rule book should be available on the www.lsuagcenter.com website in the next couple of months.
State Fair of Louisiana:The 2020 State Fair of Louisiana will be held on October 21 – November 7, 2020. State Fair officials will meet August 1st concerning final show specifics.It is recommended that exhibitors visit the State Fair of Louisiana website regularly for updates, rules and entry information.You should all have your animals well on their way to being prepared for this upcoming event.All animals must have health papers in order to enter the show premises.All market animals must be properly entered on official entry forms mailed to the State Fair or entered online preferably.For those that have shown interest in showing at the 2020 fair; you are encouraged to enter animals online through the State Fair website or print entry forms and mail directly to the State Fair by September 7th.The Junior Division of Livestock rule book and entry information should be on the State Fair of Louisiana website by early or mid-August.The 2020 State Fair of Louisiana will conduct a calf Scramble during the PRCA Rodeo performances held on October 30-31; please contact the 4-H Office for an application or find the information on the State Fair website.These applications are due in the State Fair Office on or postmarked by September 7th.If you need entry sheets or a schedule, you may obtain them at the 4-H Office or by visiting the State Fair of Louisiana Website at: http://www.statefairoflouisiana.com/livestock.html.You are encouraged to enter your State Fair animals online instead of as a hard copy and pay entries online with a credit card as well.Entries will be available to be completed online starting August 15th and must be completed online no later than September 7th.Follow entry instructions on the State Fair website.Please fill all forms out correctly with the proper information remembering to have your parents sign the entry sheets.The class numbers for animals can be found in the State Fair catalog located on the website listed above.Exhibitors must make sure that the correct division and breed of animal is checked when classing an animal.Remember that division and class numbers are different for cattle shown in the Junior and Open shows.You may call the 4-H Office with any classing questions.Return the entry sheets along with a copy of your animals’ registration papers and the correct entry fees to the State Fair Office.No Later than Monday, September 7, 2020.Officials would rather online payment, however, Checks Payable to State Fair of Louisiana will be accepted.2020 State Fair Breeding entries will not be accepted without a copy of each animals’ registration paper.The mailing address for the State Fair Office is 3701 Hudson, Shreveport, LA.71109.A copy of the show schedule may be obtained from the 4-H Office or the State Fair website listed above. Upon receipt of or reviewing the schedule, Check closely for the arrival and release times for your particular species of animals.With this schedule, you will be able to show in both the Junior and Open shows on the same day.Open show entries may be entered on the same form as the junior entries.Entries without copies of registration papers will not be accepted by the State Fair.Showmanship classes will be open for entry at the time that you check in your animals at the Fair.It is important that you properly mark and sign your weigh cards for market animals and all entry information.Remember that when you turn in your weigh card, mark the animal for sale or not for sale.This decision is final.All market animals marked for sale and making the sale must sell including Louisiana Bred Champions. Remember that again this Year: All exhibitors who sell an animal at the 2020 State Fair of Louisiana must be present to sell their own animal.If the exhibitor does not accompany their animal through the sale, your sale will be voided.Those selling their animal will relinquish ownership to the State Fair of Louisiana will receive the full amount of the sale minus commission.Be sure to purchase gate wrist bands, parking passes, and tack permits by checking the appropriate column and number needed on your entry form.You must enclose the proper amount of money to pay for all items indicated on your entry form.It would also be advisable to purchase Fair carnival bracelets through your entry instead of at the fair.The cost for advanced price is listed on the website. Remember to make entry fee checks payable to State Fair of Louisiana.You may also contact the State Fair Livestock Office by phone at (318) 635-1361.Pay attention to due dates.The State Fair of Louisiana will accept late livestock entries; however it will be at a much higher entry fee.
Livestock Educational Awards Trips:At this time, we are hopeful that the current livestock educational trip for Beef Cattle and Sheep to attend the NAILE in Louisville, KY will take place as usual.I have received information that the plan is to continue with the NAILE trip; however participant numbers will be reduced do the current COVID-19 situation.More information to come as we receive it.Goat exhibitors win an educational trip without animal held during the summer.Exhibitors are selected during the LSU Goat show.Interested exhibitors should contact the 4-H Office for more information.Entry deadlines and specific training are required for some trips.An important change for the NAILE (Louisville Livestock trip) is that Beef cattle health requirements have changed.NEW beginning 2019: All Beef Cattle will be required to have a USDA 840 EID Tag. All Cattle will be required to have a BVD negative test. All cattle shall be reported negative on an ELISA or PCR BVD-PI test that has been collected by an accredited veterinarian. The results and date of the test shall be recorded on the CVI issued for entry into the Kentucky Exhibition Center for the NAILE.Also, each winning participant will have to pay a $150.00 fee to attend the trip.This fee is due with entry documents completed after animal selection.This fee will go to help pay transportation cost of the competing livestock.Trip information may be obtained by contacting the 4-H office.
It is important to notify your FFA Advisory or 4-H Agent of your intentions to show a livestock animal for the 2021 Spring Livestock Shows. Forms to accomplish this task are included as a link with this letter.The Livestock Exhibitor Form is due to the Beauregard 4-H Office by Wednesday, August 26, 2020. You may miss important livestock information if you fail to submit this form. We will base our 2020-2021 Livestock email lists from these forms as well as utilize this information to order DNA envelopes and tags.Please include your email address on the form.If you have recently submitted an exhibitor form from the summer newsletter, you do not need to submit another form. It is your responsibility as an exhibitor to submit this information on time.Failing to do this may cause you to miss a very important entry deadline.If you know of any new or potentially new livestock exhibitors and or leaders, please make them aware of this information and have them contact Mike LaVergne at the Beauregard 4-H Office at (337) 463-7006 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Volunteers needed: We are also seeking 4-H and FFA Alumni, Parents, Grand Parents and Adult Volunteers to serve as Livestock Volunteer Leaders for youth involved in the Junior Livestock Projects.These volunteer leaders would share their vast knowledge of livestock production, grooming and care by assisting with conducting home visits and making the Extension Agents or FFA Advisors aware of any problems, conducting livestock species grooming and showmanship clinics including Showing Character Activities, and possibly helping in other ways such as helping to conduct Beauregard Parish Junior Livestock Expo and Beauregard Parish Fair activities.If you are interested in assisting in the growth of a young person and improving the Beauregard Junior Livestock program, please contact Mike LaVergne at (337) 463-7006 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the Beauregard Junior Livestock Association at 337-375-4887.You may also find them on facebook.
Good luck with all of your livestock projects and activities.If you have any questions regarding the 4-H Livestock Project Programs including assistance in locating or selecting potential show animals or general questions regarding the 4-H Program in Beauregard Parish, please contact Mike LaVergne at (337) 463-7006.The Louisiana and Beauregard 4-H program is open to any youth ages 9 to 20 regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, or handicap.If you have a disability which requires special assistance for your participation in any Beauregard 4-H activity, please contact us at the number above.References for the previous information were obtained from Disaster Information Resources distributed by the LSU AgCenter, LSU AgCenter Livestock Show, 2020 State Fair of Louisiana rule book.
Michael A. LaVergne
County Agent (4-H) (ES)
Beauregard Parish Fair Information: The Beauregard Parish Fair is set for October 6-10, 2020.The theme is “Beauregard Parish - The Land of Plenty in 2020” The fair will have opportunities for youth to enter their handmade crafts, records, produce, canned items, baked goods as well as livestock projects.Craft items entered in the Beauregard Parish Fair must be items completed between last years’ fair and the 2020 Parish Fair.Any livestock project exhibited in the 2020 Parish Fair must be under the possession and care of the exhibitor by September 1, 2020.Listed below is the Beauregard Parish Fair tentative Schedule, please review it and prepare to participate and exhibit your 4-H and FFA projects during our Parish Fair.Please visit the Beauregard Parish Fair Website regularly at https://beauregardparishfair.com for updated information.Due to the current COVID-19 Situation; the Fair status is subject to change.Part of the way we support the Beauregard Junior Livestock Association (BJLA) is to run a concession stand during the Parish Fair.Proceeds from the concession stand go to pay for awards and running our spring livestock show.We need all parents involved to dedicate a small portion of their time to work in this concession stand to help make it a success.Please contact the 4-H Office 463-7006 or Dennis Ansetta at 337-375-1553 or the Beauregard Junior Livestock Association at 337-375-4887 to set up a time when you can work.Remember that funds raised go to support your child as well as other children in the Beauregard Junior Livestock Program.Your assistance would be greatly appreciated and needed.The actual opening of the Fair is on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.Beauregard Parish Fair Schedule is as follows:
Saturday, October 3, 2020 4-H Pet Show, Open Pavilion 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Note Registration Day has changed: The Poultry Show has moved from Tuesday to Wednesday evening.The Poultry Show will take place on Wednesday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m.All must be in place in the barn by Noon on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.All other livestock except rabbits must be in the barn by Wednesday, October 7, 2020 by 6:00 p.m.The Cute Critter Contest will be Friday evening October 9th.Registration of animals for the show has moved to Saturday, October 3rd 2-5 p.m. and will not take place on Sunday, but will resume on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.The listed schedule is Tentative the specific schedule will be distributed at registration!
Saturday, October 3, 2020 Livestock Entries will be accepted between 2:00-5:00 p.m.Entries accepted only, no need for animals to be brought.
Monday, October 5, 2020 Entries open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m.Entries accepted only, no need for animals to be brought.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Animals May arrive. Note No Livestock Shows on Tuesday!
Wednesday, October 7, 20208:00 a.m. all livestock except rabbits and chickens must be in Livestock barn.
12:00 p.m.all poultry must be in the cages.
4:00 p.m.Poultry Show
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Scales
8:00 p.m.All livestock weigh cards must be turned in.
Thursday, October 8, 2020195:00 p.m. Adult Rabbit Show
6:00 p.m. Youth Rabbit Show
Friday, October 9, 20208:30 a.m. Sheep Shearing Contest
10:00 a.m. Youth Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Contest
3:00 p.m. Livestock Judging Awards
Followed by Species Showmanship Clinic
7:00 p.m.Cute Critter Contest followed by team Quiz Bowl Contest
Saturday, October 10, 20209:00 a.m. Swine Show, followed by Goat Show, followed by Sheep Show, followed by
Dairy Show, followed by Beef Show
9:45 p.m. Gates open to Truck Traffic
10:00 p.m. Premium Checks released
10:30 p.m.Animals Released
Note: Those wishing to validate Commercial Beef or Dairy Heifers, or market or commercial Lambs and goats will have the opportunity to do so during the Beauregard Parish Fair.The last opportunity to validate these animals will be Friday, November 6th. Please pay attention to the following statement:Given the health concerns with COVID-19 there is no guarantee that the Any AgCenter Livestock event will occur as advertised. With that in mind all livestock show participants and families should note that purchase and/or validation of animals is at their own risk and financial investment.I have included links concerning RHDV2 in Rabbits.This disease may drastically affect future rabbit shows.I have also attached a link for the Livestock registration page and links concerning bio security, Veterinary Feed Derivative, exhibitor good habits and drug regulation information. Information related to project registration, Veterinarian Feed Derivative, Drug use regulations and drug use mishaps are listed in the file bucket. The following link of a USDA fact sheet is related to the RHDV2 Rabbit Virus that could drastically affect rabbit projects and shows. More information related to this topic is expected in the near future. Find more information on the USDA website: Factsheet, Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease.