Traditional Project, Extraordinary Outcome

Ty Hebert, 4-H alumni from Vermilion Parish in 2022, is truly an example of how a traditional 4-H project can have an extraordinary outcome. From being an infant toted along to his sisters’ livestock shows to planning a college career majoring in agricultural economics, agriculture has always been a part of his life.

How did you get started in 4-H?

4-H was a family tradition. My two older sisters were involved in livestock projects as well as my parents and grandparents. They all showed Brahman cattle. I grew up on a family cow-calf Brahman operation with a passion for livestock. 4-H was a way for me to home in on that passion. I started showing at nine years old and was eager to participate in the family tradition.

After 10 years in the 4-H program, what is your biggest piece of advice for younger members?

I encourage 4-H members to take every opportunity and event granted to you. Each one has a purpose and can help to develop your skills and knowledge.

How did your livestock project contribute to who you are today?

Coming from a livestock background, the work ethic, time management and leadership skills gained is something I will carry with me throughout my life. Overall, the livestock project has aided me in developing a multitude of leadership skills rooted in the task of caring for a living, breathing thing other than yourself.

What made you want to be Louisiana 4-H president?

My experience as the first Louisiana 4-H member to be a State Livestock Ambassador gave me the space to create a vision to take the next step in my leadership development and run for state 4-H president. That opportunity gave me the courage and confidence I needed to step out of my comfort zone.

What is your most unexpected takeaway from your livestock project?

I did not expect to learn so much about ethics through my livestock project. I use those same moral and ethical codes with the people in my life. Livestock projects help students to develop an appreciation for ethical considerations at a young age regarding what is wrong and right. I learned how to stay true to myself and make a decision on behalf of someone or something else.

A family consisting of two parents and a teen male stand behind a pig.

Ty Hebert’s family traditionally exhibited Brahman cattle, but as a senior in high school, Ty was determined to try his hand at the swine project. He credits his past 4-H experiences for encouraging him to continue to seek challenges. Provided photo.

Getting to know Ty Hebert

  • Favorite livestock show?

LSU AgCenter 4-H and FFA State Show.

  • Favorite species/breed?


  • Favorite barn chore?

Cleaning pig pens.

  • Favorite 4-H memory?

Shaving my head with sheep shears at the parish livestock show to raise money for the program.

  • Favorite livestock show food?

Carrot fritters from Mrs. Nickie Leger and Mr. Chris Herpin’s jambalaya.

  • Favorite part of show day?

The confidence I feel in the cumulative moment of walking into the show ring, knowing I prepared myself to my fullest capabilities.

  • Go-to show day outfit?

Blue pin stripe with dark, starched jeans. Don’t forget the handkerchief in my back, right pocket!

3/1/2023 10:10:46 PM
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