(01/26/24) GONZALES, La. — Louisiana 4-H and FFA youth will gather in February for the 89th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
AgCenter officials expect more than 2,000 exhibitors to bring thousands of animals for competition during the week of Feb. 10 to 17.
This year, 3,876 youth validated more than 8,600 animals for showing at the parish, district and state livestock shows.
Livestock show manager Dwayne Nunez said participating in events like the state livestock show as well as district shows held throughout the state is a confidence boost for the winners that can steer their lives in a positive direction.
“Being a livestock exhibitor myself many years ago and understanding the countless hours spent caring for 4-H and FFA livestock projects, I have a great appreciation for the educational benefit of the program,” he said. “Exhibitors gain knowledge on animal husbandry that includes selection, genetics, nutrition, health, fitting, showing, economics and marketing.”
Competitions like these allow youth to develop life skills such as communication, leadership, cooperation, discipline, responsibility and financial management.
“All of these skills and knowledge learned are combined and expanded upon when these exhibitors and families take part in our LSU AgCenter Livestock Show,” Nunez said. “It is truly an event to showcase the progress of 4-H and FFA programming.”
Nunez said special thanks and congratulations should be given to all exhibitors, parents, leaders, agents, teachers, sponsors and volunteers who support the 4-H and FFA livestock programs.
“Each of them can take great pride in being involved in one of the most beneficial and wholesome educational efforts available to young people,” he said.
The full slate of events for the 2024 LSU AgCenter State Livestock show is available at https://bit.ly/LivestockShowEvents.
A participant at the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show shows off his calf. The 2024 statewide competition will be held at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on the week of Feb. 10 to 17. LSU AgCenter file photo
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture