Champions shine at 89th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show

(02/23/24) GONZALES, La. — Louisiana 4-H and FFA livestock competitors from Minden to Metairie and all points between came together to participate in the 89th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show held from Feb. 10 to 17 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

Dwayne Nunez, AgCenter livestock show manager, reported that 1,520 participants showed 4,234 animals, including 1,989 breeding animals, 774 market animals, 218 pens of broilers and 811 exhibition birds. After competing at the parish and district levels, youth from across Louisiana reached the pinnacle of success statewide.

Toby Lepley, AgCenter associate vice president and 4-H program leader, said it is always an honor to sponsor this event for the competitors who fought so hard to make it to this level.

“For the past 89 years, the LSU AgCenter livestock show has allowed our youth to showcase Louisiana-raised livestock and serve as advocates for agriculture in our state,” he said. “Through the livestock show, these youth are gaining valuable life skills that will help them face challenges and succeed in their education, work, family and communities.”

Tara Smith, AgCenter executive associate vice president and director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, echoed Lepley’s sentiments, citing the importance of youth involvement in keeping livestock production alive in the state for new generations.

“Livestock programming is integral to our 4-H and FFA programs in the state,” Smith said. “The state livestock show is the culmination of much hard work and discipline and an opportunity for our youth to showcase their projects and to be recognized for their successes.”

Matt Lee, AgCenter vice president and dean of the College of Agriculture, who attended the event for the first time, called the experience “remarkable,” and thanked everyone who put it together.

“The determination in the participants’ faces; the joy and anticipation among the parents, family and friends; the air of inspiration among sponsors in seeing it all come together; and the sense of satisfaction among the AgCenter team for a job well done were all on display,” Lee said.

As noted by Lee, generous sponsors donated at various levels, including:

Livestock Award Endowments

Gerry Lane Enterprises, Premier Exhibitor Awards

Price LeBlanc, Champion Market Animals Awards

Nutrien, Champion Showmanship Awards

Meraux Foundation, Supreme Champion Breeding Animals Awards

Arena Sponsors ($10,000 to $19,999)

First South Farm Credit

Sunshine Quality Solutions

Mosaic

Louisiana Land Bank

Gold Level Sponsors ($5,000 to $9,999)

Allen and Jeanette Guillory Thomason Family

Louisiana FFA

Louisiana 4-H Foundation

Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

CF Industries

Silver Level Sponsors ($2,500 to $4,999)

Louisiana Egg Commission

Boot Barn

For a complete list of 2024 LSU AgCenter Livestock Show champions, go to https://bit.ly/3kDcrVW.

Youth displaying their awards.

Showmanship winners are, from left, first row, Juliana Girouard, St. Martin Parish; Jermaine Pitts, Tangipahoa Parish; Nicholas Landry, St. James Parish; Talan Prejean, Acadia Parish; Maverick Clements, Ascension Parish; Cruz Arceneaux, Lafayette Parish; and Leighton Fontenot, Jefferson Davis Parish. Second row, Ben Forbes, East Baton Rouge Parish; Jozie Hampton, Calcasieu Parish; Kennedy Marceaux, Vermilion Parish; Chacelyn Peltier, Iberia Parish; Haley Hancock, Caddo Parish; Henry Patton, Lincoln Parish; Turner Patton, Lincoln Parish; MacKenzie Begnard, Lafayette Parish; and Amelia Parker, Ascension Parish. Third row, Emma Bourgeois, Calcasieu Parish; Jacob Lear, St. James Parish; Gage Hayes, Allen Parish; Kaden Tucker, Livingston Parish; Beau Ostendorf, Tangipahoa Parish; and Sarah Jones, St. James Parish. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter

Youth displaying their awards.

Supreme breeding animal winners are, from left, first row, Juliana Girouard, St. Martin Parish; Braxton Bingham, Livingston Parish; Wyatt Landry, Acadia Parish; and Ashley Woods, St. Tammany. Second row, Jacob Lear, St. James Parish; Kaden Tucker, Livingston Parish; and Chloe Cates, Lafayette Parish. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter

Youth showing their awards.

Winners of market contests are, from left, Emmerie Pierce, St. Tammany Parish; Jacob Lear, St. James Parish; Daniel McBride, Ouachita Parish; Charli Boudreaux, Assumption Parish; and Reese Huval, St. Martin Parish. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter

Youth displaying their awards.

Matt Lee and Tara Smith, of the LSU AgCenter, left, and Eric Lane, of Gerry Lane Enterprises, second from right, and Jim Harper, of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation join Premier Exhibitors. From left, winners include Hagen Marshall, Rapides Parish; Dane Fontenot, Evangeline Parish; Lane Guilbeaux, Lafayette Parish; Dayton Pennington, Avoyelles Parish; Lay Fuselier, St. Mary Parish; and Kody Dennis, Ouachita Parish. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter

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