Timothy G. Page, Merrill, Thomas A.
News Release Distributed 2/14/04
BATON ROUGE – Scholastic awards in excess of $44,000 were presented Saturday (Feb. 14) to the top exhibitors of market animals at the 69th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show.
The awards, which ranged from prizes of $1,500 to $5,750 for individual exhibitors, went to youth who showed champion market animals during the Feb. 7-14 events that included competition for beef and dairy cattle, goats, hogs, poultry and sheep.
The annual livestock show sponsored by the LSU AgCenter brought together approximately 3,500 4-H and FFA members with more than 5,500 animals, who had qualified for the state show by winning awards at parish and district livestock shows across Louisiana.
The scholastic awards, which totaled $44,250, were made possible by donations from businesses and individuals. Those premiums have replaced the former system under which champion market animals from the livestock show were sold in an auction.
Under the newer system, each exhibitor of a grand champion, reserve grand champion, champion Louisiana-bred or reserve champion Louisiana-bred market animal receives a standard award depending on the type of animal.
The 2004 winners and their award totals were:
Grand Champion Pen of Broilers – Matthew Rodriguez, St. Mary 4-H, $3,000.
Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers – Jonathan Lugibihl, Terrebonne 4-H, $2,500.
Grand Champion Market Goat – Kelsey Helmer, Cameron 4-H, $3,000.
Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Goat – Samantha Poole, Cameron 4-H, $4,500.
Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Goat – Megan Simoneaux, Acadia 4-H, $1,500.
Grand Champion and Champion Louisiana-bred Market Hog – Alexa Miller, Calcasieu 4-H, $5,500.
Reserve Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Hog – Drey Marceaux, Vermilion 4-H, $4,250.
Grand Champion Market Lamb – Brad Roussel, Calcasieu 4-H, $3,500.
Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Lamb – Brandon Marcantel, Evangeline 4-H, $4,750.
Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Lamb – Frankie Westerfield, Assumption 4-H, $1,500.
Grand Champion and Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Steer – Joshua Denison, Calcasieu 4-H, $5,750.
Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer – Monty Galley, Calcasieu 4-H, $3,000.
Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana-bred Market Steer – Heidi Myers, Acadia 4-H, $1,500.
Those who helped to sponsor this year’s livestock show or contributed to the cash awards included Acoustical Specialties, Ascension Parish Tourist Commission, Baymont Inn, Big Red Ranch, Best Suites, Boots Etc., Budget Inn, Campus Federal Credit Union, Compton Farms, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, ConAgra Foods, Courtyard by Marriott, Crown Enterprises, Cypress Island Farm, Dairy Fresh of Louisiana, EMCO, Federal Land Bank, First South Farm Credit ACA, Green Oaks Cemetery, Green Oaks Funeral Home, Hancock Bank, Holiday Inn Gonzales, Holiday Inn South, Hutch’s Hardware Inc., John Barton, Jerry Campbell & Associates, Kleinpeter Farms Dairy Inc., Louisiana Agri-News Network, LaQuinta, Louisiana Meat Industry, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Mary Lee Donuts, McDonald’s, Mike Anderson’s Restaurant, Ninfa’s Restaurant, Podnuh’s Restaurant, Raeford Farms, Regions Bank, Roussel’s, Sheraton Hotel, Special Forces Association, SpringHill Suites, Stanford Financial Group, Tanger Outlet Center, Taylor, Porter, Brooks and Philips, Tiger Country 100.7, T. J. Ribs Restaurant and Volks Constructors.
In other activities during the Saturday ceremonies, this year’s livestock show were officially dedicated to Mansel and Pearl Slaughter of Baker. Mr. and Mrs. Slaughter have been dedicated supporters of the LSU AgCenter for many years, particularly when it comes to youth livestock shows.
The 2004 LSU AgCenter Livestock Show concluded Saturday evening. Next year’s show is set for Feb. 5-12, 2005.