Theresia Lavergne, Merrill, Thomas A. | 11/22/2005 4:04:29 AM
Ten 4-H’ers represented Louisiana at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Ky., last week, and one of them was among the national champions selected.
Other youngsters from the state also placed in a variety of events during the Nov. 16-17 conference held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition.
Among the winners, Eric Kimbrough of Ascension Parish was selected as the national champion in the chicken barbecue contest.
Kimbrough was judged on his barbecue techniques, the sensory evaluation of the finished barbecue and on the presentation skills he demonstrated during an illustrated talk about poultry. Kimbrough, who was coached by Dr. Katherine Beier, an LSU AgCenter volunteer from Ascension, won a gold pin, a plaque and a $500 savings bond.
In other events, the Louisiana 4-H Poultry Judging Team placed second in the national 4-H poultry judging contest.
The team – Ryan Saucier, Brandi Foret, Jordan Head and Monica Benoit, all of Lafourche Parish – also gained honors in individual preliminary events. Those included placing first in market poultry judging, third in market egg judging and fifth in egg production judging.
As for individual scores for the poultry judging team, Saucier posted the fourth highest individual score in the overall contest and second in market poultry judging. Foret was fifth in the overall contest and fifth in market poultry judging. Head placed seventh in market poultry judging and 11th in the overall contest, and Benoit placed third in market egg judging and 10th in egg production judging.
Other winners in various events included Dawn Jason of West Baton Rouge Parish, who placed second in the national egg preparation demonstration contest, and Angelle Johnson of Tangipahoa Parish, who placed fourth in the national turkey barbecue contest.
Jason, who won a gold pin and a $400 savings bond, was judged on her presentation skills and the dish she prepared (peach bread pudding with Créme Anglaise). Johnson, who won a silver pin and a $200 savings bond, was judged on her barbecue techniques, the sensory evaluation of the finished barbecue and on her skills in presenting an illustrated talk on turkeys.
Other representatives from the state, who made up the Louisiana 4-H Avian Bowl Team, placed 7th in the national Avian Bowl contest. The team members were Charlie Earl, Shanna Falke and Ashley Hebert, all of Allen Parish.