Welcome to the Avoyelles Parish 4-H / FFA Livestock Show page. Here you will find information regarding our Parish Livestock Program and livestock shows. If you need assistance with your livestock project or are interested in starting a livestock project please contact the Avoyelles Parish 4-H Office at 318-964-2245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a new livestock exhibitor or previous exhibitor, but your contact information has changed, please complete the Livestock Exhibitor Form.
The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service strongly support the many 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors and their livestock projects. The livestock projects (1) are tools for the development of life skills by 4-H and FFA members, (2) provide an opportunity to expand their knowledge of livestock production and management, (3) improve and enhance livestock production in Louisiana. Therefore, the purpose of the 4-H livestock program is to provide opportunities for young people to develop character and life skills. Character traits identified are: leadership, respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring, honesty, integrity, self-esteem and citizenship. Youth develop life skills and character traits when they are involved in each phase of the livestock project from selection through the show ring. The 4-H or FFA member is deprived of valuable experience and development of these life skills when she/he is not the primary daily caretaker of animals as well as the primary person involved in fitting, grooming and showing of the project animal. Any assistance provided by others in the care, grooming, fitting or showing of project animals should be to instruct or teach. Adults are given the responsibility and duty to ensure that all livestock project activities and practices involving the 4-H or FFA member will result in building positive character traits and life skills.
Rule 8 under General Rules in the LSU State Livestock Show Catalog states:
A. Open to all Louisiana 4-H club and FFA members and clubs and chapters, regardless of gender, race, creed, color or national origin, whose animals meet the minimum standards of quality established for the class and other rules of entry.
B. All general eligibility rules that apply to 4-H and FFA project participants shall apply to the Livestock Show. Eligibility is specified in the current Handbook of Louisiana 4-H Awards and State FFA Constitution.
C. 4-H and FFA Eligibility Rules
August 15, 2022: Steer possession and validation deadline
November 7, 2022: Exhibition Poultry possession deadline
November 7, 2022: Beef, Sheep, Goat, and Dairy Breeding possession deadline
Beef & dairy commercial heifers, market lambs, commercial ewes, market goats, and commercial does possession deadline
November 14, 2022: Miniature Cattle possession deadline
November 30, 2022: Rabbit possession deadline
December 2, 2022: Swine Breeding possession deadline
January 19 - 21, 2023: Avoyelles Parish 4-H / FFA Livestock Show, APSB Barn - Marksville, La
February 1 - 4, 2023: Central District Livestock Show, Vernon Parish Fair Grounds - Leesville, La/EVAC Shelter (Poultry 2/5/22) - Alexandria, La
February 11 - 18, 2023: LSU State Livestock Show, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales, La
Given the health concerns with COVID-19 there is no guarantee that any LSU AgCenter sponsored Parish, District, or State Shows will occur as advertised. With that in mind all livestock show participants and families should note that purchase and/or validation of animals is at their own risk and financial investment.