Charles Hebert, Arnould, Angela R. | 2/1/2007 5:20:00 AM
Tradition, values and ethics are the continuing focus of the LSU AgCenter’s work with livestock shows. Working with livestock helps young people develop knowledge, a sense of responsibility and skills that last a lifetime. That philosophy is at the core of the LSU AgCenter’s livestock educational programs for youth.
Raising livestock is a year-round activity, but for 4-H and FFA members it culminates each year with the LSU AgCenter’s Livestock Show. Nearly 3,000 young people attend along with 6,000 animals. By the time those 4-H and FFA members reach the state show, they already will have competed in parish and district competitions across Louisiana during January of each year. All will arrive in Gonzales aiming to be state champions – or at least to earn rewards for their hard work and dedication.
But the livestock show and the educational efforts that support it are more about the kids than the livestock. The program is about helping young people be all they can be and rewarding them for the perseverance, courage and the commitment they have put into taking care of animals.
Organizers say livestock projects provide a means for families to come together to participate in quality educational activities. Young people say participating in the program gives them opportunities to make new friends, see old friends and gain valuable experience. And everyone agrees it helps youngsters develop character and hone skills that will benefit them, their families and their communities throughout their lives.
Over the years, our efforts have helped youth develop the key skills they need to be strong competitors and well-rounded individuals both today and into the future. We have been involved with countless other livestock events throughout our history, and we know our involvement in the development of both the state’s livestock industry and the state’s future leaders will continue.These shows are conducted in January and February of each year. Exhibitors presented their livestock projects that consisted of beef, goats, poultry, sheep, and swine. The champions and reserve champions are listed in these results.