Lafourche Parish August 2019 4-H Livestock Newsletter

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Lafourche Show Times

Welcome to a New Livestock Year!


As in past years, all market animals and commercial breeding animals are required to be validated through a process of collecting hair samples.The animals are then tagged and “validated”.You will be responsible for contacting the 4-H office to get your validation kits, validating your own animals and returning the kits to our office with your fees before November 4, 2019, for commercial beef, commercial dairy, market lambs, commercial ewes, market goats and commercial does. Market and commercial hogs will have to be validated before December 2, 2019 using the same process.If you need assistance or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call.

General validation guidelines:

Animals must be in continuous possession of exhibitor from time of validation until the LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show.See rules in 2020 LSU AgCenter State Show catalog or consult the livestock manager for specific possession rules.

The responsibility of tagging animals and collecting DNA/hair samples will be that of the exhibitor and/or parent.

Any animals validated for The State Fair of Louisiana 2019 show and intended to be exhibited at the 2020 LSU State Show will be required to be revalidated for the 2020 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show.

Only validated market and commercial animals will be eligible to be exhibited at LSU AgCenter district and state shows.

Animals must be validated in either the exhibitors name or in family name (Family consist of parents, legal guardians, brothers, and sisters.); if validated in family name when official entry forms are turned in at the parish level the animal validated must be entered in the name of the exhibitor which will show the animal at the District and State Livestock Show.

Market and Commercial animals will not be officially classified at the time of validation; agents/ag. teachers will assist exhibitors in determining correct classification for entries. (Official classifications will take place at the State Show; District show managers will have the right to reclassify any animals that are obviously classified incorrectly at District shows.)

Cost will be $7.00 per animal

Hardship Statement – Please Read

Very Important information for this year! Exhibitors must have animals in their possession and under their personal care (and must not be in possession of a breeder or custom fitter) after possession dates. The possession requirement covers the period from the date of possession (listed below) to the completion of the state show. If an exhibitor doesn't have animals in his/her possession during the entire possession period, the exhibitor “must” turn in a project/hardship for before possession dates. Any exhibitor housing his/her animal on any property other than their own must acquire and have an approved project/hardship form prior to purchase of an animal.

Validation Hardship Statement

We must be notified within 24 hours of the end of validation if an unforeseen emergency or act of God has prohibited exhibitor from validating.After contacting us hardship forms must be immediately filed with supporting material and stating hardship within 1 day.The deadline for making notifications and filing hardship are Nov. 5, 2019, 4:30 p.m. for Dairy, Beef, Sheep, and Goat species; and Dec. 3, 2019, 4:30 p.m. for Commercial and Market Hogs.These hardships will be evaluated on a case by case basis by parish agent, district show manager, and state show manager.Only cases where it is determined to have been unavoidable will the exhibitor be allowed to validate.This decision will be final and not subject to appeal.

Livestock Show Dates

Bayou Area Fall ClassicNovember 23, 2019

Parish Junior Livestock ShowJanuary 18, 2020

South Central District ShowJanuary 30 - February 1, 2020

State Livestock ShowFebruary 8 - 15, 2020

** Schedules will be emailed to all exhibitors

**District/State Shows at Lamar Dixon Expo Center

Southern Livestock Show

If you are planning on showing at Southern Livestock Show please contact us by September 10, 2019. The dates of the Southern livestock show have not been posted for 2020. The official rules and catalog are not yet available.

Livestock Information Needed

If you haven’t done this already, please email Teddi at or call 446-1316 with the following information for your livestock animals by September 4, 2019:

1. Type of specie showing (lambs, goats, beef, etc.)

2. Market, Breeding, or Commercial

3. Classification and sex of breeding animals (Ex. Angus Heifer or Boer Buck)

****If you have not been receiving any emails from us and would like to be on the livestock email list please email your address or call.

****We have to have this information to order tags and get awards.

Possession Dates

August 1, Market Steers

November 1, Exhibition Birds

November 4, Market, Breeding and Commercial Sheep, Market, Breeding and Commercial Goats, Beef and Dairy Breeding, Commercial Heifers and Commercial Dairy

December 2, Market and Commercial Swine

December 3, Breeding Swine


As part of being a responsible livestock owner, it is your responsibility to have your paperwork ready when requested.With that in mind if you are showing registered breeding animals regardless of the specie, you need to get your registration papers done either before or within a week or two of possession date. The animal you are showing must be registered in your name.If you already have your animals, start your paperwork now.If you want to show La. Bred, make sure you get your La. Bred tags at the time you purchase the animals or if you raised your own order your tags now through whatever specie association you belong to.

Livestock Fundraisers

Livestock Program Book: Our Livestock Program Book was a success last year! You will have the opportunity to recognize your favorite livestock exhibitor or advertise your business in our Livestock program book that will be available for the 2020 Parish livestock show.You will receive more information on this soon!

Livestock Jambalaya Cook-Off: This will be our third year to host the Jambalaya Cook-Off at the Raceland Ag Building. With participation from our community supporters this fundraiser is a huge success. We are hoping to have double the amount of cooking teams compete this year, along with more exhibitors, family, and friends here to enjoy the day tasting some of the best jambalaya`s around.

Livestock Crawfish Boil: This past year, a Livestock Crawfish Boil Fundraiser was held. With the help of lots of exhibitors, Parents and volunteers, it was a very successful fundraiser. We will plan to do this again this year and I am asking that EVERYONE participate. We plan to host the fundraiser earlier this year to have better availability of crawfish.


All exhibitors are required to be certified in our Quality Assurance and Ethics certification program.This program promotes proficiency in 4-H and FFA members work in animal, dairy, and poultry science projects.The program also promotes positive character and ethical behavior on the part of exhibitors, parents, Agents, Ag Teachers, and project leaders.

Exhibitors can go to this site and complete the general tutorial and a tutorial for each of the specie(s) that they plan to exhibit.When the website is first accessed exhibitors will complete a general Quality Assurance and Ethics tutorial; on completion of this tutorial they will be allowed to print an affidavit showing they have completed this portion.This affidavit must be signed by exhibitor and a copy must be turned in at time of entry.There are additional tutorials for Beef, Sheep, Goat, Swine, Dairy, and Poultry within the QAEC program.Upon Completion of each tutorial the exhibitor will be able to print a copy of their certification showing they have successfully completed the Quality Assurance and Ethic’s Certification.Exhibitors will be required to attach a copy of their signed affidavit and certification to their entry form at time of entry.Exhibitors that have already taken QAEC are not required to retake each year unless you have misplaced your certificate.Retaking it however, is a great way to refresh your memory on some very important material.

If at any time you have any information that you may want to feature in our newsletter please feel free to contact Teddi Folse.Looking forward to a great show season.

Contact Teddi Folse at the 4-H Office at 985-446-1316 for more information on the livestock program.

8/28/2019 7:00:35 PM
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