4-H and FFA exhibitors from across Louisiana took part in the seventh 4-H Goat Educational Trip in Oklahoma, July 21-26, 2013. The youth earned the trip by being selected by the judge or placing in the Premier Exhibitor competition at the 2013 AgCenter 4-H and FFA Livestock Show held in Gonzales, Louisiana.
The trip is designed to educate the youth on the goat industry as a whole and not just through the show ring. “The youth are introduced to different goat farms and research facilities and hopefully gain some knowledge that they will bring back and apply to their projects”, said Rodney Johnson, LSU AgCenter from Rapides Parish Trip participants included August Breaux of Allen Parish; Savanna Boudreaux of Cameron Parish; Luke Patin, Scott Thibodeaux, and Hunter Tauzin of St. Martin Parish; Sara Lyons and Taylor Goulas of Lafayette Parish; Clifford Knight and Colby Knight of St. James Parish; Mackenzie McDaniel and Ashlynne McDaniel of Calcasieu Parish; Jade McFarland of Acadia Parish; Bailey Willis of Morehouse Parish; Coy Bailey of Vernon Parish; Trent Dugas of Iberia Parish; Carmen Latiolas of Red River Parish; Krista Weems of Caldwell Parish; August Breaux of Allen Parish; Jasmine Villian of Lafourche Parish; and Mackenzie Roberie of St. Landry Parish.
At the Langston University Research Station, the youth observed the meat goat heard and viewed an automated dairy in action. The tour also visited goat farms in Muskagee, Stillwater and Ardmore, OK. In addition, the youths toured the Oklahoma State University veterinary school, agriculture department and campus in Stillwater and the National Western Heritage and Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, and the War Eagle Resort where they kayaked on the Illinois River.
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