(02/18/20) Gonzales, La. — In addition to selecting winning animals, judges also identified individual contestants for their showmanship skills at the 85th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Junior, intermediate and senior champion showmanship awards were presented to exhibitors in each of the 10 animal categories; dairy cattle, beef cattle, miniature beef cattle, swine, exhibition poultry, broiler poultry, sheep, breeding dairy goats, breeding meat goats and market goats. Supported by an endowment from Nutrien, awards were presented in the junior 9- to 11-year-old, intermediate 12- to 14-year-old and senior 15-year-olds and up divisions.
Senior champion showmen receive $250 awards, and intermediate and junior champions receive $125 awards.
“Showmanship not only generates enthusiasm in the show ring but teaches many valuable lessons used in day-to-day life,” said Dwayne Nunez, LSU AgCenter livestock show manager. “These lessons include responsibility, work ethic, determination to reach a goal, winning graciously and accepting setbacks with dignity.”
Award winners in each category are as follows:
- Swine — junior, Gage Hayes, Allen Parish 4-H; intermediate, Landen Carrier, Calcasieu Parish 4-H; senior, Jessica Savant, Allen Parish 4-H.
- Exhibition Poultry —junior, Olivia Germany, Avoyelles Parish 4-H; intermediate, Remi Larson, Iberville Parish 4-H, and Jaxon Forrest, Tangipahoa Parish 4-H; senior, Amber Mack, Homer High School FFA.
- Broiler — junior, Thomas Roussel, St. James Parish 4-H; intermediate, Kaden Allemond, St. Martin Parish 4-H; senior, Elaina Ruiz, St. James Parish 4-H.
- Miniature Beef — junior, Presley Hensgens, Calcasieu Parish 4-H; intermediate, Carter Louque, St. James Parish 4-H; senior, Landon Deshields, Cameron Parish 4-H.
- Beef — junior, Kathryn Armentor, Calcasieu Parish 4-H;intermediate, Blayze Saltzman, Cameron Parish 4-H; senior, Cash Bailey, Vernon Parish 4-H.
- Sheep — junior, Clay Aguillard, Acadia Parish 4-H; intermediate, Laura Kate Manuel, Acadia Parish 4-H; senior, Mackenzie Castro, Assumption Parish 4-H.
- Market Goats — junior, Abby Fontenot, Evangeline Parish 4-H; intermediate, Ellie LeBlanc, Jefferson Davis Parish 4-H; senior, Cole Johnson, Natchitoches Parish 4-H.
- Breeding (Dairy) Goats — junior, Kaden Tucker, Livingston Parish 4-H; intermediate, Emily Tucker, Livingston Parish 4-H; senior, Zoe Cazayoux, Lafayette Parish 4-H.
- Breeding (Meat) Goats — junior, Jermaine Pitts, Tangipahoa Parish 4-H; intermediate, Mollie Bailey, Livingston Parish 4-H; senior, Reily Mitchell, Livingston Parish 4-H.
- Dairy — junior, Wyatt Null, Tangipahoa Parish 4-H; intermediate, McKayla Corder, Acadia Parish 4-H; senior, Greer Gardner, East Feliciana Parish 4-H.