November 2020 Newsletter

Donna G. Ayo, Smith, Vickie L.

Junior Leader Times

Tricks! Treats! Both were in store this month for the Junior Leaders at their October Club meeting. Going along with tradition, the Junior Leaders had the annual costume pumpkin decorating contest along with fun and games. Laughs were had and candy was eaten. It was definitely a “Spooktacular” event. Sweet potato, rice and pecan sale has started. The next meeting will be held Nov. 11, 2020, at the Agriculture Building in Raceland from 3:30 —6:30 p.m. We will distribute sweet potatoes, rice, and pecans. Please go to the link below to fill out the online form to join junior leaders:

Officers for the 2020-2021 school year were elected at the meeting. They are:

President – De’Andrew Thomas, Thibodaux High

Vice President – Brandon Cortez, Thibodaux High

Secretary – Gracie Pepper, E. D. White

Treasurer – Sophie Benoit, Thibodaux High

Reporter – Laila Zirlott, Central Lafourche

Parliamentarian – Cohen Terrebonne, South Lafourche

Join 4-H Shooting Sports

If you are between the ages of 9-19 years of age and are interested in joining the Lafourche Shooting Sports Club, contact the 4-H Office at 985-446-1316 for more information by November 27th. Shooting Sports offers 4-H’ers the opportunity to learn at their own pace and become more competitive and compete in regional, state, and national contests.

4-H Display Winners

Congratulations to all schools that participated in the 4-H Display Contest during National 4-H Week. Results are:

Elementary Division

1st Place – Chackbay Elementary

2nd Place – St. Genevieve

3rd Place – Galliano Elementary

Participation—Raceland Upper

Middle School Division

1st Place—Lockport Middle

2nd Place—Val South

3rd Place—West Thibodaux

Senior High Division

1st Place—South Lafourche

Mask Up Lafourche Poster Contest

We want everyone to do their part to stop the spread of Covid-19.To do this we must wash our hands, social distance, and MASK Up! Masks or face coverings should be worn in indoor public spaces and any time in public when you are near others who are not in your household. Wearing a mask is about protecting others. When you wear a mask, you protect others, and when others wear a mask, they protect you! Please create a poster to help get this message across to everyone in the community. The guidelines for the contest are:

1. Poster must be an 11 x 14 white poster board. No foam boards.

2. Do not attach anything to the poster that is more than ½ “thick.

3. Be sure to place your name, grade, and school on the back of the poster in the upper right-hand corner.

The posters will be picked up at November club meetings or can be dropped off at the 4-H Office by November 20.Recognition and awards are in the following divisions: Elementary Division- 4th – 5th grade, Middle School Division- 6th – 8th grade and High School Division- 9th – 12th grade. Purple, Blue, and Red ribbons will be awarded. Every 4-H club member that makes a poster will receive a ribbon.

Poultry & Pet Day

Cooking can be a great opportunity to teach life skills such as kitchen and food safety, nutrition, and even math. It can give a sense of accomplishment and you get to enjoy the reward of eating the delicious, finished product!

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we are not allowed to have any food tasting so we will be doing Egg & Poultry different this year. Club members will participate by cooking a dish at home and sending in a picture of them with their dish, a fun fact about your cooking experience, and a copy of their recipe to the 4-H office. They should be emailed to by December 11th.Everyone will receive a purple ribbon and you will get points for participation. Rules for this contest are:

Egg Cookery - the dish must have a minimum of four eggs. No raw eggs allowed in the final product. You may submit a dish in one of three categories: Appetizer/Salad, Main Dish and Desserts.

Poultry Preparation - You may submit a dish in one of three categories:

a. Chicken – a dish which contains a minimum of two pounds bone-in chicken or one-pound de-boned chicken meat. Contestants should purchase whole chicken or identifiable chicken parts such as wings, thighs, legs, or breasts. (This dish SHOULD NOT include special processed chicken such as marinated chicken strips, chicken nuggets, chicken franks, smoked chicken, canned chicken, etc.). Chicken includes any of the following: Fryer, Capon, Roaster, Broiler, Baking Hen, Cornish, or Game Hen.

b. Processed Poultry Products – a dish which includes a minimum of 12 oz. of processed (value-added) poultry products. Value-added poultry products are poultry meats which have undergone special processing. Marinated, breaded, seasoned, and reformed products are examples of special processing techniques. Some product examples are Ground Turkey, Tur-key Bacon, Turkey Sausage, Smoked Turkey, Turkey Ham, Turkey Rolls, Ground Chicken, Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Franks, Smoked Chicken, Chicken Strips or Canned Chicken. All dishes containing any turkey item, (whole, part or processed) should be entered in this division.

c. Other Poultry Meat – A dish which contains a minimum of two pounds bone-in or one-pound de-boned poultry meat from a bird other than chickens or turkeys. You may choose poultry meat from any of the following: Duck, Quail, Pheasant, Pigeon, Guinea, Goose, Grouse, Ostrich, Emu, or Dove.

Poultry, Egg & Turkey Illustrated Talk

Public Speaking is another life skill that is very important so we will also have Egg, Chicken and/or Turkey Illustrated Talks. These also need to be submitted by videoing and sending by email to by December 11, 2020.The rules for the contest are: No dish will be required for this contest. The contest is open to all 4-H club members. The three divisions are:

Division I – (Grades 4-6) Contestant designs (a) standard poster 22” x 28” relating to Turkey, Eggs and/or Poultry, (b) presents a 5 minute maximum explanation of poster subject and (c) responds to questions from judges.

Division II – (Grades 7-9) Contestant will present an 8 minute maximum oral presentation relating to one of the five categories (1) pro-duction, (2) food preparation and nutritive value, (3) food safety, (4) processing, or (5) marketing. Two posters or two power point slides may be used. Costumes based on theme are acceptable.

Division III – (Grades 10-12) Contestant will present a 10-minute maximum oral presentation on turkey, eggs and/or poultry. It can be a specific idea or an overview. Examples include Nutritional Value, Economic Value, Cooking Principles, Versatility, Food Safety, Role in To-day’s Healthy Diet, Turkey, Egg or Poultry’s place in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Role in our National Economy, or Role in Protecting the Environment. Posters or power point presentations may be used. Costumes based on theme are acceptable. There will also be an inter-view from the judge.

The following contests will take place at Poultry Day on December 12 at the Ag. Building and Barn in Raceland.

Exhibition Birds

The Exhibition Poultry Show will be held at Poultry Day on December 12th. For more information call the 4-H office. Registration will start at 9:00 a.m.

Pet Show - All pets except dogs, rabbits and livestock animals may be shown. This has been a request by many 4-H’ers who do not show livestock or dogs, to be given the opportunity to show cats, hamsters, birds, and other small pets. All pets must be in a cage or box to be displayed. Pets should be brought to the rear section of the fair building between 9 a.m. to10:00 a.m. on Dec. 12, 2020. Tables will be set up to show the animals. An index card with name, type, age, and any other information pertaining to the pet should be attached to the cage or box. There will be separate awards for largest pet, smallest pet, most unusual pet, and cutest pet. All pets must be taken out of the fair building by noon.

Dog Show – A Dog Show will be held at Poultry Day beginning at 11:00 p.m. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. All dogs must be on a leash and have rabies tags or proof of vaccinations. The dogs can be entered into one of the seven classes. These are: Hounds, Non-Sporting Dogs, Sporting Dogs, Terriers, Toy Dogs, Working Dogs, and Miscellaneous.

Poultry Judging - 4-H members from each school can participate in this Pre-Achievement Day Contest. 4-H’ers will judge by comparison pullets for egg production, class of dressed broilers, class of exterior eggs, interior eggs and broken out eggs.

Dairy Cattle Judging-4-H’ers will judge classes of dairy heifers and dairy cows. A class will consist of four animals and4-H’ers will place them 1st through 4th.

General Livestock Judging - 4-H’ers will judge classes of beef animal s, pigs and sheep. A class will consist of four animals and 4-H’ers will place them 1st - 4th.

Meat Identification

This contest is open to all 4-H members in Elementary (4-5 grades), Middle School Division (6-8 grades), and Senior Division (9-12 grades).

For Elementary Division contestants will identify 20-25 cuts of meat according to the following guidelines: *Species - 4 points each - Beef, Pork and Lamb

For Middle School Division contestants will have to identify 20-25 cuts of meat according to the following guidelines:

*By Species—Beef, Pork, and Lamb, 3 points each

*By Type—Roasts, Steaks, Chops, Slice, 1 point each

For Senior Division contestants will identify 20-25 cuts of meat according to the following guidelines:

*Species - 3 points - Beef, Pork, Lamb

*Retail Name - 3 points – T-bone, Bacon, Brisket, etc.

*Type – 1 point – Roasts, Steaks, Chops, Slice

*By Cookery—Dry, Moist, Dry Moist, 1 point each

Study information is online at under parishes, Lafourche, 4-H

Consumer Foods Judging

The contest is open to all 4-H members in Elementary (4-5 grades), Middle (6-8 grades) and Senior (9-12 grades) Divisions. The contest consists of at least 4 separate classes. The objective of this contest is to teach 4-H members the importance of healthy food choices. At least 4 classes will be set up with 4 choices in each class. Middle and Senior Division 4-H members will be required to give reasons on one of the classes. Types of information to be found in each of the classes include:

*Healthy breakfast foods

*Proper beverage choices

*Healthy cereal choices

4-H members should look for items low in saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, and sodium. They should select items high in dietary fiber, low in calories and high in nutrition value.

More information on food labels can be found on our website.

Beef Poster Contest

The theme for this year’s Beef Poster contest is “Green Beef” The theme surrounds the concept that the consumption of beef is safe and vital for the environment. Remember the poster contest is about marketing and communicating the all-around (environmental, health, nutrition, economic, etc.) benefits of beef. They will be due by January 15, 2021.

Rules for the contest are:

1. Posters should be 11” x 14" white poster board. Please do not use foam boards.

2. Contestant should have their name, school, and grade written on the back of his/her poster.

3. The purpose should be to learn more about beef and/or beef products and their importance to human health.

4. Do not attach anything to the poster that is more than ½" thick or anything that extends be-yond the edges.

Purple, Blue, and Red ribbons will be awarded to all contestants according to the following divisions: Division I - 4th – 6th grades, Division II - 7th - 9th grades and Division III – 10th – 12th grades. All purple ribbon winning posters will be displayed at the Parish Jr. Livestock Show in Raceland in January.

4-H Honor Cords

If you are a senior in 4-H you may be eligible to receive an honor cord for graduation. You must have been a 4-H member in high school for 3 years and have participated in at least one state sponsored program such as 4-H University, state records, state livestock show or horse shows, state outdoor skills, state boards, etc. within the last three years. The 4-H Honor Cord application for seniors is now completely online. Go to the following link to fill out your application to see if you qualify Deadline for submission is Friday, January 29, 2021.

District Rabbit and Poultry Shows

There will be a District Poultry Show on Friday, February 5, 2021 and a District Rabbit Show on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the South Central District Livestock Show at Lamar Dixon in Gonzales. If you are interested in showing your rabbits or chickens in this show the deadline to send in your entry forms is December 7, 2020. Please contact Ms. Teddi at the 4-H Office for entry forms and more information.

Lafourche Website

Please take the time to look at the Lafourche website at (once there you will click on our offices, parishes, then Lafourche and 4-H) or you can go to our Facebook page Lafourche Parish 4-H for updates. We are in the process of adding more things daily so if you do not see exactly what you are looking for at this time, chances are it will be there soon. We are always open to suggestions, so if there is something you think we should add to our website that would help, please feel free to let us know. For more information on any of the activities listed, please contact Donna Naquin or Teddi Folse at 985-446-1316.

11/23/2020 7:54:19 PM
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