Makenna Babin, 11, pulled the rope attached to her 900-pound Hereford heifer, but the cow would not move.
“She not cooperating today,” she said. “Well, it does happen pretty often.”
Iggy, Babin’s entry in the LSU Agricultural Center’s 80th annual State Livestock Show, can be stubborn, Babin said as she tugged on the rope again, moving the heifer a few inches.
Makenna, a member of the Lake Elementary School 4-H Club, and Iggy were competing for the first time in the state show.
Makenna spent several days last week preparing and exhibiting Iggy and pigs. She also competed in showmanship contests.
She said she enjoys spending time with her animals and worked hard preparing for the state show, having won at the parish and district levels to qualify for her first state show.
Her hard work paid off when she won Reserve Grand Champion Heifer and Reserve Grand Champion Louisiana Bred Heifer.
Students from Ascension Parish exhibited livestock throughout the weeklong show.
Other Ascension results
Exhibition Poultry Showmanship: Senior division winner, Viki-Dawn Landry
Exhibition Poultry RCCL Champion: Jamie Lavergne
Poultry Better Patterned Breed: Female, Jamie Lavergne
Champion Bantam: Jamie Lavergne
Best Bird of the Show: Jamie Lavergne
AOSB Champion: Ned Hammatt
Reserve Standard: Ned Hammatt
Hampshire Lamb: Reserve Champion Louisiana Bred Female, Sophia Palmer
Reserve Champion Commercial Ewe: Maci Schexnayder
Supreme Ewe in Breeding Sheep: Maci Schexnayder
Champion Louisiana Bred Black Face OPB & Crosses Market Lamb: Maci Schexnayder
Grand Champion Louisiana Bred Market Lamb: Maci Schexnayder
Hampshire Hogs Reserve Champion Louisiana Bred Gilt: Matthew Delaune
Yorkshire Hogs Reserve Champion Gilt: McKae Dupuy
Champion Louisiana Bred Gilt: McKae Dupuy
Reserve Champion Louisiana Bred Gilt: Megan Bordelon
AOB Hogs Best Pair Gilts: Abby Lobell
Gray Braham Grand Champion Bull: Hannah Barrilleaux
Commercial Heifers NonBrahman: Reserve Grand Champion, Haylee Fairchild.
Supreme Champion Brahman Influence Bull: Hannah Barrilleaux
Grand Supreme Champion Beef Bull: Hannah Barrilleaux
Reserve Champion Louisiana Bred Hampshire Market Hog: Eden Schexneyder
Reserve Champion Non-Brahman Influence: Camryn Castrogovannie
Overall Reserve Grand Champion: Camryn Castrogovannie
In the Premier Exhibitor contest:
Sheep: Fourth, Eden Schexnayder
Beef: First, Hannah Barrilleaux and second, Jared Barrilleaux
In the Showmanship contest:
Poultry Senior Division: Viki-Dawn Landry