East and West Feliciana 4-H members practiced their showmanship skills recently in preparation for the upcoming livestock show in St. Francisville.

About 20 4-H youth from both parishes attended a showmanship clinic Jan. 3 at the West Feliciana Sports Park 4-H Barn.

Participants learned grooming and animal care and picked up tips for competition in the arena, according to East Feliciana 4-H Agent Leanna Cupit.

West Feliciana 4-H Agent Meredith DeLee, along with volunteers Shanna Noble, who works with beef cattle; Karen Lamb, who helps with goats; and Sonya Brouillette, dairy cattle; and 4-H’ers Paycen Brouillette and Madison Pollet, poultry, each held 45-minute sessions exhibiting their respective species for clinic participants.

“Members gained valuable experience as they were able to bring their animals and practice while receiving feedback from the volunteers,” said Cupit. “The next seven weeks will be a busy time for area 4-H youth who have been busy raising these livestock animals.”

The Feliciana Livestock Show, the first of the season, is slated to begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Sports Park 4-H Barn in St. Francisville.

Exhibitors will then showcase their animals Feb. 4-7 at the South Central District Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales and will follow up with the third and final show of the season — the State Livestock Show Feb. 14-21, also at Lamar-Dixon.

For information about the Feliciana 4-H & FFA Livestock Show, call Cupit in East Feliciana at (225) 683-3101 or Meredith DeLee in West Feliciana at (225) 635-3614.