The traditional livestock showing season for West Feliciana Parish 4-H Club members has come and gone, said Meredith DeLee, LSU Agricultural Center extension agent.
“Most 4-H’ers begin their livestock projects in early fall while others participate in livestock projects throughout the year,” DeLee said, “but this depends primarily on whether they have a market or breeding animal. The difference being market projects require less of a time commitment.”
The 4-H members and Cloverbuds, the junior 4-H program for kindergarten through third grade, buy their market prospects and care for the animals by feeding them until they reach slaughter weight — six to seven months for hogs; 18 months for steer; and eight to 12 months for goats and lambs, DeLee said.
Club members choosing breeding projects take care of their animals every day, ensuring the animals receive proper nutrition and vaccinations.
“They often breed females, raise the offspring and keep records on all aspects of the livestock project,” DeLee said.
“No matter which 4-H project they decide to take on, market or breeding, they’re learning important, valuable life lessons such as caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, trustworthiness and responsibility.”
West Feliciana 4-H members had a great year with many outstanding accomplishments at the state, regional and local levels of 4-H Livestock competition, DeLee said.
The Louisiana State Fair, the first major show of the season, was held Oct. 23 to Nov. 9. In the beef breeding exhibition, Peyton Bickham won first in class for the junior show and was named calf division champion and overall reserve champion in the open show.
Outstanding accomplishments in exhibition poultry included Madison Pollet, who took second place in intermediate showmanship and won reserve champion bird; Ashley Godke, first in junior poultry showmanship and reserve champion feather leg; and Andre Godke, who placed first in class with his black silkie.
The LSU AgCenter Livestock Show held Feb. 14-21 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales included West Feliciana 4-H’er Kam Noble in the beef breeding show. He placed first in class with his late spring senior heifer. Other beef breeding exhibitors were Bickham, Callie DeLee, Trevor DeLee, Jake Noble and Emma Olsen.
In the goat exhibition, Morgan Simpson was selected to attend the goat educational trip. Other goat exhibitors were Hunter Beauchamp, Hayden Oliveaux, Hayli Oliveaux, Courtland Patton, Jon Elise Sturgeon and Shelbie Welch.
In the hog exhibition, Owen Brouillette won in his class with his lightweight market hog, and Haleigh Lewellyan was fourth with her heavyweight cross hog. Other swine exhibitors included Jolee Beauchamp, Toler Beauchamp, Paycen Brouillette, Hayes Carruth, Derek Daniel, Helen Davis, Hunter Delaney, Cade Dubois, Cort Dubois, Anna Giroir, Hunter Giroir, Peyton Lamartiniere, Wyatt Lamartiniere, Kristin Lanoue, Sydni Lavespere, Harrison Lewellyan, Mason Ortego, Cameron Rachal, Neal Rachal, Kolbe Smith, Porter Smith, Abbi Tycer, Ashli Tycer, Cody Wilson and Kaylee Wilson.
In the dairy exhibition, Madison Pollet won reserve grand champion junior Jersey heifer, and Owen Brouillette was first with his 3-year-old Jersey cow.
Poultry exhibition winners were Seth Corbin, champion single comb clean leg; Madison Pollet, champion Asiatic; and Paycen Brouillette, reserve champion English.
Other poultry exhibitors were Hayden Biggs, Michael Corlew, Caylen Delaney, Devarre Dyson, Andrew Godke, Ashley Godke, Anna Kate Holmes, Cameron Hughes and Anna Roberg.
Southern University’s 72nd annual State Livestock Show held March 5-7 at Southern University’s Agricultural and Research Extension Center included West Feliciana Cloverbuds Landry Brouillette, who exhibited her market hogs, and Adam Wilson, who exhibited his market steer and received top honors, winning champion market steer.