St. Helena students participate in Southern livestock show _lowres

Photo provided by Ahmad Robertson -- Dalacey Jackson, of Amite High School, won Reserve Champion Market Steer class at The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center Livestock Show on March 7. Celebrating with the youth winner, from left, are, Gina Eubanks, Christy Monroe, Ahmad Robertson, Maggy Oliver, Kim Jackson, Annette Mixon, Dalacey Jackson, Mike Strain and Terrance Marshall.

The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center held its 72nd annual Livestock Show on March 6-7 with more than 350 participants from across the state.

During the two-day event, young farmers and ranchers exhibited animals that have been showcased or have won in-parish competitions.

After the show, judges named state champions in various breeds of beef and dairy cattle, hogs, sheep, lamb and goats.

The mini-farm, featuring a variety of small farm animals, was held for children from the local schools.

In addition, tours were provided to discuss different animals, their food sources, farming and how agriculture affects everyone’s life.

Participants from Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parish attended and participated in the Livestock Show.

Jerquian Myles and Larry Self, of St. Helena Parish, attended the livestock show for the first time. The youths are members of St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy 4-H club.