To qualify for the state show, competitors had to first participate in parish and district livestock shows across Louisiana. At the state show, more than 3,000 young people competed with more than 6,000 animals, according to the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show office.
Judges at the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show determined 2011 state champions in various breeds of beef and dairy cattle, goats, hogs, poultry and sheep.
Although the event showcases examples of the state’s important livestock industries, LSU AgCenter administrators say it is much more than that.
“This show is much more about recognizing champion young people than it is about naming champion animals,” said Bill Richardson, LSU AgCenter chancellor. “Every youngster who participated in this show is a champion because of the dedication, skills and knowledge they’ve demonstrated by caring for their animals.”
Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor, said the livestock show demonstrates the result of years of hard work on the part of the 4‑H and FFA members.
“But we also see the support of parents, teachers, volunteer leaders and others who helped them along the way,” Coreil said.
Following is a list of additional winners in various livestock categories and their home parishes and 4‑H or FFA affiliation:
Reserve Champion Hereford Bull – Jonnette Parrish, East Baton Rouge 4‑H
Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer – Jonette Parrish, East Baton Rouge 4‑H
Champion Louisiana-bred Shorthorn Heifer – Garrett Venable, East Baton Rouge 4‑H
Champion Louisiana-bred Any Other Breed, Non-Brahman Influence, Heifer – Hunter McMillan, East Baton Rouge 4‑H
Reserve Champion Louisiana-bred Any Other Breed, Non-Brahman Influence, Heifer – Kimberly Rodriguez, East Baton Rouge 4‑H