Acadia youth named state livestock show winners
GONZALES, La. – Hundreds of young people from across Louisiana were named state champions during the 76th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show Feb. 12-19 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
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.
In addition to breed and species champions, the Livestock Show also designates Supreme Champions for breeding animals in each livestock category. Acadia Parish winners this year are:
Supreme Champion Sheep Ram – Drew Wingate, Acadia 4‑H
Supreme Champion Swine – John Pinson, Acadia 4‑H
Additional Acadia Parish winners in various livestock categories included:
Reserve Champion and Champion Louisiana-bred Percentage Boer Doe – Therese Briscoe, Acadia 4‑H
Reserve Champion and Reserve Champion Louisiana-bred Any Other Breed Buck – Aaron Kibodeaux, Acadia 4‑H
Reserve Champion and Champion Louisiana-bred Hampshire – Levi Manuel, Acadia 4‑H
Champion and Champion Louisiana-bred Duroc – John Pinson, Acadia 4‑H
Champion and Champion Louisiana-bred Yorkshire – John Pinson, Acadia 4‑H
Champion Any Other Breed Ram – Drew Wingate, Acadia 4‑H
Reserve Champion Any Other Breed Ram – Abby Wingate, Acadia 4‑H
Reserve Champion and Reserve Champion Louisiana-bred Any Other Breed Ewe – Jake Cormier, Acadia 4‑H
Reserve Champion Louisiana-bred American Market Steer – Seth Guillory, Acadia 4‑H
Reserve Champion and Reserve Champion Louisiana-bred Angus Bull – Adrienne Comeaux, Acadia 4‑H
Reserve Champion Louisiana-bred Brahman Heifer – Lanna Thibodeaux, Acadia 4‑H
Champion Brangus Bull – Clint Faul, Acadia 4‑H
Champion and Champion Louisiana-bred Brangus Heifer – Clint Faul, Acadia 4‑H
Reserve Champion Brangus Heifer – Clint Faul, Acadia 4‑H
Champion and Champion Louisiana-bred Shorthorn Bull – Trace Gaspard, Acadia 4‑H
Reserve Champion Guernsey – Daniel Garber, Acadia 4‑H
Reserve Champion Louisiana-bred Ayrshire – Jessica Freeman, Acadia 4‑H