April and May 2020 Clover Chatter

Different Times

The current events in our country have had many of us witnessing and experiencing things that no one has ever experienced before. Our 4-H members and most of our citizens are very resilient. Many of you have researched and worked on different projects, learned new hobbies or expanded on existing hobbies. Many have performed various community services for others. Service is a key aspect of many if not most 4-H related activities. Members have helped elderly neighbors by checking on them and picking up needed items for them. Many sewed and made cloth face masks for medical personnel or other needy people. Donations of other medical equipment or food was also a very needed commodity that many of you gladly did. I and other 4-H Agents appreciate your efforts.

Some members have posted resource or educational videos on social media. I encourage you to continue these efforts now and later after this crisis ends. Remember that these efforts can be recorded and used in your record books for next year. Speaking of record books or project books; now is the perfect time to pull those project books out and work on completing the activities in your project book. Pull out a notebook and keep record of your service and project work, leadership work etc. You may obtain the portfolio form on the LSU AgCenter website by visiting our Member Portfolios web page. You may download this form and complete and save sections and be well on your way to completing your 2021 parish record book.If you need a project book; you may visit the shop4-h.org website and find the project books that you wish to have and order them. Remember that this will help you to get a jump on next year’s activities. When our office is again open to the public, members may visit us and purchase project books. Those who turned in record books this past year. We will try to announce our winners on social media and present certificates at your schools or some parish event when we are returned to our offices and schools. Once our office reopens; members may come by the office and pick up your record books.

4-H Summer Events

Summer Camp: As you should have been notified is cancelled for this summer. Most of our summer events have been cancelled or revised to a Virtual format. When we are able to return to our office, we will refund deposits or void undeposited checks and return back to parents.

Horse Shows: The Southwest District Horse Show has been canceled as well. We are still planning to try to hold the State Horse Show. Remember that the Horse possession date was April 1, 2020. I have already posted the Grade Horse Certificate and Lease Affidavit. Dates on this paperwork or the statement that a horse owned by an immediate family member is being shown and cared for by the exhibitor must be dated on or before April 1, 2020. As of this current time, the estimated dates for the State Horse Show is September 25-27, 2020 at the Lamar Dixon EXPO Center. More information will come at a later date.

4-H University: Our 4-H University event will be conducted as a virtual event, having some but not all of the original scheduled contest conducted in a virtual online format. More information on 4-H U virtual contest are to come. With new information received, it is anticipated that many contests will be virtual, however some contest such as the Dairy, Horse, Livestock and Poultry Judging are tentatively set for a Saturday to be announced in September. Eligible members will be allowed to participate in only one of the 4-H U contest; either a virtual contest or the live judging contest to be held in September. This event is open to those 13-19 years old.If interested, please contact Mr. Mike at mlavergne@agcenter.lsu.edu. Any member wishing to pursue a state 4-H Office or state board needs to complete an application and submit it by May 11th. Interviews and voting will be conducted online. I have posted the information on the Beauregard4H Remind app and I can email it to interested members as well. All contestants must be registered through the 4-H Office by May 29, 2020. This includes the Dairy, Horticulture, Horse, Livestock and Poultry judging contest set for Saturday, August 29, 2020. There will not be any fees accessed for the 2020 Virtual 4-H U contest.

LOST Camp: LOST Camp is open to 7th-8th graders and is scheduled to be held July 26-29, 2020 at Grant Walker Educational Center. This event is currently on hold; but depending on the release of the Quarantine, it may be held.More information to come. If interested, contact Mr. Mike at mlavergne@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Summer Trips: Summer Trips such as the Goat educational trip are currently on hold depending on the status of the quarantine release.

Livestock Shows: The State Fair of Louisiana is set for October 21- November 7, 2020.The possession dates for this event will take place this summer.

2020 Validation Changes:

  • Ear Tag/DNA kits can now be requested by filling out our new online submission form. This form can be found at https://www.statefairoflouisiana.com/p/events/2019-dna--ear-tag-order-forms
  • Exhibitors can now request/order their own Ear TAG/DNA kits.
  • Ear Tag/DNA kits will not be mailed until they are paid for in full. Exhibitors can provide credit card information on the new online form or call the State Fair office for other payment methods. The cost of Ear Tag/DNA kits will remain $7.00 per kit. The State Fair of Louisiana will not refund any unused kits. (Please only order what you need!)Any animal that is market or commercial project must be validated by the dates below.All registered animals must be in possession by those dates.

Possession Dates:

Market Steers - May 10, 2020 new - June 10, 2020
July 10, 2020 for Commercial Heifers, Commercial Dairy, Market Lambs, Commercial Ewes, Market Goats and Commercial Does.
August 10, 2020 for Market Swine and Commercial Gilts

2021 LSU Spring Shows:The 2021 LSU Show is set for February 13-20th. The SW District Show will take place February 3-6th.Beauregard EXPO tentatively will be January 17-18th, with the sale on Friday, January 22nd. The State Rabbit Show tentatively will be March 6th.

Exhibitor Responsibility:

  1. Animals must be in continuous possession of exhibitor from time of validation until the LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show. See rules in 2020 LSU AgCenter State Show catalog or consult the livestock show manager for specific possession rules. The 2021 rules will be updated at a later date. Rules and livestock information may be found at the Livestock Show Office website. Show rules and other resources related to livestock may be found at this site.
  2. Exhibitors should request validation kits from agents and ag teachers as per parish guidelines. Each parish LSU AgCenter 4-H office will supply validation kits to exhibitors upon request.
  3. Validation will consist of ear tagging animal and pulling a hair sample; hair sample should be placed in a properly identified validation envelope for each animal validated.Validation envelope must be returned to local LSU AgCenter office with validation fee by specified deadline. The responsibility of tagging animals and collecting DNA/hair samples will be that of the exhibitor and/or parent. Agents/Ag Teachers may be present and can assist.
  4. Animals previously tagged for the 2020 Louisiana State Fair may utilize the State Fair tag to complete LSU AgCenter State Show validations. All animals must be tagged with an LSU Tag or State Fair tag to validate.
  5. Animals must be validated in either the exhibitors name or in family name (Family consist of parents, legal guardians, brothers, and sisters.). When official entry forms are turned in at the parish level animals validated in family name must be entered in the name of the exhibitor that will show the animal at the District and State Livestock Shows.

Validation Hardship Statement

District and/or State Show manager must be notified within seven days after the validation deadline to be considered for a validation hardship. After contacting District and/or State Show Manager hardship forms must be immediately filed with supporting material and stating hardship. These hardships will be evaluated on a case by case basis by parish agent, district show manager, and state show manager. Only cases where it is determined to have been unavoidable will the exhibitor be allowed to validate. This decision will be final and not subject to appeal. There is a hardship form and process for the State Fair and the LSU Shows. These forms go to different people.Other hardship issues such as housing animals somewhere beside your home must be submitted and approved prior to animal possession.Hardships to replace animals that may have died, are done on an as needed basis.

2021 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show Breeding Animal Possession Dates.

  • August 1, 2020: Market Steer
  • November 9, 2020:Beef, Sheep, Goat, and Dairy Breeding.
  • November 14, 2020:Miniature Cattle
  • December 1, 2020:Market and Swine Breeding

During the COVID-19 outbreak we have seen livestock shows and other community events canceled out of concern for the health and safety of our communities. With the uncertainty of what lies ahead related to COVID-19, the AgCenter continues to be proactive in looking at what may, or may not, happen when it comes to livestock shows. With show animals more costly and livestock shows being canceled during the current crisis, the future of any show is not guaranteed. For this reason, please read the following statement:

Please note: Given the health concerns with COVID-19 there is no guarantee that the (event name) will occurred as advertised. With that in mind all livestock show participants and families should note that purchase and/or validation of animals is at their own risk and financial investment.

It is our hope that all livestock shows can, and will, continue as scheduled, however, our clientele need to be aware of this new risk related to our livestock projects and shows.

To our Graduating Seniors

It has been a privilege and honor to work with each and every one of you in the Beauregard 4-H program.It has been a pleasure to watch you grow and mature into young adults who will lead our programs, community, state and country into the future.We all realize that your Senior year has not ended as expected.You are resilient and strong.I want to congratulate each of you on your accomplishment’s and wish you the best in your future endeavors.Always remember that we are here for you and you are always welcome to come visit and assist the growth of other students as a 4-H Volunteer.Your knowledge and skills would be greatly appreciated by the youth and myself.

Usually we recognize our graduating seniors with their Honor Cords at their Senior Awards Day.With our current situation, I’m not sure if we will have this opportunity.I will get each of you your honor cord as soon as possible.I do want to recognize our Seniors who will receive their Honor Cords.They Are:Chase Clark, Kyelee Duet, Kara LeBeouf, Cody Shanley, Alek Smith, and Michael Wisby.

Some of our graduating Seniors applied and were awarded Scholarships on a state and parish level.Kyelee Duet will receive the Scott Truck and Tractor/Beauregard Foundation Scholarship in the Amount of $450.00 as well as the Beauregard Cattle Women’s Scholarship in the amount of $500.Michael Wisby will receive the Scott Truck and Tractor/ Beauregard 4-H Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $300 as well as the state 4-H programs – Beauregard Parish Scholarship in the amount of $100.Congratulations to Kyelee and Michael as well as all of our graduating seniors.Share what you have learned, and the sky is the limit for your future!I see and expect great things from each of you.

4-H Is Alive and Strong

As a reminder to all students, parents and volunteers:We are still here and assisting members where and when needed.Yes, some things may be done differently, but we are still offering opportunities.We will conduct open enrollment starting in September 2020 when the new school year resumes.To be a current member, students must join each school year.We plan to hold many or most of the same, but maybe different fun and educational activities and Field Days.We have added a Beauregard4H Remind channel.You may search for it or request to be added and we will add you to our remind list.This will hopefully assist in getting more timely information out to our members and families.We are working on different project resources and are striving to make the Beauregard 4-H program the Best it can be.Please feel free to message or email me with any questions you may have.

Beauregard Parish Cooperative Extension Service Extension Programs
203 W. 3rd Street
DeRidder, LA 70634
Phone: (337) 463-7006 / Fax: (337) 463-7007
E-mail: mlavergne@agcenter.lsu.edu
Website: www.lsuagcenter.com
4-H Youth Programs


Michael A. LaVergne
County Agent (ES) (4-H)
Beauregard Parish

It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability.If you have a disability which requires special assistance for your participation in the meetings or activities, please call the Beauregard Parish Extension Office at (337) 463-7006.

5/15/2020 1:45:42 PM
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