Acadia Parish Livestock Program

New this year! Please read thoroughly!

It is time to begin planning for the LSU AgCenter Spring Shows.

This year the LSU AgCenter has moved to an online system for all shows and exhibitors. This means that we will have to work together to navigate these changes. The best way for you to reach me with questions and/or troubleshooting through this process is through our livestock remind group. Enclosed are instructions on how to join. All livestock information can also be found at on our website (

Livestock Show preparation has begun and we have some new procedures this year for validation, possession, and entry processes. This change was necessary as we no longer have access to Dynamics which is where all of our exhibitor information was gathered in the old livestock show program. We will be using the fair entry livestock show program moving forward. Fair Entry is compatible with 4-H Online and works in unison to make gathering information easier for exhibitors and staff. Even though separate entities both Fair Entry and 4HOnline will work together in accomplishing our livestock show needs. 4-HOnline facilitates enrollment and gathering of animal information; animal information will be entered into 4HOnline system by exhibitors prior to or on the possession date or validation date for each animal. When show entry time comes around (likely November/December for most) Fair Entry will facilitate the exhibitor’s entry into shows using the exhibitor’s animals’ information previously entered into 4-H Online.

The first step this year is registration through 4-HOnline ( All Exhibitors (Even FFA Only) must create a 4-H Online profile. If you are only joining FFA please select FFA Club as your club when registering. Enclosed are the steps to creating a 4-HOnline Profile.

No animal will be allowed entry if it is not entered into the 4-H Online System by the Deadlines.

Our first step in implementing the new process is to get all exhibitors to enter their animal information using the 4HOnline program. Exhibitors can go to their profile in 4HOnline to enter their animal information by logging into 4HOnline just as they did when enrolling. This process was designed to be user-friendly and uses drop-down boxes for the most part.

  1. For all registered breeding animals, the exhibitor will enter animal information into the 4HOnline system on or before the animal’s possession deadline. The exhibitor will also be required to upload registration papers by the possession deadline or if papers are PENDING our NEW Registration Papers Pending form will need to be uploaded in the place of the Registration Papers. (For exhibitors still waiting on Registration papers; the paper must be received in the Acadia 4-H Office no later than 30 days after the possession deadline.) Exhibitors will not have access to enter animals into the 4HOnline system after the possession deadline.
  2. For market and/or commercial breeding animals the exhibitor will also be required to go into the 4HOnline system to enter animal information on or before validation deadlines. This part of the validation process will be in addition to submitting DNA/hair samples and validation fees to Agents and Ag Teachers by validation deadlines. (We understand that the Steer validation deadline has passed and we have already collected DNA. Steers will be granted access to the system past their validation deadline for this year only in order to enter their steer information.) Exhibitors will not have access to enter animals into the 4HOnline system after the possession deadline.

All animals (breeding and market) must be entered in 4HOnline by the possession /validation deadline for that species. The only exception is Market Steers; they will have until Nov. 1st to be entered. Animals requiring validations will only be approved after agents have received the validation envelope and payment for the respective animal.

4HOnline is not a tailor-made program and as such certain form fields had to be adapted. There are descriptions specifying what is needed in each field, but sometimes these descriptions are in smaller print and may not always be easily read. The list of these changes are as follows:

  • -Home Raised is for Louisiana Bred. Select “Yes” if the animal is LA Bred.
  • -License Number is for the Louisiana Bred Tag Number.
  • -Tag would be the leg band number
  • -Colors and Markings is the Variety/Color (i.e. – white, blue, barred, buff, etc.)
  • -Type of Poultry is whether the bird is Standard or Bantam.

When entering Exhibition Poultry, the fields are as follows:

Broilers are not in the system yet but will be added in due time.

All animals can be validated by the exhibitor or parent on their own premise. The responsibility of tagging and collecting DNA hair samples will be that of the exhibitor and/or parent. Exhibitors should request a validation kit from the extension office. The validation will consist of ear tagging, pulling a hair sample & placing it in the envelope provided. Validation envelopes must be returned to the 4-H Office with the $7 fee by the deadline stated below. Checks can be made out to Acadia 4-H Foundation or paid online at

Animals validated must be in the exhibitor’s name or family name. Animals tagged for the 2022 LA State Fair may utilize the State Fair tag but must still pull hair to complete the LSU AgCenter State Show validations.

Validation Dates: (Animals must be in continuous possession of exhibitor, tag assigned, and DNA/hair samples must be submitted to parish LSU AgCenter Office by listed deadline) Com.=Commercial

November 4, 2022, by 4:30 P.M.: Com. Does, Market Goats, Com. Lambs, Market Lambs, Com. Heifers and Com. Dairy Heifers

December 1, 2022, by 4:30 P.M.: Market Swine and Com Gilts

Possession Dates: (Animals must be in continuous possession of the exhibitor by this deadline. Registration papers must be submitted within 30 days of the possession deadline.)

November 7, 2022: Beef, Sheep, Goat, Dairy Breeding, and Exhibition Poultry.

November 14, 2022: Miniature Cattle

December 2, 2022: Swine Breeding

Please order validation packets from Mary Beth Fleming by calling the Parish AgCenter office and return them directly to her with the $7 payment.

Animals participating in both the State Fair of Louisiana and the Spring LSU AgCenter shows must be validated twice (once for each show).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the 4-H office at 337-788-8821.


Megan Sarver

County Extension Agent

About the Livestock Project

The 4-H Livestock project allows youth to learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills through hands-on learning opportunities. Participants gain independent responsibility, knowledge of production agriculture, and science through their projects. Youth can participate in the following project areas:

  • Beef Cattle
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Goat
  • Horse
  • Poultry
  • Rabbit
  • Sheep
  • Swine

Stay Up-To-Date

Stay up-to-date with information regarding Acadia Livestock by joining the text remind system.

Text @aclistock to the following number 81010 or use the following link:

Upcoming Shows

The following Show Dates are subject to change.

2022 Sugarcane Festival 4-H Livestock Show- September 22-24, 2022 at the SugArena in New Iberia.

2022 Feliciana Fall Classic- Beef show on October 22, 2022- Clinton, LA.

2022 Jim Bowie Livestock Show- November 18-19, 2022- AgArena in Opelousas, LA.

State Fair of Louisiana: October 28 - November 14, 2021 - Shreveport, LA

Acadia Parish Junior Livestock Show: January 19-21, 2023 - Acadia Rice Arena, 159 Cherokee Drive, Crowley, LA

Southwest District Livestock Show: January 31- February 4, 2023 - Burton Colesium, Lake Charles, LA

LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show: February 11 - 18, 2023 - Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales, LA

Southern Livestock Show: TBA - Maurice A. Edmond Arena, Baton Rouge, LA

State 4-H & FF Rabbit Show: March 4, 2023 - State Evacuation Shelter in Alexandria.

Sponsor a Buckle for this year's show!

The Acadia Parish Jr. Livestock show is looking for sponsors for this year’s show. Sponsoring a buckle for this year’s upcoming show is the perfect way to show your support, and recognize a loved one, or your business. Sponsorships make it possible for our youth to get the recognition they deserve for all the work they have put into their livestock project.

The cost of buckle sponsorship is $150 per buckle. If you are interested in sponsoring a buckle, please visit our website

If you are interested in sponsoring the Acadia Parish Livestock Show in other ways, please contact Megan Sarver at or by calling the office at 337-788-8821.

All sponsorships are due by November 1, 2022.

All sponsors will be recognized at the Acadia Parish Livestock Show.

*Buckle designs are chosen by the Acadia Parish Livestock Board youth members. *


Come join the Horse Clinics this

year for FREE! This year Acadia parish will be offering horse clinics. We will again team up with master horsemen throughout the region. The dates for the clinics are October 3rd, November 14th and December 12th held at the Acadia Parish Rice Arena from 6 -8 p.m. In order to attended youth must be a registered 4-H member AND bring your own horse. You MUST pre-register to attend the clinics through your 4H Online account under events. For more information or questions, please contact the 4-H Office.


Below is the link to the rules and regulations for the 2022 4-H and FFA Livestock Educational Award Trip (Beef and Sheep). This document is also available on the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show Office Webpage (


We will be tagging steers from 10-12 AM at these locations.

10-6 Delhi Sale barn

10-7 Lsu Parker coliseum

10-13 Troy Spencer vet office 11:00- 1:00

10-14 Ron Springer

10-20 Brain Galley Lake Charles

You must bring calf and cow for validation.


318-282-4765 to register. Please share

with anyone you know that has calves.


If you have any LaBred steer certification questions contact Mr. Vendal, any other question or concerns can be directed to my office. Thanks for your continued support of Louisiana 4-H and FFA Animal Science programing.

Below is the link to the rules and regulations for the 2022 4-H and FFA Livestock Educational Award Trip (Beef and Sheep). This document is also available on the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show Office Webpage (


Re: Broiler Chicks for the 2023 State LSU AgCenter Broiler Show

It is time to think about broiler chick orders for the 2023 spring broiler shows. The LSU and Parish Junior Broiler Show chicks will be Straight Run. Exhibitors will be allowed to show one pen of pullets and/or one pen of cockerels at each show. An entry must consist of three (3) broilers (either three pullets or three cockerels).

All broiler chicks for this show must be ordered through the Parish Extension Office. Please note that Parish and State broiler orders will not be accepted after November 1, 2022. The cost will be 55¢ (parish) and 50¢ (state) per chick (plus fees) for state broilers.

The tentative delivery dates:



2023 Exhibitor Broiler Order Form


Commercial does, market does and wethers must have the LA Bred tag in the left ear. It is the breeder’s responsibility to see that the tag is in the left ear of the goat for commercial does, market does, and wethers. Registered goats may have the tag in the ear or on the collar. It is the breeder’s responsibility to either put the tag in the left ear or provide the tag for registered goats. The breeder must complete their portion of the initial Validation Application and sign it. The exhibitor is responsible for completing the Validation Application and turning in the validation paperwork by the deadlines.

Below is the link to the complete set of Lousiana Bred rules and procedures.

Rules and Regulations for All Exhibitors

From Dwayne Nunez:

Major changes coming at the LSU AgCenter for 4-H and FFA youth that will exhibit Livestock and Horses at our 2023 District and State Livestock/Poultry/Rabbit/Horse Shows. We are moving to an online entry process and plan to implement this system for our 2023 LSU AgCenter State Shows. This process will include validation and/or possession online documentation. It will also include the ability to enter and pay all fees online at the state level.

We will continue to use our current validation method of requiring a DNA/Hair sample on all market and commercial animals. These samples will continue to be submitted to your parish LSU AgCenter Office by each specie/animal deadline. In addition to this process after the NEW system is activated exhibitors will go online to document their validation as well as possession of registered breeding animals on or before possession dates. The new system allows for Registration papers to be uploaded when animals are documented on or before the possession deadline for each specie.

We have completed our first round of training with District and State Livestock and Horse Show staff. Staff members are learning the new process. As they learn the process they identify potential problems/issues associated in order to correct them prior to activation. We will be working with Parish agents and FFA advisors statewide over the next couple of months to familiarize them with the new system. Once parish agents/FFA advisors receive this information it will be passed on to exhibitors using the traditional method on the parish/chapter level. Information to exhibitors should be expected in September/ October. This new system will be activated during that period which will be after steer validations are due to parish offices on August 15th. Therefore for this year ONLY, we have steer exhibitors enter their steer validation information into the system when the system is activated; all other animal entries (Breeding, Market, and Commercial) will be required to document animals in the system at their listed validation/possession deadline date. Instruction will be provided to all exhibitors and families on the new system and will include written material and video tutorials to assist with navigating the new process.

I am looking forward to the new system as I believe it will; make the validation/possession/entry process easier on exhibitor families, it will allow direct communication with families/exhibitors during the process, and the system will provide options to pay for validations and entries at the state level using an online payment system. We do understand that as much as we prepare for the transition/implementation there will be issues that arise that we will have to work through. Our LSU AgCenter show staffs are fully committed to doing that. I am looking forward to you all being introduced to the NEW system and the improvements it will provide as we learn the many features it offers our program at all levels.

Validation Kit Process:

Kits will consist of a tag and validation envelope. The 2022-23 validation fee is $7 per validation. This fee must be paid when exhibitors submit their validations to parish offices. All checks submitted to the Acadia Parish 4-H Office should be made out to the “Acadia 4-H Foundation with livestock validation and exhibitor name in the memo. or paid through the online system ( Ag Teachers should request validation kits from Acadia parish LSU AgCenter office by the date specified below.

Acadia Parish Validation/Possession Deadlines:

Steers: August 12, 2022

Beef & Dairy Commercial Heifers, Market lambs & Commercial Ewes, Market Goats & Commercial Does: November 4, 2022

Market & Commercial Hogs: December 1, 2022

Must be validated by the exhibitor and submitted to Parish LSU AgCenter Office by 4:30 pm on the dates above.

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 the 2022-23 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show catalog or consult the livestock show manager for specific possession rules.

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 2021 Louisiana State Fair may utilize the State Fair TAG to complete LSU AgCenter State Show validations. All animals must be tagged with either an LSU Tag or State Fair tag to be validated. (New hair samples must be submitted to LSU AgCenter for all animals previously validated for the State Fair)

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.

2023 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show Breeding Animal Possession Dates

November 7, 2022: Beef, Sheep, Goat, and Dairy Breeding.

November 14, 2022: Miniature Cattle

December 2, 2022: Swine Breeding

During the regular state legislative session of 2019, a bill was passed to expand the definition of a commercial farmer to include certain student farmers who meet specific requirements in relation to sales and tax exemptions. Through the Act of 199 individuals under the age of 23 and meeting the defined criteria of a “student farmer” can now be sales tax exempt when purchasing:

  1. Feed and feed additives for the purpose of sustaining livestock;
  2. Seeds or plants to be used to produce food ordinarily used for consumption by humans or livestock;
  3. Fertilizer to be used to produce food used for consumption by humans or livestock.

This a great opportunity for our 4-H/FFA members who are raising and/or showing livestock and agriculture products to be able to save on some expenses. Form 1098- Student Farmer Certification is the form that the youth will need to complete and have signed by the 4-H or ANR Agent certifying that the youth is a member of the parish 4-H program.


The objective of the youth livestock/horse program is to develop responsibility, dedication, decision-making, leadership, trustworthiness, sportsmanship and citizenship through the possession and personal care of a live animal project. The youth (4-H or FFA member) will have many educational opportunities and activities to learn about animal agriculture and develop life skills. We are striving for maximum contact with the animal and participation in educational activities.


The ability of the youth to provide personal care for the animal is a major goal in livestock and horse projects. The guiding concern in granting permission for hardship requests should be the education and development of the youth. Concern for ensuring that the animal is shown has minimal importance in granting hardships.


Category I - Possession of Animals

A.Animal should be housed within a reasonable distance to allow youth to interact with the animal project on a positive basis.

B.Youth (4-H or FFA member) should do the majority of work and care for the animal project.

C.All housing requests must be made prior to possession date.

1.Residential restrictions will be considered.

2.Opportunities for housing will be considered.

D.Animals housed across the parish line must be recommended by both Agents and/or FFA Advisors.

Category II - Replacement of Injured or Deceased Animals

A.Injured animals must be checked and verified by the 4-H Agent and/or FFA Advisor or veterinarian.

B.The replacement animals should be of comparable quality. Replacement of animals will be considered only to those exhibitors with one animal project per species.

C.Replacement animals must be obtained by the following dates:

1.January 3 - Market Hogs; Breeding Swine

2.December 15 - Beef Breeding; Market Lambs; Breeding Sheep; Market Goats; Breeding Goats; Dairy

3.November 1 - Market Steers

4.June 1 - Horses

Category III - Conflicts with Show and Extenuating Circumstances

Exhibitors must show their own animals. Exceptions will be made only in the following cases and with the proper approval. In all cases, when the exhibitor can not show his/her own animal, the exhibitor must have a bona fide 4-H or FFA member to show in his/her place. If the animal qualifies for the championship classes and the exhibitor is unable to show the animal, the same individual exhibiting in class must show the animal in the championship class.

1. Exceptions at the District Show:

a.Exhibitors animals will be allowed to qualify only for the State Show (not eligible for champion at District Show - Ribbon Group Only) if the exhibitor is not present due to school conflicts (i.e. academic, athletic and other school related activities).

b.Exhibitors animals will be allowed to show in class and in the championship drive only if the exhibitor can not show due to illness, physical handicap, personal injury or death in the family. In the case of illness, physical handicap, personal injury or death in the family, the exhibitor, or representative shall make the request to the Agent/FFA Advisor and District Livestock Show Manager. The District Livestock Show Manager has the authority to approve or disapprove last minute requests.

c.To obtain an exception for school conflicts and physical handicap, the exhibitor must file a Livestock Project Possession/Hardship Form and have the proper approval prior to the District Show.

2.Exceptions at the State Show:

a.Exhibitors animals will be allowed to show in class and in the championship drive only if the exhibitor can not show due to illness, physical handicap, personal injury or death in the family. The State Livestock Show Manager and/or Show Superintendents shall approve or disapprove these requests.

b.Academic conflicts (School Test, Academic Contest, ACT, etc.) will be considered for the State Show.

c.To obtain an exception for school conflicts and physical handicap, the exhibitor must file a Livestock Project Possession/Hardship Form and have the proper approval prior to the District Show.


Youth and/or parent must fill out hardship form and include all pertinent information. The form must be signed by the youth, parent and/or guardian, Agent/FFA Advisor, Parish Chair/School Principal, and approved by the District Show Manager/State Livestock Show Leader. Hardships requiring Management Council approval should be routed through the State Livestock Show manager.


District Livestock Show Manager / State Livestock Show Leader shall have the responsibility and authority to approve are deny hardship request.

Hardships falling outside the hardship guidelines may be recommended by the District Livestock Show Manager / State Livestock Show Leader to the Management Council for consideration.


The Management Council shall have the final authority on all hardships; they will also have authority to approve or deny request that are not defined in the guidelines.

Acadia Parish Livestock Show

Coming Soon! Expect to be updated in October.

SW District Livestock Show

January 31st- February 4, 2023, at the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, LA.

Due January 10th

Southwest District Livestock Show, McNeese State University, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, and the Harper Morgan Rodeo Production, INC, and Farm Bureau Federation will be conducting a Calf Scramble Contest again this year. A calf scramble will be held at each rodeo performance and the winner will receive $1000 towards the purchase of a calf to show at next year’s District Show.

Those interested must be a 4-H member or FFA member, must have access to reasonable facilities to keep and care for a calf, must meet academic standards for show participation, must be able to give some reasonable assurance that you are able to feed, groom, and care for a calf, must not be enrolled beyond the junior year in high school, must be in good physical condition, and without any evidence of recent injury, must show the calf at next year's District Livestock Show.

Calf Scramble Form

Due to hurricane Laura's damage, camper spots may not be offered this year.

  • Online entries for Beef, Sheep, Goats, Swine, Dairy, and Exhibition poultry are due December 9th
  • Online entries for Rabbit Breeding show due January 5th

Entry links will be added once available




The Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo would like to recognize individuals who made a significant contribution to the show throughout their lifetime. If you would like to help us recognize someone who fits this description please fill out the attached application and submit it to Megan Sarver at by October 29th.

Southwest District Livestock Show Hall of Fame Application


February 11-18, 2023 at the Lamar Dixon Facility in Gonzales, LA

Exhibitors will be assessed a fee to participate in the state livestock show. For all species, except poultry, this fee is paid at the state show at the time of check-in. Exhibition exhibitors must pay the entry fees at the same time as the forms are due

Call Lamar Dixon (225) 621-1700 for reservation information. Requests for both lots must be made by letter through regular mail (U.S. Postal Service) and include payment by check or money order. No telegrams, night letters, e-mails, or other forms of communication will be accepted to secure reservations.

Mail payment to:

Lamar-Dixon Expo Center

9039 St. Landry Road

Gonzales, LA 70737

Make checks payable to Lamar-Dixon Expo Center

Phone Number: 225-621-1700

The State Livestock Show Schedule and the District Show Schedules have been posted to the website. Click here for the link. Please remember that these schedules are tentative and to check back for any updates or revisions. Revised schedules will have a version number in the name (v2, v3, etc.) if updated.

2023 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show Schedule

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