The Bayou Gazette 7th-12th Grade Edition- November 2020

St. Martin Parish Cooperative Extension
114 Courthouse Street
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
Fax: 337-332-2870
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Social Media: Search “St. Martin Parish 4-H” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest

Clover Events Calendar


1 Possession date for exhibition birds

4 Livestock Advisory Meeting

6 Possession date (sheep, goats, beef breeding, dairy)

6 Validation deadline (commercial heifers and market and commercial sheep & goats)

7 Fall Fest Entries due at 12:00 p.m. Noon

13 Possession date for miniature cattle

10 Sweet Potato and Pecan orders due

20 Trivia Contest Deadline

24 4-H Fun Day (BBHS) – Jr. Leaders Needed

24 Pick Up Sweet Potatoes, Rice, and Pecans (BBHS Barn 3:00-5:30pm)- Jr. Leaders Needed

26-27 4-H Office Closed – Thanksgiving holidays

30 Jr. Leader Meeting


2 Livestock Exhibitor and Parent Meeting / Livestock Entry Forms and Fees due

4 Possession date for swine; Validation deadline for market hogs and com. gilts

22 Livestock Premier Exhibitor Workshop

NOTE: The 4-H Office will be closed from Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021.

Fall Fest Contest Day


All 4-H members are invited to join for the first contest day of the year, 2020 4-H Fall Fest! Fall Fest will be held virtually and entries are due on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at noon. What do you do at Fall Fest? Enter different parish contests like Pumpkin decorating, 4-H Chef Contest, and the Pet Show. Scan the QR code for a link to the contest rules. If you have questions, call 337-332-2181

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Livestock News

Below are many important dates for livestock exhibitors and their families. Good luck with your projects! If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Mrs. Hannah Devall at 337-332-2181 or

Livestock participants should have received important information in the mail about the validation procedures and completing the required LSU AgCenter’s Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification program.

Possession Dates:

August 1, 2020 Possession Date for Market Steers

November 1, 2020 Possession Date for Exhibition Poultry

November 6, 2020 Possession Date for all Beef, Sheep, Goat, and Dairy

November 10, 2020 Possession Date for Miniature Cattle

December 4, 2020 Possession Date for all Swine

January 1, 2021 Possession Date for Rabbits (for parish & state show)

April 1, 2021 Possession Date for Horses

Livestock Validation Deadlines:

Validation will consist of ear tagging the animal and pulling a hair sample for DNA Testing.

August 1, 2020:All Market Steers must be validated by the exhibitor and the properly identified validation envelope including the hair sample must be submitted to the 4-H Office along with the validation fees of $7 per animal.

November 6, 2020: All Commercial Beef Heifers, Commercial Dairy Heifers, Commercial Ewes, Commercial Does, Market Lambs, and Market Goats must be validated by the exhibitor and the properly identified validation envelope including the hair sample must be submitted to the 4-H Office along with the validation fees of $7 per animal.

December 4, 2020:All Market Hogs and Commercial Gilts must be validated by the exhibitor and the properly identified validation envelope including the hair sample must be submitted to the 4-H Office along with the validation fees of $7 per animal.

Livestock Show Dates:

St. Martin Parish Livestock Show: January 15-16, 2021 (BBHS Barn)

Acadiana District Livestock Show: January 26-30, 2021 (Lafayette)

St. Martin Parish Poultry & Rabbit Shows: February 6, 2021 (BBHS Barn)

LSU State Livestock Show: February 13-20, 2021 (Gonzales)

LSU State Rabbit Show: March 6, 2021 (Alexandria)

Acadiana District Horse Show: July 1-3, 2021 (New Iberia)

LSU State Horse Show: July 2021 (Gonzales)

Other Important Dates:

November 4, 2020: Livestock Advisory Committee Meeting (4-H Office 5:30-7:00pm) ALL ARE WELCOME. We’ll be making the final decisions regarding our parish livestock show.

December 4, 2020: Livestock Exhibitor and Parent Meeting (4-H Office 6-7:30pm) All Forms & Fees Due and Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification(s) and Affidavit due.

December 17, 2020: Poultry Workshop (4-H Office 5:30-7:00pm)

December 22, 2020: Livestock Premier Exhibitor Workshop (4-H Office 9:00am-12:00noon)

January 13, 2021: Parish Premier Exhibitor Testing / Barn Yard Bash

Anyone not raising their animals on their property (home or farm) MUST contact the 4-H Office to request a possession hardship application. Completed hardship forms must be turned in to the 4-H Office by the animal’s possession date.

Meet the 2020-2021 Livestock Ambassadors:

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  • Josie Blanchard, Cecilia High School
  • Ali Fontenot, At-Large
  • Therese’ Harris, St. Bernard
  • Mary Harris, At-Large
  • Bradlie Debnam, At-Large

Shooting Sports

Youth who are 9 years old prior to January 1, 2021 are eligible to participate in the shooting sports program. 4-H members who plan to participate in the shooting sports program must select the Louisiana Shooting Sports project in the outdoor skills/shooting sports area on their enrollment card. If you select the Louisiana Shooting Sports project, you will be contacted by mail about the registration process, fees, future workshops, trainings, practices, and safety clinics.

Project books will not be distributed until the first shooting sports workshop, which will be announced at a later date.

**Please note that there are extra fees and requirements for those involved in the Shooting Sports program. Adult support is required. An adult must attend all events with youth.

Meet the 2020-2021 Shoot Sports Ambassadors:

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  • Kara Broussard, BBHS
  • Alyssa Theriot, At-Large
  • Connor Guidry, At-Large
  • Billy Poirier, SMSH
  • Abbey Poirier, SMSH

4-H Trivia

Each month, we will have a trivia contest in The 4-H Bayou Gazette newsletter.

If you are one of the first 5 members of your club to email the correct answer to us, along with your full name, school you attend and your grade level, you will receive a prize at your next club meeting. Remember, your answer must be correct!

November 4-H Trivia Question:

How can you determine the size of your tire as well as the maximum load for that particular tire?

Email us the answer along with your full name, the school you attend, and your grade level by 11/20/20 to:

Junior Leader Club

Looking for a greater 4-H experience? Join the Jr. Leader Club to become more active in 4-H and in your community. Fill out the Junior Leader Membership Form and submit your $10 dues to the St. Martin Parish Office.

The Jr. Leader Club is a group of St. Martin Parish 4-H members who gather once a month and do fun things. We also like to volunteer at different events, learn new things, help the community, and go on trips! We hope to see you at our next meeting! All 4-H’ers in 7th-12th grades are welcome. Dues for this club are $10. If you haven’t paid your dues, please do so as soon as possible.

The next meeting will take place on Monday, November 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Junior Leaders: Don’t forget to sign up to help with the following events:

  • 4-H Fun Day (Tuesday, November 24th)
  • Sweet Potato and Pecan Distribution (November 24th @ BBHS Livestock Barn)

Sign up to volunteer here.

4-H Honor Cords

Seniors, are you looking forward to completing a milestone in your life? Add a little 4-H touch to your special day and apply for a 4-H Honor Cord! Applications are completely online this year. Visit the following website to apply 2021 Louisiana 4-H Honor Cord
Statewide deadline is January 29, 2021.

Healthy Living Update

Did you know what you eat effects your teeth? Eating fresh fruits and vegetables help protect teeth from developing cavities. Calcium-rich foods helps promote strong teeth and bones. You can find calcium in foods like low-fat milk, cheese and yogurt, almonds, dark leafy green vegetables, and canned salmon.

Low Fat Ranch Dip


  • 1 can great northern beans (15 ounce, rinsed and drained, low sodium)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, low-fat plain
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chives (fresh, chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (fresh, chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon tarragon (dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


1. Blend the beans and garlic in a blender, adding enough water for the desired consistency.

2. Blend for 2 minutes to make it silky smooth.

3. Use a spatula to scrape the mixture into a medium bowl.

4. Stir in the yogurt, cayenne, chives, parsley, and tarragon, salt and lemon juice.

Serve with your favorite vegetables

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St. Martin Parish 4-H Foundation Fall Commodity Fundraiser

The St. Martin Parish 4-H Foundation is hosting an annual fundraiser and will be selling both sweet potatoes and pecans. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the St. Martin Parish 4-H Program. The sweet potatoes are Louisiana grown on Garber Farms in Iota. The pecans are from Pointe Coupee Pecan Company. Orders are due to the St. Martin Parish 4-H Office by November 10th. Pick-up for the items ordered will take place on November 24th from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Breaux Bridge High School Barn, near the football field.

To order, fill out the form below and return to the St. Martin Parish Extension Office located at 114 Courthouse Street, Breaux Bridge, LA. 70517. For questions or more information, please contact the St. Martin Parish 4-H Agents at 337-332-2181.

St Martin 4-H Commodity Fundraiser Form

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