In this article:
|4-H Agent's Message|
|Dates to Remember|
|Fall Livestock Shows|
|LSU Livestock Show Breeding Animal Possession Procedures|
|LSU Livestock Show Validation Procedures|
|St. Landry Junior Livestock Association|
|State Fair of Louisiana|
It is that time of year again when we are gearing up for livestock show season! As you prepare for the upcoming show season, please be sure to read over all information carefully, adhere to all deadline dates, and contact us with any questions.
Currently, the St. Landry Parish 4-H staff are visiting parish schools and conducting open enrollment club meetings. Remember to enroll or re-enroll in St. Landry 4-H for the 2021 -2022 year through your school’s 4-H Club or through the St. Landry 4-H Office as a member-at-large. Either enroll with a paper enrollment form or enroll online below.
If you are a new livestock exhibitor or a previous exhibitor whose contact information has changed, please fill out the Livestock Exhibitor Form.
Given the health concerns with COVID-19 there is no guarantee that livestock shows will occur 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.
August 16, 2021 - Steer possession and validation deadline
September 18, 2021 - Notorious Northern Show, Shreveport, La
September 25, 2021 - Union Youth Livestock Fall Jackpot Show, Farmerville, La
November 8, 2021 - Exhibition Poultry Possession Deadline
November 8, 2021 - Commercial & Market Animal Validation Deadline
All commercial and market animals except swine
November 8, 2021 - Possession Deadline
All breeding animals except swine and miniature cattle
November 15, 2021 - Miniature Cattle Possession Deadline
December 1, 2021 - Rabbit possession deadline
December 3, 2021 - Breeding Swine Possession Deadline
December 3, 2021 - Commercial & Market Swine Validation Deadline
January 21-22, 2022 – St. Landry Parish Livestock Show, Opelousas
January 25-29, 2022 – Acadiana District Livestock Show, Lafayette
February 12-19, 2022 – LSU State Livestock Show, Gonzales
Each year, St. Landry Parish 4-H’ers have the opportunity to participate in several local livestock shows and the State Fair of Louisiana Livestock Show. Information is shared with parents and exhibitors through e-mail. It is the responsibility of the livestock exhibitor(s) and parents to complete and turn in entries to the appropriate person(s) by the entry deadline for the given show.
If you need assistance with completing entries for any of the 2021 fall shows or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the 4- H Office.
In the livestock program, we use different terms to describe a group of animals, a specie of animals, or whether an animal is male or female. Here are some commons terms you may hear in a livestock program and what they mean:
Swine / Pigs / Hogs (Porcine)
All breeding animals must meet the possession deadlines listed below to be eligible to show in the 2022 LSU Shows. Only the exhibitor showing the animal should be listed as the owner on the registration certificate. Any transfer dates or sell dates must be before or by the possession deadline.
Exhibitors must have animals in their possession and under their personal care (and must not be in possession of a custom fitter) after possession dates. The possession requirement covers the period from the date of possession (listed below) to the completion of the state show. If an exhibitor does not have animals(s) in his/her possession during the entire possession period, the exhibitor must turn in a project/hardship form before possession dates. Any exhibitor housing his/her animal on any property other than their own must acquire and have approved a project/hardship form prior to purchase of animal.
|Beef, Sheep, Goat, and Dairy Breeding||11/8/21|
Animals that are not registered must be validated and in the exhibitor's possession by the dates listed below.
|Beef/Dairy Commercial Heifers||11/8/21|
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 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. *Note: Forgetting to validate by the deadline is NOT an acceptable hardship and will not be considered.
The first year for many livestock families is learning the ins and outs of showing their project, which is why we would like to offer them the opportunity to be mentored by an experienced livestock family (showing the same species).
If you are a new livestock family and would like to take advantage of this opportunity; you are a seasoned livestock family and would like to become a mentor; or if you have questions please contact the 4-H Office.
The St. Landry Junior Livestock Association is made up of St. Landry Parish livestock leaders, parents, volunteers, and exhibitors. The association works in cooperation with the parish 4-H Agents to plan and implement educational opportunities, clinics, the Jim Bowie Livestock Show and the St. Landry Parish 4-H / FFA Livestock Show. The association holds monthly meetings that all associated with the St. Landry 4-H Livestock Program are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The next Junior Livestock Association meeting will be Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 5:45 P.M. at the St. Landry Extension Office.
October 27 – November 14, 2021
Be sure to visit the State Fair of Louisiana website at www.statefairoflouisiana.com for a detailed list of rules and regulations! Last day to enter is September 30, 2021 to avoid late fees!
Market animal exhibitors must have requested tag and DNA kits through our office prior to State Fair possession dates. If you have not the State Fair will not allow you to show.
State Fair Possession & Validation Deadlines
|Specie||Possession and Validation Dates|
|Market & Commercial Animals (except swine)||7/10/21|
|Registered Breeding Animals||8/1/21|
|Market & Commercial Swine||8/10/21|