November 2021 Livestock Chatterbox

4-H Agent's Message

The 2021 – 2022 Livestock Show Packet has been updated and is now available on our St. Landry webpage. Please remember due to the ongoing pandemic, all schedules are tentative and subject to change. Other than that, we plan to return to our previous schedules from the 2020 shows. Entries, fees, and all supporting documentation are due Monday, November 8th to the 4-H Office.

2022 Livestock Show Entry Forms

Validation kits are available for all market and commercial animals. Exhibitors can pick up their kits now until November 8th. The deadline to tag your animal and return the DNA envelope and fee is by 4:30 PM on November 8th (excluding commercial and market swine). Those who do not meet the validation and possession deadline are ineligible to show. The possession and validation deadline for market hogs and commercial gilts is December 3rd by 4:30 PM.

If you need any assistance completing show entries or with validation, please contact me as soon as possible so that we may set up a date and time prior to November 8th.

COVID-19 Statement

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.

Dates to Remember

October 27 - November 14, 2021 - State Fair of Louisiana, Shreveport

November 5-6, 2021 - Harry Laws Classic Livestock Show, Port Allen

November 8, 2021 - 2022 LSU Livestock Shows Entry Deadline

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

November 19-20, 2021 - Jim Bowie Junior Livestock Show, Opelousas, La

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

How to Classify Commercial Animals

Commercial animals are unregistered breeding females. Species with a commercial show are: beef, dairy, sheep, goat, and swine. Without registration papers we do not have definitive proof of when that animal was born and therefore determining their exact age.

However, there is another way to determine an animal's age, through "mouthing." All animals start life with their baby or milk teeth. As they age, these teeth are replaced by their adult teeth. Commercial animals, with the exception of dairy heifers and gilts, are mouthed at the livestock show to determine their approximate age and allows show officials to place them in the correct class. Below are the different species and how they are classed by mouthing.

Commercial Beef Heifers

Commercial beef heifer classes are determined by weight, however they are mouthed to determine their eligibility to show. Commercial heifers must have their front two baby teeth (1st pair of incisors) and must have no visible evidence of emergence of part or all of one or both of the first pair of permanent incisors. If baby teeth are not evident or permanent incisors are evident, they will be classified as a yearling. Yearlings will be allowed to show at the district show in a separate class, but not allowed to compete for champion. They will also not be allowed to compete at the State Show.

Commercial Ewe

Three classes are offered for commercial ewes. The classifications for the district and state shows in the commercial ewes division are:

  1. Lamb - must have no visible evidence of the emergence of part or all of one or both of the first pair of permanent incisors
  2. Yearling - two tooth or four tooth ewes
  3. Aged - 5 teeth and over

Commercial ewes will only be mouthed at District shows

mouthing diagrampng


Commercial Does

Three classes are offered for commercial does. The classification for the district and state shows in the commercial doe division are:

  1. Doeling - must have no visible evidence of the emergence of part or all of one or both of the first pair of permanent incisors
  2. Yearling - two-tooth or four-tooth does
  3. Aged - 5 teeth and over

Jim Bowie Livestock Show

The Jim Bowie Junior Livestock Show will be Friday, November 19th – Saturday, November 20th at the Ag Arena in Opelousas. There will be Breeding/Market Lamb and Breeding/Market Goat Show on Friday night and Beef Breeding Show on Saturday. Showmanship will also be included.

Profits from the Jim Bowie Show benefit the St. Landry 4-H Livestock Program and go towards awards for the Parish Livestock Show.

Jim Bowie Livestock Show 2021 Flyer and Registration

LSU Broiler Chick Orders

The 2022 LSU Junior Broiler Show will be a straight run show. Exhibitors will be allowed to show one pen of pullets and/or one pen of cockerels. An entry must consist of three broilers.

All broiler chicks for this show must be ordered through the St. Landry 4-H Office. Please complete the broiler chick order form and submit payment no later than November 8, 2021. The cost will be $.50 per chick. Only orders that have completed the order form and submitted payment by November 8, 2021 will be included in the parish total.

2022 LSU Broiler Order Form

LSU Livestock Show Breeding Animal Possession Procedures

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.

SpeciePossession Date
Beef, Sheep, Goat, and Dairy Breeding11/8/21
Exhibition Poultry11/8/21
Miniature Cattle11/15/21
Rabbits12/1/21
Swine Breeding12/3/21

LSU Livestock Show Validation Procedures

Animals that are not registered must be validated and in the exhibitor's possession by the dates listed below.

SpecieValidation/Possession Date
Steers8/16/21
Beef/Dairy Commercial Heifers11/8/21
Market Lambs11/8/21
Commercial Ewes11/8/21
Market Goats11/8/21
Commercial Does11/8/21
Market Hogs12/3/21
Commercial Gilt12/3/21

Exhibitor Responsibility

  • Animals must be in continuous possession of exhibitor from time of validation until the LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show.
  • 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.
  • 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 ($7/envelope) 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.
  • 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 an LSU tag or State Fair tag to validate.
  • Animals must be validated in either the exhibitors name or in a family name (family consist of parents, legal guardians, brothers, and sisters). When official entry forms are turned in at the parish level, animals validated under family name must be entered in the name of the exhibitor that will show the animal at the Parish, District, and State 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 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.

LSU State Livestock Show Catalog

The LSU AgCenter Livestock Show Catalog is available online at 2022 Livestock Show Catalog.

In addition to rules and regulations for the Livestock Show, this catalog contains information on special awards by breed associations, other organizations and individuals. It also lists association rules for some breeds of cattle and for La.-bred market animals. The management of the Livestock Show has done its best to ensure that this information is current and correct. However, neither the LSU AgCenter nor the livestock show management accepts responsibility for the accuracy of this information on special rules formulated by other organizations. Likewise, the LSU AgCenter and its employees do not accept responsibility for awards (cash or otherwise) provided by others. This includes trophies, plaques, scholarships and cash awards shown as provided by breed associations, organizations or individuals.


Market Animals

Please be sure that you are working on securing a sponsor/buyer for your market animal(s). Remember that the purchase agreement/buyer slip must be submitted to me at the end of the Parish Show, January 22, 2022. Purchase agreements/buyer slips will not be accepted after the Parish Show.

All sponsorship monies (does not include donations) received for market animals must be handled by the 4-H Agent. The sponsor will write a check and mail to the Extension Office (make check out to St. Landry 4-H Livestock). The exhibitor will receive the check once the 3% commission is paid and a copy of the thank you note(s) to the sponsor(s) is received by the 4-H Agent. Exhibitors of market animals will not be paid until the sponsor pays the association and a copy of the exhibitor’s thank you note to the sponsor is received by the 4-H Agent.

April 1st is the absolute last day to have commission paid and a copy of the exhibitor’s thank you note to the sponsor(s) in the Extension Office. A penalty fee of $25.00 per week, or $5.00 per day after April 1st will be issued if submitted after April 1st deadline.

Once buyer slips are received at the end of the Parish Show, a billing letter will be sent to those sponsor(s). Please see the 2021 – 2022 Livestock Show Informational Packet for details.

Premier Exhibitor Contest

Parish Premier Exhibitor Contest

The Parish Premier Exhibitor Contest is open to all St. Landry livestock exhibitors and doesn't require pre-registration. Exhibitors will complete a written test (multiple choice questions) and a skill-a-thon. Questions from the written test will only come from the study guide provided, which has general information on all species. Skill-a-thon questions will also come from the study guide and be split into five stations (animal ID, feed ID, equipment ID, anatomy ID, and meat ID). The exhibitor’s showmanship score will also be calculated into the overall score. Awards will be presented to the Junior (9 to 13 years old) and Senior (14 to 19 years old) participant with the highest overall score.

District Premier Exhibitor Contest

The District Premier Exhibitor Contest for 7th-12th graders will have separate specie specific contests for Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat, and Dairy exhibitors. Exhibitors must have pre-registered to compete in the District Premier Exhibitor contests. Forms are due November 8, 2021.

State Premier Exhibitor Contest

The State Premier Exhibitor Contest is for 9th – 12th graders only and will be held at different dates during the State Livestock Show depending on the chosen specie(s). Along with an in-depth written test, skill-a-thon, and showmanship scores, the state contest also includes a resume score (application) and an interview score for the top ten individuals. Applications are due to the St. Landry 4-H Office by January 18, 2022.

District and State Premier Exhibitor Forms can be found on the 2022 Livestock Show Entry Forms page.

Quality Assurance and Ethic's Certification

The QAEC program can be accessed at the following website:http://qaec.lsuagcenter.com .Exhibitors can go to this site and complete the general tutorial and a tutorial for each of the specie(s) that they plan to exhibit. When the website is first accessed exhibitors will complete a general Quality Assurance and Ethics tutorial; on completion of this tutorial they will be allowed to print an affidavit showing they have completed this portion. This affidavit must be signed by exhibitor and a copy must be turned in at time of entry. There are additional tutorials for Beef, Sheep, Goat, Swine, Dairy, and Poultry within the QAEC program. Upon Completion of each tutorial the exhibitor will be able to print a copy of their certification showing they have successfully completed the Quality Assurance and Ethic’s Certification. Exhibitors will be required to attach a copy of their signed affidavit and certification to their entry form at time of entry.

St. Landry Junior Livestock Association

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 Monday, November 8, 2021 at 5:45 P.M. at the St. Landry Extension Office.

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