Baton Rouge, LA – More than 200 budding farmers, some as young as seven-years-old, from throughout Louisiana will gather at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena in Baton Rouge for the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center’s 72nd Annual Livestock & Poultry Show on March 5-7, 2015.
The youth are expected to bring almost 300 head of prize worthy beef and dairy cattle, hogs, sheep, lamb and goats to compete for the title of state champion in their categories.
These animals have been showcased or have won a parish competition before competing at this event.
Animals will begin weighting in at 11 a.m. on March 5. Judging for the beef and dairy cattle will begin at 6:30 p.m. that evening. All other animals will be judged on March 6.
Besides animals being judged for competition, this year’s livestock show will feature a mini-farm, guided tours for school groups, a livestock and poultry quiz bowl, face painting, food, craft booths, a magic show, and the Hall of Louisiana Agriculture.
An awards presentation for youth of champion market animals will be held Saturday, March 7 at 8 a.m. and a Junior Auction Sale will begin 10:30 am. Meat buyers are encouraged to come to the auction to bid on the show’s meat. All proceeds from the meat purchases go directly to the participating youth.
“These sales ensure that youth are being rewarded for their investments, hard work and dedication,” said Christie Monroe, Southern University Ag Center Livestock Program Manager. “Students that are involved with livestock shows and agriculture related events learn responsibility, leadership and management that will take them into adulthood to be productive citizens.”
For further information, please contact Christie Monroe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225.771.4350.