Thursday, January 19

SU Ag Center hosts 74th Annual Livestock Show

Meat purchases are now available

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s 74th Annual State Livestock & Poultry Show will be held March 2 - 4, 2017 at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena, Hwy. 61 North, in Baker, La.

Nearly 200 young farmers are registered to participant in the show. These young farmers will show animals, some nearly twice their weight, that have either won or were showcased in a parish competition.

Judges will name the state champions of the show in the various breeds of cattle, hogs, sheep, lamb, goats and poultry. Winners will receive premiums, ribbons, rosettes, silver platters and trophy belt buckles.

“This year we are working on revamping the poultry category of the show,” said Harold Mellieon, Jr., Ph.D., Director of Livestock Programs and Assistant Specialist of Animal Science. “We will have about 25 youth participants from four parishes showing poultry during the livestock show and we are looking forward to increasing the number of participants showing poultry in the show next year.”

The Livestock Show Office is currently accepting pre-orders of non-processed choice meats from various livestock. All proceeds from meat sales go directly to participating youth as a reward for their hard work and financial investment. The following meat choices and quantities are available:

·         One whole beef $2,000
·         One half beef $1,000
·         One-fourth beef $500
·         One whole pork $225
·         One whole lamb $200
·         One whole goat is $175

There is a processing fee that is not included in the original cost of the meat. All purchases must be paid by money order or check and made payable to the Southern University Ag Center Livestock Show, prior to picking up the meat from the slaughter house.

Those who don’t pre-order their meat are invited to make a purchase during the show’s ‘Junior Auction Sale’ on Saturday, March 4 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena.

The office will deliver the meat to two locations, either the Cutrer Slaughter House in Kentwood (985) 229-2478 or Rouchers in Plaquemine (225) 687-4258.

Donations to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank are also welcome. 

Since 1943, Southern University has continued the tradition of providing an opportunity for youth throughout the state to gain valuable knowledge and skills at the Annual State Livestock and Poultry Show. The Livestock Show provides a venue for youth to showcase their animals, develop entrepreneurship skills, build character and receive leadership training.

For more information on the SU Ag Center’s Livestock Show, how to participate in the show or to purchase meat, visit or contact the Livestock Show Office at 225.771.5270 or 225.771.6208.


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