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    Robbie Austin Jr’s steer named champion of State Livestock Show

    SU Ag Center holds successful 77th Annual State Livestock Show

    For 77 years, Southern University has continued the tradition of providing an opportunity for youth throughout Louisiana to gain valuable knowledge and skills at its Annual State Livestock and Poultry Show. The event was held on February 27 – 29 at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena.

    Thirty young people from across the state were named state champions in various breeds of dairy and beef cattle, lamb, goat, and poultry during the show.

    Southern University is the only Historically Black College or University that currently holds a livestock show and it is like no other show in the state.

    “Our show is unique in the fact that we offer guided school tours that include a petting zoo, gardening station, and educational presentations while the participants are showing their animals,” said Harold Mellieon, Ph.D., Director of Livestock Show Programs.

    “The tours provide an opportunity for many youth in the Baton Rouge area to see live farm animals in person for the first time. We also have college students from Southern’s College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences assisting with every part of the show. This gives our college students hands-on experience in the field,” added Mellieon.

    Southern also holds a “Night with the Stars: Old Fashion Livestock Decorating Contest” on every Friday evening after all the animals have been judged.

    “We hold this event to allow the participants to have fun with their animal one last time before the Jr. Auction on Saturday morning,” said Mellieon.

    The “Night with the Stars’ winners were:

    Kenzi Primm in first place and Skylar Primm second place. The first-place winner received $100, the second-place received $50 and both winners took home a commemorative belt buckle cup.

    winners in various livestock categories and their home parishes. Each winner received a premium, ribbon, rosette and trophy belt buckle.

    Registered Dairy

    Champion – Cooper Holmes, Desoto Parish

    Reserve Champion – Kyle Sonnier, Jeff-Davis Parish

     

    Commercial Dairy

    Champion – Kyle Sonnier, Jeff-Davis Parish

    Reserve Champion – Wyatt Sonnier, Jeff-Davis Parish

     

    Dairy Showmanship

    Champion – Kyle Sonnier, Jeff-Davis Parish

    Reserve Champion – Camille Sonnier, Jeff-Davis Parish

     

    Brahman Bull

    Champion – Sutton Shields, Calcasieu Parish
    Reserve Champion – Coy Desormeaux, Cameron Parish

     

    Non-Brahman Bull                                                   

    Champion – Skylar Primm, Caddo Parish

    Reserve Champion – Samuel Danos, Sabine Parish

    Brahman Heifers

    Champion – Sutton Shields, Calcasieu Parish

    Reserve Champion – Brenden Ford, Sabine Parish

     

    Non-Brahman Heifer

    Champion – Skylar Primm, Caddo Parish

    Reserve Champion – Kenzi Primm, Caddo Parish

     

    Commercial Heifer

    Champion – Kenneth Rains, Sabine Parish

    Reserve Champion – Emma Peace, Sabine Parish

    Beef Showmanship

    Champion – Brenden Ford, Sabine Parish

    Reserve Champion – Kenzi Primm, Caddo Parish

    Market Steer  

    Champion – Adam Wilson, East Baton Rouge Parish

    Reserve Champion – Mykia Dyson, Tangipahoa Parish

     

    LA Bred Market Steer

    Champion – Robbie Austin, Jr. Madison Parish

     

    Market Lamb   

    Champion – Hunter Parks, Livington Parish

    Reserve Champion – Makayla Reyenga, Bossier Parish

     

    Market Lamb LA Bred   

    Champion – Evan Mahler, Lafourche Parish

    Reserve Champion – Catherine Martin, Winn Parish

     

    Lamb Showmanship                                       

    Champion – Carlone Dupree, Bossier Parish

    Reserve Champion – Makayla Reyenga, Bossier Parish

     

    Market Goat   

    Champion – Jennifer Langston, Bossier Parish

    Reserve Champion – Chloe Ayo, Lafourche Parish

     

    Market Goat LA Bred   

    Champion – Jennifer Langston, Bossier Parish

    Reserve Champion - Ava Chambers, Bossier Parish

     

    Robbie Austin, Jr.’s, steer was named champion in the Louisiana Bred Market Steer Divison during the SU Ag Center’s 77th Annual State Livestock Show. (Photo by D’Andre Lee, SU Ag Center.)

     

    Goat Showmanship                                     

    Champion – Jennifer Langston, Bossier Parish

    Reserve Champion – Ava Chambers, Bossier Parish

     

    Market Hog   

    Champion – Hunter Parks, Livingston Parish

    Reserve Champion – Brianna Siebarth, Calcasieu Parish

     

    Hog Showmanship                                        

    Champion – Alexis Laiche, St. James Parish

    Reserve Champion – Kensie Pellerin, Iberia Parish

     

    Broiler             

    Champion – Michelle Adams, Caddo Parish

    Reserve Champion – Halle Coppernex, St. James Parish

     

    Broiler  Premier Exhibitor                          

    Co-Champion – Lillian Lofton, Avoyelles Parish

    Co-Champion – Jasmine Soniat, Avoyelles Parish

    Reserve Champion – Aliyah Milburn, St. Landry Parish

     

     

    By LaKeeshia Giddens Lusk

    Contributing writer

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    McMeans shares medical marijuana program updates with BR Press Club

    Orlando F. McMeans, Ph.D., Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences spoke to members of the Baton Rouge Press Club during the club’s weekly meeting on Feb. 10.

    The main topic for discussion during the meeting was the Ag Center’s Medical Marijuana Program.

    “We will be harvesting in the next week or so,” said McMeans about the Center’s first medical marijuana crop. The harvesting date is pending final approval by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Louisiana Department of Health. After testing is conducted on the crop, products are expected to be available in dispensaries.

    “When you do something for the first time and you have these strict guidelines that are overseen by so many different agencies, every step has to be approved,” said McMeans. “We want to make sure we follow the necessary steps to produce a quality product.”

    McMeans explained that the Center plans to do more than just produce medical marijuana but also conduct research on developing new varieties of marijuana to target specific ailments.

    McMeans also discussed the Center’s research into hemp and the recent ribbon cutting and the unveiling of the Center’s hemp-derived CBD product line, Alafia Healthcare, with partner Ilera Holistic Healthcare.

    This makes Southern University the first historically Black college or university to launch a CBD line.

    He also shared information on upcoming academic student support that will be implemented within the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences; increasing the Ag Center’s Cooperative Extension footprint within the state; and seeking resources to enhance and grow the programs and services of the Ag Center and the College.

    McMeans’ speech is available in its entirety on the Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Youtube channel.

    By LaKeeshia Lusk
    Contributing Writer

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