Iberville Parish 4-H Livestock Show today at Mike Zito Multipurpose Center

Staff reports

4-H members from throughout the parish participated in the annual Iberville Parish Livestock Show January today (Saturday) at the Mike Zito Multipurpose Facility in Plaquemine.  The event was sponsored by the LSU AgCenter in partnership with the Iberville Parish Livestock Boosters Association under the direction of 4-H Agents Kellee Lassiter and Ashly Pitre. 

The AgCenter faculty across Louisiana work to develop successful youth development programs and events for all youth to participate in.  Over the years, these efforts have helped Louisiana’s youth to develop key life skills to aide in becoming strong leaders and well-rounded individuals for today and the future.

The highlight of the program Saturday was the recognition of the senior livestock exhibitors. Lacey Blanchard has been successful in the goat project as well as Jr. Leadership in the parish. She attends Bethany Christian Academy and is the daughter of Todd and Betty Blanchard of Plaquemine.  Emily Deville, a senior from Plaquemine High School, was honored for her work in the goat and swine projects. Emily is also a member of the parish Jr. Leadership club. She is the daughter of Jody and Barbara Deville. 

Each of these students received a $350 scholarship presented by Theresa Purpera, president of the Iberville Livestock Boosters Association.

Other highlights included youth presenting their project animals for competition.  The show brought in 22 goats, 19 chickens, 15 hogs, 11 cattle, and 3 sheep.

In the market lamb show, Alyssa Regira, Brusly High School, took the award for Grand Champion Market Lamb. She was also named Champion Lamb Showman. The breeding lamb show followed with Chance Harcek, MSA-West, winning Champion Ram and Raylan Hracek, MSA-West, winning Champion Ewe.

The Grand Champion Market Hog was exhibited by Katelynn Persick of Bethany Christian Academy.  Reserve Grand Champion honors went to Matt Leleux, False River Academy.  The Champion Swine Showmanship award was presented to Matt Leleux. 

Capturing the award for Grand Champion Market Goat was Emily Deville, Plaquemine High School.  Albert Deville, Crescent Jr. High School, took the award for Reserve Grand Champion.  Hunter Monismith, MSA- West, was named Champion Goat Showman

Breeding awards were as follows: Champion Buck- Emma King, MSA- West; Reserve Champion Buck- Hunter Monismith, MSA- West; Supreme Champion Buck- Emma King, MSA- West; Champion AOB Goat – Albert Deville, Crescent Jr. High School; Champion Commercial Doe – Albert Deville, Crescent Jr. High School; Reserve Champion Commercial Doe- Lacey Blanchard, Bethany Christian Academy; Champion Percentage Boer Goat – Christen Diamond, MSA- West; Champion Purebred Boer Goat – Christen Diamond, MSA- West; Reserve Champion Purebred Boer Goat- Albert Deville, Crescent Jr. High School; Champion Pigmy Doe- Emma King, MSA- West; Reserve Champion Pigmy Doe- Emma King, MSA- West; Supreme Champion Doe- Christen Diamond, MSA- West; Champion American Steer- Gabby Deslatte, St. John; Champion Angus Bull- Racheal Sandidge, St. John High; Reserve Champion Angus Bull- Gracie Romero, MSA- West; Champion Angus Heifer- Racheal Sandidge, St. John High; Reserve Champion Angus Heifer- Gracie Romero, MSA- West; Champion AOB Heifer- Jeremiah Molden, White Castle High; Champion AOB Bull- Jeremiah Molden, White Castle High School; Champion Beefmaster Heifer  – Clayton Easterly, North Iberville Elementary; Reserve Champion Beefmaster Heifer- Daniel Easterly, North Iberville Elementary; Champion Polled Hereford Heifer – Maddy Barbay, MSA- West; Supreme Champion Bull – Racheal Sandidge, St. John High; Supreme Champion Heifer – Maddy Barbay, MSA- West; Champion Beef Showman – Gracie Romero, MSA- West; Champion Duroc Gilt – Katelynn Persick, Bethany Christian Academy; Reserve Champion Duroc Gilt- Emily Deville, Plaquemine High School; Champion Yorkshire Swine – Emily Deville, Plaquemine High School; Supreme Champion Breeding Gilt- Katelynn Persick, Bethany Christian Academy; Grand Champion Rooster – Christen Diamond, MSA- West; Reserve Champion Rooster- Raylan Hracek, MSA- West; Grand Champion Hen– Chance Hracek, MSA- West; Reserve Champion Hen- Chance Hracek, MSA- West; Supreme Champion Chicken- Christen Diamond, MSA- West.

4-H members participating in the show included:  Maddy Barbay, Lacey Blanchard,  Gabrielle Deslatte, Albert Deville, Emily Deville, Christen Diamond, Clayton Easterly, Daniel Easterly, Chance Hracek, Raylan Hracek, Alexis Joffrion, Cheyenne Joffrion, Emma King, Matt Leleux, Ty Leleux, Jeremiah Molden, Hunter Monismith, Katelynn Persick, Elise Persick, Alyssa Regira, Gracie Romero, Racheal Sandidge and Ivon Smothers.

Thanks to the following sponsors and supporters who made this event a huge success: Parish President, Mitchell Ourso, Jr.; Iberville Parish Sheriff, Brent Allain; Iberville Parish Council; Pediatric Associates; Grosse Tete Wrecker Service; Sportsmans Feed and Seed, Grosse Tete Rosedale Lions Club; Triple P Farms; St. Louis Planting- Mr. John Gay; Air Liquide; Old Mill Trace; Cajun Materials Inc.; Kimberly Dessix, DDS;  J&P Grocery; A&O Electric; Gene’s Hardware; Denny Canezaro; Dr. Kevin Dean; First Financial Bank and Trust; Carville Veterinary Clinic; Dr. Katie Berthelot; Pamela George; Lisa Zeringue; Thomas Hurdle Farms; John Wilbert III; Bank of Maringouin; Tri Parish Contractors; Iberville Bank; Citizens Bank; Plaquemine Bank; Dean Deslatte; Sherie and Barry Callahan; A. Wilbert’s and Sons, L.L.C.; Maringouin Car Care Center; Glyna Kelly; Pete Kelly; Ed Reeves; Bobben’s Superette; Schurba’s Auto Glas; Elliot Pharmacy; Dr. Antonio Edwards; Sandidge Farms; The Bank of Commerce; Syngenta; Canezaro’s Grocery; Tim Vallet; Corey Sarullo; Troy and Kim Bayham; Wayne Zito; Louisiana Auto and Truck Repair; Access Vans; White Castle Co-Op; Matt Jewell; John Pourciau; Tractor Supply; and NES Rentals. Special thanks go out to Mr. Paul Bouy and the staff at the Mike Zito Center