Natchitoches youth among showmanship winners named at LSU AgCenter Livestock Show


Natchitoches 4-H’er Cooper Johnson won an award in the Intermediate Market Goats category at the 82nd annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center.

The PotashCorp Champion Showman Awards were initially established in 2015 to select senior champion showmen in all species. The awards were expanded this year to recognize intermediate and junior champions as well.

Senior champion showmen receive $250 awards, and intermediate and junior champions receive $125 awards. The awards are supported by an endowment from PotashCorp through the production facility in Geismar, Louisiana.

“Showmanship not only generates enthusiasm in the show ring but teaches many valuable lessons used in day-to-day life,” said Dwayne Nunez, LSU AgCenter livestock show manager. “These lessons include responsibility, work ethic, determination to reach a goal, winning graciously and accepting setbacks with dignity.”

Award winners in each category are as follows:

Sheep – senior, Maci Breaux, Acadia Parish 4-H; intermediate, Chloe Oliver, Allen Parish 4-H; junior, Emily Zaunbrecher, Acadia Parish 4-H.

Market goats – senior, Stacey Baker, Caddo Parish 4-H; intermediate, Cooper Johnson, Natchitoches Parish 4-H; junior, Jaycie O’Conner, Calcasieu Parish 4-H.

Dairy goats – senior, Ashlee Primeaux, Calcasieu Parish 4-H; intermediate, Emerson Lyons, St. Landry Parish 4-H; junior, Emily Tucker, Livingston Parish 4-H.

Breeding goats – senior, Keri Landry, St. Mary Parish 4-H; intermediate, Mason McGraft, Bossier Parish 4-H; junior, Jackson Lowery, Lincoln Parish 4-H.

Dairy – senior, Brennan Uzee, Lafourche Parish 4-H; intermediate, Kyle Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish 4-H; junior, Charlee Sistrunk, Morehouse Parish 4-H.

Swine – senior, Hallie Landry, St. Mary Parish 4-H; intermediate, Torie Laiche, Ascension Parish 4-H; junior, Kennedy Marceaux, Vermilion Parish 4-H.

Exhibition poultry – senior, Lauren Theall, Lafayette Parish 4-H; intermediate, Breanna Huff, St. Tammany Parish 4-H; junior, Alexandria Miller, East Baton Rouge Parish 4-H.

Broilers – senior, Cutter Tonn, Lacassine FFA; intermediate, Alex Meche, St. Martin Parish 4-H; junior, Anna Roussel, St. James Parish 4-H.

Beef – senior, Dalton Bridges, St. Tammany Parish 4-H; intermediate, Shadd Bailey, Calcasieu Parish 4-H; junior, Bryley Bourque, Calcasieu Parish 4-H.

Mini beef – senior, Maeleigh Conner, Cameron Parish 4-H; intermediate, Luke Smith, Cameron Parish 4-H; junior, Emma Bush, West Feliciana Parish 4-H.

PHOTO: Winners of the PotashCorp Champion Showman Awards pose with Garry Hiebert, human resources director with PotashCorp in Geismar, back row left, and Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture, back row right, at the 82nd annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show awards ceremony. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter