4-H Livestock Club report

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From left are Zach Birdwell, vice president; Tatum Roberts, reporter; Layton Parks, president; and Madeline Mitchell, secretary.

Submitted by: Tatum Roberts, club reporter
Natchitoches Parish 4-H offers youth opportunities to “learn by doing” in a variety of project areas.
In the livestock projects, members can raise and show anything from cows, pigs, goats, rabbits and even chickens. An opportunity that is available to any 4-H member interested in livestock is the Natchitoches Parish 4-H Livestock Club. The club meets monthly and members participate in educational programs, demonstrations and fellowship.
This year the elected officers are Layton Parks, president; Zach Birdwell, vice-president; Madeline Mitchell, secretary; and Tatum Roberts, reporter.

This article published in the Jan. 8, 2022, print edition

At recent meetings the group has enjoyed the following illustrated talks and hands-on activities:
Layton presented an informative lesson titled “Leading to Success.” He taught everyone how to halter break and lead a show calf.
Zach spoke about how to trim the hooves of cattle. He also explained why this is so important in maintaining a healthy animal.
4-H agent Randall Mallette led a hands-on activity where members explored the digestive tracts of various livestock specimens.
4-H’ers also live by their pledge to use their “hands for larger service.” This was evident during the State Fair as Tatum, Layton, and Bayla volunteered at the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association Cattlemen’s Kitchen. They worked alongside LCA members to help prepare food and serve customers. These three are also members of the Louisiana Junior Brangus Association, as they raise and show Brangus cattle.
Anyone in 4-H with an interest in livestock can join the club. For more information call the 4-H office at 357-2224.
See more photos in the Jan. 8, 2022, print edition.