Boyd Sisters Have Great Week at LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show

By Molly Seales

During their winter break, Riverdale Academy 9th grader Shirley Boyd and her younger sister, 8th grader Alaina Boyd travelled to Baton Rouge to compete in the LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show. The girls began showing on Wednesday, February 16, and had their last show Saturday, February 19. The countless hours they put in with their livestock each day paid off.

In the beef show, Alaina’s Brahman Marshmellow placed 8th and 6th in LA breed, Dolly placed 6th and 4th in LA breed, and Ash placed 17th and 12th in LA breed. In the commercial swine division, Shirley placed 8th and 3rd in LA breed and 5th and 1st in LA breed. In the barrow division, Shirley placed 4th and 4th in LA breed. In the duroc division, Alaina placed 1st and 1st in LA breed. In the Hampshire division, Alaina placed 1st and 1st in LA class. Alaina was also Grand Champion/Grand Champion LA breed in the Hampshire lightweight division. She was Reserve Grand Champion  and Reserve Grand Champion in LA Hampshire breed.

In the swine showmanship competition, Alaina and Shirley had a chance to show off their relationship with their pigs. In order to do well, 4H members must spend time daily with their animals building trust with them. Alaina placed 5th in swine showmanship, and Shirley placed 6th in swine showmanship. These were outstanding places at this level of competition.

Livestock is a family affair at the Boyd/Halbmaier home. Shirley and Alaina’s little sister Adalyn, mom Maressa, and Pops Tony all pitch in to help out, but the girls do most of the hard work themselves. Both Shirley and Alaina maintain the honor roll while taking on the responsibilities associated with raising show animals.

Riverdale Academy added their congratulations to the Boyd sisters.  “Both girls did an excellent job! Alaina placed 5th and Shirley placed 6th in showmanship. The girls placed in most every event they entered. Alaina won Grand Champion in the Hampshire lightweight division. We are proud of you for representing Riverdale so well!

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