Goats

Goat Rules

  1. 4H'ers who show goats at the White County Fair should join the White County 4H Goat Club.
  2. NO HORNS ALLOWED on exhibited dairy goats. Meat goats and pygmy goats may be shown with or without horns.
  3. Goats must be healthy. At the committee members’ discretion, any goat showing signs of disease or sickness will not be allowed to checkin, be judged, or shown, unless inspected and approved by a licensed veterinarian.
  4. If an animal leaves the grounds, it shall not return. Animals may leave the Goat Barn for exercise, but they may not enter any other barns or any livestock trailers (unless being loaded to leave the fairgrounds permanently), or be moved through any food or commercial areas. No animals may be removed from their pens between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  5. All does must have a permanent ID of either an ear tattoo (tail for Lamancha), an ear tag or microchip (exhibitor must provide scanner).  If the tattoo is not legible, the goat will not be permitted on the fairgrounds.No write-on tags will be permitted.  Dairy and Meat wethers must have county weigh-in ear tagsplaced. Pygmy and Lamancha wethers must have a permanent tattoo, microchip, or county weigh-in ear tag placed.NOTE:  ALLexhibition goats must meet the new federal identification guidelines designed to eradicate the Scrapie disease. Additional information on these guidelines is available from the Extension Office and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.
  6. Permanent identification for all goats must be recorded on the May 15th county form and the 4hOnline Animal Identification for all goats by midnight May 15th.
  7. Each member may exhibit a total of 10 animals, with a limit of 2 entries per class, and only 2 wethers per species (dairy, pygmy, and meat). Animals may be of more than one goat breed.
  8. Does may be of grade, recorded, or registered stock. (Recorded or registered stock only at State Fair). All dairy wethers must be 100% dairy goat blood, no meat goat crosses.
  9. All goats must be born and in the 4H'ers possession on or before May 15.Wethers must be in 4-H’ers possession by the wether identification date.
  10. All goats must be owned or leased by 4H member or member's family, and cared for by 4H'er. Leased goats must have a complete White County 4-H goat Lease Form completed and submitted to the Extension Office in accordance with the May 15th deadline. Note: 4H'ers may not exhibit leased animals at State Fair.
  11. Goats may not be switched from one 4H'er to another after May 15th.
  12. To exhibit at White Co. 4H Fair, all 4H Goat members must follow the established "Exhibition Regulations for White County 4H" as listed in this Handbook.Members will complete 3 educational activities  each year. These activities will be turned in by 4 p.m. July 1 to the Extension Office. Members enrolled in Goats by grade in current school year: Level 1, grades 3-5; Level 2, grades 6-8; Level 3, grades 9-12. (Also see Exhibition Regulations.)
  13. All goats are to be shown by the 4H member. Any/All exceptions to be reviewed by the Goat Committee prior to the 4-H Show. If the member has 2 goats in the same class, any White County 4H member may show the second goat.
  14. For all milking dairy goat does, there will be a set time for a complete milk out at6 p.m. the evening before the show. They must be stripped out completely. Committee members will check all milking does after the milk out has been completed.
  15. Each 4H Goat member may sell only one wether goat in the 4H Fair Auction.  Members who wish to consign a wether goat as their one sale entry must do so by declaring the wether goat sale animal at checkin on Saturday of the 4H Fair.  DO NOT declare more than one livestock project for the livestock sale; i.e. do not declare both a goat and swine. See 4H Livestock Sale Rules in this Handbook.All pool goats must also be declared at check-in.
  16. Only goats being shown are allowed on fairgrounds except for kids less than 12 weeks old and still nursing.
  17. Each Dairy Goat exhibitor should wear a white shirt and white pants during the Dairy Goat show. All exhibitors should follow the general guidelines for appropriate clothing as listed in this handbook (Listed under General Rules: 4-H Exhibits).
  18. Only White County 4H members, their immediate families and approved White County 4-H Volunteers are permitted to assist White County 4-H Goat exhibitors with feeding, grooming, and general care of 4-H goats.Exceptions will be considered by the Goat Committee.  NO PROFESSIONAL FITTERS.   
  19. The animal standing in 1st in each class will return for Champion selection. The animal standing in 2nd place to animal selected as Champion will compete for Reserve Champion.
  20. Top Producer rules for milking contest: a) Each 4H'er may enter two does which are also shown in a milking class. b) The animal must be milked out by the 4H'er, not by the parents or relatives. Exceptions will be made with the approval of the committee. c) The animals must be milked at specified times in front of one of the Goat Committee members and the udder must be checked by one of the members also. Multiple entries in this class must be milked out in the same sequence during milk out. d) The milk will be weighed and recorded by the committee chairperson. e) Milk out times are: Sun.6 p.m. (Milk will not be weighed.); Mon.7AM & 7 PM. (Milk will be weighed Monday am & pm and weight recorded by the committee). f) Members must be on time to milk or they will be disqualified. g) The highest total pounds of milk produced in 25 hours (two milkings) wins a plaque to be awarded during the show.  In case of a tie, the doe that freshened first shall be the winner.
  21. Dam & Daughter-animals must be enrolled by the same 4H member.Dam can only be shown once in a single class (dam can only be shown with one daughter as a single entry - not with two daughters as two entries).
  22. All dry stock must be under 2 years of age and never fresh. All milking stock must be in milk.
  23. There will be a "Best of Udder" picked following each milking class.
  24. Showmanship  To participate in the Showmanship Classes, you must sign-up during check-in on Saturday of the 4-H Fair, and you must designate the species (Dairy, Pygmy, and/or Meat) in which you wish to participate. You are to use your own animal. (Exceptions will be reviewed by Goat Committee Members).
  25. All dairy breeds will show together. Pygmy and meat goats will be shown in their own classes.
  26. To be eligible to show in group classes, animals must have been exhibited in individual classes.
  27. Produce of Dam - to consist of 2 does, any age, the produce of 1 dam, and both animals must be enrolled by the same 4-H family.  Each exhibitor is limited to 1 entry by same dam. The dam is not shown in this class, but should be named on entry form.
  28. Best 3 Females—to consist of 3 does, any age, from the same herd. All 3 animals must be enrolled by the same 4-H family. Each exhibitor is limited to only 1 entry in this class.
  29. Market class (wethers only) - Exhibitors are permitted two entries per species. To be eligible to exhibit at the White County 4-H Fair, all goat wethers will be weighed, ear tagged, and retinal scanned or RFID tagged in Mayat wether identification day at the County Fairgrounds. These same wethers will be weighed again at check-in at the fair. Classes will be determined after animals are weighed. Dairy Goat and Meat Goat wethers must be shown with milk teeth in place. Any goat wether showing evidence of testicular tissue is ineligible for the 4-H goat show (clamping is not a valid form of this rule). To be eligible to show, Dairy and Meat Goat wethers must weigh a minimum of 35 lbs. when weighed at check-in at the fair.
  30. Rate of Gain Class: a) There will be a class for Dairy wethers, Pygmy wethers and Meat wethers. b) All wethers will be weighed at the May wether identification day by the Goat Committee.Wether Identification Day will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Goat Barn. c) All wethers competing in "Rate of Gain" must be shown in a wether class. d) At the May and Fair weigh-ins, each wether will be weighed only once by the Goat Committee. Weights will be rounded to nearest 1/10 of a pound according to established mathematical rules. Each wether will be weighed by the Goat Committee at the specified times (no exceptions). e) In case of a tie, the animal weighing the most at the fair weigh-in will be the winner. f) All wethers must be weighed without blankets, coats, sleeves, or coverings of any type.
  31. Members may choose to exhibit any combination of live animals, a poster, and/or present an interactive project detailing some aspect of the 4-H Goat project.  The poster and interactive project exhibit options may be in place of or in addition to the live goat exhibit. Posters should meet guidelines described in the 4-H Livestock Poster Project section found elsewhere in this handbook. Action Demo guidelines are described elsewhere in this handbook.
  32. The White County Ag. Association reserves the right to examine and/or test any 4-H animal exhibit...  See General 4-H Livestock Rules in this Handbook for more information.
  33. White County Bred and Born Doe and Wether class rules: a) To qualify for White County Born and Bred, the dam must physically be in the confines of White County at conception. Dam must give birth in the confines of White County. b) The top two animals (previously declared White County Bred and Born) placing in each class shall be eligible for participation in the White County Bred and Born Champion classes. 
  34. For security reasons, all Dairy, Pygmy, and Meat goats must be officially check-out between 6:30 a.m.-12 noon by committee members prior to leaving the fairgrounds on Thursday of the fair.
  35. Classes of 12 or more will be split based on dates of birth for does and weights for wethers.

References: 135R (Ohio State University Publications) “Goat Resource Handbook

 

Show Classes:

All dairy breeds will show together; pygmy & meat goats will show in their own classes. *All dates are as of day of show.

Dairy Classes

  1. Novice Showmanship - 1st year in goats & has not completed 6th grade
  2. Junior Showmanship - members who have completed grades 4-6, plus winner of Novice
  3. Senior Showmanship - members who have completed grades 7-12, plus winner of Junior Showmanship
  4. Wether - Rate of Gain
  5. Wether - Must be shown with milk teeth in place
    Grand Champion Dairy Wether & White County Bred & Born Champion Dairy Wether
  6. Junior Doe Kid - Born April 1 to May 15, current year
  7. Intermediate Doe Kid - Born March 1 to March 31, current year
  8. Senior Doe Kid - Born Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, current year
  9. Junior Yearling Doe (Never Fresh) - Born June 1 to Dec. 31, previous year
  10. Senior Yearling Doe (Never Fresh) - Born on or before May 31, previous year & under 2 years old as of show date
    Champion Junior Dairy Doe & White County Bred & Born Champion Junior Dairy Doe
  11. Yearling Milking Doe - Under 2 years old as of show date
  12. Milking Doe - 2 years old and under 3 years old as of show date
  13. Milking Doe - 3 years old & under 4 years old as of show date
  14. Milking Doe - 4 years old & under 5 years old as of show date
  15. Milking Doe - 5 years old & older as of show date
    Champion Senior Dairy Doe & White County Bred & Born Champion Senior Dairy Doe
    Grand Champion Dairy Doe & White County Bred & Born Champion Dairy Doe
  16. Dam and Daughter (dam in milk & daughter dry)
  17. Dam and Daughter (both in milk)
  18. Produce of Dam - 2 does any age, from same dam
  19. Best 3 Females - Any 3 does which have been shown by the 4-H Family at the White County Fair. Exhibitor is limited to only one entry in this class.
  20. Top Producer (must be shown in milking class)
    Pygmy Classes
  21. Novice Showmanship - 1st year in goats & has not completed 6th grade
  22. Junior Showmanship - members who have completed grades 4-6, plus winner of Novice Showmanship
  23. Senior Showmanship - members who have completed grades 7-12, plus winner of Junior Showmanship
  24. Wether - Rate of Gain
  25. Junior Wether - 1 year old and younger as of show date
  26. Senior Wether - Older than 1 year old as of show date
    Grand Champion Pygmy Wether & White County Bred & Born Champion Pygmy Wether
  27. Junior Doe kid - born Jan. 1 to May 15 of current year
  28. Senior Doe kid - born June 1 to Dec. 31 previous year
  29. Doe (never fresh) - 1 year old & under 2 years old as of show date
    Champion Junior Pygmy Doe & White County Bred & Born Champion Junior Pygmy Doe
  30. Doe (fresh) - 1 year old & under 2 years old as of show date
  31. Doe - 2 years old & under 3 years old as of show date.
  32. Doe - 3 years old & under 4 years old as of show date
  33. Doe - 4 years old & older as of show date
    Champion Senior Pygmy Doe & White County Bred & Born Champion Senior Pygmy Doe
    Grand Champion Pygmy Doe & White County Bred & Born Champion Pygmy Doe
  34. Pygmy Dam & Daughter
  35. Pygmy Produce of Dam - 2 does any age, from same dam
  36. Pygmy Best 3 Females - Any 3 does which have been shown by the 4-H Family at the White County fair. Exhibitor is limited to only 1 entry in this class.
  37. Mini Goat Lead Class (see Mini 4-H section for details) 
    Meat Classes
  38. Novice Showmanship - 1st year in goats & has not completed 6th grade
  39. Junior Showmanship - members who have completed grades 4-6, plus winner of Novice Showmanship
  40. Senior Showmanship - members who have completed grades 7-12, plus winner of Junior Showmanship
  41. Master Goat Showmanship - Anyone who has won Senior Showmanship in his/her goat division in current year or in previous years. Past Senior Showmanship winners are eligible to participate in the division (dairy, pygmy, meat) in which they won Senior Showmanship.
  42. Wether - Rate of Gain
  43. Wether - must be shown with milk teeth in place
    Grand Champion Meat Wether &White County Bred & Born Champion Meat Wether
  44. Doe - under 3 months of age as of show date and born on or before May 15
  45. Doe - 3 months old & under 6 months of age as of show date
  46. Doe - 6 months old & under 9 months of age as of show date
  47. Doe - 9 months old & under 12 months of age as of show date
    Champion Junior Meat Doe & White County Bred & Born Champion Junior Meat Doe
  48. Doe - 12 months old & under 18 months of age as of show date
  49. Doe - 18 months old & under 24 months of age as of show date
    Champion Yearling Meat Doe & White County Bred & Born Champion Yearling Meat Doe
  50. Doe - 24 months old & under 36 months of age as of show date
  51. Doe - 36 months old & older as of show date
    Champion Senior Meat Doe & White County Bred & Born Champion Senior Meat Doe
    Grand Champion Meat Doe & White County Bred & Born Champion Meat Doe
  52. Meat Dam & Daughter
  53. Meat Produce of Dam - 2 does any age, from same dam.
  54. Meat Best 3 Females - Any 3 does which have been shown by the 4-H Family at the White county Fair. Exhibitor is limited to only 1 entry in this class. 
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