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4-H Goats Project

January 8, 2019
Dairy Goat

The 4-H goat educational program and related activities (such as workshops, tours) provide youth a fun and hands-on learning experience which develops both goat subject skills (such as nutrition, housing, and health care) and life skills (such as responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communications) under the direction of caring adults.

Level 1 (Grades 3 – 5)

Level 2 (Grades 6 – 8)

                                                                         Level 3 (Graces 9 – 12)

 

 

Resources

State 4-H Goat Website

Dairy Goat 1: Getting Your Goat (Grades 3 – 5)

Dairy Goat 2: Stepping Out (Grades 6 – 8)

Dairy Goat 3: Showing the Way (Graces 9 – 12)

Meat Goats 1: Just Browsing (Grades 3 – 5)

Meat Goats 2: Get Growing with Meat Goats (Grades 6 – 8)

Meat Goats 3: Meating the Future (Graces 9 – 12)

***Manuals can be purchased at the Education Store or Lake County Extension office

ID Instructions

Youth Livestock Exhibitors as Ambassadors for Animal Agriculture

Declared Weight System at the Indiana State Fair

General Exhibit Requirements

Record Sheet Required at Fair Check-In (if not exhibiting live animals, project manuals are required for completion)

  1. Animals entered in purebred classes are not required to have registration papers, but each doe must be at least 7/8 of that breed.
  2. All goats must be in partnership or leased or owned and in the care of the 4-H member by May 1 of the current year. For county exhibit, does and young bucks may be held in partnership with related or unrelated persons or leased or owned by the 4-H member. Wethers must be owned by the 4-H member. For state exhibit, does may be held in partnership with related persons only or owned by the 4-H member. For state exhibit, bucks must be owned by the 4-H member.
  3. Lake County Livestock Premise/Partnership/Lease Agreement Forms are required if applicable and must be turned in to the Extension Office by May 1.
  4. All goats entered must be listed on the Livestock Entry Form for the Fair due July 1. All tattoos and ear tag numbers must match those listed on the Livestock Entry Form.
  5. All wethers entered in the market show must be wethered, clamped, or banded at the time of tagging.
  6. 4-H members participating both the Dairy Goat and Meat/Specialty Goat sections must complete a total of three activities in either book. All activities must be completed within the same book.
  7. The Dairy Goat Educational Poster, Meat or Specialty Goat Educational Poster and/or Goat Barbecue Poster, Dairy Goat Science Display or Educational Display will be due during pre-Fair judging and will be displayed in the 4-H Building. Posters must meet the county poster requirements. See judging schedule for due date.
  8. Members are allowed one entry per class and two entries in the market class per goat show.
  9. Age of the animal will be computed as of the first day of the current fair.
  10. All goats must have a collar. No choke chains will be allowed. Safety chains are required for meat goats.
  11. All goats must be groomed for show according to breed standard.
  12. Any wether showing evidence of testicular tissue is ineligible for all market wether classes.
  13. All exhibitors are asked to work as a host/helper during the fair. Sign up for available shift at the time of check-in.
  14. All animals must be provided with fresh water, feed and/or hay by the exhibitor or by a family member at least twice daily.
  15. Each exhibitor is responsible for keeping his/her pen(s) and aisle area clean.
  16. All goat exhibitors and an adult family member are required to help with set up of goat pens. Dairy goat exhibitors and an adult family member are required to clean their pens at the time of dairy goat check out. Meat and Specialty goat exhibitors and an adult family member will be required to tear down goat pens at the conclusion of Fair. Exhibitors will be notified of set-up time in advance, and tear-down of pens will occur at the conclusion of the Fair.
  17. Any matters not addressed within these project guidelines will be reviewed and resolved by the Goat Superintendents. In cases involving the interpretation of rules, regulations, and behavior, and any item not covered, the decision of the Extension Educators, Project and General Superintendents will be final.
  18. Project Manuals will be an optional class. Members must complete 3 activities and submit to the Extension Office by July 1.

Dairy Goat

  1. All goats must be ADGA recognized dairy breed, either purebred or crossbred. Pygmy, Angora, Boer or other species of goats are ineligible. Dairy crossed with non-dairy breeds are also ineligible.
  2. All dairy goats must be permanently tattooed according the ADGA rules. Double tattoos must be listed on all forms. Wether goats need not be tattooed; however, they must have a county-approved ear tag.
  3. All goats must have horns removed for exhibit. Horn base may be no longer than 1.5" as measured from skull base to the longest tip.
  4. All dairy goats in milk must be milked out between 2 pm and 6 pm on the Saturday prior to the Dairy Goat show.
  5. All Grand and Reserve Grand Champion animals, Champion and Reserve Champion of each Senior Doe section, and wethers that are eligible for auction and must stay until scheduled release time at the conclusion of the Fair. Members may request to the project superintendent that Champion and Reserve Champion Does be substituted with a like animal.

Best Mammary System

  1. Each member is allowed one entry.
  2. The class will be judged first class of the day, and will return to the show ring at the conclusion of the Senior Doe show after being milked out for final judging and placement. Milk-out at the discretion of the judge.

Junior Doe Show: Alpine, Nubian, Oberhasli, Nigerian Dwarf, All Other Purebreds, Crossbreds

  1. A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected from each breed category above. Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Junior Doe will be selected from the Champions.
  2. Any doe under 24 months of age that has never freshened shall compete in the Junior Division.
  3. The Grand Champion Junior Doe will not compete against the Grand Champion Senior Doe.

Class 1 Junior Kid - born on or after March 16 of current year

Class 2 Senior Kid - born on or before March 15 of current year and under one year of age

Class 3 Junior Yearling - born on or after March 16 of previous year and over one year of age

Class 4 Senior Yearling - born on or before March 15 of previous year and under two years of age

Senior Doe Show: Alpine, Nubian, Oberhasli, Nigerian Dwarf, All Other Purebreds, Crossbreds

  1. A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected from each breed category above. Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Senior Doe will be selected from the Champions.
  2. Any doe that has ever freshened shall compete in the Senior Doe division. This includes dry does.

Class 1 Doe - 1 year and under 2

Class 2 Doe - 2 years and under 3

Class 3 Doe - 3 years and under 5

Class 4 Doe - 5 years and over

Group Classes: Alpine, Nubian, Oberhasli, Nigerian Dwarf, All Other Purebreds, Crossbreds

  1. All goats shown in Group Classes must also be shown in individual classes and entries identified on the Livestock Entry Form for Fair.
  2. Exhibitors in group classes may borrow from farm family members.
  3. A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected.

Class 1 Mother and Daughter – 2 Does any age, Mother and Daughter

Class 2 Produce of Dam – 2 Does any age from one Dam

Class 2 Senior Kid - Born on or before March 15 of current year and under one year of age.

Class 3 Junior Yearling - Born on or after March 16 of previous year and over one year of age.

Class 4 Senior Yearling - Born on or before March 15 of previous year and under two years of age.

Senior Doe Show: Pygmy, All Other Specialty Breeds

  1. A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected from each breed category above.
  2. Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Senior Doe will be selected from the Champions.
  3. Any Doe over 24 months of age that has ever freshened shall compete in the Senior Division.

Class 1 Doe - 2 and under 3

Class 2 Doe - 3 and under 4

Class 3 Doe - 4 and under 5

Class 4 Doe - 5 and over

Group Classes: Boer, Boer Cross, Pygmy, All Other Specialty Breeds, All Other Meat Breeds

  1. All goats shown in Group Classes must also show in individual classes and entries be identified on the Livestock Entry Form for Fair.
  2. Exhibitors in Classes 1 and 2 may borrow from farm family members.
  3. A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected in each Group Class.

Class 1 Mother and Daughter - Two Does any age Mother and Daughter

Class 2 Produce of Dam - Two Does any age from one Dam

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors:

Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!

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