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4-H Goat project

November 16, 2018

Exhibit may be a goat, poster, interactive demonstration or combination.

For all levels – One or more animals fed and cared for by member (bring your own feed & bedding)

Youth enrolled in the 4-H Goat project are to complete the lesson corresponding to his or her grade as of January 1 of the current year, plus a livestock feed or record sheet. The reference book is 4-H 135 R Goat Resource Handbook. It is to be used for the entire ten years of participation in the 4-H Goat project. Records should be turned in to the 4-H Goat Committee by July 1. Members may exhibit at the county fair if their paperwork is complete and health rules are followed.

General Rules & Policies

  1. Goat Club members are expected to attend at least two club activities.
  2. A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) is NOT required for animals originating from Indiana. Indiana Board of Animal Health regulations still apply for the exhibition of goats. Refer to state animal health requirements in this web site or by contacting the Indiana State Board of Animal Health at 1-877-747-3038 with questions concerning animal health requirements for exhibition.
  3. 4-H youth must have possession of their animals by a spring date to be announced by the 4-H Goat Committee. Goats must be tattooed or tagged by the designated identification day at the fairgrounds. Enrolled youth will receive timely notice. Does should arrive for 4-H identification with a flock or Scrapie tag from the breeder to establish the animal’s farm of origin. Two animals may be entered per class by one 4-H member, but the second animal must be shown by another 4-H’er.
  4. The show will be conducted according to 4-H and ADGA rules, except when there is a conflict with county rules and then county rules will take precedence.
  5. Goats intended for show at the Indiana State Fair must be identified with a retinal scan.
  6. All pens will be assigned by the superintendent.
  7. No bucks (billy goats) are allowed at the fair.
  8. Every goat must have a collar and a tie chain.
  9. Dairy goats and all wethers must be free of horns with the exception of Angoras.
  10. The age of the goat shall be computed from the date a goat is judged.
  11. All wethers must have their milk teeth.

Showmanship Members showing goats are expected to adhere to dress standards. Clothes and person need to be neat and clean. White costume is preferred as outlined by the National Dairy Goat Association. LaGrange County Goat Club approves wearing black pants with a white shirt and closed toed shoes. Hair should be neat and away from the face. Shirttails should be tucked in.

Dairy Breeding Class

  1. Junior Doe (born on or after April 1, current year).
  2. Intermediate Doe (born on or after February 1 and before March 31, current year).
  3. Senior Doe (born on or after December 1 and before January 31, current year).
  4. Yearling Dry Doe (1 year old and under 2 years).
  5. Champion and Reserve (under 2 years, dry stock).
  6. 1 year and under 2 years; milking
  7. 2 years and under 3 years; milking
  8. 3 years and under 5 years; milking
  9. 5 years and over; milking
  10. Champion and Reserve (milking doe).
  11. Best Udder; judged on udder only.

Pygmy and Angora Classes Classes will be determined by the number of goats entered in at fair. We hope to have the same classes as the breeding class. Angora goats may have horns.

Meat Breeding Class

  1. Junior Doe (born on or after April 1, current year).
  2. Intermediate Doe (born on or after February 1 and before March 31, current year).
  3. Senior Doe (born on or after December 1 and before January 31, current year).
  4. 1 year and under 2 years
  5. 2 years and under 3 years 
  6. 3 years and under 5 years
  7. 5 years and over
  8. Champion and Reserve

*Any doe with any meat breed in its bloodline must be entered in the meat breed class.

Combination Class (Dairy, Meat or any combination of each)

  1. Produce of Dam; judging two offspring of same dam, any age.
  2. Get of Sire; 3 does sired by the same buck.
  3. Mother and Daughter; any age; milking daughter.
  4. Mother and Daughter; any age; dry daughter.
  5. Best three does.
  6. Market Class
    1. The possibility of light and heavyweight classes will be determined by the 4-H Goat committee.
    2. Market class is any wether or cull doe born between December 1 of the previous year and April 1 of the current year. (Note: Cull does may not show in breed class.)
    3. Any Meat breed or meat breed cross will be shown in a class of their own.
    4. One market goat may be sold in the sale by the 4-H member.  
    5. The Grand Champion Market Goat must be sold in the 4-H auction.

*All goats competing for championship honors that are in milk may be required by the judge to be milked before final awards are made.


The Herdsmanship Award will be based upon the award criteria as stated in the Goat Club Handbook. The goat committee reserves the right to determine class eligibility.

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