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Goats

March 14, 2019

Goats

General Rules See “4-H General Rules and Policies” in the front of this Rule Book.

1. New for 2018, to exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry and rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the Youth for the      Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). This is an annual program that can be completed by attending a training workshop in person or by completing it online. For                      information about training workshops, check your 4-H Newsletter for dates or contact the County Extension Office, 824-6412. Registration for all workshop trainings          and to complete the process online, go the http://yqca.org. There is a registration fee of $3 per person for training workshops and $12 for online certification. Check        with the County Extension Office for registration coupons.

2. All animals must meet State Health Requirements. (See Health Rules in the front of this Rule Book.)

3. Goats must be identified in the 4-H Online system by May 15th.

4. Any one animal may not be listed in 4-H Online by more than one 4-H member, except for brothers and sisters.

5. Members wishing to have their animals considered in the “Home Grown” competition (born and raised in Wells County) must check the box in the 4-H Online system. All goats will be shown in weight classes. There will not be separate “Home Grown” classes. When goat classes are assigned at the Fair, the “Home Grown” animals will be indicated. The highest place “Home Grown” goat in each goat class will return for Champion “Home Grown Goat”. The 2nd place “Home Grown” in each goat class would not return – only 1st place returns. The Honor System is a requirement in order for success of this class. The Goat Committee will make the final determination if there is an animal in question.

6. Identification – Animal identification must be entered into the 4-H Online system by May 15th. These are the ID requirements that must be entered for the 4-H Online system to accept entry:

  1. DAIRY GOAT DOES, REGISTERED: TATTOO
  2. DAIRY GOAT DOES, UNREGISTERED: TAG
  3. DAIRY GOAT WETHERS: TAG
  4. MEAT GOAT DOES, REGISTERED: TATTOO
  5. MEAT GOAT DOES AND WEATHERS, UNREGISTERED: TAG
  6. PYGMY GOAT: TAG

Note: Tag can be scrapie tag or a 5-digit county 4-H tag issued at the ID day.

  For State Fair:

The following animal ID are required in the 4-H Online system in order to be eligible to exhibit at the State Fair. Information is required by May 15th.

  1. DAIRY GOAT DOES, REGISTERED: TATTOO
  2. DAIRY GOAT DOES, UNREGISTERED: TATTOO
  3. DAIRY GOAT WETHERS: 5-DIGIT COUNTY TAG OR TATTOO
  4. MEAT GOAT DOES, REGISTERED: 5-DIGIT COUNTY TAG OR TATTOO
  5. MEAT GOAT DOES, UNREGISTERED: 5-DIGIT COUNTY TAG OR TATTOO
  6. PYGMY GOAT: TATTOO or MICROCHIP or 5-DIGIT COUNTY TAG or SCRAPIES TAG

7. Animals must be owned by the club member. Also see “General Livestock Rules” for owners listed on registration papers.

8. Animals that have ear tags and tattoos should submit both types of identification in the 4-H Online system.

9. Animals may not be retagged or retattooed without consent from goat superintendent.  Registered does must also follow breed association registration rules.                    Registration papers are to be available upon request.

10. Champion and Reserve Champion does will have their ID’s checked by the judge.

11. No bucks allowed at Fair.

12. All goats must have a properly fitted lead.

13. All goats must have complete birth date (month, day, year).

14. Age of goat will be computed from date of judging.

15. Goats are to be brought to the fair during livestock check in.

16. Sale order will alternate from year to year. Dairy wethers sell first in odd years and meat wethers sell first in even years.

17. Exhibitor may sign up to sell non-auction goats to consigner. This is a binding agreement so please be sure of your decision before you sign up. If you want to sell does to the consigner they need to be weighed at the same time as wethers.

18. All exhibitors are expected to assist in cleaning out pens.

19. Straw is not allowed in the livestock barns. This is a State Fire Marshal rule.

20. Forms and Records: Listed are the forms and records you need to complete.  

     A. General Enrollment in 4-H Online  

     B. County Identification in 4-H Online  

     C. Animal Pen Form  

     D. Project Record Sheet and Feed Record (See Animal Project Manuals, in the General Rules section of the Rule Book.)

 

MEAT/DAIRY WETHER RULES

1. All wethers must be born on or after August 1st of previous year, the exception being Nigerian wethers must be 2 years and under day of show.

2. Exhibitors can show a total of 2 dairy wethers and 2 meat wethers.

3. See Goat General Rules #5 for identification requirements for county exhibition and state fair exhibition

4. Only ADGA breeds (Alpine, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Toggenburg, LaMancha, and Nigerian Dwarf) or crosses of these breeds will show as dairy goat wethers. Crossbreeds must state what breeds were crossed on enrollment form. Full blood Nigerian Dwarfs will show in their own class.

5. Meat breeds (Boer, Kiko, Myotonic or fainting goat, Savannah, Spanish, Pygmy, and Tennessee Meat Goat) or crosses with any dairy breed will show as meat goat wethers. Crossbreeds must state what breeds were crossed on enrollment form. If a myotonic or pygmy goat is shown as a meat goat it cannot be shown in the exotic class.

6. All meat/dairy wethers in the market class must be clipped. Animals may be clipped 14 days prior to show date.

7. Animals will be divided by weight class and winners of weight divisions compete for Grand Champion and Reserve.

8. Any wether showing evidence of testicular tissue will be ineligible.

 

PYGMY WEATHER RULES

  1. Wethers will be shown by age (under 1 year and 1 year+) and winners will compete for Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion.
  2. Wethers exhibited in the meat goat wether show are not eligible to show in the Pygmy goat wether show.
  3. Exhibitors can show a total of 2 Pygmy wethers.
  4. Wethers are not required to be clipped but are to be in show condition.

 

PET WETHER RULES

 

  1. Wethers will be shown by age and winner will compete for Champion and Reserve Champion Rosette.
  2. Wethers exhibited in the Dairy Wether or Pygmy Wether class are not eligible to show in the Pet Wether class.
  3. Exhibitors can show a total of 2 pet wethers.
  4. Pet wethers are not eligible to be sold in the auction.
  5. Any dairy goat breed, pygmy goat breed, or crosses of these breeds can show in the Pet Wether class.
  6. Pet wethers are not required to be clipped, but are to be in show condition.

 

DAIRY DOE RULES

  1. All does in milk must be milked out by the designated time (to be set by superintendent). Failure to milk out at set time will disqualify doe.
  2. Does with fish / web or more than two teats are ineligible.
  3. Does are to be clipped up to 14 days prior to show date.
  4. Any does over 2 years of age that have not freshened (had a kid) are ineligible.
  5. Exhibitor is expected to know age of doe, number of freshenings, and when she freshened last.

 

PYGMY / MEAT DOE RULES

  1. Does with fish / web teats will be discriminated against but not disqualified.
  2. Does are not required to be clipped but are to be in show condition.
  3. Does over two years of age that have not freshened are ineligible.
  4. Exhibitor is expected to know age of doe, number of freshenings, and when she freshened last. 

 

UTILITY

This class is for wethers. Exhibitors will be asked to demonstrate to the judge another function (or use) for their goat. For example, goats can be trained to carry packs or pull a cart through an obstacle course. This is in the developing stages and exhibitor needs to let superintendent know you will be participating in this project. Exhibitors must provide their own equipment.

 

DAIRY GOAT DOE CLASSES: 

Two entries per class. Age will be computed from the date of judging.

Junior Doe Show (DRY)

  1. Junior doe kid   (born on or after April 1, year of show)
  2. Intermediate doe kid (born March 1 – March 31, year of show)
  3. Senior doe kid  (born January 1 – February 29, year of show)
  4. Junior yearling doe (born after fair – December 31 of previous year)
  5. Yearling Doe  (1 year and under 2 years, never freshened)

 

Senior Doe Show (MILKING)

  1. Doe – 1 year + under 2 years
  2. Doe – 2 years + under 3 years
  3. Doe – 3 years + under 4 years
  4. Doe – 4 years + under 5 years
  5. Doe – 5 years + older
  6. Mother / Daughter: to consist of 2 does, any age, so long as one is the daughter of the other. Both does must be owned by exhibitor or immediate family member of exhibitor. Both does must also be shown in individual classes.

 

Senior Doe Show (DRY)

  1. Doe – 2 years + under 3 years
  2. Doe – 3 years + under 4 years
  3. Doe – 4 years + under 5 years
  4. Doe – 5 years + older

PYGMY GOAT DOE CLASSES:

Two entries per class. Age will be computed from the day of judging. 

Junior Division (Any doe less than 24 months, never freshened)

  1. 0 to under 6 months
  2. 6 months to under 12 months
  3. 12 months to under 24 months

Senior Division (any doe who has freshened)

  1. 1 year to under 2 years
  2. 2 years to under 3 years
  3. 3 years to under 5 years
  4. 5 years and over
  5. Mother/Daughter: to consist of 2 does, any age, so long as one is the daughter of the other. Both does must be owned by exhibitor or immediate family member of exhibitor. Both does must also be shown in individual classes.

MEAT GOAT DOE CLASSES:

Two entries per class. Age will be computed from the date of judging.

Junior Doe Show (DRY)

  1. Doe kid – under 3 months of age
  2. Doe kid – 3 months + under 6 months
  3. Doe kid – 6 months + under 9 months
  4. Doe kid – 9 months to 12 months
  5. Doe kid - 1 year to under 2 years, never freshened

 

Senior Doe Show (Any doe that has freshened or produced offspring)

  1. Doe – 1 year + under 2 years
  2. Doe – 2 years + under 3 years
  3. Doe – 3 years + under 4 years
  4. Doe – 4 years + under 5 years
  5. Doe – 5 years + older
  6. Mother / Daughter: to consist of 2 does, any age, so long as one is the daughter of the other. Both must be owned by exhibitor or immediate family member of exhibitor. Both does must also be shown in individual classes.

 

SHOWMANSHIP:   Please refer to “Showmanship and Royal Showman” in the general rules, located in the front of the Rule Book.   

  1. Showmanship attire is to be long pants and a nice shirt.
  2. Any doe or wether may be used for this class.
  3. Open toed shoes are not appropriate.

 

 

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