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Dairy Goats

January 26, 2021
Dairy Goat

Dairy Goats


General Rules

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


  1. To exhibit dairy goats, 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. 4-H families are encouraged to purchase project resource books available at the County Extension Office. These resource books are intended to increase your knowledge and help you complete your record sheet and feed record. Family members are encouraged to share these books. Each 4-H member in the family does not need to have the same resource book. Books are also available from the local library.
  3. 4-H project record sheet and feed record (what can be completed) are to be checked (reviewed) by the 4-H Club Leaders by July 1st (watch 4-H Newsletter or check with 4-H Leaders for details). The leader will issue a signed certificate stating that the member has completed the project record sheet and feed record. The certificate will be shown upon project check in at the 4-H Expo (non-livestock) and the 4-H Park West Road (livestock projects). Members who do not have a signed certificate from their leader will not be able to check their 4-H projects in at the 4-H Fair.
  4. “My Record of 4-H Achievement” white card should be turned in to the fair office during the fair.
  5. All animals must meet State Health Requirements. (See Health Rules in the front of this Rule Book.)
  6. Dairy Goats must be identified in the 4-H Online system by May 15th.
  7. Any one animal may not be listed in 4-H Online by more than one 4-H member, except for brothers and sisters.
  8. Members wishing to have their animals considered in the “Home Grown” competition (born and raised in Wells County) must check that 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 Dairy Goat Committee will make the final determination if there is an animal in question.
  9. 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:

Note: Tag can be scrapie tag or a 5-digit Wells 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.


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

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

12. 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.

13. Champion and Reserve Champion does could have their ID’s checked by the judge.

14. No bucks allowed at Fair.

15. All goats must have a properly fitted lead.

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

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

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

19. An overall Grand and Reserve Grand will be chosen for Breeding Does and Market Weathers. One 4-H member can receive both Grand and Reserve.

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

21. 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.

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

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

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

  1. General Enrollment in 4-H Online
  2. Goat Identification in 4-H Online
  3. Animal Pen Form
  4. Project Record Sheet and Feed Record (See Animal Project Manuals, in the General Rules section of the Rule Book.) 


  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 Nigerian Dwarf 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. All dairy wethers must be clipped. Animals may be clipped 14 days prior to show date.
  6. Animals will be divided by weight class and winners of weight divisions compete for Grand Champion and Reserve.
  7. Any wether showing evidence of testicular tissue will be ineligible.


  1. Wethers will be shown by age and winner will compete for Champion and Reserve Champion Rosette.
  2. Wethers exhibited in the Dairy 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 can show in the Pet Wether class.
  6. Pet wethers are not required to be clipped, but are to be in show condition.



  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 in milk may arrive and leave at the completion of the show. These does must arrive 2 hours prior to start of show They must check in during livestock check-in, but the animal need not be present at that time.
  3. Does with fish / web or more than two teats are ineligible.
  4. Does are to be clipped up to 14 days prior to show date.
  5. Exhibitor is expected to know age of doe, number of freshenings, and when she freshened last.



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.



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



  1. A 4-H member must show his own animal in the show ring.
  2. Group ribbons will be given in each showmanship class.
  3. Ribbons will be given to the first three places in each showmanship class.
  4. Showmanship is open to everyone that wants to participate.
  5. Showmanship will be divided into three classes:

Beginner – Grades 3 through 5 (as of January 1, year of show)

Junior – Grades 6 through 8 (as of January 1, year of show)

Senior – Grades 9 through 12 (as of January 1, year of show)

  1. Winners in each division will advance the following year to the next division.
  2. An award will be presented to the three class winners.
  3. Livestock committees will post the showmanship class schedule with their livestock show schedule.
  4. Showmanship attire is to be long pants and a nice shirt.
  5. Any doe or wether may be used for this class.
  6. Open toed shoes are not appropriate.


A member sign up is used for showmanship classes, the sign up period should extend at least until the beginning of the show.



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