Goats

Manual Information: See page 16 for project manual information. Project Manual completion is not a requirement. 4-H members are now required to complete YQCA

 

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Purdue Extension Dubois County
1482 Executive Blvd.
Jasper, IN  47546
812-482-1782
Lauren Fenneman, Assistant Youth Educator
lhaase@purdue.edu

  • Dairy goat breed classifications: Nubian, Alpine, Saanen, Toggenburg, LaMancha, Oberhasli, Nigerian Dwarfs, and Sables.
  • Meat goat breed classifications: Boer, Cross, Kiko, Savanna, Spanish, and Tennessee Meat Goats.
  • All dairy goats must be disbudded or dehorned. Pygmy and Boer goats may be shown with or without horns.
  •  Dairy can be shown with scurs that are 2 inches or shorter.
  • No intact males will be shown.
  • All entries of a class will be judged as a group regardless of breed. The winner of each class is the entry that best represents the breed and class.
  •  All goats must have either a Scrapie tag or a Scrapie tattoo.
  • Any animal shown as a market goat doe is not eligible to be shown in any breeding doe classes, including herd class.
  • Wethers and market does must be tagged with county tags or microchipped
  • Meat Goat Wethers going to the State Fair must have an 840-RFID Tag and 5-digit County Tag and DNA Hair Sample.
  •  Meat Goat Wethers will be tagged at a county workshop in the spring by the goat committee. DNA Hair samples must be submitted to the Purdue Extension Dubois County office by May 15.
  • Market does, dairy wethers, and pygmy wethers will be tagged at a county workshop in the spring by the goat committee.
  • If you are microchipping your wethers and market does, it will be done on your own. You MUST provide a microchip reader at 4-H Fair Check-In. 
  • Each 4-H’er must fill out the official form on 4HOnline indicating which goats they will show.

                  a) This form needs to be completed by May 15 on 4HOnline.


                  b) If planning to exhibit in 0 to 3 months class, the dam’s tags/tattoos must be included.

 

  • The Junior and Senior Division Champions shall compete for Grand Champion.

  • Reserve Grand Champion shall be selected from the Junior or Senior champion that has not made the Grand Championship, and that stood reserve to the Grand Champion (which would be either the Reserve Junior or Reserve Senior Champion.

  • Goat check in, show, and check out dates and times will be in 4-H newsletter and on the fair schedule.

  • Any goat that is to be considered for a market must be weighed at check in. Weights will also be used to subdivide classes if needed.

  • The goat committee discourages kidding at the county fair. The owner of the animal is solely responsible should a kidding occur at the fair.


4-H Goat Species Committee ‑ this group has the responsibility of bringing needs of species to the 4-H Council Livestock Committee, oversee check in at fair, oversee ID days, provide barn chaperones as needed, provide volunteers to run the show, and livestock barn set up.


4-H Council Livestock Committee– this group is the decision makers, review suggestions from species committees, review concerns and grievances from livestock individuals, set livestock dates, oversee and enforce rules, and procedures of the livestock program.

General Goat Guidelines

Animal Education Posters: See Animal Education page 27. ALL POSTERS need to be turned in on check in day for the exhibit buildings. DO NOT turn any posters in at animal check ins.

Poster Guidelines

All poster exhibits must be 22" x 28", displayed horizontally, and have a stiff backing (corrugated cardboard or foam core board preferred) and be covered with clear cellophane, plastic or in poster bag unless otherwise stated in project requirements. Quiz Boards are not considered posters and do not require a clear covering. Leave space in the lower right hand corner of poster for project label affixed outside of covering. (Poster board, foam core board, and poster bags are available at the Extension Office at cost.) 

Leave space on exhibit for label. Label size is 2 7/8” wide x 5 ½” long and will be attached in readily visible position.

References:  All posters, notebooks, display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit.  This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc.  It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public.  The judge will not discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.

 

All pictures and wall hangings, etc. should be ready to hang or display. Use strong hangers (not can tabs) attached with nails or screws (not glue or tape) or provide a suitable stand. Label the stand with your name.

 

Exhibit labels supplied by the office are to be attached securely. There may be specific other instructions for certain projects. See individual project requirements for these instructions. Be sure all exhibit items can be identified with 4-H member name and 4-H club. i.e. notebooks, exhibits with multiple items, etc. Be sure all parts of your exhibit have your name on them.

Secrets of a Successful Poster
A successful poster will:
· Catch the eye of the passerby
· Be simple and clear
· Impress an idea or a fact upon the viewer
· Stimulate the viewer to support your idea, get more information, or take appropriate action.
· Have space left over—Posters that are uncluttered are easier to read.

An effective poster: attracts attention, focuses on a main interest or idea, and motivates you.

Planning A Poster
A poster should have one main idea. Have the reason clearly in mind before you start.
· Consider who your viewer will be
· Decide what you want them to know
· Decide what you want them to do
· Think of a clever theme or slogan
· Limit your effort to one main idea
· Make a small rough sketch
· Visual communication is an aid to what you are trying to teach with your project.

Choosing Colors
Color combinations affect how easily the message is read and the overall appearance of the poster.
· Consider the Contrast: This means you use dark letters on a light background, and light letters on a dark background.
· Let the most important items be the most important color.
· Colors that are close to the background shade will not show up well and cannot be read at a distance.
· Avoid using too many different colors. Two or three should be sufficient. You don’t want to overwhelm your main point!
· Avoid putting red and green next to each other—this is hard to focus on if a person is colorblind.
· Avoid bright neon colors—they may catch the eye, but they are hard to focus on.

Lettering
· Lower case letters are easier to read than all CAPITALS. Use capitals only for emphasizing an important phrase or word to give variety.
· Save fancy or script lettering for catching the attention of the viewer.
· When hand lettering, always use guidelines. Using a ruler, lightly pencil in straight lines that can be erased when your poster is complete.
· Letters may be cutout and glued on, or precut letters may be purchased.
· Keep written material to a minimum. Use only headings, captions and signs necessary to tell the story.

Use different size lettering for items of varying importance.
· Allow margins to keep things from running together and looking too cluttered.
· Below is a table of letter sizes and their effectiveness:

*Ask your parents, 4-H Leader, or older 4-H member to look at your poster and tell you what they think.

Revise-Re-Do-Rearrange
1. Cut out all your letters, pictures and graphics.
2. Draw guidelines and place or draw in letters.
3. Lay all your pieces of your poster out on the poster board.
4. Ask yourself, “How does it look?”
5. Revise and rearrange as needed. Re-Do anything that should be a different size or color.
6. Move things around until you are happy with the overall effect and message of your poster.
7. Glue everything in place.
9. Remember—NEATNESS COUNTS!

 

Refer to Mini 4-H Class rules.

Wether Classes

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Wether - Class winners in each division will compete for grand champion. 1st and 2nd class winners will compete for reserve grand champion.

Classes will be decided by weight

First place in each class will compete for grand champion. First and second place in each class will compete for reserve grand champion.

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Wether – Class winners in each division will compete for grand champion. 1st and 2nd class winners will compete for reserve grand champion.

Classes will be decided by weight

First place in each class will compete for grand champion. First and second place in each class will compete for reserve grand champion.

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Wether - Class winners in each division will compete for grand champion. 1st and 2nd class winners will compete for reserve grand champion.

Classes will be decided by weight

First place in each class will compete for grand champion. First and second place in each class will compete for reserve grand champion.

 

Market Doe Classes

(Meat Goats Only):

  1. Classes will be decided by weight

First place in each class will compete for grand champion. First and second place in each class will compete for reserve grand champion.

Pygmy Classes

First place in each class will compete for division champion. First and second place in each class will compete for reserve champion.

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Pygmy -

Champion in each division will compete for grand champion. Champion and reserve champion in each division will compete for reserve grand champion.

Does never freshened

  1. Born April thru July of show year (0 to 3 months)
  2. Born March of show year (4 months)
  3. Born February of show year (5 months)
  4. Born December of previous year thru January of show year (6 to 7 months)
  5. Born August thru November of previous year (8 to under 12 months)
  6. 13 to under 24 months never freshened
First place in each class will compete for division champion. First and second place in each class will compete for reserve champion

Does that have freshened

  1. 1 Yr. Old that has freshened
  2. 2 Yr. Old to 3 Yr. Old
  3. 3 Yr. Old to 4 Yr. Old
  4. 4 Yr. Old to 5 Yr. Old
  5. 5 Yr. Old and Up

Three breeding females from the same herd

First place will be champion. Second place will be reserve champion.

Meat Goat

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat – Champion in each division will compete for grand champion. Champion and reserve champion in each division will compete for reserve grand champion.

Does never freshened

  1. a) Born April thru July of show year (0 to 3 months)
  2. b) Born March of show year (4 months)
  3. c) Born February of show year (5 months)
  4. d) Born December of previous year thru January of show year (6 – 7 Months)
  5. e) Born August thru November of previous year (8 to under 12 months)
  6. f) 13 to under 24 months never freshened

First place in each class will compete for division champion.  First and second place in each class will compete for reserve champion.

Does that have freshened

  1. 1 Yr. Old that has freshened
  2. 2 Yr. Old to 3 Yr. Old
  3. Over 3 Yr. Old and up

First place in each class will compete for division champion. First and second place in each class will compete for reserve champion.

Three breeding females from the same herd

First place will be champion. Second place will be reserve champion.

Dairy Goat Classes:

 

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Dairy Goat – Champion in each division will compete for grand champion. Champion and reserve in each division will compete for reserve grand champion.

Does not in milk and never freshened

  1. a) Junior kid – April 1 or after of show year
  2. b) Intermediate kid – March 1 to March 31 of show year
  3. c) Senior kid – January 1 to February 28/29 of show year
  4. d) Dry yearling – July 1 to December 31 of previous year

First place in each class will compete for division champion.  First and second place in each class will compete for reserve champion.

Does in milk

  1. a) Milking Yearling – Under 2 years old in milk
  2. b) 2 Yr. Old – 2 years old and under 3 years, in milk
  3. c) 3 to 4 Yr. Old – 3 or 4 years old and under 5 years, in milk
  4. d) Aged Doe – 5 Years and over, in milk
  5. e) Dry Doe – Does that have previously freshened but are now dry.

First place in each class will compete for division champion.  First and second place in each class will compete for reserve champion.

Three breeding females from the same herd.

        First place will be champion. Second place will be reserve champion.

Showmanship Class – Members compete by grade.

Junior – 3rd and 4th graders

Intermediate – 5th and 6th graders

Senior – 7th to 9th graders

Master – 10th grade and Up

 

Showmanship will be the day of show after the Mini 4-H.

 

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Showman – Champion in each division will compete for Grand Champion. Champion and Reserve Champion in each division will compete for Reserve Grand Champion.