It’s that time of year for fairs and livestock shows. You’ve put in hard work to raise your goat, and it is now time to show them off! Here are five areas you should prepare for to ensure a successful show.
You will want your goat to look their best and that calls for grooming preparation weeks before the show date. Make sure to trim your goat’s hooves three to four weeks before the show and once again a week before, so their feet are in top condition. Trim or clip your goat’s coat a week or two beforehand to ensure time so any poor cuts can grow out. Be sure to check if the show has any expectations for your goat’s appearance. You will want to bathe your goat the day before and keep them clean by filling their stall at the fair with clean shavings.
Practicing your show routine will prepare your goat and you for a successful show. Even a well-trained goat may be nervous with an unfamiliar environment, but lead-training beforehand can help get them prepared for what to expect.
It is important that both you and your goat look their best at the show. This may require getting your goat a new collar and spot washing their coat on-site. As a handler, it is also important to review the dress requirements particular to that show and arrive looking neat and professional. You wouldn’t want to lose showmanship points based on your appearance.
There can be a lot of equipment needed to bring with you to the fair for your goat. Here’s a checklist for things to remember:
- Feed and hay
- Bucket for water
- Pan or hanging feeder for grain
- Show collar
- Hoof trimmers
- Wipes for last minute clean up
- Paper towels
- Stall fork for cleaning up the stall
Remember to label each item with your name to avoid misplacing these items.
It’s showtime! Keep calm and follow the judge’s instructions. Typically, you will start by walking your goat clockwise around the ring keeping your goat’s head up to show their movement. The judge will ask you to stop walking and you should set your goat up in a straight line. Always stay alert to the judge’s requests and questions.
When it comes time for rankings, listen closely to the reasons for your placing. You can learn a lot from the feedback from the judges. Best of luck!
For more information on raising goats, check out Everything You Should Know About Raising Goats by Shoppers Supply.