05-19-2009, 07:32 PM
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I show goats! I love their personality and if you handle them enough, its easy to square them. I had my first show this year (4-H), and I have never ever ever been to a livestock show before... EVER! Got 5th in showmanship... out of 15! I would of gotten 3rd. Heres a tip, don't pet your animal at all, and when he asks you "What did you learn this year?" don't say what I said... I said "Goats are not a thing like horses." he questioned me for a while and I ended up just saying "Umm, its harder than it looks..?". Do NOT show in a halter, he takes off points. Build lots of muscle and before the show, SHAVE them. I didnt shave + he had no muscle mass dues to a suddent drop in weight. Never feed them Fesque, mine droped their weight in a day. 15 pounds gone. He weighed in at 70 but he was 90 a week before. His muscle just turned to fat in attempt to hide his ribs. I didnt shave him also due to his weight situation. (He placed 8/9 in his weight class.)
Im trying to get a doeling to show for ABGA (American Boer Goat Assocation) and I will be activly showing goats for the rest of my life. I show Boers, but 'Fainting Goats', Kikos, and Tenesse Meat goats are great too. Look for a good wether, they a cheaper than does.
I feed mine Purina Goat Chow (no lie) + Orchard grass. 1 cup a day for weanlings then around 4 1/2 for 4 months plus. You can build muscle on them by having your dog chase them in a round pen, or take a bucket of grain and just run, they will chase you. Lol
Ask me anything, I love goats! Lol Shawneen calls me "The Goat Lady" lol