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View Poll Results: What color/gender do you think she will have? Buckskin mareXchestnut stud
Chestnut Filly 3 6.67%
Chestnut Colt 1 2.22%
Bay Filly 4 8.89%
Bay Colt 7 15.56%
Buckskin Filly 12 26.67%
Buckskin Colt 6 13.33%
Palomino Filly 8 17.78%
Palomino Colt 4 8.89%
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    02-22-2012, 09:46 PM
Green Broke
With my first goat, I didn't even know how to drive until the day of show. I got fifth in class, and 12th auction spot, with a doe, with tipped horns! That was the first doe to place at my local livestock show.

I have also learned to NEVER listen to my ag teacher. I raised ten goats, and went to prospect shows ALL the time, so I knew what I was doing. My last goat was for Houston, he was the smallest goat I ever had, came in at about 75 pounds. We had to turn weight cards in the day before show, and we had a four pound weigh back. I wanted to put my goat in at 73, so I could possibly get into the first class. I had a list of the weight classes from the past five years, and I have a feeling 73 would be the cutoff for class 1. My ag teacher told me to put him in at 74, so I begrudgingly did. Later on when they announced the weight classes, class 1 cut off at 73. You have no idea how pissed I was at that point. When we were walking our goats around in the arena for exercise, my ag teacher knew I was upset and told me I needed to stop throwing a fit. I nearly punched him right then and there. Then, Alan Morgan, I believe, who is a renowned goat breeder, took a look at my goat the day before show, and told me I should definitely make sale, as long as I didn't drench my goat anymore. Well, the next day I was running a little late, so my teacher texted me and asked if he wanted me for him to feed my goat. I said sure, told him how much to feed him, and said NOTHING about drenching my goat. When I get there, my goat is the fattest I've ever seen him, bloated on feed and hay. My teacher lets me know he drenched my goat five times already, and wanted me to drench him a couple more times. He drenched my goat WITHOUT permission, even though he was RIGHT THERE when the guy told HIM and me not to drench my goat anymore. I drove my goat and felt his loin, it was complete mush. I was seriously about to give up at that point. But Houston is an all-slaughter show, so I showed him since he was going to go on the slaughter truck anyways. Now, Houston is the largest rodeo and livestock show in the world. There are over 1000 meat goats alone being shown in two days with more than 100 goats per class, and you only have 12 place in each class. That's ALOT of competition. The judge will pick 25 or so goats for the first sift, then narrow that down to the sale lot. With so many goats, if you have no chance of placing, your goat will be felt once on profile, and once side to side, and that's your only chance. Most goats get felt for two seconds and never looked at again. That judge stared my goat down for five minutes trying to decide I he wanted to pull him. I already knew he wasn't going to, but my heart sunk when he told the ring attendant to show the goats out. So we're lead through an aisle blocked off by workers to holding pens for the slaughter trucks, where we take their collars off and just walk away. So I let my goat go, and go sit down by his pen because I am seriously about to have an emotional breakbown and I hate crying in front of people. My teacher has the gall to rudely shove his hand in face and tell me I did a good job. I just walked off, I was hyperventilating because I was just seething from how much he screwed me over. I was still wearing my show clothes and number, so this lady working a stall asked me how my show went. She didn't even get through the whole question before I just broke down crying and ran to the bathroom. I hate his guts. I won grand champion with that goat TWICE at large prospect shows, with him being the smallest goat at the entire show. That goat would have placed, I guarantee it, if my teacher hadn't screwed it up. I seriously needed to vent about this, seeing as how no one but someone in the FFA will understand what I went through, and especially you with your experience. Sorry I wrote a book lol. I miss my Gator :(
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    02-22-2012, 09:56 PM
Aww, it sucks to have something mess with your animals, making you lose! I've only shown in the Ft. Worth stock show (didn't so well, senior year was a blowoff year for me, didn't work any of them), Heart of Texas and the county show.

My first goat always had a belly on him, so you had to almost dehydrate him to get it off and RUN RUN RUN before the show. We also had to give him a powder to make him excrete more fluids, ALL these things to lose that dang belly, lol!

Well, the first year our second ag teacher was there, she was helping everyone with their goat, I had gone to lunch having finished everything before the afternoon show. What does she do? She drenches my dang goat I had walked/run for hours that morning to get the belly off! I did manage to pull off 7th place, but couldn't brace him very much because it would cause that dang belly to draw up really tight and noticeable, lol. After that, I was there every minute someone else was with my goat, or would walk it with me whereever I went, lol. I have never once not make the sale, other than senior year, when I got busy with other things and didn't show at all. My good goat died of a stomach ulcer a week before the show and I didn't bother showing my crappy backup goat.
    02-22-2012, 10:01 PM
Speaking of goats, Maya has not gone into full blown labor and is not showing discomfort at all anymore, so I think the kids must have been moving around getting ready and it was making her uncomfortable. She is hollowed out, so I know she is going to have them any day. Her mucus plug was expelled this morning.
    02-22-2012, 10:05 PM
Green Broke
Yeah, I do not like people messing with my animals. I went and looked and found my own goats myself. The only goats my ag teacher got for me were two of my last five goats. One made 2nd in class and 10th auction spot, the other was my Houston goat. With my lamb, I got 2nd in class, and 4th auction spot. I was the only one from my school to place with a lamb, so it was a big "suck it" to my teacher seeing as how I got that lamb myself. Also, have you noticed how rare red goats are? I had two of them my senior year. I show at the youth expo in Humble and got third in class, even with my goat being the fattest, almost "too fat" lol. My friend, who got his goat from my teacher, was also in my class and got last in class. I ended up getting 1st reserve with my red goat, 16th place, because the boy in front of me just wouldn't drive his goat! So yeah, alot of ups and downs, but I loved it. My favorite was showmanship, which I ironically always got second in no matter what lol. I've only won showmanship a couple times, the rest I'd always get second.
    02-22-2012, 10:06 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by trainerunlimited    
Speaking of goats, Maya has not gone into full blown labor and is not showing discomfort at all anymore, so I think the kids must have been moving around getting ready and it was making her uncomfortable. She is hollowed out, so I know she is going to have them any day. Her mucus plug was expelled this morning.
By the way, I want to be a goat breeder/ag teacher when I get older. Just a little bit of info about me
    02-22-2012, 10:12 PM
Don't blame you there! I LOVE goats, particularily the babies. I always catch them and bring them in the house to hold for a few minutes the first few days, until they don't want to be caught anymore, lol!

The three nannies we have now are decent sizes. I bought the two papered ones to hopefully raise some decent show goats, but I think I'm just going to be selling them as pairs. I'm stretched too thin with all the animals around here.

Later down the road we'll be the top people to buy show stock from! We can always hope at least, LOL!
    02-22-2012, 10:15 PM
Green Broke
Heck yeah! We'll team up and be the best goat breeders in Texas! Where are you in Texas, if you don't mind me asking. I'm in Pasadena, right outside of Houston.
    02-22-2012, 10:23 PM
I'm currently in Coolidge, the tiniest town EVER, but we are most likely relocating to our permanent home outside of Corsicana, tx.

Houston is a good 4-5 hours away from me, I think. I went to see a Clinton Anderson tour right outside Houston, can't remember what the town was called, started with a C, lol.

If you were closer and had a horse ready to ride, i'd say we should meet up and go trail riding. Hardly anyone around here wants to ride around, lol. I also like to go to horse/cow/goat sales and check out what they have.
    02-22-2012, 10:28 PM
We raise sheep (believe me,they aren't as dumb as people make them out to be,lol),and our girls are due to start dropping babies in about a week.So exciting! I love this time of year on the farm, with all the babies around! :) No matter how many years I do this,it never gets old..
    02-22-2012, 10:29 PM
Green Broke
My dad has some land in Kempner, which is near Copperas Cove/Killeen area. I'd love to move there and be in the country, but right now I'm stuck in Stinkadena. I do have two horses right now that are broke to ride, but one is really skiddish,and the other is really stupid lol

ETA: All of our show lambs were stupid. Apparently they wisen with age?

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