I have just a minute to post…I am still crazy busy with this farm, soaping, craft fairs, and every day life.
A couple of weeks ago we made a trip to Syracuse NY with the girls for the New York State Dairy Goat Breeders Association ADGA sanctioned combined sr/jr show. It was something like 400 degrees outside (ok, that is an exaggeration but it DID feel like it anyway).
I prepared the girls like normal with turning the barn into a “spa for goats”. They got pedicures, baths, and hair cuts. What fun it was to have goat manure and hair stuck to your sweaty body all day! We loaded the ladies and the babies at 4 am and headed out.
After unloading the crew at the NY State Fairgrounds, I immediately noticed how friendly everyone was. What a HUGE difference in all of the other shows that we have been to. Everyone introduced themselves, said welcome, glad you made the trip from Pa, were interested in our girls, us, and where we were from. Vince and I looked at each other in amazement. Most shows we go to, no one even says a word to you if you are “new”. By new I mean, you don’t have 30 years of showing goats then they don’t consider you to have “paid your dues to be able to talk to them or even show your goats”. I would say it is a lot like the horse shows that I have been to also. Anyway, what I complete breath of fresh air. It made it sooo much more fun to show, the kids loved it, and it was worth the trip.
Our girls did well. Miss Clover Ann (our best Nubian) just missed placing Reserve Grand Champion. Both judges in both rings said it was an extremely close decision. Clover just needs a little more maturity they said. Most of the girls placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd again which isn’t bad for a bunch of newbies! Our Gelway Rose took Grand Jr. Champion in the combined show beating out a yearling…not bad at all for a doeling just born this past March!
It was nice to go to a show that was well run & organized with friendly people/breeders. It was also nice to see that our goats could hold their own against other goats from a different area. I found that just because your animals win every time in one area doesn’t mean they will win at a different area. For example, here in Tioga County we started showing our goats at the Tioga County Fair. The kids always do well and would win just about every class they entered with their girls but when traveling across the state or up to NY, they would have their backsides handed to them. It taught them the art of not only showing your animal but the importance of breeding up and goat husbandry.
So we didn’t come home with “Champions” so to speak but we made a lot of friends and saw some wonderful animals whose genetics will fit into our breeding program here on our farm. We liked it so much that as long as we can afford to make the trip, we will be returning every year.
Hats off to you NYSDGBA!