This is how we started: Go to some shows just to watch, you will meet some nice folks, some of them that have several goats to show will let you help groom them and lead them around. We helped a lady from Texas play musical goats, she had to show 3 in a row and we brought her one and took the other one back to it's pen for her. We had lots of fun and after watching for a couple of shows we took 2 of our does and a young buck and showed them. My son is the showman, but I showed one of the does just for fun. I wish we had more shows closer, I could really enjoy showing and visiting with other goat people.
Post by boergoatlady on Feb 15, 2012 14:21:21 GMT -5
I too was thinking about getting into the show world this year. I just like to learn and have fun with my animals. I was thinking about taking whichever goat you want to show and bottle raise it after it gets some good colostrum from its mother. Then it would be super friendly. would this help? I just wouldn't want to jeopardize my goats for a show.
If you want a show goat it would be best to leave it on its mother. You can't feed the kid as good and it won't grow as fast as a rule. And besides its cheaper to let the doe do the work. A kid will become friendly without you bottle feeding him just by being around them. I raise and sell 4H kids and hope they win the Kansas and Nebraska state fairs this year.
I hope they win too, brr! hehehe (we are getting a couple from him this year since my super producer only had girls) I would leave the baby on mom too. Bottle babies are a pain in the rear end and they don't grow as fast. If you can keep mom where you can handle the baby on a regular basis and as soon as the baby is weaned start handling it, it makes a difference. Also, sometimes a bottle baby can be overly friendly and a royal pain after it gets bigger....just saying.....
Well another thing is that a lot can change from the time a goat is born to the time it is weaned. I can't tell you what the winners will be until at least 3-4 weeks. And that doesn't account for the kid that just comes out of no where. Also to be competitive you need to be able to pick the best couple of animals from a larger group, it is easier to compare one animal to another one if that is all you have. But when you start picking the best couple from 60 or more you will have a better idea of where those kids are going to stack up in the arena. Large producers are a gold mine when it comes to quality animals at fair prices and huge selection.
You will be amazed too at how a kid will settle down after it's weaned and penned. We had one that was wild, wild, wild. After weaning, it became about the tamest one out there. And actually won the showmanship last year with only 2 days of serious working (don't ask....sore subject around here). I really think the key is just to try handling them some while they are on the mom and then pen them where you can catch them and they have to rely on you for everything. My very limited one year experience....LOL