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First Year

  • Clinic in the Sheep & Swine Arena at the fairgrounds. Bring your pygmy goat that you are using for showmanship on a short lead and collar and be ready to practice showmanship. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Parents may stay and watch. Any information the committee has will be distributed as well.
  • Interview/Book Judging in the Junior Fairboard Office Building. Do NOT bring your pygmy goat this day. Bring your Youth Project Guide, Record Book, and any other posters or reports that you completed in your Youth Project Guide. First year members should complete Level 1 in their Youth Project Guide. Members will then complete one additional level for each year they do a pygmy goat project. One record book is kept and completed for each pygmy goat that is used for a 4-H project that year. ** Any make-up project judging MUST be handled ahead of time by calling any committee member!**
  • At the Fair: Pen assignments will be on the pens by set-up day on Sunday. No bedding will be provided! You are responsible for your own bedding. You will need straw/bedding, hay & something to hold your hay, buckets, feed dishes, grain, etc.

There will be VERY limited, if any, tack space available in the barn. Only keep what you absolutely need in the tack space, or make a tack space above your pen for your tack box.

YOU are responsible for the feeding and care of your goat! Please keep your goat’s pen clean and provide FRESH water daily. Please help keep our barn attractive and clean! Each club should have a large broom to keep the aisles swept. Remember, the goat barn is one of the most visited barns at the fair. We are proud of our goats and we want to present them to the public in a positive way!

Be sure to check the announcement board at the front of the goat barn for any updates or news! Don’t forget the Goat Fun Show. This is a dress-up contest for all 4-H ages and is great fun with lots of prizes!

We will have bulletins posted with specifics during fair week.

  • Your Goat: Goats do not need to be “vet-checked” before the fair.

HOWEVER, please be sure your goats are healthy, wormed, and free of external parasites! The vet at the fairground DOES look them over upon arrival, and you do not want to have an unhealthy goat sent home. If your goat appears to not feel well during the fair, please contact a pygmy goat committee member to seek veterinary attention.

When you arrive at the fairgrounds, you will have to check in your pygmy goat at the entrance of the goat barn by the pygmy goat committee.

Remember to bring your ORIGINAL registration papers at check-in time! For unregistered pygmy goats, an Owner Statement or USDA Scrapie paperwork must accompany your goat at time of check in. Your goat MUST BE tattooed or ear-tagged with proper herd identification. If you have questions about Scrapie Identification, please contact a pygmy goat committee member early in the summer so that your goat can be brought into compliance. We do not want to turn any goats away at check-in time. All paperwork brought for check in MUST remain on the fairgrounds during your goat’s stay at the fairgrounds!

These are USDA rules. (See Federal ID Requirements page.)

  • Showmanship: Your goat is to be shown in a BLACK collar and a SHORT BLACK lead. Leads may be purchased from the Pygmy Goat Committee at the clinic in July. Please consult your rules for showman attire.

Your goat should be very clean! That means that you should use a product like “Show Sheen” to spray on them as you brush them out. Their ears and eyes should be clean as well as under their tails. Hooves should be clean and clipped within a day or so. Don’t wait until right before the show to do major hoof trimming. Trimming too close to the show can cause them to be stressed and you also run the risk of trimming too short causing your goat to limp. Clip before you come to the fair and then just go over them lightly the day of the show. Trim the hair up from the bottom of the hoof slightly to just neaten it up. Keep baby wipes with you to wipe any part of your goat that may get dirty while you are waiting to show.

The Pygmy Goat show begins with Senior Showmanship, Intermediate, Junior, and then First Year. Please watch the older classes to learn more before you show! This is an excellent time to learn and brush up on your showmanship skills! You do not need to have your goat out too soon. It is stressful for your goat to stand around too long before you show. It is best to leave your goat in it’s pen until the class before you show. When the class before you is in the ring, go get your goat at that time. Be lined up and ready to enter the show ring when the judge motions you to enter. Always be alert to what the judge is saying or what he is directing you to do.

Click on this link to see the “Showmanship Scorecard” that the judge will use to judge you.

Also, please read over “Show Ring Etiquette”. You may access that article from this link.

Conformation classes immediately follow showmanship. Conformation is when the judge is actually judging your pygmy goat. Of course you should continue to use good showmanship so that the judge can get a good look at your pygmy goat!

A full description of what the judge is looking for in your pygmy goat is included in this link.

Wethers go by this scorecard.

**If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call a pygmy goat committee member! We are all more than happy to answer any questions you may have.**

Committee members and phone numbers are listed in your Pygmy Goat Rules that you received from your 4-H advisor.



Have Questions?
Email a committee member.