Extension@YourService: Richmond 4-H Goat Show Great Success

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If you were not at the Richmond County 4-H Goat Show on Saturday, you missed quite the event. Forty-four youth from Alamance, Hoke, Johnston, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Richmond, Scotland, and Stanly counties showed eighty boer goats. The show is one of the larger county goat shows in the state, drawing a huge crowd of spectators from across the region.

Travis Anderson, Johnston County, was awarded the Senior Showmanship award, while Alby Pulaski, Randolph County, was the Intermediate 11-13 Showmanship winner and Caroline Smith, Montgomery County, won the Junior 9-10 Showmanship division. Cloverbud participants aged 5-8 were Ella Shelley, Brayana McGhee, Ella Harmon, Isaac Mathison, Josey Pulaski, and Katelyn Hewitt. Peewee participants under 5 years old were Rhett Shelley, Scotlyn Pulaski, Libby Williams, and Easton Haywood. The Showmanship classes are designed to gauge the 4-H’ers knowledge, skill with the animal, and hard work. 4-H’ers were asked questions about their animals and how they are cared for while presenting the animal to the best of their ability for the judge.

Wethers, castrated male goats, are judged on the total marketability of the animal. Savannah Shepard, Richmond County, won first place in the wether heavy weight class.

The Grand Champion Market Wether was shown by Travis Anderson from Johnston County and Laura Jessup from Randolph County showed the Reserve Champion Market Wether.

Paison Cain, Randolph County showed the Grand Champion Doe and Reid Harmon also from Randolph County showed the Reserve Champion Doe. Does are females who will be bred and will continue production on the farm. Does are judged on their frame and structure based on how they would carry the extra weight of being pregnant and the stress of milking.

We would like to thank Donnie Richardson and Rusty Williamson from Richmond County Farm Bureau for passing out awards and the American Legion for providing lunch. We would also like to thank our Richmond County 4-H Meat Goat Show Sponsors who made the show possible: Newtonville Farms, Farm Bureau of Richmond County, The John McInnis Family, Passin Time Farm, Vulcan Materials Company, The Berry Patch, Pee Dee Electric Membership, Smithfield Hog Production, E.E. Vuncannon, Inc., Dale & Melanie DeWitt, Long’s Pool Center, Rockingham Paint and Glass, Stogner Architecture, BioZyme, Inc., Romper Room Daycare, Walmart, Duncan’s Food Store, Patrick Collins, Bo & Connie Parker, State Farm, Larry Turner, Monroe’s Small Engine, Jason Fulp, William Greene, Vicky & Jane Bowles, William Cox, Charlie Taylor, Benji Harrell, Emmaleigh Hoffman, Richmond County United Way, and NC Cooperative Extension.

There are still several shows left in the 4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit that our Richmond County 4-H members will be showing in. For more information about 4-H Livestock, please contact me at 997-8255, or visit the Richmond County 4-H Facebook page at www.facebook.com/richmondcounty4h.

Picture:  2018 Richmond County 4-H Livestock Goat Showmen. Back Row left to right- DeLani Reep, Caroline DeAguilar, Savannah Shepard, Madalyn Cowan, Tobey Lunceford, Gavin Sessoms, Wade Hoffman. Middle Row left to right-  Ella Shelley, Rhett Shelley. Bottom Row-  Easton Haywood. Not pictured-  Lexi Reep