Newbie to Goats!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Empera, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Empera

    Empera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So thanks to everyone's help on my previous thread about 4-H questions and how to get started, I'm joining a club and am going to raise a goat (not a lamb) to show. [​IMG] Exciting

    Does anyone know (if I purchase a weaned baby) the requirements of showing goats? I want to get a bottle baby so I get the wonderful challenging experience that comes with it.

    Do judges disqualify debudded goats? or wethers? Male, female, or wether? What breed is best to get for a beginner? I'm thinking a Nigerian Dwarf but I'm just not sure. (They are so darn cute!!)


    && Any other advice on raising and keeping goats.
    Space requirement
    Feed
    Grooming
    Training
    Etc.

    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
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  2. Empera

    Empera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone?

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  3. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, most of the time HORNED goats can't be shown.

    If you use the search feature...you will find numerous threads about your other questions. [​IMG]
     
  4. Empera

    Empera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, [​IMG]

    I'm surprised about horned goats can't be shown because it would seem they want to keep the natural look of the goat with horns.
     
  5. Empera

    Empera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Helmstead,

    I have one last question that I can't seem to find any answers for. Since I'm raising a bottle baby and then showing it at the fair, do I need to get another baby goat for it to have company with? Would it be too difficult to bottle feed two baby goats?

    Thanks!
     
  6. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Yes, you should get two. What's one more, when you're already going through the trouble?!
     
  7. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, two is not much more work that one and goats hate being alone. They are herd animals. Good luck, and we demand pics! [​IMG]
     
  8. greenthumb89

    greenthumb89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well i can tell you this, to show a male goat i MUST be wethered, and what class, market or dairy? i think it might actually be alittle late to start either class but you might want to look into that also...
    also you need 2 goats together they are herd animals and look at it this way, you can pick the best out the two of them to actually show...
     
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  9. Empera

    Empera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure what class, because I'm not sure what breed & the age requirements for showing in either class.

    I'm leaning more towards Nigerian dwarfs but I don't know what to look for.

    All the websites or searches I do on BYC come up with short answers to my questions.

    That's why I posted this [​IMG]
     
  10. greenthumb89

    greenthumb89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    classes market are usually a goat like a kiko, boer, spanish, myotonic, and dairy meat crosses....pretty sure all wethers are market also
    dairy goats are the alpines lamanchas, nubians, nigerians,oberhaslis,toggenburg, saanen.
    for the requirements i can ask a friend she shows boer goats in market class, last year it took either best of breed or higher cant remember. The girls mom is the poultry adviser and was the head of the 4h here last year i believe she has all the info i can try but no promises. and as i stated before i think your a little late in getting a kid, theyve had theirs since Halloween...i dont know if dairy is different but [​IMG] ill do what i can

    and for the age requirement do you eman you or the goat? you...i think as long as you are able to walk the goat around the arena i think your good, and im guessing your at least like 10 becuase your using the internet and dont have a billion spelling mistakes...lol so i think you should be good as for the goat i think its composite age and weight requirments at least for the market as i said dont know about dairy...
     
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