Monday, March 8, 2010

Showing Dairy Goats

This is a Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat baby. These little goats average 20" in height and give about 1/2 a gallon of milk a day. As you can see, the babies are born with very soft and thick fur. No judge could see their confirmation through all of that hair, so before showing, they must be clipped.
Luna was clipped for show last May. Her hair is not as thick, but she is still pretty furry.

The first thing you need to do is put her on the milk stand, or restrain her in some other way, because chances are, she will not find the process enjoyable. I used a number 10 blade on her body. The pile of hair is quickly accumulating.

Don't forget to trim her hooves if they are long and overgrown like these.

It is very important to practice walking and turning with your doe so she will know what to expect in the show ring.

At the show, quickly position your doe, then try to leave her alone so you do not distract the judge.

Remember, your goat should be the star of this show, not you. Your job is just to help her look her best.

Good luck, and don't forget to clean off a spot on the mantel for all of those trophies!