Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Maryland 4-H/FFA Meat Goat Show

Fifty-one (51) market goats competed in the 2008 4-H/FFA Meat Goat Show at the Maryland State Fair. The Grand Champion Market Goat was an 87-lb. (40 kg) wether exhibited by Cooper Bounds from Carroll County.

The Reserve Champion Market Goat was a 90 lb. (41 kg) wether exhibited by Claire Bennett from Carroll County. Claire's Reserve Champion Goat was also selected as the Best Bred and Owned Market Goat.

A county group consists of four market goats exhibited by at least three 4-H/FFA members from the same county. Carroll County had the top county group of market goats, followed by Frederick and Cecil Counties.

Grand and Reserve Champion Market Goats (L-R)Casey Bounds, MacKenzie Ridgely, Claire Bennett, and Frank Craddock
Rate of Gain
The market goats ranged in weight from 44 (20 kg) to 125 lbs. (57 kg) and averaged 75.8 lbs. (35 kg). Average daily gain for the 51 goats ranged from 0.03 (14 g) to 0.58 lbs. (264 g) per day and averaged 0.342 lbs. (155 g) per day.

The goat with the highest average daily gain (ADG) was a 97-lb. wether exhibited by Konnar Miller from Washington County. Ryan Hevner from Carroll County had the goat with the second highest rate of gain. Ryan's 94-lb. goat gained 0.57 lbs. per day.

Three additional 4-H exhibitors had market goats that gained more than a half pound per day: Cooper Bounds (0.52 and 0.53), Nikita Miller (0.53), and Austin Stoner (0.52).

Blue awards are given to market goats that gain more than 0.3 lbs. per day. Red awards are given to goats that gain between 0.2 and .3 lbs. per day. White awards are given to goats that gain less than 0.2 lbs. per day.

Fitting and Showing
The Junior Champion Meat Goat Showman was Dean Bennett from Carroll County. The Intermediate Champion was Ryan Hevner.

Champion Meat Goat Showman (L-R)Frank Craddock, Dean Bennett, Ryan Hevner, and Margaret BuckmeierMargaret Buckmeier from Frederick County was the Champion Senior. Margaret also won the Showmanship Challenge where winners from previous years compete with the current year's winner.

Breeding Show
The breeding goat classes are split into two divisions: Commercial (non-registered) and Registered (percentage, purebred, and fullblood). Claire Bennett exhibited the Champion Commercial Meat Goat Doe. Cooper Bounds exhibited the Reserve Champion Commercial Doe.

Margaret Buckmeier had the Champion Registered Doe. Grace Garst from Frederick County had the Reserve Champion Registered Doe. Margaret's Champion Registered Doe was named Best Doe in Show.

Grand Champion BuckMargaret also had the Champion Buck in the show. Cooper Bounds had the Reserve Champion Buck. The Best Bred and Owned Meat Goat was a registered yearling doe exhibited by Grace Garst.

For the second year in a row, Dr. Frank Craddock from Texas A&M University served as the judge for the 4-H/FFA Meat Goat Show at the Maryland State Fair.