The Western Maryland Goat Field Day and Sale, held on October 3 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, hosted a goat skillathon for youth. Twenty-eight youth participated in the inaugural event. Youth from Berkeley County, West Virginia, and Howard County did especially well.
In the junior division (8-10), Kameron Dorsey from Frederick County won first place. Maggie Goodmuth (Howard County) and Cameron Lafevre (Berkeley County) won second and third place, respectively.
Tara Burner from Berkeley County was the first place intermediate (11-13). Jared Hoffman, also from Berkeley County, won second place. The third place winner was Ryan Hevner from Carroll County.
In the senior division (14-18), Ashely Butler (Berkeley County) won first place. Hannah Goodmuth from Howard County was second place and T.J. Morgan from Berkeley County was third.
The goat skillathon consisted of six stations: feed and forage ID; breed ID; equipment ID; health and management; anything goes (potluck); and a written test. Next year's goat skillathon will be expanded to include more stations.
Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who helped with the skillathon.