Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First Boer Show at Maryland State Fair

For the first time, there will be an Open Class Boer Goat Show at the Maryland State Fair.  It is an American Boer Goat Association (ABGA) sanctioned show.  There are classes for percentage does, fullblood and purebred does, and fullblood bucks.

The goats will be in place at the fair by 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 28.  They will be housed and exhibited in the Cow Palace. The show will be held on Sunday, August 29, beginning at 10 a.m.  The judge is Jeremy Church from Sentinel, Oklahoma.

The superintendent of the Open Class Boer Goat Show is Wilson Bounds.  For more information about the show, contact Wilson at (410) 259-4955.

2009 Champion 4-H meat goat doe
exhibited by Cooper Bounds (R)

4-H/FFA Meat Goat Show
The first 4-H/FFA Meat Goat show was held at the Maryland State Fair in 2003.  There is competition for market goats, breeding goats (commercial and registered) and showmanship.

This year's show will be held on Friday, August 27, beginning at 2 p.m.  The 4-H/FFA goats are housed and exhibited in the Swine, Sheep, and Goat Building. This year's judge is Brent Jennings, 4-H youth livestock specialist from North Carolina State University.

Ten market goats are eligible to be sold in the 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale, to be held Saturday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cow Palace.

The superintendent of the 4-H/FFA Meat Goat Show is Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland Extension Sheep & Goat Specialist.  For more information about the show, contact Susan at sschoen@umd.edu or (301) 432-2767 x343.

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