you accidentally cut into the quick and the goat becomes temporarily lame. Remember, the general public will be viewing your goat and developing opinions about the goat industry in general—so we want our goats to be healthy and happy.
As stated earlier, some shows in the PNW have different rules and requirements, so be sure to read the rules in well in advance. With the newness and inexperience in market goat showmanship seek out people or resources that can help aid you with the latest trends and styles. Refer to handout: “New York State 4-H Meat Goat Project Fact Sheet #22: Getting Your Meat Kid Ready for a Show” by Dr. Tatiana Stanton
AT THE SHOW
Exhibitors should not only dress neatly, but they also need to pay attention to appropriateness of their dress. Remember, you will be bending over and squatting down at times, so wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate. YOU ARE SHOWING YOUR GOAT—NOT YOURSELF. You do not want to wear cloths that distract from your goat. Some good rules of thumb concerning dress code are:
- Leather boots or shoes for
- Clean jeans and slacks. No faded or ripped
- Button-down shirts or polo shirts—Conservatively buttoned up.
- No hats
Before the Show: Evaluate the show ring prior to showmanship, paying close attention to where low spots are located. You want to make sure the goat’s front feet don’t end up in the low spots. You always want to set the goat going uphill .
Leading: Lead the goat from the left side with the right hand when possible. Keep the goat between you and the judge. Keep the goat’s front shoulder even with your leg and the goat’s head in front of your body.
Lining Up: If the judge pulls you into line, your goat’s shoulder should line up with the shoulder of the first goat in line. Keep your goat parallel to the other goats. If the judge lines you up head-to-tail, always line up straight behind the goat at the front of the line. KEEP THE LINES STRAIGHT—this will make it easier for the judge to evaluate and compare goats.