With lambs and steers we get asked:
-Body Parts (internal and external)
-Main feed contents.
-lbs per day feeding
-current weight of animal
-animal breeder/breeder location
-with steers we get asked about % of backfat, but i'm not sure about goats...
-DIGESTIVE SYSTEM!!! (monogastric or rumanent)
-Breed of animal
-Gender of animal
If your child DOES NOT know the answer, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BS AN ANSWER!! If we don't know an answer, we are told to say:
"At this time, I do not know the answer to your question. However, I will further my knowledge to find the answer for future reference."
Is your kid is a newbie though, they normally either ask very easy questions or no questions at all. I've been showing rabbits and chickens almost 4 years and i've never been asked a question, and last year and this year I have yet to be asked a steer or lamb question, although our leader constantly drills us!
Body parts is a big one.
Age of animal.
How many freshenings.
Breed of animal.
What's the best feature on your animal?
What would you change about your animal/ weakest trait?
If I think of some more i'll come back and add. When i've done showmanship in the past, body parts has been a big one.
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When I judge, I ask vaccination questions, like What do you vaccinate with and when? Some kids that have no clue say dewormers, like Safe Guard, that is not a vaccination answer,
I ask about Scrapies,
Seniors, I give them signs of a illness and tell them to tell me what they think it is, how many ribs does a goat have? How many teeth? (can you answer that)?
I tell the kids to tell me like we were on a phone where a body part is (without pointing becasue if I am on the phone I can not see), Between ___ and ___. I am hard on the kids but they should know it.
Junior, basic goat parts, who feeds your goats? Who trims the hoofs? Do they know the parts of the hoof? (my 4Hers do a foot dance when they say the parts) heal, toe wall sole.
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Thanks so much! I came across a website that had a downloadable/printable workbook and I think it would be a GREAT way to get my kids educated. Unfortunately our state doesn't do the workbooks, and I wish they did! I remember when I started to do rabbits in 4-H <ended up moving into the city with my mom so never got to do much>. They gave me a workbook on rabbits, and it was so much fun doing the different activities.
I have a lot to learn as well, so it'll be fun learning together. And with school nearly out <June 2nd> we'll have more time for learning this stuff and working with the goats.
I varies from judge to judge and also the childs age. Some judges ask questions and some don't, but here's the list I go by.
What is your goats eartag number?
How old is your goat?
Whats your goats name? (More for novice class)
What do you feed your goat? (include the feed (Brand & protein %), any hay you feed (the type and how much) and never forget water too.)
What breed is your goat?
Show me where *insert body part* is. (I usually show them and then describe where also. EX: Where is the loin? point to it, point to last rib and then hip bone telling that is between the last rib and hip bone)
Some judges will ask what blades/clippers you used, your feed ration and things about the general care of goats. I don't know how old your kids are but for the youngest class they need to know eartag, name of the goat and bodyparts. They should also be able to tell the judge they feed grain, hay (if applicable) and water every day. Junior classes should know all of that but more detailed, and they should know the clippers ad blade size. Seniors basically have to know everything about the goat, its care, fitting- All of it!
Once you get the hang of it its not that bad. Its just knowing how to answer... like always keep eye contact with the judge, even if he/she is looking at the goat look them in the face.
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