4/22/2010 Goat Gossip 90 It’s Showtime once more! Boy Howdy! Gwen and I have really been burning up the roads in the old War Wagon and Toyoater running to and fro visiting folks and going to showin’s. We visited the fine folks in Anderson County for the Anderson Co. Youth Livestock Expo. This is a weeklong event featuring the livestock projects of the youngsters and their support teams (Parents!). The goat shows started off with the breeding goat show and I must say that they have some beautiful breeding stock shown by some hard working Youngsters in Anderson County. Firsts in each class were: 0-6 month-Ashley Chaffin, Elkhart FFA, 6-12 month- Lauren Brown, Elkhart-Slocum 4-H, 12-24 month- Ashley Chaffin, Elkhart FFA, and 24-48 month- Kaylee Webb, Ioni Creek 4-H. Grand Champion honors were bestowed upon Lauren Brown and Reserve Grand Champion was won by Ashley Chaffin. It is interesting to note that one of our fellow FCGBA members, Ms. Darlene Chaffin bred both of the beautiful paint does that won Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion! Congratulations Lauren, Ashley, and Ms. Darlene! Ms. Ashley placed first in the 0-6 month class with an RVB doe, thanks Ashley! The market goat show followed with 30 entries in five classes. This show featured some handsome entries that were amazingly consistent from top to bottom of each class making it hard for the judge to choose. Firsts in each class were: class 1- Amanda Ham Elkhart FFA, class 2- Tera Jackson, Slocum FFA, class 3-Gabriella Brown, Westwood FFA, class 4- Leif Knippers, Cayuga FFA, and class 5- Kelsee Webb, Ioni Creek 4-H. Grand Champion was won for the second year in a row by Leif Knippers, way to go Leif! Reserve Grand Champion was won by Gabriella Brown, way to show Gabriella! Showmanship was following the picking of the sale order in which Ashley made the sale with one of our RVB market wethers which she placed second in class 3. Darlene said that the showmanship was a very heated competition with all of the youngsters working hard to be precise in showing their animals. Junior Showmanship was won by Kelsee Webb of Ioni Creek 4-H and Senior Showmanship was again won by Leif Knippers of Cayuga FFA. Great Job to Kelsee and Leif! I’ll tell you what, there’s going to be a lot of disappointed youngsters next year because Mr. Knippers is just a junior and he has a whole year more to show. By all accounts, Leif does it by hard work, dedication to quality, and determination to do his best and all of the other youngsters can learn by watching and emulating Leif. He is a Champion who leads by example. On another note, I would like to also congratulate fellow ETGRA member Brian Kinney for the fine showing that Kinney Meat Goats had at the shows. Kinney Meat Goats show wethers took first place in four of the five classes in the market wethers! Now that ain’t nothing to sneeze at! Congratulations Brian and keep on providing quality show goats to the Youngsters out there!!! Thanks to all of the fine folks for making Gwen and I feel welcome and putting on a great show. Thanks to Kristen Greer, CEA-4-H & Youth Development for her help at the show and sending me the results! Great job ya’ll! Gwen and I couldn’t wait around for the finish because we had to leave early enough to make the Freestone Co. Goat Breeders Association meeting in Fairfield. It was an important meeting with many important decisions made among the members attending. One important decision was to move our meetings to Saturday mornings. This was approved by the members in the hopes that it will give all the members a better chance to attend the meetings, which attendance has been poor lately. Dates and times will be posted on our web site. It has been decided, and this is an important announcement, to open up our membership roles to any resident in the state of Texas who cares to join! As with many goat breeder associations we have had a significant decline in members. Folks just aren’t renewing memberships because of various reasons, including getting out of the business! We have applications and membership info on the web site. The Freestone County Goat Breeders Association holds their meetings at the Freestone County Courthouse in Fairfield, Texas. Our meetings are open to the general public and we invite the good citizens from anywhere in the Great State of Texas to visit and join our organization if it fits you. To find out more about our Association go to www.freestonecountygoats.org and see what we are all about. The Dynamic Dozens of the Dew 4-H would like to invite everyone to the Tugwell Classic Goat & Sheep Showing Clinic. The Tugwell Classic will be held at the Ike Carden Arena in Fairfield, Texas on May 8th beginning at 9:00am. Mr. Nick Hoffman will present a Quality Counts session at the end of the show for all Freestone county 4-Hers who still need to attend one. We will have a short, informative "goat talk" and answer as many questions as possible before beginning our Clover Kid, Jr. and Sr. Goat Showmanship classes. As always, this is a freebie, practice-type event. We do have one class that is $5.00 per head; it's our adult class where anything goes!! We have found that this is great fun and helps Dew 4-H recoup some of the cost of the trophies. If anyone is able, they can contact the Freestone County Extension Office at 903-389-3436 and sign up for the Classic ahead of time. That helps us estimate what we need. It is estimated that everyone who attends will have an enjoyable time! . The East Texas Goat Raisers Association’s 13th Annual Boer Goat Show will be on May 1st. Two shows on one Day!! The Judges are Chris Shoffitt and Joetta Boyd. Contact Danette & Curtis Shoemaker – 936-867-2068 for more information or go to http://www.etgra.com/index.htm for details on events The North East Texas Goat Raisers Association will have their General Meeting with a Round Table discussion and dinner Saturday, May 8th. They will have the 6th Annual Sizzlin’ Summer Boer Goat shows July 24th & 25th. Go to http://netgra.com for details on these events. Walker and Carla Kyle of Omega Boer Goats www.omegaboergoats.com/ would like to announce the Summer Fever Boer Goat Show: May 8th 2010 at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo, Texas. Shows start at 8 a.m. sharp with a regional JABGA show with pay out and ribbons and overall belt buckles. Followed by Open Shows A and B. The mail entry deadline is 4/25/10. Email entries have until 5/5/2010, fees are $20.00. Late entries on the day of the show will be $25.00. Gates open May 8th 2010. The JABGA Judge is pending. Show A Judge will be Joe Teel. Show B Judge will be Jack Tally. All entries need to be in by 6:30 a.m. May 8th 2010. You can mail your entries to: Summer Fever Boer Goat Show C/O Walker and Carla Kyle, 2218 Williston, Pampa, Texas, 79065. Email your entries to: [email protected]. Phone 806-440-6981 for more information. Walker N’ Carla have made arrangements for a host motel so give them a call for details. Jim and Connie Gibson are selling their solid black Buck, Black Majic. He is 100% Full blood and his ABGA registration # is 07199022. Pictures can be seen at http://www.cjfarmstexas.com/ and you can e-mail Connie at [email protected] or call 903-875-1798 for info and price. Well, that’s all I have for now. Thank you all for reading the goat gossip and your support of the FCGBA and your area Goat Breeder Associations. Call me at 903-388-8528 or e-mail [email protected] if you have any goat gossip. Bye, for now.