It is my first time showing a goat. I'm showing in a county fair and I will be showing one of my dairy mixbreed kids. Is there a certain collar you need to use? And what do the judges look for? :whatgoat:
Are you talking dairy goat or boer? They show differently.
it is difficult to describe. There are you tube videos you can watch.
Walk on the goats left side. We use a show chain. When told to line up, you will line up either beside or behind the goat next to you. Here is where they differ. We do market boers -make their feet square under them, and then push with your knee into their brisket to make them "brace" or "drive".
I can help you a little. I know how to show a dairy goat, but have no experience with it (I am a market goat person).
You will need to get a show-chain or something similar. Many use dog chains or plastic links, but you get the idea.
What you will be doing is walking in a counter-clockwise circle in the show ring. Get your doe used to walking calmly and easily around on the chain. You want her to be completely in motion with you at all times. Have her walk the *tiniest* bit ahead of you, so she looks proud and eager. And keep a goat-space in between you and the showman around you.
Always keep her between you and the judge. Pass IN-FRONT of the doe when you switch sides, and face the doe when you pass.
Have eye contact with your judge, and keep a good, intense look. No need to smile, because that can become awkward. Look passionate in showing.
I have a dairy goat and I have to show her with a chain collar. In my county the dairy breeds are Alpines, Nubians, Toggenburg, LaMancha, Saanen, and a Nigerian Dwarf. I am a first year shower and totally obsessed with it too! But just do your best and always keep your goat between you and the judge! And they will probably ask what breed your goat is, where it originated from, what goat desieses are there, and body parts. Good luck to you!