Youth Goat Exhibits at NYS Fair
2023 Entry Procedures
New this year - all entries must be submitted separately online to both NYS Fair and NYS 4-H Animal Science by 12:00 midnight on August 4, 2023.
- NYS Fair 4-H Animal Science Show Entries must be completed via ShoWorks on the NYS Fair website by Friday, August 4 at 12:00 midnight.
- The NYS 4-H Animal Science online registration form must also be completed to submit additional species specific entry forms and supplemental materials. Review specific animal entry requirements before completing this registration form.
- When registering different species, separate forms must be completed.
- Exhibitors must receive endorsement of a county 4-H Educator, FFA Advisor or other breed organization to compete at the NYS Fair. Any entry that does not receive endorsement may be scratched. Exhibitors should contact their local CCE Association before you enter to make verify eligibility and carefully follow any instructions provided.
Contest Rules and Premium Books
Official NYS Fair contest rules, information, schedule and Premium books are updated regularly. Exhibitors should regularly consult the NYS Fair How to Enter website for the most recent changes and deadlines.Youth exhibitors should contact their local CCE Association before entering to make verify eligibility to participate at the State Fair and follow carefully any instructions provided
Youth Goat Exhibitor Information
Feed and Bedding
- Blue Seal/Kent Feeds will again donate grain for does being milked in the milking parlor.However, be prepared to supply your own grain to your milkers if necessary. Donated grain is only to be fed in the parlor! Exhibitors should bring their own grain for all other goats. Sawdust is provided at no charge. Feed and bedding can be ordered from Harry Moore at 315-727-0134 for delivery to the Fairgrounds but you must notify him at least a week in advance of your arrival. Otherwise, plan ahead and bring plenty of feed, etc. for your goats.
The Youth Goat Program runs for 7 days.
- Youth goats can come in on Tues. Aug 22nd between 6 am and midnight or Wed. Aug 23rd (6 to 9 am).
- Goats must be in place by 9 am on Wed. and remain until Tues. evening, Aug. 29th.
- No tack pens will be available.
- Please note that Youth Meat Goats also competing in the Boer Goat Open Show need to leave the fair by 10 pm on Tuesday, Aug 29th and return again later in the week.
- Dairy Goats competing in both the Youth Show and the Dairy Goat Open Show may stay over.
- Upon arrival, enter through Gate #7 and go to Gate #11. Turn left down Belle Isle Rd and turn right on Livestock Rd. just past the end of the Expo Center (road is marked).
- Goats and health papers must be inspected at the Veterinarian Station next to the Goat Barn. Please give the Veterinary Slip (NYS Fair Livestock Entry Permit) to the Superintendents immediately to ensure you get your premiums.
- Do not unload until you have been granted permission.
- There is a mandatory meeting for all Youth Goat Exhibitors at 10.30 am on Wed. Aug 23rd .
- If competing for the Kimber Hamm Goat Rancher Award, submit your project notebook by 10 am Thurs. Aug 24th.
- All meat and dual-purpose goat breeds in addition to Boers are encouraged to enter the Youth Meat Goat Show in the appropriate age classes and grouping (Fullblood/purebred or Percentage) and will show together.However, line up will be divided into Boers and “All other breeds (AOB)” with separate scoring/ribbons for each of the 2 categories.
- In accordance with ADGA rules, no dairy goats with natural horns may be shown - no expections. Although scurs and deformed horns from faulty disbudding are technically allowed, judges may interpret this restriction differently and judges’ decisions are final. Therefore, we recommend “playing it safe” and trimming any scurs left from faulty disbudding well before the state fair to ideally 1 inch or less in length/height. Meat and working goats with horns are allowed, but aggressive horned goats may be required to beartificially tipped or to leave the fairgrounds at the discretion of the superintendent.
National Code of Show Ring Ethics
- The Youth Goat shows and activities operate under the code of the Int’l. Assoc. of Fairs and Expositions, which states that “Direct criticism or interference with the judge, fair or livestock show management, other exhibitors, breed representatives, or show officials before, during, or after the competitive event is prohibited. In the furtherance of their official duty, all judges, fair and livestock show mgmt., or other show officials shall be treated with courtesy, cooperation and respect and no person shall direct abusive or threatening conduct toward them.” Violations will be disciplined in a manner appropriate to the infraction and may involve a warning, suspension, dismissal from the fairgrounds and/or full dismissal from the overall youth program. Any infractions requiring discipline will be subject to review by the superintendent and 4-H staff.
County Day – Each county needs to sign up for a day when youth and parents from that county are responsible to help in the goat tent by setting up, assisting during events, and cleaning up between and after events.
Lease Policy - Youth who own no goats may lease two non-owned goats as 4-H projects but may be restricted to showing only one goat per youth fair, youth exhibition, or 4-H show/exhibition at their county’s discretion.Youth who own dairy, meat or pack goats may lease ONE goat of another type. E.g., Youth owning dairy goats may lease one meat or working goat. Youth owning meat goats may lease one dairy or working goat. As with owned goats, all non-owned goats must be designated in the exhibitor’s name and cared for by that exhibitor by no later than June 15 of the current year. A completed non-ownership certificate available from county 4-H offices,must be supplied along with registration papers (meat or pack goats do not need to show registration papers if unregistered) to prove designation. A copy of the non-ownership papers must be uploaded with your entries on the Qualtrics form!
Please limit post entries and last minute substitutions. Making major changes to the class lists at check-in causes unacceptable delays in getting class lists finalized and show books printed. We understand that some county fairs occur very close to the August 4th entry deadline. If you are in doubt as to which of your animals will qualify, please list all possible entries to the NY State Fair rather than planning on making substitutions. It is far easier for us to delete extra goats on Wednesday rather than typing in lots of new goats.
Although state-wide health requirements have loosened slightly with regard to rabies vaccination, requirements for the State Fair fall under the Onondaga Health Department requirements. These state that “ALL GOATS OVER 3 MONTHS OF AGE (as of 2 weeks prior to arrival at the fair) MUST BE “OFF LABEL” VACCINATED OR RABIES AT LEAST 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT THE FAIRGROUNDS AND NOT MORE THAN 365 DAYS PRIOR.” We strongly encourage you to vaccinate any goat that is 84 days or older at least 2weeks prior to the fair if your veterinarian agrees. Otherwise, State Fair staff may require that goats <4 mo. of age and unvaccinated be screened from the public. Do yourself a favor and vaccinate your 3 mo. old kids!
- Youth goat events are held in the Goat Barn and Pavilion unless otherwise noted. Please consult the 2023 Youth Department Animal Science Premium Book available at https://nysfair.ny.gov/competitions/how-to-enter/ by scrolling all the way down to “NYS 4-H Goats” and clicking on “Youth Premium Book” and “Youth Livestock General Info, Rules & Regulations”. Please read them carefully to avoid any misunderstandings.
- Youth participants must be at least eight years old by Jan 1st , 2023, and not have reached their nineteenth birthday as of Jan 1st, 2023. Junior youth are 13 years old or younger and Senior youth are 14 years old or older as of Jan 1st of the current year.
- Original health papers and rabies certificates must accompany each goat for inspection upon arrival on the Fairgrounds. Leased goats need to be accompanied to the NYS Fair by their completed non-ownership certificate (available at your CCE office). As with owned goats, the goat must be cared for by the youth and lease papers on file by no later than June 15th or earlier if county rules specify an earlier date.
- No intact bucks are allowed during the youth goat activities.
- Only ADGA, AGS, and CGS recorded, registered or applied-for goats recognized by ADGA as dairy goats may compete in the dairy show. ADGA RULES SHALL GOVERN. JR & SR shows are sanctioned together.
- The original registration certificate is required for all goats six (6) months of age or older in the dairy goat show. The requirement for animals less than six (6) months of age is either the original registration or recordation certificate, a stamped duplicate application, OR a faxed stamped duplicate application. Purchased goats must be transferred to the youth’s name by June 15th, or earlier if county rules specify an earlier date, and transfers finalized by Aug 26th, 2023.
- Meat and working goats do not need to be recorded with a breed association. All unrecorded meat and working goats must be eartagged or tattooed with their official scrapie identification. Registered goats should be tattooed and accompanied by registration papers. Registered goats have a unique tattoo that is acceptable as scrapie identification in conjunction with their registration papers. They DO NOT require eartags.
- Dress code for dairy goat classes is white shirts and white pants. Dress code for meat goat classes is nice, neat shirts and dark pants. Dress code for the pack goat classes is appropriate hiking attire including long pants,sleeved shirts (T-shirts okay) and hiking sneakers/boots. No farm emblems please!
T-Shirts – T-shirts promoting NYS Youth Goats are sold at a table during each of our goat shows at the NYS Fair. We urge you to support our goat community by buying a T-shirt during the fair. We are also in need of donations(from businesses or individuals) for the prizes for the Kimber Hamm Goat Rancher Award. Please contact Megan Richards at mwilmot927 [at] gmail.com or 607-376-3922 to make donations for this competition.
Absentee Policies - Youth who cannot participate in the dairy goat showmanship classes because of work or classes must submit written requests and proof of employment or courses for approval to the Youth Goat Superintendent, Holly Phillips, 8761 Chidsey Hill Road, Branchport, NY 14418, postmarked by Tues. Aug15th. Her decision is final. Youth must be present to show their own dairy goats in the breed show or else their animals will be unable to compete and premiums will be forfeited. Meat and working goat youth must show in their respective showmanship & fitting classes in order to show in the other classes of their shows.
Open Shows – All youth wishing to enter goats in either the Open Dairy Goat Show or the Open Boer Goat Show must enter online through the normal Open Show procedure at https://nysfair.ny.gov/competitions/how-to-enter/.
Competitions –The Goat Product Study Guide, sample questions for Goat Bowl and past Meat Goat Knowledge Exams are on the web at https://cals.cornell.edu/nys-4-h-animal-science-programs/livestock/goats/goat-educational-resources to assist with preparing for Goat Knowledge Olympics, Goat Bowl and the Goat Product ID.
The meat goat project notebook is handled as an individual activity and youth do not have to bring a goat to thefair to participate. Meat Goat project record books are on the web at https://cals.cornell.edu/nys-4-h-animal-science-programs/livestock/goats/meat-goats. Contact tatiana Stanton at TLS7 [at] cornell.edu for Senior Meat GoatRecord Books. Entry in the project notebook review is limited to one notebook per youth. Youth do not have tobring their goats or that particular goat to the NYS Fair in order to participate in this event.
Kimber Hamm Goat Rancher Competition – This optional competition is in memory of Kimber Hamm, one of NY’s premier meat goat farmers. The competition is open to meat goat youth exhibiting a meat goat at the NY State Fair Youth Show. This award is given to the junior and senior youth meat goat exhibitor who most demonstrate the diverse qualities of a good meat goat herdsperson. Youth must compete in all meat goat competitions including the Project Notebook Competition, Meat Goat Fitting & Showmanship and the Kimber Hamm Conformation Class (#98 or 99). Youth must also compete in the Youth Goat Knowledge Olympics and Youth Goat Judging Competition (Senior youth competing for Kimber Hamm Goat Rancher award should use the meat goat class for oral reasons). Please contact the Youth Meat Goat Assistant Superintendent in advance if you have a conflict as re-scheduling for some events may be possible.
Goat Educational Display Contest – now includes scientific posters as well as general goat information posters. Scientific posters can be either an experiment or descriptive science conducted by the youth related to goats or the goat industry. Scientific posters should include Title/Author, Introduction, Hypothesis (what question you are trying to answer) or Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Photos, drawings, charts, tables, references and/or acknowledgements may also be included. All entries in the contest must be accompanied by an Exhibitor Information Statement Card available from your county’s Cornell Cooperative Extension office and should consist of a poster (at least 14”x 22”) or 3-dimensional exhibit that can be hung on a wall OR fit on a 2’x 3’ counter space. The public will have access to the displays, so please do not use valuables as part of your display. We strongly encourage you to have your display judged at the county level first to make sure it is well organized and presented. One contest is for individuals (junior or senior) and the other is for clubs. Counties with a club or individual display will receive a one-time bonus score on goat herdsmanship.
- All Youth Goats must conform to the rules and regulations of the Livestock Health requirements as determined by the Department of Agriculture and Markets.
- All New York State Fair Dept 51 entries must be quality endorsed by a 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension Youth Educator, or by an Agricultural Education (FFA) Advisor, or by an authorized representative of a qualified related youth organization before they can be accepted by the NYS Fair.
- 4-H’ers should submit entries through their 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension office as per their county’s deadlines.
- In situations where Cornell Cooperative Extension entries cannot be finalized until after the State Fair entry deadline, ALL potential entries should be sent in by the deadline and the State Fair Entry Dept. should be notified of scratches prior to the start of the fair.
- All Youth who wish to enter their animals in the Open Dairy Goat Show must enter through the normal Open Show procedure, and must remain for the full length of the State Fair.
- The date of freshening must be indicated on the entry form for all dairy does that are lactating. All goats entered in lactating dairy doe classes will automatically be entered in the Milk Production Contest.
- All does 24 mos & older who have never freshened are ineligible to show in the dairy or meat goat shows.
- Additional premiums based on placings in some of the optional events will be paid from a fund of $500 donated by the NYS Goat Fair Committee and matched by the NY State Fair.
- Youth participants must be at least eight years old and not have reached their 19th birthday as of January 1 of the current club year
- Each exhibitor may show any number of personally owned goats in the Youth Goat Conformation Breed Shows. However, no exhibitor may enter more than two goats in any one class. All goat exhibitors must show their own designated goat in conformation breed classes and must make arrangements to use a youth handler if showing a second goat or if participating in a 4-H contest located in another barn or building. The superintendent must be notified in advance. Exhibitors are limited to only one goat (leased or owned by exhibitor) for showmanship classes and must do their own showing.
- Exhibitors of dairy goats must wear whites. Exhibitors of meat goats must wear clean, neat shirts and dark pants. Exhibitors of pack goats must wear appropriate hiking clothes. All exhibitors must present a neat and professional appearance in showmanship and conformation classes. No sandals, open-toed shoes, tank-tops, midriff or cropped shirts or shorts above the knee are allowed. An exhibitor not following dress code will not be permitted in the show ring. Farm names and letters must not appear on clothing. Premiums will be withheld for non-compliance.
- Youth Goat clubs and counties are encouraged to decorate their exhibit in an appropriate manner to present an attractive exhibit and educate the public. Herd and/or dairy signs are not permitted during Youth Goat Week. This includes attire (shirts, caps etc.)
- Space is at a premium in the Goat Barn. Please bring only essential equipment and keep belongings neatly arranged especially during the day and early evening when the public is passing through the barn. Youth showing combinations of Dairy, Meat and Pack Goats may be asked to pen them together, if space in pen allows.
- All Youth Department Goat participants staying overnight on the New York State Fairgrounds are to sleep in the Youth Dorms. No Goat Youth Department participants may sleep in the Youth Department animal exhibit areas. The only exception for these overnight rules is to stay with parents or legal guardians in area hotels or campers on the State Fairgrounds. Parents and legal guardians who choose this option must turn in the Housing Exception Form available from their local Cornell Cooperative Extension Office. This exception does not include lodging or staying in an animal barn. Parents or legal guardians will assume full responsibility for the action and well-being of each of their children for whom an exception is requested and approved.
- All youth goat exhibitors are required to clean their pens prior to departure on Tuesday, Sept. 1st, at the direction of the superintendent.
- Youth should do their own work.
- age appropriate
- consider skill level and/or prior experience
- adults should only intervene for safety and/or instruction purpose.
- Health papers will be required and checked on all goats that are brought into the barn. Registration papers will also be required and checked for all dairy goats and registered meat goats. Tattoos must match registration papers.
- Meat and Pack Goats unaccompanied by registration papers must wear official scrapie identification.
- Dairy, Meat and Pack Goats may be either owned or non-owned, but must fit under either (a) or (b) and (c) below.
- a. All owned goats must be personally owned by the Youth exhibitor as well as cared for by that exhibitor by no later than June 15 of the current year. Dual ownership or syndicates are not allowed. Dairy Goats must be registered and transferred by June 15 and transfers must be finalized by August 28. Meat and Pack Goats do not need to be registered.
- b. All non-owned goats must be designated in the exhibitor’s name and cared for by that exhibitor by no later than June 15 of the current year. Youth who do not own any goats are permitted two non-owned goats. Dual designation of one animal is not permitted. Non-ownership is also available to youth already owning meat, dairy or pack goats but is limited to one leased animal of another type. E.g. If you own a dairy goat, you may lease one meat goat or pack goat. If you own a meat goat, you may lease one dairy or pack goat.
- c. A non-ownership certificate, properly filled out and available from county 4-H offices, must be supplied along with registration papers to prove designation. A copy of the non-ownership papers must be sent with entries.
- Dairy Goats with natural horns will not be permitted to show. No exceptions. Meat and Pack Goats with natural horns are allowed to show, but aggressive horned goats may be required to be artificially tipped or required to leave the fairgrounds at the discretion of the superintendent.
- Pack Goats must be at least 6 months of age to be shown in Fitting and Showmanship and Trail Challenge classes.
- Any animal showing an open sore may not be exhibited. Any animal that produces an open sore while at the State Fair will be sent home immediately.
- Youth Goats will be housed in designated area of the Open Goat Barn.
- Junior animals are not permitted in the milking parlor. No personal milking stands are allowed in the milking parlor. A limited number of milk stands are allowed in exhibit area at the discretion of the Superintendent.
- All animals under 3 ½ months must be either housed in an animal crate within the pen or the pen must be lined with chicken wire or other material provided by the exhibitor.
- No bedding will be provided. Sawdust will be available at no charge. Bedding can be ordered ahead of time for delivery to the goat barn.
- All Exhibitors need to bring their own supply of grain. A limited amount has been donated by Blue Seal/Kent Nutrition for milking does in the parlor.
Dairy Goat Exhibitors Note:
ADGA rules shall govern. Only ADGA, AGS and CGS recorded, registered, or *pending animals recognized by ADGA as dairy animals, are accepted. The junior and senior shows are not separately sanctioned. Show order will be Alpine, Lamancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Toggenburg, AOP, & Recorded Grade and is not subject to change.
*The original registration certificate is required for all animals six months of age or older. The requirement for animals under six months of age is either the original registration or recordation certificate, a stamped duplicate application, or faxed stamped duplicate application.
No photocopies or faxed copies of registration papers will be accepted on animals over six months of age.
- The Youth Goat shows and activities are run in accordance with the National Code of Show Ring Ethics developed by the Int’l. Assoc. of Fairs and Expositions. These state that “Direct criticism or interference with the judge, fair or livestock show management, other exhibitors, breed representatives, or show officials before, during or after the competitive event is prohibited. In the furtherance of their official duty, all judges, fair and livestock show management, or other show officials shall be treated with courtesy, cooperation and respect and no person shall direct abusive or threatening conduct toward them.” Exhibitors are expected to know the Code. Violations will be disciplined in a manner appropriate to the infraction and may involve a warning, suspension, dismissal from the fairgrounds and/or full dismissal from the overall youth program. Any infractions requiring discipline will be subject to review by the superintendent and 4-H staff.
- All youth goat exhibitors are required to participate in Fitting and Showmanship and must participate in order to receive premiums.
- Exception: College and high school age exhibitors may request permission to be excused due to classes or employment. Superintendent must receive requests for exclusion along with proof of employment or class conflict. Decision of Superintendent is final.
- Premiums will be withheld and no animals will be allowed to be shown in the breed classes for individuals who fail to participate in Fitting and Showmanship without prior permission for exclusion.
- The Danish System of Judging will be used for Youth Dairy Goat Fitting and Showmanship
- Classes, the Youth Dairy Goat Breed Show, the Youth Meat Goat Show, the Youth Pack Goat Show, and Educational Displays.
- To determine the base age for showing youth goats, use August 29th for pack goats, August 30th for dairy goats and August 31st for meat goats.
- There will be no Pre-Show Milkout for the Dairy Goat Show.
- Does 24 months and older who have never freshened are ineligible to show in either the dairy goat or meat goat shows. Non-recorded-grade does may not show in the dairy goat show.
- At the Dairy Goat Show, the Champions selected will be Junior, Senior, Grand, and Reserve in each breed. Best in Show and Reserve BIS will be selected at the end of the show.
- County Day - Each county will sign up for a day in which the parents and/or youth from that county will be responsible to assist the staff for the contests or events for that day. Responsibilities may include setting up the tent, cleaning the tent after an event, and/or assisting during the contest.
Section Letters and Classes
(For registered purebred dairy goats and recorded grades only)
Fitting and Showmanship
- All youth dairy goat exhibitors are automatically entered in this contest and must participate to receive premiums.
- Youth will be divided into three classes (Senior, Junior and Novice) based on age.
- Ribbons will be awarded on the Danish System. Master Showman ribbons will be awarded at the judge’s discretion.
- The judge will consider the following score card (100 points total): Appearance of animal – 40 pts., Appearance of exhibitor – 10 pts.; and Presentation of animal in the ring – 50 pts.
- Any exhibitor participating in Fitting and Showmanship must have been pre-entered in the Youth Dairy Goat Show and their animal must be on the Fairgrounds.
Dairy Goat Show Order:
Alpine, Lamancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Toggenburg, AOP & Recorded Grade
Section DA DB DC DD DE DF DG DH
Alpine Lamancha Nubian Oberhasli Saanen Toggenburg AOP*** Grade
Doe Kid, 3½ months
& under 5 mos. 1 10 19 28 37 46 55 64
Doe Kid, 5 mos.
& under 9 mos. 2 11 20 29 38 47 56 65
Doe Kid, 9 mos.
& under 16 mos. 3 12 21 30 39 48 57 66
Doe Kid, 16 mos.
& under 24 mos. 4 13 22 31 40 49 58 67
Doe, 1 yr. Old
& under 2, in milk 5 14 23 32 41 50 59 68
Doe, 2 yrs.
& under 3 6 15 24 33 42 51 60 69
Doe, 3 yrs.
& under 5 7 16 25 34 43 52 61 70
Doe, 5 yrs.
& over 8 17 26 35 44 53 62 71
Dam-daughter 9 18 27 36 45 54 63 72
(Each must have been shown in individual classes. Both need not be owned by same exhibitor, but must have been shown in same breed.)
***AOP (All Other Purebred) to include Sable & Nigerian Dwarf.
Youth Dairy Goat Milk Production
Gratitude is expressed to the Northeast Dairy One Association for testing milk samples for this contest.
- All goats entered in lactating dairy doe classes will AUTOMATICALLY be entered in this Milk Production Contest. The only dairy goats which will not be required to participate will be those does who have earned (proof required) the STAR milker designation or are currently on DHIA test. However, these goats are welcome to participate if their youth owners so desire.
- Milk production of each doe will be measured in a 24-hour period.
- An award will be presented to the doe with the highest point score based on stage of lactation, pounds of milk and butterfat content.
- Freshening date of each doe must be included on the entry blank.
- Premiums will be withheld from individuals not participating as required in this contest.
- Only youth goat exhibitors and authorized personnel are allowed in milking parlor during competition.
All goats must have official scrapie identification, either registration tattoo or scrapie eartag or tattoo.
Fitting and Showmanship
All exhibitors are automatically entered in this contest and must participate to receive premiums.
- Youth will be divided into three classes (Senior, Junior and Novice) based on their age and experience at State Fair. (Youth that have never shown in any goat showmanship contest at State Fair may enter the Novice class or may choose to enter the showmanship class that corresponds with their age, but may not enter more than one showmanship class per type of goat).
- Ribbons will be awarded on the Danish System. Master Showman ribbons will be awarded at the judge’s discretion.
- The judge will consider the following: Fitting and Appearance of animal and exhibitor; Knowledge; and Exhibition in the ring.
Any exhibitor participating in Fitting and Showmanship must have been pre-entered in the Youth Meat Goat Show and their animal must be on the Fairgrounds.
Meat Goat Conformation Show:
Percentages Full Bloods/Purebreds Market Kid Special
Doe Kid, 3½ months
& under 6 mos. 76 85
Doe Kid, 6 mos.
& under 9 mos. 77 86
Doe Kid, 9 mos.
& under 12 mos. 78 87
Doe 12 mo. & under 16 mo. –
never kidded 79 88
Doe 16 mo. & under 20 mo. –
never kidded 80 89
Doe 20 mo. & under 24 mo. –
never kidded 81 90
Doe, 1 yr. old
& under 2,--kidded 82 91
Doe, 2 yrs.
& under 4--kidded 83 92
Doe, 4 yrs.
& older--kidded 84 93
Lightweight Market Kid 94
Heavyweight Market Kid 95
Produce of Dam (Percentage and Full bloods) 96
Dam & Daughter (each shown in individual classes) 97
Boers and All Other Breeds – all meat goat breeds in addition to Boers are encouraged to enter the Youth Meat Goat Show. All meat goats should be entered in the appropriate age classes and grouping (Fullblood/purebred or Percentage) and will show together. However, line up and scoring will be divided into Boers and “All other breeds”. All other breeds will be judged according to the standards of their respective breeds and or characteristics of ideal meat goat breeding or market stock, and placings and ribbons awarded within AOB.
- Conformation Classes Champion and Reserve Champion awards
- Junior Champion and Reserve Junior Champion Percentage Boer Doe and AOB Doe will be selected from the 1st and 2nd place entries in their category in Classes #76 – 78.
- Yearling Champion and Reserve Yearling Champion Percentage Boer Doe and AOB Doe will be selected from the 1st and 2nd place entries in their category in Classes #79-82.
- Senior Champion and Reserve Senior Champion Percentage Boer Doe and AOB Doe will be selected from the 1st and 2nd place entries in their category in Classes #83 – 84.
- Grand and Reserve Champion Percentage Boer Doe and AOB Doe will be selected from the Champion and Reserve Junior, Yearling and Senior Percentage Does in their categories.
- Junior Champion and Reserve Junior Champion FB/PB Boer Doe and AOB Doe will be selected from the 1st and 2nd place entries in their category in Classes #85 – 87.
- Yearling Champion and Reserve Yearling Champion FB/PB Boer Doe and AOB Doe will be selected from the 1st and 2nd place entries in their category in Classes #88-91.
- Senior Champion and Reserve Senior Champion FB/PB Boer Doe and AOB Doe will be selected from the 1st and 2nd place entries in their category Classes #92 – 93.
- Grand and Reserve Champion FB/PB Boer Doe and AOB Doe will be selected from the Champion and Reserve Junior, Yearling and Senior FB/PB Does in their category.
- Champion and Reserve Market Kid will be selected from the 1st and 2nd place entries in their category in Classes 94 – 95. Overall Grand/Reserve Champion Market Kid will be selected from Champion/Reserve Boer and AOB Market Kids.
- Overall Breed Champion/Reserve Boer Doe will be selected from the Boer Grand/Reserve Champion Percentage Does, and Grand/Reserve Champion FB/PB Does.
- Overall Breed Champion/Reserve AOB will be selected from the AOB Grand/Reserve Percentage Does and Grand/Reserve Champion FB/PB Does.
- Best of Show will be selected from Overall Breed Champion/Reserve for Boers, Overall Breed Champion/Reserve All Other Breeds and Champion/Reserve Market Kids.
Youth Meat Goats General Rules and Guidelines:
- Fullbloods and purebreds are does and doelings registered or eligible for registration as either purebreds or fullbloods with a recognized meat goat breed association.
- Doe kids and does must be either 1) tattooed and accompanied by matching registration papers indicating their age, or 2) must be judged on age by their teeth (no adult teeth < 1 yr.; 1 set adult teeth = 1 year old and under 2; 2 to 3 sets of adult teeth -= 2 yrs old and under 4; > 3 sets of adult teeth = 4 yrs. and older.
- Meat goat breeding stock does not need to be registered with any breed organization.
- Market kids can be either castrated male or female kids (no adult teeth) that have competed in a meat goat class at a county level or been quality endorsed by a 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension Youth Educator or other authorized representative of a qualified related youth organization.
- Any doe kid showing in classes 94 - 95 may not show in Classes #76 - 93 and will be judged as a market animal.
- Market kid classes will be assigned based on weigh-ins on Saturday at noon. No more than a total of three market kids per exhibitor will be allowed.
- Produce of Dam Class (96) must consist of two offspring of any age, produced by the same dam. Each offspring must have competed in one of Classes 76 to 95. Both need not be owned by same exhibitor.
- Dam & Daughter Class (97). Each doe must have competed in one of Classes 76 – 95. Both need not be owned by same exhibitor.
- Kimber Hamm Conformation Classes
- Class # 98– Kimber Hamm Conformation Class – Junior Exhibitor
- Class # 99– Kimber Hamm Conformation Class – Senior Exhibitor
- Must be owned or leased by the exhibitor competing for the Kimber Hamm Goat Rancher Award.
- Youth are limited to one entry in classes 98-99. Exhibitor is notify the Youth Meat
- The entry may be a doe kid, market kid or doe and must have competed in one of Classes 76- 95. Youth will receive an individual scorecard evaluating their goat’s conformation.
To show at state fair, pack goats must be ≥6 months old and may be wethers, fertile or sterile does, or hermaphrodites. Two pack goat classes are offered. The first is a Showmanship & Fitting class where you are asked to enter the ring with no pack on your goat. You will then need to tie your goat with a quick release knot to put the pack on while the judge observes for fit and willingness of the animal. The exhibitor should carry in their own pack or on their person, the following emergency survival essentials: filled one liter water bottle, no-cook snacks, map, compass, sunscreen, insect repellent, first-aid kit, fire-starter kit in waterproof container, flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries, whistle, signaling mirror, strong twine or rope, and an emergency space blanket. Fire starter kit should not include real matches; instead, please use an empty match box or match book. Additional essentials/supplies may be carried in the goat’s pack. The second class is a Trail Challenge class. These classes are intended specifically for Pack Goat projects. The youth must be training their goats to pack and conditioning their goats by accompanying them on walks or hikes. Dairy and meat does that have been trained for packing may show in their appropriate dairy or meat goat show as well as in the pack goat show.
All goats must have official scrapie identification, either registration/recordation tattoo or scrapie eartag or tattoo. Goats must be identified as the youth’s pack goat project at the county level.
Fitting and Showmanship
- All youth meat goat exhibitors are automatically entered in this class must participate to receive premiums.
- Youth will be divided into three classes (Senior, Junior and Novice) based on their age and experience at State Fair. (Youth that have never shown in any goat showmanship contest at State Fair may enter the Novice Class or may choose to enter the showmanship class that corresponds with their age, but may not enter more than one showmanship class per type of goat.)
- Ribbons will be awarded on the Danish system. Master Showman ribbons will be awarded at the judge’s discretion.
- The Judge will consider the following: Appearance & Fitting (animal, exhibitor and equipment); Knowledge; and Performance in Ring.
- Any exhibitor participating in Fitting and Showmanship must have been pre-entered in the Youth Pack Goat Show, and their animal must be on the Fairgrounds.
- No animals under 6 months.
- Exhibitor must wear their pack when entering the ring. Goat packs must be ringside (cross buck not recommended for miniatures). During the class the judge will provide opportunity for the exhibitor to fit the animal with the goat pack to complete the class. The goat must be tied with a quick release knot while putting on the pack.
- Youth must wear appropriate hiking attire including long pants, sleeved-shirt (t-shirts ok), hiking sneakers/boots and back, knap or fanny pack. The exhibitor should carry in their own pack, or on their person, the following survival essentials including, but not limited to: filled one liter water bottle, no-cook snacks, map, compass, sunscreen, insect repellent, first-aid kit, fire-starter kit in waterproof container, flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries, whistle, signaling mirror, strong twine or rope, and an emergency space blanket. Fire starter kit should not include real matches, instead, please use an empty match box or match book. Additional essentials/supplies such as but not limited to: toilet paper, trowel, cooking utensils, fishing gear, poncho may be carried in the goat’s pack.
Class #104 – Trail Challenge Senior Division – Youth 14 to 18 years old as of Jan.1 of the current year.
Class #105 – Trail Challenge Junior Division – Youth 8 to 13 years old as of Jan. 1 of the current year.
- These classes consist of a judged course testing the youth exhibitor and their goat’s ability to work as a partnership to navigate challenges similar to those they might encounter when hiking. Challenges will be suitable for both miniature and larger breed goats and for goats ≥6 months old. The pair should maintain an efficient hiking pace when not navigating challenges.
- Youth may show a maximum of two project goats in their division. After 3 attempts to complete a trail challenge, the exhibitor will be asked to continue on to the next trail challenge. The judge may also ask the exhibitor to continue past the challenge if he/she feels it is counterproductive to continue confronting that challenge.Trail Challenge Senior and Junior Division Champions will be the top ranking youth/goat pair in each division. Trail Challenge Senior and Junior Division Reserve Champions will be the second ranking youth/goat pair in each division.
- Herdsmanship Awards will be presented. Method of determining these awards will include the following:
- Manure removal from aisles and bedding.
- Animals, water buckets, and pens clean and blankets (if used) acceptable and clean.
- Orderly storage of feed, hay and straw and avoidance of unnecessary waste.
- Tools, buckets, feed boxes and other equipment in place.
- Name cards legible and properly hung and appropriate County decorations in place.
- Conduct, cooperation and appearance of exhibitors.
- Educational displays and county participation on County Day will be given consideration in overall scoring.
- Youth should do their own work. Adults should only help when assistance is needed (e.g., teaching youth how to do an item).
All youth goat exhibitors are welcome to compete. Any county wishing to enter a junior and/or senior team may do so. If there are not enough youth for a team, they will be assigned to a combined county team.
- Dairy Goats will be provided for dairy goat teams and meat goats can be provided for meat goat teams. However, please contact a superintendent by August 1st if desiring to use a meat goat.
- Teams are required to provide their own supplies.
- Teams will be scored as follows:
- Clipping-40 pts.-based on ADGA prescribed standards or ABGA recommendations.
- “Cleanliness 25 pts.-based on ADGA standards and ABGA recommendations for fitting.
- Handling the Animal as a Team-5 pts.-handling the animal in a kind manner, not causing present or future harm.
- Team Work-15 pts.-an emphasis at the Fair, youth are encouraged to work as a team to get the job done.
- Showing the Animal in the Ring-15 pts.-show the animal for showmanship following the ADGA showmanship scorecard for dairy goats and ABGA recommendations and the USBGA showmanship scorecard for meat goats.
- Bonus Points-Team Appearance-5 pts.
- Total possible points-105
Our ADGA licensed Dairy Goat Judge is Devon Miller (Strafford, MO). Our Meat Goat Judge is Daphne Thies-Lyness (Piffard, NY). Our Working Goat Judge is Breanne Baker (Batavia, NY). Apprentice ADGA Judge George Jr. Andrew will conduct the judging contest with input from Daphne Thies-Lyness.
Submit your youth goat entries online by Friday, August 4, 2023 at 12 midnight.
You must enter each entry on both https://cals.cornell.edu/nys-4-h-animal-science-programs/state-events/nys-fair and https://nysfys.fairwire.com/.
Email your entry receipts to both your County Educator and to your Department Superintendent, Holly Phillips, at straitgatefarm [at] gmail.com.
Be sure to request and obtain exhibitor passes and parking permits through your CCE County 4-H office.
- All necessary papers and health certificates. These should be left at the barn with animals at all times.
- Feeding equipment, milking equipment, grooming equipment, health items, clean-up materials, hay, grain, and salt, show clothes, individual or club display educating people about goats.
All Dept 51 participants staying overnight on the NYS Fairgrounds are to sleep in the Youth Dormitories. No Dept 51 participants may sleep in the Youth Department animal exhibit areas. Parents (or legal guardians) may request exceptions to these rules to instead stay in area hotels or in campers at the fairgrounds through prescribed written application forms at the discretion of their Cornell Cooperative Extension Offices and will thus assume full responsibility for the action and well-being of each of their children for whom an exception is requested. An adult chaperone must be designated on the form. Youth Dorm Forms and Youth Dorm Exception Forms may be obtained through your 4-H educator at your Cornell Cooperative Extension County office. Contact Zachary Bakowski at zachary.bakowski [at] agriculture.ny.gov or 315-728-4383 to inquire about livestock RV application forms and fees and which lots are available to goat exhibitors. Locations are limited and fill up fast.
Other Youth Goat Activities
The following activities are optional and open to all youth goat exhibitors. However, youth competing for the Kimber Hamm Goat Rancher Award must compete in all of them as well as in Class 96 or 97, and Fitting and Showmanship.
- Youth Goat Contests are open to all youth goat exhibitors and any youth currently enrolled in a 4-H goat project.
- Contests may be individual or teams. Contests noted as teams require that youth must sign up as county teams. The only time there will be “combo” teams is with the permission of the superintendent in the event that there are not enough youth from the county to make a team. (Selection of “Combo” Teams will be by the draw from a hat with county youth remaining together).
- Fitting and Showmanship, Youth Dairy Goat Milk Production and Herdsmanship are all mandatory events.
- Pre-entries are not required, however exhibitors must use provided sign-up sheets with the exception of the Obstacle Course.
This optional competition is in memory of Kimber Hamm, one of NY’s premier meat goat farmers.
- This award is given to the junior and senior meat goat exhibitor who best demonstrates the diverse qualities of a good meat goat herdsperson. These qualities include but are not limited to 1) a working knowledge of goat health, nutrition, marketing and management, and 2) the ability to skillfully evaluate, handle and raise meat goats, and make financial decisions.
- Youth must compete in all meat goat competitions including the Project Record Book Review, Fitting & Showmanship and Class 98 or 99. Youth must also compete in the Youth Goat Knowledge Olympics and the meat goat portion of the Youth Goat Judging Competition. Please contact the Youth Meat Goat Assistant Superintendent in advance if you have a conflict with the timing for either the project record book interviews or Youth Goat Knowledge Olympics as re-scheduling may be possible.
- All exhibitors who compete in all five (5) activities and thus are eligible for the Kimber Hamm Goat Rancher Award will receive awards.
This award is given to the 4-H Dairy Goat exhibitor who best embodies the 4-H Motto “To Make The Best Better”. In order for a dairy goat exhibitor to be eligible, he/she must participate in all the following contests (Goat Bowl, Knowledge Olympics, Product ID, Team Fitting, and Goat Judging Contest) during the week. The top 5 (five) place winners of each contest will receive 1 – 5 points with 5 being 1st place, 4 being 2nd place, etc. At the end of the week the 3 top point scorers are then in contention for the Award. A Committee will pick the winner based on attitude, helpfulness & sportsmanship. Awards to contestants include plaques.
Youth will submit a record on a market kid, doe kid or doe that he or she raised during the current project year. The record used must be the appropriate NY State 4-H meat goat project notebook available on the web at or through your local Cooperative Extension Office. The First Year notebook is to be used at the 4-H leader’s discretion for 4-Hers in their first year of a meat goat project. Junior youth are strongly encouraged to use the Junior record notebook. Project record book must be submitted to the Youth Meat Goat Assistant Superintendent. Entry is limited to one project record book per youth. The goat recorded in the record book does not need to be present at the fair.
Ribbons will be available for the top 10 places in the project record review. Youth do not have to bring their project goats to the NY State Fair in order to participate in this activity. However, the exhibitor must be present for the competition. Juniors and seniors will be scored separately.
The Goat Judging Clinic and Contest begin at 1:30 PM on Mon. Aug 28th following the Youth Meat Goat Show. All senior and junior youth competing for the Kimber Hamm Goat Rancher award do oral reasons on a meat goat. Seniors may additionally do oral reasons on a dairy doe if competing in the total Judging Contest.
- The clinic will be presented by the Judging Contest Judge(s) or other qualified person.
- No sign up is required. All youth goat exhibitors are encouraged to participate.
- The clinic will be held immediately prior to the Judging Contest to allow youth to fine-tune their judging skills and address their questions about judging.
- The Goat Judging Contest is open to all youth goat exhibitors and any youth currently enrolled in a 4-H goat project.
- The number of classes judged will be at the discretion of the judge.
- The contest will be conducted much in the same way as other livestock judging contests.
- There will be four divisions (A = Over Microphone; B = 14 yrs. old or older; C = 13 yrs. old or younger and D = Novice) in which contestants may participate.
Intended to generate interest for the goat and educate the public on dairy and/or meat goats.
- All entries must be accompanied by an Exhibitor Information Statement Card available from your county Cornell Cooperative Extension Office.
- Check in for displays is during mandatory paper check on Wednesday, August 23 at 12:00 p.m.
- Display can be a poster (at least 14” x 22”), poster series or 3-dimensional exhibit related to goats or the goat industry that can either be hung on a wall or fit on a 2’ x 3’ counter space. Display table caution: the public may have access; therefore do not use valuables as part of your display.
- Exhibitors are strongly encouraged to first enter displays at the county level. Exhibits should be self-explanatory through the use of appropriate captions, signs or labels.
- Entries may include scientific posters. Scientific posters should be on either an experiment or descriptive science conducted by the youth that involved goats. For example, observations on how long it takes to milk a goat by hand versus with a specific machine system, summaries of data you have collected comparing the growth of male and female goat kids, etc. Poster should be on a display board or poster board and include Title/Author, Introduction, Hypothesis (what question you are trying to answer) or Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Photos, drawings, charts, tables, acknowledgements and/or references may also be included.
- Entries will be evaluated on content, illustration, organization, clarity, visual appeal and readability. Juniors and seniors will be judged separately.
- Two divisions are available: one for 4-H groups and one for individuals. Limited to one entry per exhibitor in each division. Ribbons and premiums will be awarded
- No pre-entry required. Limited to one entry per youth goat exhibitor.
- All entries will use their own owned or leased goat to navigate an obstacle course.
- The course will be scored based on best time, with time added for penalties.
- Any county wishing to enter a junior and/or a senior team may do so. If there are not enough teams, teams will be formed at the time of the contest.
- Rules for participation are available from the superintendent.
- Goat quiz bowl contest resources
For More Information
Youth Goat SUPERINTENDENT – Holly Phillips, straitgatefarm [at] gmail.com (straitgatefarm[at]gmail[dot]com), 607-868-5518 or 585-362-5833
Assistant Goat Supervisor – Susan Clark, miquiversful [at] gmail.com (miquiversful[at]gmail[dot]com), 315-576-2515
Assistant Meat Goat Supervisor – Megan Richards, mwilmot927 [at] gmail.com (mwilmot927[at]gmail[dot]com), 607-376-3922
4-H/Youth Livestock EDUCATIONAL COORDINATOR – Brian Aukema, bja14 [at] cornell.edu (bja14[at]cornell[dot]edu), 607-254-1208