Western Pa 4-H Goat Show

Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:00 A.M. Westmoreland County Fair Grounds, 123 Blue Ribbon Lane, Greensburg, PA 15676 (near Mt. Pleasant)

Note that this show is open to all types of goats.  Classes will be provided for dairy, pygmy, fiber, and meat type breeding animals. Other goat members may also participate in showmanship.   

Show Chairperson: Barbara Shugars, 120 Shugars Lane, Blairsville PA  15717, 724-694-0462, email –  (if you do not receive a return email within 24 hrs., please call.) 

Entry fee is $3 per goat for first animal and $2 for each additional entry if received before the September 11, 2015 entry deadline.  Late entry fee after that date and on the day of the show will be $4 cash per goat.  Mail entries to Show Chairperson at above address.

Animals may arrive early Saturday morning. Do not plan to attend on Friday evening without permission. 

Each exhibitor must provide his or her own hay, straw, and clean-up.  Each exhibitor must clean his/her stalls with equipment that will be provided.

Rules and Regulations

1.The 4-H'er must satisfy 4-H age requirements-- be 8 years of age by January 1, 2015 and not over 18 years of age by that same date.

2.  Members must follow their respective county ownership guidelines.  All animals must be owned by the exhibitor by June 15.

3. Dairy goats must be neatly disbudded or dehorned. Other breeds must conform to their breed standard. 

4. Exhibitors with animals other than dairy, pygmy, fiber, or meat type may show in fitting and showmanship only. 

5. Animals must have official Pennsylvania Health Certificate prepared and signed by a veterinarian. Animals will be health checked prior to unloading.  Any animal showing signs of infectious or contagious disease as determined by the show committee will be barred from the show and not permitted to unload.

6. It is suggested that all goats entered have been shown at a county roundup, if possible.

7. All 4-H'ers are expected to show their own animals, except where exhibitor may have more than one entry in the class.  In that case, another 4-H'er must show extra animals. In showing, 4-H'er must show his/her own animal.  In case of absence such as sickness, school or conflict with other Western PA 4-H small animal shows a note must be presented to Show Chairperson or Secretary indicating that someone else is showing the animal.

8.Parents are encouraged to attend and participate.

9. Show is open to members enrolled in the Pennsylvania 4-H program.

10. Body clipping of animals is optional, depending on weather conditions of member’s residence. 

11. Dress code for the show is the respective goat type standard (for example, dairy goats are white only - no black).

12. If a member had a market goat as a project, and that animal has been sold, a member may borrow another member’s goat for showmanship class only, as long as the member has no other goat available. 

13. Each exhibitor is asked to bring one door prize – anything is welcome. 


9:00 a.m. Welcome and opening ceremonies

9:15 a.m. Showmanship classes will be first in the day. 

Every exhibitor must participate in showmanship (fitting will be considered part of showmanship).  

Exhibitors' ages are determined as of January 1, 2015.  There will be a dairy type showmanship and a meat type showmanship – you may compete in only one.


1. Senior Showmanship (age 14 and over)

2. Intermediate Showmanship (ages 11, 12, and 13)

3. Junior Showmanship (ages 8, 9, and 10)

Champion Overall Showman


Breed Classes: Dairy - Alpine, LaMancha, Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Toggenburg, and Recorded Grades; Pygmy, Fiber Goats, Meat/Boar breeding. Age of doe determined as of September 26 of current year.

Dairy Goat Classes (DG)

Junior Division

4. Junior doe kid - born on or after April 1 of current year

5. Intermediate doe kid - born from March 1 to March 31 of current year

6. Senior doe kid - born on or after December 1 to February 28 of current year

7. Yearling (not in milk) - doe under 2 years, never freshened

Junior Champion Doe

Reserve Junior Champion Doe

Senior Division

8. Yearling Milkers - does under 2 years that are in milk

9.       Milking Does - two years and under three

10.     Milking Does - three years and under five

11. Milking Does - five years and over

(Note that if does have been dried off, dry does may be shown in the milking doe classes.)

Senior Champion

Reserve Senior Champion

Grand Champion

Reserve Grand Champion

12.     Best Udder by breed 

13.     Best Udder in Show - best udder of each breed will compete

14.     Best Senior Doe in Show - Grand Champion of each breed will compete

15.     Best Junior Doe in Show - All Grand Champion Junior winners will compete

Pygmy Goat Classes (P)

1. 3 to 6 months

2. 6 to 9 months

3. 9 to 12 months

4. 12 to 16 months 

5. 16 to 20 months (never bred)

         Junior/ Reserve Champion

6. 2 years

7. 3 years

8. 4 years and over

   Senior/Reserve Champion

         Grand/Reserve Champion 


Fiber Goat Classes (F)

     Will determine classes from entries received

Meat Type Classes (M)

1. 0 to 3 months

2. 3 to 6 months

3. 6 to 9 months

4. 9 to 12 months

  Junior/Reserve Champion

5. 12 to 16 months

6. 16 to 20  months

7. 20 to 24 months

   Yearling/Reserve Champion

8. 24 to 36 months

9. 36 months plus 

Senior/Reserve Champion

Grand/Reserve Champion 

Ribbons will be awarded through fifth place.  Awards presented for Best Udder, Best Senior and Junior Doe of Show, other Champions as appropriate, Champion and Reserve Showman, first place in each showmanship class.

A "Goat Skillathon" will be offered during the day for 4-H'ers.  Prizes will be awarded. The committee will also sponsor a goat products contest that is open to everyone.  Bring your best batch of fudge, soap, meat, or cheese - the winner receives half the money donated from the taste testing.  A silent auction will also occur to benefit the show - donations are welcome for the auction.