District Goat Shows
NOTE: To be eligible to compete at the Kentucky State Fair, all 4-H/FFA market goats must compete in one of the District Shows or Kentucky Junior Livestock Expos conducted by the Division of Show & Fair Promotion. A goat will only qualify for the Kentucky State Fair if it has competed and been placed during a market goat class at a District Show or Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo. All goats and lambs must have Scrapie tags in place at time of validation. No animal will receive a KUIP tag without a Scrapie tag. * Goat Exhibitors may tag in a total of 10 head*
|Bluegrass District Goat Show: Jessamine County Fairgrounds, Nicholasville, KY|
|May 23, 2020||9:00 - 10:30 am EDT||11:00 am EDT||Classes to begin immediately following showmanship.|
|Buffalo Trail District Goat Show: Nicholas County Fairgrounds, Carlisle, KY|
|May 30, 2020||9:00 - 10:30 am EDT||11:00 am EDT||Classes to begin immediately following showmanship.|
|Central Kentucky District Goat Show: Boyle County Fairgrounds, Danville, KY|
|June 1, 2020||1:30 -2:30 EDT||3:00 pm EDT||
Classes to begin immediately following showmanship.
|Jr. Breeding Goat/Market Goat Show: Mercer County Fairgrounds, Harrodsburg, KY|
|June 13, 2020||9:00 - 10:30 am EDT||11:00 am EDT||Classes to begin immediately following showmanship.|
|Northern Kentucky District Goat Show: Henry County Fairgrounds, New Castle, KY|
|July 3, 2020||2:00 - 4:00 pm EDT||5:00 pm EDT||Classes to begin immediately following showmanship. * This show is in coordination with the Henry County Fair Goat Show|
|Germantown District Goat Show: Germantown Fairgrounds, Germantown, KY|
|July 11, 2020||9:00 - 10:30 am EDT||11:00 am EDT||Classes to begin immediately following showmanship.|
|Wilderness Trail District Goat Show: Laurel County Fairgrounds, London, KY|
|July 16, 2020||8:00 - 10:30 am EDT||11:00 am EDT||Classes to begin immediately following showmanship.|
|Pennyrile District Goat Show: Hopkins County Fairgrounds, Madisonville, KY|
|July 18, 2020||8:30 - 10:00 am CDT||Classes to begin at completion of lamb show.|
|June 8-9, 2020||Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo-East||Derrickson Agricultural Complex, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY|
|June 19-20, 2020||Western Rivers Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo||William "Bill" Cherry Ag/Expo Center, Murray, KY|
|July 24-25, 2020||Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo||L.D. Brown Center Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY|
These Premiums have been adjusted accordingly and could be changed due to available funds.
|Sheep, Goat and Swine|
|KY Proud||Non KY Proud|
Goat General Rules and Regulations
- 1. The district shows are open to Kentucky 4-H and FFA members engaged in an approved goat project. NOTE: All goats showing at District Shows and the Kentucky Junior Livestock Expos MUST have a scrapie tag to be eligible to show.
- 2. Exhibitors ages 8 years old and younger as of January 1 of the current year are eligible to participate in the Novice classes only. Each Novice is limited to one entry and must be KUIP tagged in his/her name.
- 3. All goats must meet Kentucky health requirements for exhibition. Contact the State Veterinarian’s office for further information.
- 4. All 4-H, FFA, and Novice entries must be nominated and identified by the Kentucky Uniform Identification Program (KUIP) by May 11 See 4-H agent or vocational agriculture teacher for details. Co-tagging with KUIP tags will only be permitted among 4-H, FFA, and Novice siblings unless a waiver has been obtained.
- 5. 4-H and FFA exhibitors may exhibit a total of four entries, be it market goats or wether dams.
- 6. All goats must be shown by the 4-H or FFA exhibitor (owner) unless the exhibitor is incapacitated (deprived or strength or ability; physically impaired) or has more than one entry in a class, then he or she many have another 4-H or FFA youth exhibit his or her animal.
- 7. All goats will show by weight. All goats must weigh a minimum of 35 pounds at the time of show to be eligible for exhibition. Classes will be broken into three (3) divisions with champion being selected at all district shows and Kentucky Junior Livestock Expos.
- 8. There will be two divisions of wether dams shown. Wether dams will be entered as fitted or slick at the time of show. There must be at least 5 head of the fitted division to be eligible. If under 5 head all dams will show together. Wether dams will be shown by weight in their division. Goats shown as wether dams will not be eligible to show as market goats at that show.
- 9. Only 4-H and FFA members, their parents and siblings, local 4-H and FFA leaders, or their 4-H agents and their instructors of vocational agriculture may fit goats during the junior show. A Kentucky driver’s license will serve as identification.
- 10. Market kids must be castrated (banded or surgically removed, clamping is not allowed). All scrotal tissue is to be removed. No artificial color may be used.
- 11. All exhibitors may enter market wethers or market does. Induced cryptorchids (short scrotum kids) and buck goats may not be shown. Any wether kid showing signs of secondary sexual characteristics may not be shown.
- 11. Goats shown in the on-foot weight classes or in the breeding doe class may also be used in the Showmanship Class.
- 13. No adult shall enter the show ring while classes are being judged unless the exhibitor is physically impaired. This includes Novice classes.
- 14. Exhibitors are expected to treat their goats in a manner consistent with good animal husbandry and display proper sportsmanship at all times. Failure to comply may result in disqualification or exhibitor is so recommended by the local show committee.
- 15. In the event of a violation of the above rules, a protest can be filed as follows: A signed written statement, outlining the problem, is filed with the show chairman within one hour of the incident.
- 16. Any legal or illegal substance that alters the conformation or enhances the natural appearance of the animal is not permitted. All goats may be subject to random drug testing and/or veterinary examination.
- 17. Any exhibitor violating the above rules shall forfeit all premium money and awards. Any violation of the rules shall be reported to a representative of the Division of Show and Fair Promotion, who in turn shall inform the appropriate youth agency. Said violation of the rules may, at the discretion of the youth agency, result in a suspension from the show ring.
- 18. Each local committee shall have the authority to interpret and enforce all rules.
- A. AGE 17 AND ABOVE
- B. AGES 14-16
- C. AGES 12-13
- D. AGES 9-11
- E. NOVICE - Open to exhibitors ages 8 years old and younger as of January 1 of the current year. A Novice exhibitor may show his or her own goat or someone else’s goat.
- ** The local rules committee may split Showmanship classes that they feel are too large.
- Novice Class: This class is designed to allow young exhibitors who have not reached club age to gain experience in the show ring. The exhibitor is limited to one market goat entry. The novice class will be broken by weight. Novice goats must be KUIP tagged in his/her name. There will be a minimum weight of 35 pounds for novice goats. The novice winner will not be eligible to show in the Grand Champion Class.
- 1. The show is open to all 4-H & FFA members engaged in an approved goat project within the state of Kentucky.
- 2. All goats must meet Kentucky health requirements for exhibition. Contact state veterinarian for details. All goats must have a certificate of veterinary inspection.
- 3. All goats will be identified individually by ear tag or tattoo. This identification must correspond with the certificate of veterinary inspection.
- 4. KUIP tags are eligible, but not mandatory.
- 5. No goat will be eligible for exhibition if it has originated from a known scrapies flock or a flock under surveillance. Any goat with sore mouth lesions of Contagious Ethyma will not be allowed to exhibit.
- 6. All goats must be shown by the 4-H or FFA exhibitor (owner) unless the exhibitor is incapacitated (to deprive of strength or ability: Physically impaired) or has more than one entry in a class, then he or she may have another 4-H or FFA youth exhibit his/her animal.
- 7. All goats must be owned by the exhibitor as of June 1 of the current year, be part of their project, and be under continuous care of the exhibitor.
- 8. All goats must be registered in the name of the exhibitor. Animals registered in anyone else's name will not be accepted. Registration papers must be presented at check-in to be eligible to show.
- 9. There will be a limit of 10 breeding goats and 2 market goats per exhibitor
- 10. No artificial colors or changing the animal from its natural appearance is allowed, except clipping.
- 11. Breeding classes will include fullblood/purebred does, percentage does andcommercial does. Commercial does will be shown by weight. Commercial does may be kids or yearlings and will be determinded by teeth at day of the show
- 12. No doe is allowed to show in more than one of the following: purebred/fullblood, percentage or commercial at the KY Junior Breeding Goat Show.
- 13. The local rules committee has the authority to interpret and enforce all rules. The committee shall have the authority to rule on any question not covered in the rules and to transfer animals that have been properly entered to the classes prior to judging.
- 14. The local committee will exercise all reasonable precautions to prevent injuries or losses, but will not be responsible for mishaps, injuries, losses or deaths that my befall animals or people during this event.
- 15. All exhibitors will be responsible for leaving facilities as found by disposing of all trash, feed, bedding, etc.
- 16. Exhibitors are expected to treat their goats in a manner consistent with good animal husbandry and display proper sportsmanship at all times. Four on the floor is expected. Failure to comply may result in disqualification of exhibitor is so recommended by the local show committee. Each local committee shall have the authority to interpret and enforce all rules.
- 17. Dairy Goat Classes will be added to the breeding Goat Show.
- 18. All Dairy Goats must be registered with the American Dairy Goat Association to be eligible to show.
- 19. The market goat portion of this show will adhere to the district market goat show rules.
NOTE: We discourage the use of training collars and chains that choke goats while in the show ring showing your goat.
General Health Requirements
All KY origin animals for exhibition shall be individually identified on a certificate of veterinary inspection written within the current caledar year. January 1 through December 31 of the current year. For More information click here.
All 4-H and FFA members must show their own animals. If any exhibitor does not make weight and only has one market goat, the exhibitor is still eligible to compete in showmanship. Showmanship exhibitors must show in their respective age group the entire show season as of January 1 of the current year.
- Showmanship classes: Showmanship classes will be broken into divisions and shown as follows:
Kentucky Junior Breeding Goat Show
|Breeding Class Divisions|
|Fullblood or Purebred Doe Classes||Percentage Doe Classes|
|0 - 3 Months||0 - 3 Months|
|3 - 6 Months||3- 6 Months|
|6 - 9 Months||6 - 9 Months|
|9 - 12 Months||9 - 12 Months|
|12 - 18 Months||12 - 18 Months|
|18 - 24 Months||18 - 24 Months|
|Wether Dam Classes|
|Kids and yearlings determined by teeth|
|Shown by weight|
- Dairy Goat Classes
*All Dairy Goat breeds are recognized. Minimuim of ten head to make a breed. If the minimum is not met there will be an All Other Purebred class.*
- Late Born Kid - March 1 and younger
- Early Born Kid - December 1 to February 29
- Fall Born Kid - September 1 to November 30
- Summer Born Kid - June 15 to August 31
- Dry Yearling
- Yearling in Milk
- 2 year
- 3 year
- 4 year
- Aged Doe
Novice Goat Classes
Novice Class. This class is designed to allow young exhibitors who have not reached club age to gain experience in the show ring. The exhibitor is limited to one market goat entry. The novice class will be broken by weight. Novice goats will be KUIP tagged in his/her name. There will be a minimum weight of 35 pounds for novice goats. The novice winner will not be eligible to show in the Grand Champion Class.
All classes are broken prior to day of show.
- Wether Dam Shown by weights.
- Supreme Champion Doe $50
- Fullblood, Percentage, Wether Dam, and Dairy will compete for Supreme Champion Doe
Age determined as of January 1 of the current year.
All 4-H and FFA members must show their own animals. Showmanship exhibitors must show in their respective age group for the entire show season. Showmanship classes will be broken into age divisions as follows. Exhibitors between ages 8 years old and younger as of January 1 of the current year are eligible to participate in the Novice showmanship class. Each Novice is limited to one entry in the breeding show. Each novice exhibitor is limited to one entry and must be KUIP tagged in his/her name.
- Ages 9-11
- Ages 12-13
- Ages 14-16
- Ages 17 & Above
- 1. 1. All exhibitors must present, upon request of fair and livestock show officials, proof of ownership, length of ownership, and age of all animals entered. Misrepresentation of ownership, age, or any facts relating thereto is prohibited.
- 2. All KY origin animals for exhibition shall be individually identified on a certificate of veterinary inspection written within the current calendar year. January 1 through December 31 of the current year. See general health requirements for more information.
- 3. Junior exhibitors are expected to care for and groom their animals while at fairs or livestock shows.
- 4. Animals shall be presented to show events where they will enter the food chain free of violative drug residues. The act of entering an animal in livestock show is the giving of consent by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer and/or absolutely responsible person for show management to obtain any specimens of urine, saliva, blood, or other substances from the animal to be used in testing. Animals not entered in an event which culminates with the animal entering the food chain shall not be administered drugs other than in accordance with applicable federal, state and provincial statues, regulation and rules. Livestock shall not be exhibited if the drugs administered in accordance with federal, state and provincial statues, regulations and rules affect the animal's performance or appearance at the event. If the laboratory report on the analysis of saliva, urine, blood, or other sample taken from livestock indicates the presence of forbidden drugs or medication, this shall be prima facie evidence such substance has been administered to the animal either internally or externally. It is presumed that the sample of urine, saliva, blood, or other substance tested by the laboratory to which it is sent is the one taken from the animal in question, its integrity is preserved and all procedure of said collection and preservation, transfer to the laboratory and analysis of the sample are correct and accurate and the report received from the laboratory pertains to the sample taken from the animal in question and correctly reflects the condition of the animal at the time the sample was taken, with the burden on the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely responsible person to prove otherwise. At any time after an animal arrives on the fair or livestock show premises, all treatments involving the use of drugs and/or medications for the sole purpose of protecting the health of the animal shall be administered by a licensed veterinarian.
- 5. Any surgical procedure or injection of any foreign substance or drug or the external application of any substance (irritant, counterirritant, or similar substance) which could affect the animal's performance or alter its natural contour, confirmation, or appearance, except external applications of substances to the hoofs or horns of animals which affect appearance only and except for surgical procedures performed by a duly licensed veterinarian for the sole purpose of protecting the health of the animal is prohibited.
- 6. The use of showing and/or handling practices or devices such as striking animals to cause swelling, using electrical contrivance, or other similar practices are not acceptable and are prohibited.
- 7. Director 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.
- 8. No exhibitor or absolutely responsible person shall conspire with another person or persons to intentionally violate this code of ethics or knowingly, contribute or cooperate with another person or persons either by affirmative action or inaction to violate this code of ethics. Violation of this rule shall subject such individual to disciplinary action.
- 9. The application of this code of ethics provides for absolute responsibility for an animal's condition by an exhibitor whether or not he/she was actually instrumental in or had actual knowledge of the treatment of the animal in contravention of this code of ethics.
- 10. The act of entering an animal is the giving of consent by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely responsible person to have disciplinary action taken by the fair or livestock show for violation of this Code of Show Ring Ethics and any other rules of competition of the fair or livestock show without recourse against the fair or livestock show. The act of entering an animal is the giving of consent that any proceedings or disciplinary action taken by the fair or livestock show may be published with the name of the violator or violators in any publication of the International Association of Fairs and Exposition, including Fairs and Exposition and any special notices to members.
- 11. The act of entering of an animal in a fair or livestock show is the giving of verification by the exhibitor or absolutely responsible person that he/she has read the IAFE National Code of Show Ring Ethics and understands the consequences of and penalties provided for action prohibited by the Code. It is further a consent that any action which contravenes these rules and is also in violation of federal, state, or provincial statutes, regulations, or rules may be released to appropriate law enforcement authorities with jurisdiction over such infractions. The National Code of Ethics was modified March 9, 1998.
National Code of Show Ring Ethics
Exhibitors of animals at livestock shows shall at all times comport themselves with honesty and good sportsmanship. Their conduct in this competitive environment shall always reflect the highest standards of honor and dignity to promote the advancement of agricultural education. This code applies to junior as well as open class exhibitors who compete in structured classes of competition. This code applies to all livestock offered in any event at a livestock show. All youth leaders working with junior exhibitors are under an affirmative responsibility to do more than avoid improper conduct or questionable acts. Their moral values must be so certain and positive that those younger and more pliable will be influenced by their fine example. Exhibitors who violate the code of ethics will forfeit premiums, awards, and auction proceeds and shall be prohibited from future exhibition in accordance with the rules adopted by all District Shows. Exhibitors who violate this code of ethics demean the integrity of all livestock exhibitors and should be prohibited from competition at all livestock shows in the United States and Canada.
The following is a list of guidelines for all exhibitors and all livestock in competitive events: