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Goats are among the oldest of domesticated animals. For thousands of years, mankind has used goats for their milk, meat, hair, and skins. In recent times, goats have gained popularity as pets. Female goats are referred to as does or nannies; breeding males as bucks or billies; their offspring as kids. Non-breeding males are wethers.
During the judging process, the judge will assess each goat against the standard for its breed – its breed characteristics, its strengths and faults. The judge also assesses each goat for its growth, size and weight for age. In the case of the milk-producing dairy does this includes the volume of milk they produce and the shape and attachment of their udder.
The Dairy Goat Society of Australia (DGSA) recognises several breeds of dairy goats in Australia. All the goats shown at the Newcastle Regional Show are registered pedigree stud animals.
Seven dairy goat breeds compete at Newcastle Show – these are Saanen, Toggenburg, British Alpine, Anglo Nubian, Australian Melaan, Australian Brown and La Mancha.
Good quality, well-fed dairy goats produce, on average, 4 to 5 litres of milk per day, with some does producing as much as 8 to 10 litres per day. Dairy goats are judged in their age groups, that is milkers over 2 years of age, goatlings which are 12 months and under 2 years and not kidded, and the kid classes which are under 12 months. Judging of individual breeds is first. The winners of each breed in each age group then compete for Senior Champion Doe, Junior Champion Doe and Champion Doe Kid. From these three age champions, the judge chooses the Grand Champion Doe. Bucks are shown in three age groups – under 12 months, 12 months to 24 months and over 24 months. Usually only a small number of bucks are shown, therefore all breeds are judged in each age group. From the winners in each buck age group, the Judge will choose the Champion Buck.
Then the finale is the Grand Champion Doe against the Grand Champion Buck. The winner is awarded the Best Exhibit Trophy, a much sought-after prize.
Boer means farm in Dutch. Boer goats come to us from South Africa. The earliest recorded goats in Africa were brought to western Uganda by the Black Nations as early as AD 1200. Boer goats were developed in Southern Africa by breeding these ‘indigenous’ stock to European imports. Boer goats are hardy, very adaptable, meat animals that could survive the varied conditions while still maintaining a high birth rate, high survival rate, and a marketable meat carcass. Researchers have had little luck pinning down an exact line of descent for the modern Boer goat. Early breeders include such varied and inexact groups as the “Southern Bantu” people, the Namaqua Hottentots, the Indians (from India) and Europeans. Boer goats were first imported into Australia in 1988.
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