How do I get started showing?


Showing is a great experience & teaches youth about responsibility, helping others, winning, & loosing. It's also a something that the whole family can get involved with. Youth shows offer a fun family oriented atmosphere where youth can show off their hard work with their goat projects. If you haven't started showing yet, we suggest you check out a youth goat show. Check the Upcoming Events page to find when a show maybe scheduled in or close to your area. You can also check with your parish 4-H agent.


SOME SHOWS THAT ARE AVAILABLE:


4-H/FFA Shows

Parish, District Shows, State Fair of Louisiana, LSU State Livestock show, & Southern University Market Show - check with your Louisiana Parish 4-H Agent for information on these types of shows. Shows & Rules vary from state to state, so please check with the County Agent for your County outside the state of Louisiana.

State Fair of Louisiana

held in late October - This shows offers Showmanship, Market Goats, Commercial Does, Percentage Boer Does, Fullblood Does & Bucks, AOB Does & Bucks, & Pygmy Doe & Bucks. Please visit their website at: www.statefairoflouisiana.com


LSU State Livestock Show

held in February - This shows offers Showmanship, Market Goats, Commercial Does, Percentage Boer Does, Fullblood Does & Bucks, AOB Does & Bucks, & Pygmy Doe & Bucks. You must first attend your District show held just prior to the state show. Please visit their website at: www.lsuagcenter.com in the search field type in Livestock Show Office.

Southern University Market Show

Held late February to early March - This is a Market Show Only - Please visit their website at:  www.suagcenter.com


Junior Louisiana Goat Association (JLGA)

We host shows throughout the year throughout the state of Louisiana. Our shows offer the following classes: Showmanship, Market, Commercial Does, Percentage Does, Fullblood Does, Fullblood Bucks, AOB Does, AOB Bucks, AOB Companion Wethers, Dairy Does, & Dairy Bucks, Pygmy Does & Pygmy Bucks. For complete show rules & class descriptions please follow the Rules & Guidelines link above. Go to our Upcoming Events page to find our next scheduled event.


LOUISIANA JUNIOR SHOW CIRCUIT (LJSC)

They host market shows only mainly throughout July & August. For more information on the LJSC please visit their website at www.ljsc.org



After you have decided to show, you need to decide what aspect of showing goats you are going to start with. Market or breeding or both. We invite you to come check out a show. There are lots of knowledgeable people there you don't mind talking to & helping other youth get started. There you can check out the market & breeding classes & also see what Showmanship is all about. 


Some shows are different from others in the classes they offer & rules regarding showing. So always check with the Show Manager or Show Secretary for complete information on shows you are looking at attending. Classes below are described using JLGA show rules.

MARKET GOATS

Mostly this class is boer or other meat cross wethers that are show as a meat animals & most of them are sold for slaughter as the end of their show career when they meet optimal slaughter weight. Some youth who wish to show market, but don't want to let go of their goats choose to show non-bred does - At the end of their market show career, some go on to be shown in the doe classes - either Commercial Does - Percentage Does - or Fullblood Does. The most important things to remember about market goats is that both wethers & non-bred does must be disbudded or dehorned & must be slick sheared from the knees up including the head but leaving the tail - JLGA Market Goats are no longer mouthed.


COMMERCIAL DOES

This class is does that are not registerable - Mostly this comes from using different breed bucks on unregistered, percentage, or fullblood does - Such as breeding a registered Nubian buck to percentage or fullblood boer does - the offspring are not eligible to be registered - most of the bucklings from these unions are used for market goats & the doelings are considered Commercial Does - These does can be shown with or without horns & do not have to be slick sheared. For the purpose of showing these goats at JLGA shows, ALL Commercial Does must have COM tattooed in 1 ear & DOE in the other.


PERCENTAGE BOER DOES

This class is boer cross does that are at least 50% up to purebred status - Does must be registered - May show with or without horns.


FULLBLOOD BOER DOES

This class is boer does from Purebred Status up to 100% - They may be shown with or without horns - They must be registered.


FULLBLOOD BOER BUCKS

This class is boer bucks from Purebred Status up to 100% - They may be shown with or without horns - They must be registered.

SPECIAL NOTE - Your 4-H/FFA Shows only offer AOB Classes which is any other breed than boers including other meat, hair, & dairy goats - They all compete against each other for AOB Champions.  Some 4-H Shows are beginning to offer Pygmy & specific dairy breed classes due to the increase in numbers of these breed showing. Please check with your Parish Agent for details on 4-H shows you are planning to attend. The JLGA has split their AOB Classes into the following & we pick Champions from each of the classes listed below:


AOB DOES

This is any meat breed other than boer or any hair breed - Must be registered purebred status or above - Goats shown in this class are to be shown & groomed according to their specific breed standards rules. Some goats you might see in this class - Kiko - Myotonics (Fainters) - Pygmies - For more complete information on goats shown in this class please visit our Rules & Guideline page & scroll down to show rules. There you will find a list of goat eligible to show in this class along with where to find more information of the specific breeds.


AOB BUCKS

Same as for the does, only this is a buck class.


DAIRY DOES

This is Dairy breeds only - Must be registered purebred status or above - Goats shown in this class must be slick sheared from the hoofs up including the head. Leave pom on end of tail & beards & headpieces (where applicable) on bucks. Some goats you might see in this class - Alpines - Nubians - Nigerian Dwarfs - For more complete information on goats shown in this class please visit our General Show Rules & Guideline page. There you will find a list of goat eligible to show in this class along with where to find more information of the specific breeds.


DAIRY BUCKS

Same as for the does, only this is a buck class.


AOB COMPANION WETHERS

At this time, not to our knowledge, 4-H shows in Louisiana do not offer this class, it is a JLGA class only. This class is for any other breed wethers (except boer or market wethers) that are purebred or 100% of their specific breed. Please see the JLGA Show Rules for complete class description.

For complete JLGA Show Rules & Class descriptions, please follow the Rules & Guideline link at the top of this page or if you would like to contact someone, please feel free to contact either Cynthia Hailey at
www.boeredsillygoatranch@hotmail.com or via phone at 318-992-4168 or Jared Ferguson at 318-613-7638 or at OscarsRanch@aol.com 

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