• Kate’s Video Blog: Loading the Goats in the Car

    We were packing the car for the Lewis County Youth Fair and when we went to load Dozer and Sade we found out Dozer was too fat to fit the kennel with Sade. Ross’ truck was broken so we had to get creative. We drove the whole way (2 hours) with the goats in the back of the car without the kennel. They were pretty quiet and didn’t make too big of a mess although Sade did try a couple times to jump over the seat into our laps so we made Pearl (our Blue Heeler) ¬†sit with us and she kept the goats back. It was REALLY stressful figuring…

  • Kate’s Video Blog: 4H Public Presentation on Labor Signs

    I just did my demo for 4-H last night. The topic was “Signs of Labor in Goats”. A demo is a speech were you teach something and you have visual aids and they are judged. You can bring them to county fair and you normally qualify for state so I’m going to do that because my judge said it was outstanding just make the letters on my poster much bigger. I’m excited! Plus, you get extra premium points for doing your public presentation at state fair. A premium is prize money you get after fair for educating the public and showing well. A video of my presentation is below. You…

  • Video blog: Day two at the Chehalis Spring Youth Fair

    The second day of the Chehalis Youth Fair show consisted of all the type classes. In type classes the judge judges the animal’s confirmation and build. EB competed in the Miniature Dairy Goat class. Since we didn’t buy our goats to show we had no idea what to look for in the confirmation of a top quality show goat. So, we had no idea what to expect. Kate did a great job in the ring and EB looked so cute out there.¬†Unfortunately, EB’s topline (back) slopes a bit forward when it should slope backwards. Since she is still growing her front legs could still grow to even it out, but…

  • Video Blog: Our very first show

    Today Kate and EB earned their first Grand Champion ribbon in the Junior Novice Fitting and Showing class. It was VERY exciting. Because this was both of their very first time in the show ring we were alla bit nervous. But Kate and EB’s practice paid off and they did a fantastic job! Kate and Dozer also competed in their first Pack Fitting and Showing class. The Pack Fitting and Showing class is an obstacle course where the handler is judged on how they get their goat ready for a hiking/packing trip and how they handle the goat over obstacles. Kate has been working really hard with both Dozer and…

  • Video Blog: We’re Off To The Fair

    We just arrived at our hotel in Centralia, Washington for our first goat show. The goats rode in the back of the pickup in dog kennels. They were a little nervous at first, but after a few miles they settled in nicely. We checked in at 8:00PM and each goat had a vet check. All three goats were in great health and not soon after we were scooping shavings and setting hay in their pen. They were all a little anxious at first as this will be there first night away from their comfy barn, but after they had some grub they laid down, chewed their cud, and settled in…

  • Video Blog: Goat Bath Time Rub-A-Dub-Dub

    It’s the day before the show…and as anyone who has shown animals before knows, that means bath time! It was absolutely pouring outside so giving baths outside was out of the question. After a little begging and pleading we twisted Ross’ arm and he let us use the bath tub. It was an interesting task. Ryder was our first victim…he did great in the bath tub and he cleans up real nice, but while we were waiting for him to dry we let him walk around the house a bit. He ended up eating an ear plug…which Ross tried to pry from his jaws. He managed to get of the…

  • Video Blog: Practice Makes Perfect

    The goats and Kate will make their first show debut on May 4th at the Lewis County Youth Fair. E.B. and Kate will be in the Fit and Show class while Dozer and Ryder will try out the Pack class. A Fitting and Showing class is judged on the confirmation of the animal and showmanship of the exhibitor. The Pack class is for animals who are trained to pack equipment while hiking. Because Dozer and Ryder are both wethered males, they are not able to show in the Fitting and Showing class. Although we have never actually tried to hike with the boys, we didn’t want to leave them at…