By Meat Goat Society
UPDATE: THE BOER GOAT COURSE AND CONGRESSES FOR 2020 HAVE BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE COVID 19 ISSUE.
We are excited that the Boer Goat Course 2020 is coming together!
This year we have invited two women of agriculture, very successful Boer Goat Breeders, Level 3 Australian Judges and are South African trained. Marz Andrew and Lynn Wickenden produce one of the largest Boer Goat Shows in Australia, each year. We are looking forward to having them both instruct the Boer Goat Course this year and teach breeders interested in staying up to date, or learning new ways of selection, for the Boer and other Boer type meat goats. They will arrive on June 9, about lunch time.
The judges team will also evaluate all the stock entered in the Boer Goat Congress and other Colored Congress events.
The Boer Goat Course is not new to the USA, there were courses for many years, when the Boer goats came into the USA. The original breeders learned selection from the breeders where the stock originated.
Over the years, many of those breeders have retired and passed on. Much of their original herds are now dispersed.
Last year, we had a South African senior judge officiate the course and junior exam. It was a wonderful learning experience.
For 2020, the Judges give Americans an additional opportunity, since Australia is also a country of direct import.
The best part about something like this is breeders get to come together and meet one another, in a positive and friendly atmosphere.
Everything is casual and laid back. Stock is washed and may be lightly clipped, but there is no additional grooming required, or even encouraged. The stock is evaluated and compared based upon a phenotype.
This year there are Grand Champion awards and National titles for the following: Boer Goat Buck and Doe, Kalahari Red Buck and Doe, Savanna Buck and Doe, Black Berry Buck and Doe, Chroma Buck and Doe and Dapple Buck and Doe. Banners will be awarded also. This is a nation wide event and everyone is invited to attend.
Breeders are encouraged to enter their stock and have them evaluated, based upon a productive phenotype evaluation, which includes coloration. When you see the like animals grouped, it makes it easier to then compare like attributes. It is a great way to train the eye.
There is a link to enter, CLICK HERE
The idea of grouping stock by coloration isn’t new. The stock is easier to evaluate when they are grouped in a like manner. This helps breeders compare stock and evaluate like animals.
This is fun. Once a breeder experiences the way these animals are sorted, we want to do it again.
Read more about Marz and Lynn, of Carrington View Boer Stud, on the “SPEAKERS” page. Through their dedication, American breeders have an opportunity to learn more about the Boer goat. We are honored to welcome them to the Missouri State Fairgrounds, in Sedalia.
Don’t forget if you have youth, they can enter the 2 day Youth Goat Camp with Terry Burks. All the entry fees will go to the Missouri State Fair Foundation and ear marked for the new goat pavilion. We hope to fill all 50 spots and donate a check for $3750.00 at the event. Help us achieve that goal!! READ ABOUT IT HERE!
SEE YOU JUNE 9-13, 2020