Goats take center stage at 4-H livestock show

Frank Reith won Best in Show.

HONEY BROOK – The Chester County 4-H Dairy Goat Show was held at the Romano 4-H Center of Chester County on Rt. 322, Honey Brook as part of the 4-H Fair Week.  A total of 35 goat projects were exhibited and 24 4-H youth participants.  This year the show was divided into four classes – Alpine Dairy Goats, LaMancha Dairy Goats, Pet Goats and Market Goats.

Rachel Teller of Hershey, did a great job not only in placing the animals, but also instructing the 4-Hers in how to improve their animals for show.

In the Alpine breed, Frank Reith of West Grove captured the Grand Champion award for his 4 year old doe Reith Bros. Daisy and the Reserve Champion award with Dixie anther 4 year old doe.  Skylar Jackson of Landenberg was the Junior Champion with her kid Aristos’ Harvest Hennessy and Jubilee a five month old kid belonging to Melissa Jackson of Glen Mills was the Reserve Junior Champion.

Xavier Reith of West Grove won the LaMancha breed with his 3 month old kid Chiquita.

In the meat goat division, Lily Bramm of Pottstown won Champion for her heavy weight Boar goat.  This was the 1st year that a market goat show was held with the animals being auctioned off as part of the 4-H livestock sale on Wednesday evening.

The Goat division included eleven entries.  Sheldon, a Silky Fainting goat owned by Aaron Phillips of Elverson was the Grand Champion, and Oreo, a 10 year old Pygmy Dwarf goat also owned by Aaron Phillips was the Reserve Champion.

Frank Reith’s outstanding Grand Champion Alpine doe, Daisy, was selected for Best in Show honor.

In the Fitting and Showing competition, Frank Reith was the both the Champion Showman and Champion Fitter for the senior division. Skyler Jackson was the top intermediate showman and fitter closely followed by Makayla Malcom of Elverson.   Heidi Bramm of Pottstown was the top fitter and showman in the junior division and Lily Brann of Pottstown was the top 1st year showman and fitter.

Another highlight of the day was watching our 5 Cloverbud goat participants – youth between the ages of 5 and 8, have the opportunity to enter the show ring with their animals.  They all went home with Cloverbud Achievement Ribbons.

The Chester County 4-H Goat show is one of the many shows that take place during the Chester County 4-H Fair, held August 7- 12, 2017 at the Romano 4-H Center of Chester County along Route 322 just east of Honey Brook.

Penn State is an affirmative action, Equal Opportunity University.  4-H is open to all young people, 5-18 years old.  For more information about the 4-H program in Chester County, contact Penn State Extension at (610) 696-3500.

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