Only the GOAT goats

At­ten­dees im­pressed with re­gion’s tal­ent

Gatton Star - - LIFE - Me­lanie Keyte me­lanie.keyte@gat­ton­star.com.au

UNSEASONABLY hot weather couldn’t de­ter Queens­land’s dairy goat en­thu­si­asts turn­ing out in force for the fi­nal show of the sea­son last month.

The Queens­land Branch of the Dairy Goat So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia Inc put on the show which fea­tured an in­ter­state judge and ex­hibitors from all cor­ners of south-east Queens­land at the Mar­burg Show­grounds on Septem­ber 24.

Branch pres­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Col­bran said she was pleased to see old ex­hibitors mix­ing with new mem­bers.

“I think the best thing was the fact we all had a friendly, en­joy­able day to­gether de­spite the heat,” she said.

“There’s quite a few good breed­ers around with good stock, so it was a good show.”

An avid goat fan her­self, Ms Col­bran said the hobby was gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity.

“Just last night we re­ceived a num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions for new mem­ber­ships, which are grad­u­ally in­creas­ing,” she said.

“Some peo­ple just want the goats for them­selves and oth­ers have larger herds and are in­ter­ested in ex­port­ing.”

She said own­ers were of­ten sur­prised at the deep bond they can form with their charges.

“To a de­gree, they’re like a dog,” she said.

“They come up and nib­ble at you and want at­ten­tion, you get a lot of in­ter­ac­tions with them.

“They’re pro­duc­tive an­i­mals as well; you get the milk from them and you can use it for cheese, soap, yo­ghurt and so on.”

Ms Col­bran said it was an ad­mirable ex­hibit of the re­gion’s tal­ent, with Robert Sparks’ doe Ced­er­vale Park Maple and Scott Pay­tons’ buck Hunt­in­glea Tas­man each tak­ing out the Grand Cham­pion ti­tle in their di­vi­sions.

They were just two of the goats which im­pressed the judge, Liz Ruis, on the day.

“(Our judge) was very happy and ex­pres­sion the opin­ion that they had been very good ex­hibitors at the end of the day,” she said.

“Those in­ter­state judges will usu­ally give a dif­fer­ent opin­ion to the lo­cal judges be­cause the lo­cal judges have seen those goats a few times be­fore so it’s good for us to have the dif­fer­ence in opin­ion.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the branch, visit www.dairy­goat­sqld.org.au.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

PROUD CHAM­PI­ONS: Scott Payton with his Grand Cham­pion buck Hunt­in­glea Tas­man and Robert Sparks with his Grand Cham­pion doe Ced­er­vale Park Maple.

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