Only the GOAT goats
Attendees impressed with region’s talent
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.
PROUD CHAMPIONS: Scott Payton with his Grand Champion buck Huntinglea Tasman and Robert Sparks with his Grand Champion doe Cedervale Park Maple.