It’s showtime

Tasmanian Country - - FRONT PAGE - KAROLIN MACGRE­GOR

THEY may only be a few weeks old but Tas­ma­nia’s lat­est minia­ture goat arrivals are proof that good things re­ally do come in small pack­ages.

The play­ful goats were among the star at­trac­tions at the Burnie Show, which kicked off Tas­ma­nia’s spring show sea­son last week.

Breed­ers Ma­ree Don­ald­son and Brad Palmer brought some of their goats and they are keen to spread the word about what great pets minia­ture goats can be.

“They are ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic as pets and be­ing minia­ture they are small enough so peo­ple can han­dle them,” Ms Don­ald­son said.

“They might only be small, but they have so much per­son­al­ity and that’s my favourite thing about them.”

Ms Don­ald­son, of West Rid­g­ley, started her Bell Yoad minia­ture goat stud three years ago. Now she has five does that this year have pro­duced 10 kids.

Mr Palmer, of Pen­guin, is also new to minia­ture goats but is al­ready plan­ning to breed more.

Ms Don­ald­son said minia­ture goats were gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, a trend she would like to see con­tinue.

“The main rea­son we’re here is so that peo­ple can have a look at them and see what’s it’s all about,” she said.

“I’d love to see more peo­ple breed­ing them, es­pe­cially up this end of the state be­cause most of the breed­ers are down south. If we had enough we could bring them to places like this and ac­tu­ally show them.”

The minia­ture goats are di­vides into four height cat­e­gories.

The goats range in price from $350 to $500 each.

As well as cor­rect height and con­for­ma­tion, Ms Don­ald­son said the fo­cus was on breed­ing goats with ex­cel­lent tem­per­a­ments.

“It’s def­i­nitely not all about the size,” she said.

“I’d much rather have a goat that is a lit­tle bit taller but has a great per­son­al­ity than a small one with at­ti­tude.”

Poul­try judge Kelvin Strick­land also had a busy time se­lect­ing the prizewin­ning chooks and ducks.

There were about 150 birds en­tered and Mr Strick­land said the qual­ity was ex­cel­lent.

“They are all in pretty good con­di­tion for this time of the year and there are some very good birds here,” he said.

“I re­ally en­joy the mate­ship of it and be­ing able to look at dif­fer­ent birds and keep­ing up with all the breed stan­dards.”

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