Siblings set to shine at show
This weekend’s Franklin A&P Show is nothing to kid about.
Elizabeth Sharp, 9, and her brother Alexander Sharp, 10, will compete for the first time in the dairy goats junior showmanship category at the popular Pukekohe show.
The Puni siblings have raised their two Nubian goats, Milo and Chip, since they were born last year.
They have entered the goats into various competitions including Puni School’s calf club day and the Te Kauwhata A&P Show.
At their school calf club day Alexander was awarded grand champion, while Elizabeth finished as reserve champion.
Their mum Lynda Sharp said Milo and Chip had quickly became part of the family.
‘‘They’re (goats) a great animal because they form a very close bond with the children.’’
Everyday the siblings groom their goats, train them and even give them bubble baths.
‘‘We get them to do everything, the only thing they can’t quite do is clip their feet which we help them with,’’ Lynda said.
Milo’s favourite food includes bread and Chip is known to get into the chicken pallets.
‘‘They also eat Dad’s palm trees,’’ Elizabeth said.
The Sharp family has five goats in total and Lynda said over the years their goats have chowed down on pool noodles, scooter handles and wire fences.
Both Milo and Chip are know to be characters and often sneak into the lounge to sit on the furniture.
‘‘I think it’s what makes it really successful, the children treat them like their part of the family,’’ Lynda said.
Judges will look for good leading, calling and the ability to stand their goats on all fours, Elizabeth said.
The goats will also be led by collar and they’ll have to be able to open their mouth and lift their hooves.
‘‘It’s really difficult to get them under control.’’
However, Elizabeth said she couldn’t wait to lead Milo on centre-stage at the A&P show.
‘‘I’m looking forward to seeing the other goats and walking my goat in the showman ring and showing everybody else how amazing Milo is.’’
* The Franklin A&P Show is on this Saturday and Sunday at Pukekohe Showgrounds.