Sib­lings set to shine at show

Franklin County News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JOHN BOYNTON

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.

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