Judge Tom Rucker is looking for two things when he’s in the ring with a group of 4-H’ers and their dairy goats: structure and showmanship.
“For the structure you need a good goat and for the showmanship you need a new kid,” he said.
When it comes to the goat’s structure, Rucker is looking for straight legs, the animal to be within it’s proper height range, the length of its back, and its mammary system.
To gain showmanship points, 4-H’ers have to be able to keep the goat between them and Rucker at all times — they must move every time he moves.
Their clothes must be all white and the animals must be well trimmed and completely clean.
The most important part of showing goats is to smile and have fun, Rucker said.
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