Superintendent: Tanya Crawford
Assistant Superintendent: Cole Meador
Meat Goat General Rules
- General Rules - Nebraska State Fair Livestock General Rules & Regulations apply to this department. It is strongly encouraged that all exhibitors read and understand the Nebraska State Fair Livestock General Rules and Regulations and Livestock Health Requirements. These documents can be found on the Nebraska State Fair website.
- Certification of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) - All animals must be accompanied by appropriate health papers with the exception of rabbits and poultry originating from Nebraska. The CVI must be present and all livestock will be inspected by a veterinarian off site prior to entering the grounds. See Health Requirements for Animals Exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair for additional information.
- Show Schedule - See Nebraska State Fair Livestock Schedule for arrival, check-in and show times and dates.
- Release of Exhibits - All animals will be released according to the Nebraska State Fair release schedule.
- Number of Exhibits per Exhibitor - A 4-H member is limited to exhibiting four goats maximum, if at least one is a breeding doe. In no case will a 4-H member exhibit more than three market goats.
- Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) - Nebraska 4-H requires all youth enrolled in livestock projects to complete annual quality assurance training through Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). Refer to the Nebraska State Fair General Rules and Regulations for additional information.
- Entry Deadline - All applications for an entry must be made online at: https://www.statefair.org. All 4-H entries must be made through the State Fair website by 8:00 pm on August 10, 2019.
- Show Entry - For purposes of exhibition, an animal can be nominated for the State Fair in both organizations but only shown in one organization or the other, not both.
- Dress Code - When showing animals, exhibitors must wear the official State Fair 4-H shirt. No exhibitor number harnesses may be worn. Blue jeans are appropriate. Hats shall not be worn in the show ring.
- Showmanship - All 4-H exhibitors are automatically registered but not required to show in Showmanship. Exhibitors must show their own animal and must show in the class assigned. Review the Nebraska State Fair Schedule for time and dates.
- Substitutions - Any animal may be substituted for an animal within the species that has been properly nominated on the exhibitor's online nomination database list.
- Grooming - All beef, swine, sheep, and goats (showmanship, market, and breeding) will be shown Blow & Go. Animals may be clipped, blown, brushed, or combed to enhance their appearance. Reference the Nebraska State Fair Livestock General Rules and Regulations for specific guidelines.
- Toweling Protocol - All beef, sheep, and goats may be subject to visual inspection and toweling (before and/or after entering the show ring) using a disposable blue shop towel for the presence of adhesive, blue, paint, or powder products. Toweling of the animal may include but is not limited to the topline, legs, chest, belly, flank, and cod/udder areas. If, after inspection, the animal is found to have adhesive, glue, paint, or powder products applied it will be disqualified from competition. Any premiums (physical or monetary) will be forfeited and no refunds will be made.
- Showing & Handling Practices - The use of showing and/or handling practices that may be considered objectionable or abusive, such as striking or slapping goats and exhibiting the goat with its front feet off the ground, are not acceptable. Goats may be braced but will require that all four feet are on the ground. The use of such practices may result in the lowering of a ribbon placing. (Lifting the goat in a fluid motion to set the front legs prior to quickly setting the feet back on the ground is acceptable.)
- Neck Chains & Halters - Goats are to be shown with either a halter, smooth neck chain, or smooth collar only. Spike collars are not acceptable and will result in the lowering of a ribbon placing.
- Horns - Goats must have horns blunted. Dehorning is acceptable and preferred.
Meat Goat Showmanship
- G058008 Intermediate Showmanship - (10-13 years old before January 1 of the current year)
- G058009 Senior Showmanship - (14-18 years old before January 1 of the current year)
Market Meat Goat
- Market GoatIdentification & DNA Requirements - All market goatsto be shown at State Fair must be tagged with a USDA official scrapie ID, owned by the exhibitor, have completed the online nomination entry and have the DNA collector envelope with hair sample submitted to their County Extension Office by June 15.
- Minimum Age Requirement - All market goats are required to be born on or after January 1, 2019. Market goats are to have milk teeth and there shall be no evidence of breaking of the skin or eruption of the two permanent front teeth.
- Minimum Weights for Market Goats - Market goats weighing less than 50 lbs. at check-in will not be eligible for a purple award or shipping. No re-weighs will be allowed.
- Weigh Cards - Exhibitors will declare weights of all market goats (an official weigh-in will not be conducted by show officials). Weigh cards must be completed and turned in during the designated check-in timeand location. The weight listed on the weigh card will become that animal’s official declared weight to be used for assignment to a classandfor weigh-back purposes.
- Weigh Backs - A weigh back will beincorporated for all 1st and 2nd place purples in each market class. A 5% variance from the declared weight at check-in will be allowed. Animals not meeting the 5% variance above the declared weight at check-in will be lowered one ribbon group and will not be eligible for any champion awards. The 3rd place purple may also be requested to weigh back if the 1st or 2nd place purples do not meet the 5% variance requirement.
- Definition of Market Goats - Market goats may be doe or wether kids. Short scrotum, cryptorchidor buck kids are not eligible as market goats.
- Show Class - All market goats will be weighed and divided into classes based on total numbers and weight range.Market does and wethers will show together.
- Hair Length - Market Goats must be uniformly slick shorn with ¼ inch of hair or less from the knee and hock up.
- No Withdrawals - Animals selected as division champions and reserve division champions cannot be withdrawn from the grand champion drive. Violation of this rule may result in disqualification and exhibitor may be barred from future participation at the Nebraska State Fair.
- Sale of Market Goats - The Grand Champion Market Goatand Reserve Grand Champion Market Goatare automatically consigned for harvest. Other market goatss, weighing at least 50 pounds, may be signed up to be shipped. Deadline for sign up will be Sunday afternoon at 5:00 PM. Sign –Up will take place in the General Livestock Office at the West End of the Five Points Arena. It will also be posted and announced. Changes to shipping sign-up must be confirmed in person with the Sheep Supt or Asst. Supt. prior to Monday at 8:00 AM. Shipping time will be announced and posted.
- G058010 Market Goats - (wethers and does)
Breeding Meat Goat
- Breeding Meat Goat Identification Requirements - All registered and commercial breeding does to be shown at State Fair must be tagged with a USDA official scrapie ID, owned by the exhibitor, have completed the online nomination entry submitted through the official online database by June 15.
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed breeding does will be mouthed for age. All doe kids must have all lamb or temporary teeth present; yearling does can have yearling teeth, but cannot have two-year old teeth up. Does exhibiting two-year-old teeth will be allowed to show, but will not be eligible to compete for the championship. Does found to be in violation will be disqualified. Any premiums (physical or monetary) will be forfeited and no refunds will be made. Classes may be divided at the discretion of show management.
- Classes may be divided at the discretion of show management.
- Original registration papers must be presented at time of check-in. Original registration papers or electronic papers using a tablet or smartphone will be accepted if pulled up or downloaded from their respective breed website. No printed paper copies accepted. Original papers or electronic version only. Registered does must have the flock tag, or tattoo and registration tag (if required by breed association). Flock tag numbers must be on the registration paper, included on the online breeding nomination entry and be in the animal's ear upon arrival to State Fair.
- Weigh Cards - Exhibitors will declare weights of all commercial meat does (an official weigh-in will not be conducted by show officials). Weigh cards must be completed and turned in during the designated check-in times and location. the weight listed on the weigh card will become that animal's official declared weight to be used for assignment to a class and for weigh-back purposes.
- Weigh Back - A weigh back will be incorporated for all 1st and 2nd place purples in each commercial breeding class. A 5% variance from the declared weight at check-in will be allowed. Animals no meeting the 5% variance above the declared weight at check-in will be lowered one ribbon place group and will not be eligible for any champion awards.
- G059010 Registered (ABGA) Yearling Does - (Does Born 9/1/2017 to 8/31/2018). Does born prior to 9/1/2016 are ineligible to show. Percentage and purebreds show together.
- G059020 Registered (ABGA) Doe Kids - (Does Born 9/1/2018 to 6/1/2019). Percentage and purebreds show together.
- G059030 Commercial Yearling Does (Does born 9/1/2017 to 8/31/2018). Does born prior to 9/1/2016 are ineligible to show.
- G059040 Commercial Doe Kids (Does Born 9/1/2018 to 6/1/2019)