The 4-H Utility Goat project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops both goat subject skills (such as nutrition, housing, conformation, and health care) and life skills (such as responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communications) under the direction of caring adults.
Utility goats are any breed of goat that can be taught to hike, do obstacle courses and/or pull carts. They are often the castrated male goats (wethers) from dairy or market goat breeds but can be from any breed and can also include does. The 4-H Utility Goat project can provide you with the opportunity to learn how to handle and train goats that might otherwise not have a useful purpose. They are taught skills from carrying a pack on a hike to pulling a cart in a parade or for doing farm chores. These goats can become wonderful companions and pets as well.
The Utility Goat project is a great way for members to learn about animal husbandry and livestock practices with a pet goat in their backyard or on their family farm.
Members will receive a manual when they sign up for a goat project. For more information. Project levels are designed for members 8-18 years old, junior, intermediate and senior.
In Boulder County we have several different goat projects youth may participate in as their 4-H Projects. In addition to utility goats, these projects are:
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4-H Record Books are also called e-Records. Each project has its own record book that members are required to complete each year. Record books have a few times to be checked on progress throughout the year:
1. June- your 4-H leader will be sure your books are started and up to date.
2. Prior to showing at the Boulder County Fair, your record books will be checked by your superintendent to be sure they are up to date and complete as can be in order to participate and show at the fair.
3. Final Livestock record books are due to be received at the extension office by the second Thursday in September. (please note: your 4-H Leader may need an earlier deadline for review and signatures.)
BOULDER COUNTY FAIR
- Goat Nomination Form
- BCF Jr Livestock Market Sale
- Scrapies Tags
Check out the latest videos for the Goat Project
Get Ready for Kidding Workshop: This video covers doe care prior to kidding, what to have in your kidding kit, what to expect during the event, and how to care for newborn kids.
NOMINATIONS AT THE COUNTY FAIR
Request your FREE tags and tagger, just call 866-USDA-TAG 866-873-2824.
If you are planning on exhibiting/selling any female sheep/goats; sexually intact male sheep/goats OR own any sheep/goats older than 18 months old in Colorado you will need tags. It is recommended to have tags in place by Market Nomination day so you know you are good for fair and required to be eligible to show/sell goats at the Boulder County Fair.
* If we are unable to tag or retail scan in vehicle or trailer, there will be 2 pens setup to hold your market animal.