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The Extension office provides assistance and programs for the community without discrimination in five main areas: 4-H Youth Programs, Agriculture, Community Health, Horticulture, and Small Acreage Management.

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Designed for those 4-H members who want to learn more about raising goat animals whether it would be for milk production, mohair, meat production, pets or packing.

Youth programs with goats generally focus around 4-H projects. Often these programs involve selection of animals and production for showing the animals at fairs and other livestock shows. Both registered and commercial (non-registered) animals can be shown in most goat shows, depending on the class. Show rules vary so check the rule book before you go to the show.

The object of the youth livestock program is to help youth develop important life skills by learning how to care for an animal and how to produce a high quality animal. The youth is expected to do the daily work of caring for and training the animal with minimal assistance from the parent or leader. This allows the youth to learn and grow. As the youth gains experience they should take on more of the responsibility of the project.

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. These projects are:


MEET OUR TEAM!

We are ready to help and support you in your 4-H livestock journey.

Aaron Richmond (Volunteer)
Boulder County Fair Market Goat
Project Superintendent
Brenda Kwang
County Specialist CSU Extension
4-H Youth Development Livestock & Animals
Boulder County

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UPCOMING EVENTS/TRAINING/WORKSHOPS/SHOWS


RECORD BOOKS/E-RECORDS

RECORD BOOKS/E-RECORDS:
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.)

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION


USEFUL INFORMATION

RESOURCES

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. 

ANIMAL ID REQUIREMENTS

Meat Breeding Does Animal ID Process:  

Identification & Weigh-In Process for 2021 

  • Market Goat Tag in and Weigh process- Coming Soon 
  • Market Goat Tag-In FormComing Soon 

Process for Market Goats: 

  • Fill out the tag-in form. It is also available at the 4-H Extension website. 
  • Tag Fees – There is a $4.00 fee for each tag. 4-H Staff will be collecting the fees and will be located mid aisle. 

Traffic Flow – 

  • Enter from the SOUTH fairground entrance to the Pole Barn 
  • Left at the Pole Barn and around the North side of Barn A 
  • LEFT on Midway down to BARN C 
  • There are 2 WEST side entry points 
  • Exit on EAST side when tag-in, paperwork, and fees are paid 

Tag-In will proceed in the following order: 

1. Nomination Forms/Cards: 

Fill out one nomination Tag in Form for each animal. State fair forms are used form Boulder County (Note the top left side of form). You will need to know your project animal’s breed, sex and birth date. 
Pay a $4.00 Tag fee per animal. Fee covers the cost of tags, tag equipment, scale equipment retinal scanning equipment. Remember to include fee in your record book. 

Tag-In Form for Market Goat – Coming Soon  

2. Ear Tags: 

Establish the ownership of each animal. Each project animal is required to be owned and nominated to one specific exhibitor. In other words, siblings must specify ownership of each animal and may not share or swap animals after Tag-In. For example, goat 101 cannot be listed as John’s goat and later transferred to his sister, Mary. 

Fill out Scarpie Tag Number and animal name on Tag in Form. After animal has been tagged by a volunteer, check that the correct tag number is now listed on the nomination form for that animal. 

3. Weigh: 

Push your animal(s) through the shoot to the scale. It is highly recommended that your animal have a halter or collar on when going through the scale. 

Hand your completed Tag in Form to the volunteer at the scale. Check that the tag # on the form matches the tag # on the animal that is on the scale. 

Note: Male market animals must be castrated or banded and all ewes and does must have scrapie tags in place by the May tag-in. Market goats must be dehorned or have horns “tipped” before exhibiting. 

4. Retinal Scan: 

Bring each animal individually to the designated person for retinal scanning. Retinal scanning is required to be eligible for market goat classes at the Boulder County Fair and Colorado State Fair. Retinal scanning works like a fingerprint to provide precise identification of an animal in case a tag is lost or questions arise. All Champion and Reserve Market Goats will be scanned at the Boulder County Fair to verify identity. 

Scrapies Requirements: 

Scrapie is a disease of the central nervous system in sheep and goats.  It is always fatal (always results in death), and there is no cure for it.  Sheep and goats are usually exposed to it when they are newborns, but don’t show symptoms until they are older, sometimes not for five years!  All sheep and goat producers, including 4-H’ers, must help to eradicate this disease.  

What you need to know:  All Market goats need to have a Scrapies tag in their ear.  

How do I get scrapies tags for my goats? 

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 Animal id deadlines so you know you are good for fair and required to be eligible to show/sell goats at the Boulder County Fair.