Monday, June 15, 2009

MDGS show

This weekend was the MDGS (Michigan Dairy Goat Society) goat show! We were very excited to have 4 Reserve Champions and 1 Grand Champion after the whole weekend.

We got to the show around 8:30 on Friday night after cutting and tetting two of our hay fields. I was tired, but we got set up without too many problems and settled in for the night.

Saturday morning we were in the barns around 5:30 in the morning getting our animals ready for the show. Since showmanship was at 8:00 with Alpines starting at the same time in a different show ring, there was much to be done. We somehow managed to get it all done, grabbed some pancakes that Jenna made (in the barn, using the tack box as the counter top) thought unfortunately we missed the Pee Wee show as Abigail and I were showing our Alpine yearlings. Elizabeth did win however and I'm sure it was all way cute. :) Showmanship was a long, hard working, awesome experience. I love judges that really work you! We showed all day long with the last animal finally coming out of the ring at 10:30 p.m. We were exhausted.

Sunday was so much more laid back. We did show our Recorded Grade kids at the end but still got out at a decent time. We made it home around 5:30. The ONLY mishap we had was ALMOST running out of gas. We managed to get to a gas station, thankfully! It was a wonderful weekend, spent with friends (Josh & Jenna) and animals. :)
Hannah, our Grand Champion of the weekend!!!! (she also got a Reserve)
Candie after winning Reserve Champion Recorded Grade.
Goldie (Candie's doe kid), 2 Reserves under her belt already, and all at her first show weekend! ;)
Alpine yearling milker class. Our does are Gala in first, Maggie in third, and Alithia in 5th.
Elizabeth after winning Pee Wee Showmanship with Tea'
Some of our sleeping quarters (in the livestock trailer)..............
.....and in the back of our 15 passenger van. We can perfectly fit a double mattress and a crib mattress in the back along with 1 bench. :)
Gala (1st every time she was shown all weekend).
Tea', a senior doe kid.
Top, the doe kid I bought this spring. She's just a good quality doe kid all around!!!!Sunshine is Gala's doe, angular, growthy, look out for her next year! She is going to be big!

Well, have a good evening!
In Christ,


Jenna said...

We had so much fun with you Bethany! You all did great:)

You've got some awesome up and coming kids...can't wait to see them freshen next year!

Your friend,

Josh said...

What an awesome weekend! It would be fun to hit another show together this summer... Great pictures:)

~Tonia said...

Great looking goats and congrats!! My girls are just getting started in showing and we are just doing the local county fair this year. We were the only dairy goats last year and hopefully will have more competition this year.

Bethany said...

Jenna, I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone freshen next spring as well. I don't look forward to culling though. It's going to be hard.....

Josh, there is a show about an hour away from us that's just a one day show, but it's in IN. Would be fun to hit more shows together, but guess we'll just look forward to next year, right? :)

Tonia, we were the only ones with dairy goats at our county fair our first year as well. We now have MUCH better stock and are getting a few others involved but it does take time. Meat goats are dwindling now and the dairy future is looking brighter! :) Don't give up!