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Monday, August 25, 2008

State Fairs and lots of stuff

Well, finally.....a moment to catch up briefly with my friends!

The State Fair started last Wednesday night with check in, vet check, and lots of fussing......loading the trailer, loading the gear, loading the goats and sheep and everything else but the kitchen sink because you might need it! Doing this all by one's self can get a bit exacerbating to say the least! Finally, 10 goats and 2 sheep were loaded...

I had intended to take 9 sheep.

I ran out of room!

So, Thursday and Friday were goat shows from 10am until 7 pm both days......2 ADGA shows, 1 AGS show, an NPGA show, a Wether show, and a dual buck show. Lots of shows. The Synopsis was that a junior doe I bred and sold a few weeks ago won Grand Champion Junior Doe then went on to go over the big breeds for Best Junior Doe in Show under a well-known ADGA judge! That was a huge win! The Reserve Champion to that doe is a doe I bred and still own and show. The next show my girl took the Grand Champion win and the other doe took the Reserve. So we were both thrilled with those huge wins! There were a number of other goats entered that I was the breeder of and I was VERY proud to see them lined up at or near the front of each class. Sort of an acknowledgement of a good breeding program, which to me is extremely important. I like to put my best out there in other herds, not just keep them all for myself. I want to see other people happy and winning too.

The sheep - well I took Fairy Slipper and Cheesecake. They like the crowds. Cheesy was there last year so she gave Slipper the low-down on what all was going on. The judge liked them. He gave Cheesey first place and Slipper 2nd for the Shetlands, so we are happy! That was on Saturday. After that, the Open Livestock show continued with another goat show and my girls took a 1st and a 3rd in that.

I was supposed to be there Sunday, but instead stayed home and had my goat friends put in the special hay I'd left there for all the girls, and keep an eye on them. Today I will go and watch over everyone for the day while the other gals head off to work for a while. Tonight, they all get to come home! YAY!!

How are you all doing?? What's new??? Did I miss anything??

11 comments:

Mim said...

Hello I read your blog regularly and want to congradulate you on the nice doe's your raising. I had Alpines goats for 20 years but gave them up many years ago. To win an ADGA show with your little goats is awesome! Here's hoping they have great udders when they freshen!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Well, Bevin went to her new home on Sunday along with Rechel, and Rechel heeded the call of the wild! You'll have to check out Tammy's Wrensong Farm blog for the story (there's a link in my blog post).

Karen B. said...

Congratulations on the fine showing at the fair, especially to Fairy Slipper and Cheesecake. Post some pictures when you catch your breath!

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

Mimi- I sure hope they have great udders too! They should based on genetics but we shall see!
Michelle - will go check out your blog tonight if I get to stay up for a bit - bad Rechel! LOL!
Hi Karen - will post when I download off my phone... :-)

Kathy said...

Congratulations on the wins! That's great news! WooHoo! :) Our fair, if you want to call it that, is this weekend. Not taking any sheep this year. Why they always have it on Labor Day is beyond my comprehension.

Just take care and don't over-do, Miss I've Just Been Sick!

country girl said...

So did you vote for Palin when she ran for Wasilla city council? What do you think of her. I know this isn't sheep stuff but I'm just curious.

Garrett808 said...

wow. guess i know who to look out for when I'm at a goat show! :)

Congrats all around. Its so exciting to see your lines in others' farms and doing so well....sign of a good steward of the breed! Congrats again!

Jenny Holden said...

Congrats on the superb show results! Nice work :o) Things busy here, had family up last weekend and suposed to be setting off to watch Whisper's dad (Whisper is my new pup btw) in the International Sheepdog Trial tomorrow. We're camping though and the weather is looking horrendous :o(

Garrett808 said...

hey are you ALIVE SUZANNE??!!

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

Jenny - how jealous I am that you get to see the trials! Let me know what you think afterwards!

Garrett - I'm still here but my new post says where I've been hiding.....hehehehe....

Country Girl - I voted for Sarah for Governor and she's SUPER! Well worth going to vote for in a few months! The woman has guts and high morals...that works for me!

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