University of Vermont

Siblings Win Championships at Regional 4-H Goat Show

South Woodstock 4-H'ers Violet (left) and Lillie Tuckerman pose with their champion goats at the regional 4-H goat show, held Sept. 29-30 at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Massachusetts. (photo: Tina Tuckerman)

Burlington--Two South Woodstock sisters returned home with championships from the regional 4-H goat show, held Sept. 28-29 at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Lillie and Violet Tuckerman represented the state at the show, which attracted more than 40 participants from every New England state except Rhode Island. To be eligible to compete, all exhibitors were required to be enrolled in the 4-H Goat Project for at least two years and have had two years of experience in 4-H goat showmanship.

During the two days of competition, the sisters showed their goats in conformation, fitting and showing classes and participated in a skill-a-thon, ag olympics and other events. Each state was also given a theme for an educational exhibit, which were judged and ranked. Vermont's exhibit on culling came in first.

In the conformation classes, arranged according to the animal's age, the animals are evaluated on body condition and appearance. For fitting and showing competitions, arranged by age of the exhibitor, judges look at how well the exhibitors present, handle and lead their animals. To accommodate the large number of entrants, more than one class for fitting and for showing was held in the Senior and Junior divisions.

Lillie, showing Beatrix Potter, placed first in the non-registered doelings 6-12 months class and also captured the Junior Unregistered Doe Championship. In both her junior fitting and showing classes she placed eleventh. She was also ranked fifth overall for best herdsperson.

Violet came in first in the non-registered dry yearlings class with her goat, Domino's Penelope, which was named Senior Unregistered Doe Champion. She placed eleventh in her junior fitting and showing competitions.

For the skill-a-thon all exhibitors were assigned to three- or four-member teams to work together to demonstrate their knowledge of dairy goat breeding and pregnancy care. Lillie was on the fifth-place team, and Violet on the sixth-place team.

The 4-H'ers are the daughters of Brad and Tina Tuckerman and members of the Stone Blossoms 4-H Club, a goat and poultry club in South Woodstock.

For more information about the 4-H goat program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 651-8343, ext. 513, or wendy.sorrell@uvm.edu.