The Goat Section at Stithians Show has been running for over 40 years, recognised by the British Goat Society since 1969, making it the most southerly recognised show in the UK.
At its peak in the early 1980s, over 300 Dairy Goats were entered. Since 2003, there have been classes for Pygmy Goats, proving extremely popular with the public.
As we are a recognised BGS Show, a milking trial is held for the Dairy Goats. In simple terms this means all the milking goats entered have to be on the showground the day before the show, and are milked twice in 24 hours under supervision (morning & evening of show day), weights of milk are officially recorded and samples taken. These are then sent away for analysis (butterfats & proteins), and awards can be given based on the results of the milking trial and the inspection classes on show day.
There are strict rules and regulations to ensure fairness, and the Section’s ability to organise the competition is being studied, as well as the goats by the visiting Judge! Thankfully the Pygmy Goats are a little simpler, just being judged on the day, by their own specialist Judge.
For information on competing and for schedules please click here