The bleating of goats will fill the Golden Mile Arena at the Exhibition Grounds for three days this week at the Prairie Goat Expo.
At least 100 goats are expected for the competition, said Moose Jaw breeder Ken Robinson, past president of the Saskatchewan Goat Breeders Association.
“In the past we’ve had breeders from Manitoba, B.C. and Alberta. This year (Edmonton) Klondike Days added goats so we’re in competition.”
The nationally-sanctioned dairy and meat goat show is more than show ring judging; a trade show feature 16 exhibits related to the industry.
“We’re going to have samples of goat cheese so you can taste goat cheese and crackers for yourself.”
Demonstrations involve hoof trimming and goat fibre spinning.
Gordon Schroeder will do a presentation on quality assurance.
“That quality assurance is pretty important. Under that new CAP program, you have to have quality assurance to qualify for funding.”
A celebrity goat milking contest will see local radio personality Courtney Fielder compete with a goat farmer.
The judging ring includes a youth goat and sheep show, yearling futurity, and buck shows.
The show runs from Friday, July 26 to Saturday, July 28.
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