Harrisburg – ECP W21 Percentage Boer Champion, shown by Darla Romberger, was named Best Doe in Show in the Junior Meat Breeding Goat show on Thursday, Jan. 14, at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
The Pitman, Schuylkill County, 4-Her’s prized doe topped more than 130 goats in the show.
Heidi Benner of Gettysburg, Adams County, had a stellar show, taking grand and reserve champion for the crossbreed division and Reserve Best Doe in Show with her champion crossbred, “Flower.”
An accomplished judge, Fred C. Homeyer, an ambassador for the Boer goat breed has traveled to every country where Boer goats are found. He has placed more than 8,000 goats in 80 shows – five of which have been national shows, and 11 that have been international shows. He can give reasons in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German.
Homeyer evaluated the meat breeding goats on skeletal dimension, structural correctness, muscularity, doe properties, and docility.
“I really like to work with young people and to include education in the show,” said Homeyer. Before or during each show he often gives an anatomy lesson. “It gets everyone on the same page and then they understand my reasoning.”
Youth meat goat breeders from across Pennsylvania competed in the shows three divisions: Purebred, Percentage and Crossbred.
The results of the three divisions are as follows:
Purebred Boer Doe:
Champion Purebred/Full Blood Boer Doe – 1SS Rosebud, exhibited by Cody Steele of Brockway, Jefferson Co.
Reserve Champion Purebred Boer Doe – Sunny Slope BPF1 Love Me, exhibited by Elizabeth Hale of York Springs, Adams Co.
Percentage Boer Doe:
Champion Percentage Boer Doe – ECP W21, exhibited by Darla Romberger of Pitman, Schuylkill Co.
Reserve Champion Percentage Boer Doe – NA-Lin Goats Kickin'-up Dust, exhibited by Natasha Ziegler of Biglerville, Adams Co.
Champion Crossbred Doe – Flower, exhibited by Heidi Benner of Gettysburg, Adams Co.
Reserve Champion Crossbred Doe – Brownie, exhibited by Heidi Benner of Gettysburg, Adams Co.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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