CGA’s New England

North American Cashmere Goat Show

at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival

Tunbridge, Vermont

September 29 & 30, 2018

 

The Cashmere Goat Association invites Cashmere goat owners, breeders and youth to participate in the 2018 North American Cashmere Goat Show to be held at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge, Vermont, on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30.

 

The CGA New England Show has become the premier North American Cashmere goat show in the northeast, drawing goats and owners from New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. This is the CGA New England Show’s eighth year at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge, VT.

 

CGA welcomes Heide Krause from Quesnel, British Columbia, as the judge for this year’s North American Cashmere Goat Show.  Heide currently serves as the Vice President of the Canadian Cashmere Producers Association. She and her husband raise cashmere goats and Icelandic sheep at their Harmony Farm in the Caribou region, eight hours north of Vancouver, BC.

 

Heide writes of her background and interest in North American Cashmere goats, saying:

A Canadian-cashmere farmer, I was raised on a cattle ranch in British Columbia’s Chilcotin region.  From the family ranch, to office administration, travel and a degree in Spanish language from SFU & PUC in Chile, to guiding & co-owning an adventure-tourism company, I returned to my farming roots in 2009, eventually finding my home raising cashmere goats and Icelandic sheep, together with my husband Ken, on a mixed farm in the Central Cariboo region of BC.  

As a cashmere goat farmer, I strive to produce the finest cashmere and seed stock, while employing respectful, sustainable practices, and I am dedicated to the improvement and development of the North American cashmere goat herd and cashmere production.   I also enjoy spinning and exploring, dying and making things with our fluff, with fibre festivals, cashmere competitions and Spin Ins being past time favorites.

CGA welcomes Heide Krause.  Learn a little more about Heide and her Harmony Farm through this video link.

 

All goats shown are judge according to the North American Cashmere Breed Standard and, if qualified, are eligible for Certification and Registry within the North American Cashmere Goat database, still in development.

 

Entry Deadline and Fees

The cost for entry is $10 per goat (regardless of how many classes are entered.)  Registration for the Goat Show may be done through the Google Forms entry below (preferred) or by copying and mailing the hard copy form.  We ask that all payments be made by check or by cash (mailed or given to the bursar at the fairgrounds.

2018 Cashmere Goat Association Show Registration Form

Google Doc Entry Form

The entry deadline is Thursday, September 20.

 

Goat Show Classes

Buck, doe and wether classes will be determined by the number of entrants with a probability of class divisions for does born in 2018 (kids), ’17 (yearlings), ’16 (two-year-olds), combined ’15, ’14, and older does (senior). (Further division may be made depending on entries.) Wethers will subdivide this year into junior (kids and yearlings) and senior wethers. Bucks will show as kids, yearlings and senior bucks. Farms may enter up to three goats per class. (Youth exhibitors showing goats leased through a local county extension program may enter goats without restriction to the farm’s total.)

 

Judging is based on both the goat’s body and fiber, with fifty percent of an animal’s score based on the past year’s fleece and fifty percent on body conformation and movement in the show ring.  Whole, unprocessed, combed fleeces from the most recent harvest should be submitted in a zip-lock type bag with identifying tag inside (but no identification written directly on the bag.)  Animals may begin arriving at the Tunbridge fairgrounds at noon on Friday, and must be in place by 9 a.m. on Saturday; goats will be examined and scored in the pens on Saturday and then judged against their age cohort in the ring on Sunday.

 

Youth may also register for the Youth Showmanship class which evaluates fundamental ring showmanship and the Caprine Challenge – an obstacle challenge course for youth (and adults!) who have been working closely with their goats over the past year.

 

Schedule for the 2018 Show

 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Deadline for Entries for the 2018 CGA New England North American Cashmere Goat Show

 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Noon Animals may begin to arrive at Tunbridge Fairgrounds.
Saturday, September 30, 2018
9:30 a.m. All goats must be in place in their stalls and checked against their CVIs.
10:00 a.m. ·         Festival begins

·         CGA Fundraising Activities begin at Riverside Barn

·         Fleece Judging begins in the Bandstand Office

·         Pen Judging follows

4:00 p.m. CGA Annual Meeting
5:00 p.m. Festival gates close
6:00 p.m. Dinner in South Royalton for Show Participants
Sunday, October 1, 2018
9:00 a.m. Youth Showmanship Class followed by short break and the Caprine Challenge
10:00 a.m. ·         Festival opens

·         CGA Fundraising and Fleece Show Display Tent opens

11:00 a.m. Doe Classes begin
Short break for lunch
1:00 p.m. Wether & Buck Classes
4:00 p.m. Festival closes


Housing of Goats at the Festival

As you plan how many and which goats to bring, expect  that the barn can generally house two doe/wether pens and two buck pens per farm.  This number is flexible since we have not filled the barn to capacity in recent years.  In most cases anticipate that two does will be comfortable in one pen, though some larger family groups may prefer to be together.  Be prepared to tie bucks, aggressive does and/or “jumpers” — especially overnight. They should be accustomed to being tied before the show weekend.

 

Bedding hay will be provided but entrants must supply feed stuffs, water buckets, tools for barn clean-up at the end of show, etc.  Stalls should be broom-clean upon leaving on Sunday with bedding removed to a compost site near the barns.

 

Owner/entrants are responsible for appropriate care of their animals through the weekend.

 

Preparing for the Show

Preparation for show begins in late winter with the setting aside of the prospective show entrant’s fleece from the past season.  Combed fleeces should be reasonably free of excessive vegetative matter but otherwise not de-haired and should be submitted in a zip-lock type bag with an identifying tag inside.

 

The second step is to begin now to bring your goats up to prime condition and to accustom them to walking on a lead. Kids should be weaned from does intended for show at least ten weeks before the show date. They may be housed with their mother at show time but separation allows the mother to recover from the stress of nursing.  Check for worm load and feed carefully to bring bucks and does into condition. Most judges penalize for poor conditioning, but under-condition animals may also pick up opportunistic infections under the stress of travel and being housed with other goats in an open barn.  Hooves should be trimmed two or three weeks ahead of show to prevent the appearance of tender feet in the ring.

 

Vermont Health Requirements

All entrants must comply with the Vermont law concerning interstate transport of animals and will be inspected by the Show Superintendent upon arrival at the fairgrounds.  A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) of herd and specific animals to be transported, dated within 20 days of the show, is required.  The VT Department of Agriculture will mail to you a Permit to Transport document when your veterinary registers the CVI with their office.  The CVI should be brought with you and kept with your goats at the Tunbridge fairgrounds. Goats should be in good health and free of lice, hoof rot or anything looking like sore mouth.  Rabies vaccination is “strongly recommended” but is not required by Vermont Agriculture regulations or Festival organizers.

 

USDA Scrapie Identification.

The CVI requirement includes conformity to rules regarding the unique identification of goats under the guidelines of your home state’s scrapie eradication program.  Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of sheep and goats which can only be addressed through post-mortem identification, tracing back to farm of origin.  If you have not received ear tags or an identification number for your herd, you should call the appropriate USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) office immediately.  If you need assistance in contacting the scrapie eradication program in your state, call 866-873-2824.   Special rules apply for animals carrying microchip identification.  Check with the Sister Mary Elizabeth before you come to show if you have any questions regarding the scrapie identification requirement.
Herd Codes

Note that Herd Codes used by CGA custom are different from USDA assigned scrapie numbers or ear tags.  Animals are identified through CGA and other cashmere organizations by a three or four letter ID indicating the farm on which they were born. These letters generally precede the goat’s name — for example, STC Lizzie.  If you buy a cashmere goat and show her, she shows under her farm-of-origin Herd Code.  Her children born on your farm show under your Herd Code.

 

General Information

The Festival website is www.vtsheepandwoolfest.org and contains pertinent travel information, a map of the grounds, workshops offered by the Festival and other information.

 

Festival gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and CGA goats are on display to the public at the Riverside Barn until closing at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.  General admission is $6; seniors–$5; children under 12–$10.

 

CGA show entrants have a free pass for the weekend.  See Sister Mary Elizabeth to get your pass.

 

Parking is free but limited to designated areas, with no movement of cars on the fairgrounds during Festival hours. Show Exhibitors may park near the Riverside Barn but may not move their cars while the public is moving about the grounds.

 

Accommodations

We have reserved a block of 10 rooms at the Comfort Inn in White River Junction, VT.  The cost per room is $155/ +tax. You can make your reservations by calling 802-295-3051 or online at www.comfortinn.com. The reserved block status is only in effect until September 7 so make your reservations soon.  The Comfort Inn is 24 miles from Tunbridge with a drive time of 30 minutes to the fairgrounds. Let the Comfort Inn know you are with the Cashmere Goat Association.

 

It is also possible to sleep on the fairgrounds in a tent or camper.  Information about camping is available on the festival website, listed above.

 

Show Superintendent

The 2018 Show Superintendent is Sister Mary Elizabeth of St. Mary’s on-the-Hill Cashmere in New York.  If you have a question, she can be reached by email at maryelizabethcsm@aol.com or by calling 518-791-4142.  Her postal address is: Sister Mary Elizabeth, St. Mary’s on-the-Hill Farm, 242 Cloister Way, Greenwich, NY 12834.