Calendar of Events
Here you will find links to the CGA’s Goat and Fleece shows which will include dates, locations, rules and results. Also visit our Gallery page to see some fabulous photos of Cashmere goats in action.
Cashmere Goat Association
New England Breeders Goat Show
at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Tunbridge, Vermont
* October 1 & 2, 2016
The Cashmere Goat Association invites Cashmere goat owners, breeders and youth to participate in the 2016 North American Cashmere Goat Show to be held at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge, Vermont, on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2.
2016 Show Judges
CGA welcomes Jayne Deardorff of Colville, Washington, as the judge for this year’s fleece and goat show. Jayne has raised cashmere goats for over 15 years on a 200 acre farm which also produces registered Montadale sheep, cattle, hay and grain. Jayne began processing wool on her farm in 1983, and her fiber processing plant includes a de-hairing machine for which she accepts small batch orders.
Jayne is an adjunct teacher with Olds College Alberta, Canada, teaching beginning spinning at their annual Fiber Week. Her Master’s Thesis at Olds was based on blending cashmere with other fibers in the hand spinning process. Jayne was the judge for the Canadian National Cashmere Fleece Competition in 2014, and will also judge the 2016 Oregon Flock and Fiber Cashmere Goat Show the weekend before the CGA show in Tunbridge.
CGA is pleased to continue its collaboration with the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival for a seventh year. The VSGA has been a mainstay for New England fiber enthusiasts for over 25 years and has been held at the Tunbridge fairgrounds for six years. Operating almost continuously since the 1860’s, the historic Tunbridge fairgrounds offer a unique New England country fair setting largely unchanged for more than a century.
Premier East Coast Cashmere Goat Show
The CGA New England Breeders Show has become the premier Cashmere goat show in the northeast, drawing goats and owners from New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont.
All goats shown which meet the North American Cashmere breed standard are eligible for Certification and Registry within the North American Cashmere Goat database, to be established in 2017.
An emphasis on raising up the next generation of North American Cashmere goat enthusiasts continues with a Junior Showmanship class for youth aged 5 through 18. Mika Ingerman of Burlington, VT, returns as Junior Showmanship judge.
Sixth Year in Tunbridge, Vermont
CGA is pleased to continue their collaboration with the VSWF for a sixth year. The Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival has been a mainstay for New England fiber enthusiasts for 25 years and has been held at the Tunbridge fairgrounds for six years. Home of the Tunbridge World’s Fair which has operated almost continuously since 1867, the fairgrounds offer a unique New England country fair setting largely unchanged for more than a century.
NWCA Cashmere Fleece Competition
For those wishing to submit fleeces to a qualified judge in 2016, CGA recommends the Northwest Cashmere Goat Association Fleece Competition at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival for which Jayne Deardorff is also judge. The cost is $6 per fleece plus return postage. Fleeces must be shipped to Oregon for the show by mid-September. More information is available elsewhere in Hoofprints or on the NWCA website. (Plans for a CGA fleece competition have been postponed.)
Entry Deadline and Fees
The cost is $10 per goat (regardless of how many classes are entered.) A registration form follows.
Mailed entries with payment may be sent to:
Sister Mary Elizabeth Garrett
CGA Show Superintendent
242 Cloister Way
Greenwich, NY 12834.
The entry deadline for Goat Show entries is September 16.
Buck, doe and wether classes will be determined by the number of entrants with a probability of class divisions for does born in 2016 (kids), ’15 (yearlings), ’14 (two year-olds), and combined ’13, ’12, and older (senior). 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.
Fleece judging will begin the show this year, with the judge looking at the most recent whole fleece. Unprocessed, combed fleeces should be submitted in a zip-lock type bag with identifying tag inside (but no identification written directly on the bag.
In the afternoon the judge will examine the goats in their pens, checking for basic soundness and conformation. The score cards with both fleece and pen judging scores are then brought with the animals to the Show Ring on Sunday, where the animals are compared as a group in a standard Ring Show competition.
Youth may also register for the Youth Showmanship class which evaluates showmanship over a walking course.
Judging in a CGA Show is based on 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. Entrants should bring the past spring’s combed fleece with their goat to the show.
Judging begins on Saturday morning with Pen Scoring during which the Show Judge examines each goat in their stall for basic soundness and conformation. Owners gather for this more intimate examination of their goats as individuals, with this assessment becoming an open forum both for breed improvement and general husbandry tips. In the afternoon fleeces are scored separately, owners welcome to attend, watch and learn. The two scores are brought to the Show Ring on Sunday, where the animals are compared moving as a group in a standard Ring Show competition.
Entry Deadline and Fees
Entries and fees must be postmarked no later than September 16. The cost is $10 per goat (regardless of how many classes are entered.) Click Here for the registration form. Click the “Add to Cart” button to pay via PayPal.
Schedule for the 2016 Show
|Friday, September 30, 2016|
|Noon||Animals may begin to arrive at Fairgrounds.|
|Saturday, October 1, 2014|
|9:30 a.m.||All goats must be in place in their stalls|
|10:00 a.m.||· Festival begins
· Fleece Judging begins
· Wrap Yourself in Cashmere Raffle opens
|1:00 p.m.||Pen Judging begins|
|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 2, 2014|
|9:30 a.m.||Youth Showmanship Class|
|10:00 a.m.||· Festival opens
· Wrap Yourself in Cashmere Raffle opens
|10:30 a.m.||Doe & Wether Classes|
|Short break for lunch|
|1:00 p.m.||· Wrap Yourself in Cashmere Raffle drawing
· 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.
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.
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.
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 August 30 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 and Volunteers
The 2016 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Volunteers are needed through the weekend. Please let Sister Mary Elizabeth know if you can help.
2014 Cashmere Goat Association Show
at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge, VT
October 4-5, 2014
2014 CGA Workshop, Barboursville Virginia
October 11-12, 2014
2014 CGA International Fleece Competition in Barboursville, Virginia
Saturday, October 11th, 2014