Baaa! Baaaa! I rolled over half in and half out of consciousness…Baaaa! Baaa! “Is that a goat?” I asked Chris as I rubbed my eyes coming to full consciousness from the evenings slumber. “Yup, there’s over 100 of them”. What?!? I jumped out of bed to see the excitement.
Sure enough, we have been parked in Gridley, California at the Butte County Fairgrounds for the last month and this weekend is the 2016 Gold Rush Classic competition of the Sierra Pacific Pygmy Goat Show right in our backyard!
There are many different classes that are competing against each other this weekend and we got lucky enough to watch the Milking Doe Class compete.
This competition consists of a judge, several excited competitors and their humans. They are judged on their appearance, their character and of course, their mammary glands. In other words, they need to look good, produce a lot of milk and most importantly, behave themselves.
This sweet doe didn’t make the top five, it takes a very trained eye of a judge to know exactly what they are looking for in a prized dairy goat, I thought she looked great, seemed very well behaved and appeared ready to give milk plenty of milk.
I was fortunate to have a chat with this lovely lady, who has owned the same goat farm for over 80 years. She once was a competitor, her daughter after her and now her grand daughter is the star of the show and won the Master Champion ribbon. She explained that this meant that their lovely goat had won three championship competitions!
Even the little ones get a chance on the big stage in the Prospect Wether Class. These little “bucklings” must be between the ages of 0-5 months to be presented with the opportunity to show their stuff as they prepare for the big show next year.
For two days and nights the sound of nearly 120 bleating goats has permeated throughout the RV Park and into our bedroom. I think I’m going to miss them when they are gone.