For the last four years, Katelyn Austin, 14, of Diamond, has shown Boer goats.
She was busy Thursday morning cleaning her Boer goats stalls at the Newton County Fair.
“A Boer goat is mostly used for the meat, because they are meat goats,” she said. “And you just show them for your meat or for breeding.”
Austin said she got interested in the breed because her neighbors had some.
“We just thought, ‘well why don’t we just have some goats?’ ” she recalled. “They had Boer goats, so we just got interested in Boer goats.”
Boer goats are not the only animals that Austin has shown at the fair.
“I have shown rabbits, chickens and right now we have dairy goats,” she added. “[Judges] look for muscle tone, how boned your goat is and just the quality of the meat and the muscle.”
Along with taking care of her goats, she also named them.
“I have ‘Pound Cake,’ ‘Snickers,’ ‘Wobbles,’ ‘Star’ and ‘Dolly,’” she said. “When ‘Pound Cake’ was born, he was really big, he was just huge, so we just called him ‘Pound Cake,’ ‘Wobbles,’ he came out really really wobbly at first and for a couple of weeks, he couldn’t even stand so we just called him ‘Wobbles.’”
Asked if she named ‘Snickers’ after her favorite candy bar, she said yes.
“We were just coming up with a candy theme for our animals,” she said.
Austin said she enjoys the fair and said it is a good stepping off point.
“If you are wanting to do it as you get older, it just gets your name out there, and it just helps you build for state fair,” she said.
Austin plans on attending the state fair this year and taking her dairy goats.
Asked if the state fair is different than the county fairs, Austin said yes.
“Because state fair is a more serious and you want to make sure that your goat is the goat,” said Austin. “Where at county fairs, it is just that you bring your pets from your house and you just show them.”