Market Goats


We are sold out of all of our 2012 Wethers for the May - July Fairs
We will have late February/March 2013 Kids for the September/October Fairs

SUNDANCE KIDS WINNERS
Congratulations to Ashley Williamson
Tokay FFA Reserve Champion and Overall Reserve Champion - San Joaquin County Fair 2012

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Reserve FFA Champion & Overall Reserve Supreme Champion (Sire: SDK Hank) 2010 Stanislaus Fair Katelyn Breding
Class Winner(Sire: SDK All Tricked Out) 2010 Stanislaus Fair IsabelBarajas
Reserve Supreme Champion 2010 Stanislaus Fair Katelyn Breding
1st Place 2010 Western Bonanza - Cal Poly Jocelyn Saco
2nd Place 2010 Great Western - Tulare Jocelyn Saco
FFA Reserve Champion 2009 Dixon May Fair Kenda Esperson
FFA Reserve Champion 2009 Stanislaus Fair Katelynn Breding
4-H & 4H & Supreme Champion 2008 Solano County Fair Sarah Esperson
FFA Champion 2008 Solano County Fair Kenda Esperson
Group Champions 2008 San Joaquin Fair Sundance Kids goats - Tokay Colony 4H Market Goat Club
4-H Champion Wether 2008 Dixon May Fair Garrett Esperson
FFA Reserve Champion Wether 2008 Dixon May Fair Kenda Esperson
Overall Reserve Champion Wether 2008 Dixon May Fair Kenda Esperson
4-H Showmanship Winner 2008 Dixon May Fair Sarah Esperson
1st and 2nd in Class 2008 Dixon May Fair Sarah Esperson
FFA Showmanship Winner 2008 Dixon May Fair Kenda Esperson
4-H Reserve Champion 2007 San Joaquin Fair Lynice Schallberger
Supreme Grand & Reserve 2005 Solano Sarah & Kenda Esperson
supreme grand champion 2005 Solano Kenda Esperson
supreme reserve champion 2005 Solano Sarah Esperson
Supreme Grand Champion 2005 Dixon May Fair Kenda Esperson
Supreme Reserve Champion 2005 Dixon May Fair Garrett Esperson
2nd Place Market Goat 2005 California State Fair Brooke Barnes. Brooke was also 1st Place Jr Herdsman.
FFA Reserve Champion 2004 Colusa County Sabrina Perez
Grand Champion 2004 San Bernadino Alina Leon
Supreme Grand & Reserve Champions 2004 Calaveras County Fair Grant Herrick & Stacey McCarty
Reserve Champion 2003 San Mateo Fair Jaimie Marchetti
Reserve Champion 2003 California State Fair Marilyn Castaneda
Grand Champion 2003 Santa Barbara County Fair
Grand Champion 2003 Dixon May Fair Sarah Esperson
Supreme Grand Champion 2003 Calaveras County Frog Jump Anthony Orozco
Supreme Reserve Champion 2003 Calaveras County Frog Jump Grant Herrick
Grand Champion FFA Goat 2002 San Joaquin Fair
Reserve Champion Market Goat 2002 Calaveras County Fair
Reserve Champion Heavy Weight 2002 Valley Classic Shown by Cody Calloway
Supreme Champion Market Goat 2002 Chowcilla Shown by Patrick Spadafore
Reserve Champion Market Goat 2001 Los Banos Spring Fair Sired by TOBE
Shown by Amy Wright

Market Goats are increasing in the county fairs here in California and the CJLA shows have increased as well. While we may not have as many Show Wether shows here in California as there are in Texas and Oklahoma, we are starting to compete with our animals here.

One of our biggest goals is to develop Market Goats for the fairs that produce palatable meat that the Youth can show and win with in the show ring, and do well with at the sale as well. Face it, if you raise an animal just for the Wether Show Ring, this animal may not be what someone wants to eat. We believe that a high protein grain and small amount of hay diet, with exercise is the way to go. How many other additives would you want in your diet? The fairs exhibits are for -MARKET- goats. Most of these animals will head straight to the slaughter house where the animals carcass is evaluated. So the youth exhibitors also need to understand the back fat and yield grade of their animals to be processed.

The typical back fat for a market animal should be between .012 and .022. More than the .022 is considered too fat and under the .012 there isn't enough coverage. So ideally you would want about .017 of backfat.

What cuts of meat do you get from a goat? The top cuts are going to be:
  • The Chump Chop - the area over the rump
  • The Loin/Loin chops - which is the area from the 12th rib to the hip bone
  • The Ribs/Rib Chops - of course this is the Rib area
  • The Leg - the hind legs
  • The Raised Shoulder Roast - which is the front leg/shoulder area

How much meat can you expect to get from your goat carcass. We have experience approximately 40% of the hanging weight. Now, assume that your goat is fit, and doesn't have excess fat on the animal!

Most of the goats being show in the fairs are ranging from 6 - 9 months of age. You do want to be careful of showing an animal 10 mos and older that they still appear youthful and that they maintain their kid teeth.

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