2019 New England North American Cashmere Goat Show
CGA’s New England
North American Cashmere Goat Show
at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival
October 5 – 6, 2019
The Cashmere Goat Association invites cashmere goat owners, breeders and youth to participate in the 2019 New England North American Cashmere Goat Show to be held at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge, Vermont, on Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th.
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, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. This is the CGA New England Show's ninth year at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge.
CGA welcomes Wendy Pieh, as the judge for this year’s show. Currently serving as President of CGA, Wendy and her husband Peter Goth own Springtide Cashmere in Bremen, ME, a premier cashmere farm which specializes in raising silver cashmere goats producing consistent fine and ultrafine fleeces. Wendy has served as a show judge across the US and Canada and annually co-judges with Peter the Estes Park Wool Market Cashmere Goat Show in Colorado. They together developed the carding system for scoring goats currently used in CGA shows and were instrumental in negotiating a cashmere goat breed standard which could be agreed upon by regional cashmere groups in the US.
Entry Deadline and Fees
The cost for entry is $10 per goat (regardless of how many classes are entered.) Registration for the goat show must be completed by September 24th, using the form below.
The form contains prompts for general information about the goat and its ancestors, because general information and a pedigree for each goat entered in the show will automatically be added to the CGA Cashmere Goat Database and Registry. If the goat's scores in the goat show indicate that they meet the North American Cashmere Goat standard established by CGA, then they will be eligible to be registered in the CGA Cashmere Goat Database and Registry. Owners who prefer to exclude a goat assessment from public view on the database may do so. Goats (except for kids) entered in the goat show are automatically included in the fleece competition.
Fleeces for all goats entered in the live show (except for kids) must be mailed to the fleece chairman by September 20th. Details on preparing and delivering the fleeces can be found on the Fleece Competition Information page.
The entry deadline is Tuesday, September 24.
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 2019 (kids), 2018 (yearlings), 2017 (two-year-olds), combined 2016, 2015, 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 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.
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.
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 de-haired.
The second step is to begin 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. 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 to five 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 will reserve 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. The reserved block status is only in effect until August 28 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.
The 2019 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.