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Wayne County 4-H Goat Department

Things To Consider Before Taking A Goat Project

Think about how much space is required to house goats.  Do you have enough physical space and the proper shelter?  Are you aware of feed costs and and have you budgeted for them?  Are you prepared to invest the money and time involved in caring for, grooming, and walking goats to train them to be ready for the fair? Are the youth and parent(s), guardian(s), or other adult helper(s) prepared to make the time and financial commitment?  Goat projects are very rewarding but are also time-intensive and can become expensive 4-H projects.

2021 Goat Calendar of Events

  • Enroll in 4-H through 4-H Online by April 1st (note: clubs may set an earlier deadline)
  • June 1st - Obtain and care for your project animal(s) on or before June 1st
  • June 1st - Complete Animal ID for all possible animals (including family back-ups) that you could possibly enter in the fair through 4-HOnline on or before June 1st.  Help sheets are available at wayne.osu.edu/help
  • June 2nd - Goat Clinic 7:00 PM in the Goat/Sheep Arena 
  • June 5th - Market Goat Tagging - 8:00 - 11:00 am Goat / Sheep Arena - CANCELLED for 2021 - Exhibitors will use Scrapie Tags as their official Fair Identification again this year.
  • Complete Quality Assurance Training by July 27th.  QA will be offered virtually in 2021. See the Quality Assurance page for more details.
  • Skillathon - Skillathon will be offered virtually between July 1 and July 23.  Check our Skillathon page for more information.
  • July 8th - Goat Project Interviews - 5-9 pm Wayne County Fairgrounds Event Center
  • July 8th OME/OBE Exam - 7 pm Click here for more information
  • August 1 - Jr. Fair Class Entries Due - Make all Junior Fair Class Entries at waynejrfair.fairentry.com 
  • Pre-Fair Goat Youth, Parent's, and Advisors Informational Meeting - Approx. 1 week prior to Fair, Date/Time TBA
  • September 9th - Goat Check-In - 3:00 - 9:00 pm, Goat / Sheep Arena
  • September 10th - Goat Check-In - 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Goat / Sheep Arena
  • September 11th - Market Goat Show - 8:00 am, Goat / Sheep Arena
  • September 14th - Dairy Goat Show - 8:00 am, Goat / Sheep Arena
  • September 15th - Pygmy Goat Show - 8:00 am, Goat / Sheep Arena
  • September 15th - Market Goat Auction - 1:00 pm, Event Center

Goat Project Books

  • The books listed below can be ordered through your 4-H club advisor, purchased directly from the Wayne County Extension Office, or ordered online at extensionpubs.osu.edu
  • Goat Resource Handbook (135R) - This resource handbook contains essential information for all members taking a goat project, starting with breeds, ending with careers, and including everything in between. Purchase only once. An excellent resource for skillathons. Use with 135 Goat Project and Record Book.
  • Goat Project and Record Book (135) - Complete this required project and record book every year a market, dairy, or specialty goat project is taken. Expanded quality assurance and animal records sections help you learn how to care for and manage your animal or herd. Use with 135R Goat Resource Handbook.

Goat Project Guidelines and Forms

Goat Animal ID Requirements

2021 Goat Animal ID Help Sheet - overview of how to enter Goat Animal ID in 4-HOnline and lists which fields and forms are required and which are optional.

Goat Clinic

The Goat Committee is holding a clinic on June 2 at 7:00 PM in the Goat/Sheep Arena.

Goat Outstanding Exhibitor Awards Program

Goat Outstanding Record Book Awards

  • The Outstanding Record Book Awards are designed to recognize youth that take time to thoroughly complete their records books adding in details and financial, feed, and health records from throughout the entire project including final market auction price and calculating their profit or loss for those taking market projects.  Youth wishing to have their record books judged should turn them in to the Extension Office by October 1st.  Awards are presented at the Fall 4-H Recognition Banquet.
  • Goat Outstanding Record Book Award Rubric

Goat Junior Fair Information

Goat Committee

  • The Wayne County 4-H / FFA / Jr. Fair Goat Action committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and carrying out the Goat program in consultation with and under the authority of OSU Extension and the Wayne County Agricultural Society (Senior Fair Board)
  • Our 2021 Goat Committee is made up of the following individuals: Kerilynn Jagger, Mack Donley, Heide Lehman, Jennifer Norman, Marie Marty, Scott Musser, Deanna Troutman, David Wengerd, Jenn Romey-Morrow, Heather Tegtmeier (FFA), Dave Stahl and Terry Wood (Senior Fair Board), Doug Foxx (OSU Extension) and Junior Fair Board members Owen Grossniklaus, Gavin Maibach, Kya Csapo, Lillianna Plessinger, and Garrett Troyer.

Wayne County 4-H Goat Facebook Group