Sparkman sisters raise winning goats of the fair’s dairy goat show

July 31, 2012 • Local News

A sisterly competition took place at the dairy goat show, Monday evening, at the annual Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair. All six of the female goats shown were raised by sisters Kirsten, 16, and Hannah, 14, Sparkman. The sisters are members of the Kountry Kids 4-H club.

Kirsten’s 4-year-old goat, Nibbler, earned the Grand Champion title. While she also shows rabbits and meat [auth] goats, Kirsten prefers showing dairy goats. “You build a special bond with dairy goats especially if they have to be bottle fed,” she said. Kirsten has been showing animals since she was 8 years old. She hopes more contestants will enter the show next year to allow for a more challenging competition.

The entries in this year’s competition were down from previous years, but that didn’t stop the Sparkman’s goats from putting up a strong show. The goats were judged on their conformation, angularity, depth of body where they carry kids and their mammary attachment.

Hannah’s 3-year-old goat, Freedom, won Reserve Grand Champion at the show. While she placed second behind her sister, Hannah said she enjoyed the sibling rivalry. Hannah has been showing animals since she was 9 years old.

In preparation for the fair, the sisters rose between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. to care for their goats.

All of the goats shown will go back into the Sparkman’s herd for genetic improvement.

Kirsten and Hannah, both of Roswell, are the daughters of Loretta and Clay Sparkman.

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