Jessica Burson said raising a Grand Champion meat goat that is of perfect weight and size is all about the luck of the draw.
“Some of them will be really young and grow really big and some of them will be old and stay small,” she said. “It’s kind of like you’re playing a card game; you’ll never know what you’re going to get.”
The 18-year-old Roswell resident is the daughter of Cody and Cheri Burson, and a representative of the Goddard FFA and Barn Buddies 4-H Club. She was a little nervous coming in, but overall had confidence in her goat and with good reason.
“I think he did pretty good,” she said. “I won Reserve Grand with him at the State Fair, so I knew he was of good standing.”
Madison Belcher’s goat was named Grand Reserve Champion in Wednesday’s show. The 12-year-old is a resident of Texico and the daughter of Elizabeth and Matt Belcher. She represented the Pleasant Hill 4-H Club. She’s been showing goats for four years and said that experience helped alleviate some of the nerves she had coming into the competition. As far as her goat is concerned, she said having competed with that particular goat in the State Fair in Albuquerque helped prepare it for this show as well as future shows.
“It helps,” she said. “It gives the goat a little bit more experience so it can understand what it has to do in the competition.”