Kaden De La O, 11, of Tatum, with his grand champion goat Gigi-Alley. (Tess Townsend Photo)
The daintiest of Nubian does stole the title of grand champion during Saturday’s dairy goats show at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair.
Junior exhibitor Kaden De La O, 11, of Tatum, said he was “excited” and “surprised” that his class three goat, 20-month-old Gigi-Alley, won.
Judge Stacy Eberhart, a science teacher at Roswell High School, praised the goat for its femininity and its sharp and angular features. She said Gigi-Alley is “just a doe that you can tell has a great future ahead of her.”
The title of reserve champion went to Silver, raised by senior exhibitor and Kenna resident Hannah Bilbrey, 15, daughter of Cody and Travis Bilbrey.
Bilbrey said she did not expect Silver to win due to the doe’s relatively advanced age.
“She’s six, so she’s not as good as she used to be,” said Bilbrey, who has participated in the Elida chapter of 4-H for six years.
Silver won the title of grand champion three times in her younger years.
Bilbrey said she keeps her champion Lamancha goat in shape through tender love and care.
“Spend time with them, mess with them, make sure they’re gentle and everything,” she advised.
De La O said that his parents David and Esmeralda, who are dairy goat farmers, have taught him to bottle feed goats beginning in infancy, so as to tame them sooner.
“We get good goats out of it,” he said.
De La O is the only of the two champions who plans to go into agriculture. He said he hopes to one day take over his family’s farm, so that he can pass the craft down to his own children.
He has been a member of Northern Lea County 4-H for four years. This was his first time exhibiting at ENMSF, though he has exhibited and won titles at fairs in other counties.
His two younger sisters also exhibited goats on Saturday.