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New meat goat category among 4-H livestock events at fair

For the first time, the 2008 South Dakota State Fair will include a 4-H market-meat goat show. The new event is among many 4-H livestock exhibition events at the fair, which starts Aug. 28, 2008.

Market-meat goat competition is among the fastest growing categories of livestock projects nationwide, said Clint Clark, an Extension livestock educator with the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service.

“Goats are easy to care for, and they are often a good entry point for 4-H’ers who want to take part in livestock projects,” said Clark. “Sept. 1 will mark our first ever state level competition, with county purple ribbon winners exhibiting their animals.”

Livestock events begin with weigh-ins for beef on Aug. 28. They continue on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30. Swine and sheep weigh-ins start on Aug. 29 at 2 p.m.

The first show begins at 10 a.m. on Aug. 30, with the 4-H Market Swine Show in the Open Class Swine Complex. At noon, the 4-H Breeding Sheep Show begins. Meat goat weigh-ins will be held Aug. 30 as well.

Aug. 31 is the first of two “big days” for livestock shows. The 4-H Market Sheep, Breeding Beef, Dairy Goat, and Poultry shows begin at 8 a.m. in the 4-H Livestock Complex, 4-H Goat Complex and 4-H Poultry Building. At 4 p.m., the 4-H Rabbit Showmanship competition takes place in the 4-H Rabbit Building.

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On Labor Day, the 4-H Dairy Cattle, Rabbit, Market Beef, and Meat Goat shows start at 8 a.m. in the Open Class Dairy Barn, 4-H Rabbit Building, 4-H Livestock Complex and 4-H Goat Complex. The 4-H Rabbit Show starts at 9 a.m. in the 4-H Rabbit Building.

Competitors and visitors at the fair can get more information on events at the Extension/4-H Information Center, located in the parking lot north of the armory, just off Third Street.

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