DELTA, Pa. — Raising goats started as a 4-H project, but it has become much more than that for Katelyn Evans.
“I think I’ll have goats for the rest of my life,” said Katelyn, 15, after winning grand champion of the breeding meat goat show at the Mason-Dixon Fair on July 7.
The Delta, Pa., resident and York County School of Technology student won the rosette with her yearling goat Minnie.
She also took home junior reserve champion with Jewel, a doe born on Valentine’s Day.
The win was the first for Minnie and the first grand championship in a breeding show for Katelyn. She took grand champion in a market goat show last year.
Minnie’s win might seem like a bit of a surprise, considering she got her name from being one of the smallest kids in the herd. Since then, Minnie has vaulted to become one of Katelyn’s biggest does.
“Her mom was an awesome breeding doe,” and her well-built father has produced a number of quality offspring, Katelyn said.
Katelyn started raising goats for 4-H in 2008. The Evanses already had horses, which Katelyn’s sisters Krystine and Karina show in 4-H.
Since Katelyn started raising goats, the animals have become her main extracurricular activity.
Kidding time is Katelyn’s favorite part of raising goats, even with the 2 a.m. check-ins on pregnant does.
“I like playing with the newborn kids and watching them grow up,” she said.
Katelyn is in charge of all the breeding decisions. With three breeding does and one buck, the options are pretty simple, she said.
The main decision is when to put the male in with the females, generally January or February, she said.
She breeds for long bodies and wide chests. By the end of the year, the herd swells to about 12 animals, she said.
The goats get a pellet supplement with their grain, but otherwise, “they’re on pasture all day long,” Katelyn said.
Katelyn will show at the York County 4-H Fair later this year. She sells animals at the 4-H sale and occasionally at other auctions.
At the fairs, Katelyn talks to many people about goats. Some of the questions are pretty basic — how old the goats are, what their names are — but she has also talked to people who want to start raising goats and want to know how to care for them.
Katelyn gets a lot of support from her family, including her parents, Deb and Mike Evans, and her sisters. “Even though they’re busy with horses and other stuff, they’re always there to help me out,” she said.
Judge Beth Skiles, a Boer goat breeder from Cambria County, complimented Minnie’s size, mass, dimensions, power, balance and hip correctness.
Though there were plenty of traditionally colored Boer goats with a brown head and white body, including Minnie, Skiles said she was pleased to see a number of colored goats at the show.
Following are the results from the breeding show:
Doe Kid Born April-May 2014: Jordan Habecker
Doe Kid Born Feb.-March 2014: Jordan Habecker
Doe Kid Born Jan.-Feb. 2014: Caitlin Cullum
Doe Kid Born July-Dec. 2013: Ethan Cullum
Junior Champion: Caitlin Cullum
Junior Reserve Champion: Katelyn Evans
Yearling Doe Born April-June 2013: Victoria Taylor
Yearling Doe Born Jan.-March 2013: Katelyn Evans
Yearling Doe Born July-Dec. 2012: Caitlin Cullum
Yearling Champion: Katelyn Evans
Yearling Reserve Champion: Caitlin Cullum
2-Year-Old Doe Born April-June 2012: Emma Taylor
2-Year-Old Doe Born Jan.-March 2012: Caitlin Cullum
3 Years and Older: Ethan Cullum
Senior Champion: Ethan Cullum
Senior Reserve Champion: Caitlin Cullum
Champion Meat Breeding Doe: Katelyn Evans
Reserve Champion Meat Breeding Doe: Ethan Cullum