Philly Suburbs Supply Kimberton Dairy Goat Champ

7/26/2014 7:00 AM
By Philip Gruber Staff Writer

KIMBERTON, Pa. — It is not often that a livestock show champion comes from a town close enough to Philadelphia to merit an exit on the Schuylkill Expressway.

Kender Kerr of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., scored one for the suburbs Monday by winning supreme champion at the Kimberton Community Fair’s dairy goat show.

Kender, an eighth-grader at Silver Springs Martin Luther School, has been showing Nubian goats for five years as a member of Montgomery County 4-H. He has also showed the youth supreme champion Nubian at the past two Pennsylvania Farm Shows.

“My first year in 4-H my friend let me show one of her goats,” Kender said of his start with dairy goats.

Kender brought five dairy goats, a market goat and a market lamb to Kimberton.

Kender, who said he enjoys “everything” about showing, said raising livestock would not have been on his radar if he had not joined 4-H.

The goats give Kender a different perspective on agriculture than his nonfarm peers. “I live in the suburbs, so it’s not something they would expect,” he said.

The animals live in the barn at Kender’s school, which used to be a dairy farm. “I see them twice a day, morning and evening” to give them food, water and hay, Kender said.

Kender is not growing crops at the school, though, so he gets feed from Perkiomen Valley Feed & Supply in Harleysville.

For breeding, he lets his females run with males for two months at a friend’s farm. Friends from Kender’s preschool days and people his mother knows also help him with his goats.

Raising goats in the suburbs has its odd moments. A policeman stopped Kender and his mother while driving one night last year. He heard screaming from the back of the van and was surprised when his flashlight beam landed on goats making goat noises.

James Wertz, the goat show judge, said he was pleased with the number of youths, like Kender, who showed at the fair, even as Kimberton and Chester County are getting built up.

Wertz, of Downingtown, used to raise Jersey cows and Toggenburg, Nubian, Alpine and Recorded Grade dairy goats. “Now I grow produce,” he said.

“I don’t see too many Nubians with udders like that,” Wertz said of Kender’s champion. “Most of the time, your Nubians don’t have the nicest udders.”

Following are the results of the dairy goat show.

Fitting and Showmanship

Senior Fitting and Showmanship: Abby Sterner

Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship: Kender Kerr

Junior Fitting: Colby Templin

Junior Showmanship: Ethan Sterner

Nigerian Dwarf

Kid Born On or After April 1: Annette Lovell

Kid Born Jan. 1-March 31: Jennifer Messner

Dry Yearling: Annette Lovell

Junior Champion: Annette Lovell

2-Year-Old in Milk: Annette Lovell

3-5 Years Old: Annette Lovell

Grand Champion: Annette Lovell


Kid Born On or After April 1: Colby Templin

Dry Yearling: Abby Sterner

Junior Champion: Abby Sterner

2-3 Years Old: Abby Sterner

3-5 Years Old: Kender Kerr

Grand Champion: Kender Kerr

Recorded Grade

Kid Born Jan. 1-March 31: Jennifer Messner

Dry Yearling: Jennifer Messner

Junior Champion: Jennifer Messner

5 Years and Older: Jennifer Messner

Grand Champion: Jennifer Messner


Dry Yearling/Junior Champion: Jennifer Messner

5 Years and Older: Jennifer Messner

Grand Champion: Jennifer Messner

Supreme Champion

Kender Kerr

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