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Mantecas got their goats
School farm hosts international school, shows this weekend
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Manteca Unified School District Ag Instructor Pat Arias expects hundreds to descend on the school district’s new farm show facility Saturday to learn the art of judging Boer Goats. - photo by GLENN KAHL
It is a first for any high school Ag department.

The Manteca High School Farm at Louise Avenue and Airport Way is hosting an international goat judging school in addition to having two International Boer Goat Association (IBGA) shows.

“I’ve seen universities do this, but never a high school,” Manteca Unified Ag instructor Arias said.

He expects several hundred people to attend Saturday and Sunday.

“We are looking forward to providing education, friendly competition and the promotion of the Boer Goat breed in the United States,” Arias said.  “Come join in this rare opportunity to learn with other Boer Goat enthusiasts.”.

The Ag instructor said the weekend program was put together as a fund raiser to pay the way for Manteca Ag students to be able to attend the national championships in the Midwest with their Montadales Project.

The idea of the fundraiser was conceived between Arias and Don Smith of Talpa, Texas,who is the grandfather of breeding the Boer Goats and who introduced them to the U.S. through the import of frozen embryos from Australia.  He also heads up the Montadales Project.

Smith will be at the school farm both Saturday and Sunday serving as the lead trainer of the judging school within the confines of the brand new school farm facility.

The show judges will be Bob Labrucherie and Todd Maddux.

The Western Boer Classic Open/Jr. Show is set for Saturday and the Spring Boer Showdown Open/Jr. Show is set for Sunday.

The entered IBGA show goats may arrive at the school farm after 5 p.m. on Friday.  The Judges School registration meet-and-greet is set for Saturday at 7:30 a.m. followed by a judging seminar at 8 a.m.

To be taught Saturday morning will be the heritable traits and the live evaluation classes, live evaluation of carcasses, showmanship and standards book review.  A judges’ test will take place at noon and the first IBGA show – The Western Boer Classic – will take place at 1 p.m.   Qualifying judges will view and work with a master judge at that time.

At 8 a.m. on Sunday qualifying judges will meet with their training judges to be followed at 9 by a type conference where candidates will take part in live evaluations, breed standards and observe heritable traits, breed standards and structures.

The Spring Boer Showdown IBGA Show will follow at 1 p.m. The charge for bringing an animal for both days is $20 – one day is $15.  

The MUSD Show Team is providing a gourmet lunch and meals available for purchase including baby back ribs, tri-tip, salads and desserts.

 For further information Pat Arias can be reached at 969-4307.