MOUNT VERNON — There are many different ways to raise a champion market goat.
From the way the goat is fed to the way it is exercised, there are many different methods used by youths in Knox County.
Two different approaches both yielded great results Monday during the Market Goat Show at the Knox County Fair. Amelia Kyle of Utica bottle fed her orphaned, 83-pound goat en route to winning Grand Champion honors.
“I was surprised since this was a bottle baby. It was an orphan, so we had to hand feed it,” Kyle said. “It was real jumpy today. Usually, it’s fine, really tame.”
Anna Lamb of Danville used dinnertime as an exercise for her 75-pound goat, which won Reserve Champion honors. She used a ladder and put the feed and water in a spot where the animal had to climb the steps in order to get sustenance.
“It was a lot of hard work, but I think that’s what probably worked,” Lamb said.
Kyle won Class 7 to get to the finals in just her second year showing goats. She has been around them for a while as her older sister showed goats and she picked up some pointers along the way.