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08 December 2021
Miniature-goat breeders from seven studs will showcase their animals at an inaugural Christmas event at Horsham Showground on Saturday.
Miniature Goats Australia, MGA, will host the event, open to miniature goats from all associations.
Tracy Matthews of Kokoda Miniature Goats, Riverside, said she hoped the Christmas show would become an annual event.
“This is the first of hopefully many with MGA at Horsham Showground,” she said.
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“Judging starts at 11am and the public can attend free of charge.”
Mrs Matthews said the show had attracted 72 entries from seven studs.
She said breeders from South Australia were hoping to attend but much would depend on latest border rules.
Mrs Matthews has been breeding goats for the past seven years.
“I breed them and sell them and show them when I can,” she said.
“I promised my husband I’d never, ever have any more than 10 and I’m up to 15.
“Goats are very loyal, you can train them like a dog – you can even house train them.”
Mrs Matthews said she used to have dairy goats when her children were young, due to their allergies.
“I got out of them when the kids grew up,” she said.
“Then when I moved here and onto a bit of acreage, I saw an article on miniature goats and thought that’s what I need.”
Mrs Matthews said rearing goats was therapeutic.
“Even though I was into horses for most of my life, these are a better size for me,” she said.
“Goats are very loving and very good emotionally – if you’re having a bad day, go and sit out in the paddock with the goats.”
– Sarah Matthews
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