My final stop in Colorado was the Stutz Family in LaPorte, Colorado. Here are some of my favorite pics of the Nigerians, just after they were bottle-fed.
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Nigerian Dwarfs are one of two new breeds recently recognized by ADGA. Since their acceptance, they have risen to be the 2nd most popular breed in ADGA.
Nigerians are the smallest dairy breed and must be 22″ at the withers or shorter. They are the only miniature breed of goat recognized by ADGA.
Some Nigerian’s have blue eyes, a trait that is unique to their breed. Nigerian’s can come in any color known to goats and are frequently spotted
Nigerian Dwarfs originate in West Africa, where they are called “West African Dwarfs”
Because of their size, color patterns and demeanor, Nigerian Dwarfs are very popular as 4-H and FFA animals, as well as family pets
Thank you to the Stutz Family for sharing your goats with us! You can find more information about Nigerian Dwarfs by visiting the American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association’s website
I was born into ADGA. My mother, Joan Bowen, already owned a herd of Saanens and had been working with dairy goats as a veterinarian for twenty years when I was born. My life has never been goat-less. When I was three I got the first goat of my own, Cookie (her sister’s name was Bookie– yes, I was a goat-naming genius at an early age). Cookie gave birth to Cream, Cream gave birth to Créme de la Cream and Cream Puff, they gave birth to Cheese Puff, and so on. My line of C-named goats still thrives twenty years later at the Bowen farm with Chamrock (born on St. Patrick’s Day), Cream Puff (nicknamed “Puff”, who is now very old) and Cameo (a yearling). While the remaining C’s are more like pets than hard-working show goats, I will never forget the joy goat showing brought me as a child. In fact, the very first time I won Best in Show (with Cookie, of course) it was the late ADGA judge Karen Senn who took a chance on me and my favorite doe. For 16 years I showed goats every summer, and the last show I participated in brought me full circle. Cream, a permanent champion and aged doe at the time, came along to shows with us for company but not to participate. At the last show of the summer, not very many people showed up and there were not enough Saanens to sanction the breed. I entered Cream to boost the numbers, and to everyone’s surprised, my beloved aged doe and I were in the Best in Show line-up by the end of the day. I will never forget this moment and look back on it as the highlight of my showing years. Cream and I didn’t win that day, but it was great to see my favorite goat back at the top at the end of her career.
This is one of the many reasons I am working daily on producing this goat-showing documentary. Most Americans have never even heard of goat showing– but it is so fun and so important to those involved! Please subscribe to this blog, our facebook, and our twitter! Spread the word to your friends! There is a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I know in the end this documentary will be the pride and joy of the American goat-showing community.
“Goat Show,” a yet-to-be titled documentary about goat showing, is a work in progress by dream team Helena Bowen, Trevor Taylor and Julian Broudy.
Helena Bowen, professional camera assistant and aspiring DP, is the so-called “brains of the operation.” She has the goat-show know-how, the documentary experience and the drive to turn this crazy culture into a fascinating story. She’s a director, she’s a producer, she’s a camera operator, she’s an editor, she’s a bird AND a plane.
Trevor Taylor, professional camera assistant and aspiring DP, is all about making this documentary look AMAZING. Trevor was born with a camera in his hands and makes beautiful images like it was his job (and it is). Trevor knows absolutely nothing about goat-showing or goats but is stoked for the experience.
Julian Broudy, camera assistant by mandate / association and aspiring screenwriter/director, is in charge of keeping Helena and Trevor in check. What is a beautiful movie without an amazing plot? (The Tree of Life, but that’s another story.) Julian’s job is to help Helena and Trevor craft insane amounts of footage into a fun story. He is also the dedicated morale booster.
WHAT: The 2012 American Dairy Goat Association National Show
WHERE: Loveland, Colorado
WHEN: July 7th – 14th 2012
WHY: What happens when hundreds of goat owners drive across the country with their goats and meet in one place for one week? Wouldn’t you like to know.