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KateLynn Kelly, 18, with her goat Honey just before the Dairy Goat Show at the Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair Tuesday at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Honey won first place in class three of the show. (Alex Ross Photo)

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Children took part Tuesday afternoon in the Dairy Goat Show at the Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds.

Aubrey Williams, 10, of Roswell holds her goat Pepa before the Dairy Goat Show at the Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair Tuesday at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Pepa was one of 15 goats entered into the Dairy Goat Show. (Alex Ross Photo)

It was one of three shows Tuesday in addition to the Meat Goat and Swine shows.

Cindy Fogelsong — who breeds goats and is judge of the all-female goat contest — said 15 goats were entered into this year’s show, with some children entering multiple goats.

Goats are entered into one of six classes where they are judged. The winners in each class are eventually awarded a champion and reserve champion.

Laura Russo, who has long been involved with the Dairy Goat Show, said it differs with some of the other shows at the fair, where the animals entered are later sold to willing buyers. Instead, the children that enter them into the contest get to take them home again afterward.

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“So this is good for the tender-hearted kids,” Russo said.

Fogelsong said the program is one about breeding. The children start out with one goat, breed it and eventually get a herd of babies, which is supposed to be of higher quality than the mother.

The offspring of a goat that has won a show is then more appealing to buyers of a baby.

KateLynn Kelly was among the contestants. For Kelly, 18, this is her second year entering goats into the Dairy Goat Show. Last year the goats she entered won third-, fourth- and fifth-place prizes.

This year she entered three Nigerian Dwarf goats: Honey, Sugar and Spice.

Kelly said her family has raised dairy goats for a long time. She added that she loves the experience of the show.

“It’s a lot of fun to see what the judge has to say about our goats, what we can improve and all the other things that can go on with it,” she said.

When the show began, the children lead their goats around the arena on harnesses for Fogelsong to inspect them. Honey was awarded first-place.

Kelly said that it feels amazing to win first-place in her class.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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