The future of the goat industry is entrusted to our youth.  To show our appreciation to the young people who are getting involved in the goat industry, we would like to spotlight selected youth.  If you are a parent or guardian of children with goats and would like to nominate them for this feature, please click on the link below.

 The Great AGBA Junior Record Book Contest of 2012!

Keep a record book over the year of your goat or goats.

Why? Enter for fun and prizes!

Who? Open to children under 18 who are AGBA junior members or children of regular AGBA members. All breeds of goats, including dairy, meat, purebreds, fibre, miniatures,  and all types are eligible to participate (fibre, meat, milk, pack goats, show goats or pets).

When? Start your project books now and keep watching GoatKeeper and the AGBA website for more details.

How? Download the AGBA youth goat project record book from one of the links below. The record book will guide you on what to include.

The record book is available in Word or PDF fomat. Choose which one works best for you!

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 Fun Facts About Goats


  • A large goat can weigh well over 200 pounds.
  • Goats don't have any upper front teeth.
  • Both 'boy' and 'girl' goats can have beards.
  • There are over 210 breeds of goats in the world.
  • Goats have excellent night vision.
  • 90% of the world's goats live in tropical & sub-tropical areas.
  • More chevon (goat meat) is eaten in the world than any other red meat.
  • More than half the world's population drinks goat milk.
  • The pupil in a goat's eye is rectangular in bright light instead of round.
  • A group of goats is called a "trip of goats", most people use the term "herd".
  • Before coins were used for money, goats were traded for silver, because they were so valuable.
  • Twelve thousand year old paintings of goats gave been found on the walls of caves in Europe.
  • Columbus brought goats to America in 1493.
  • Mahatma Gandhi lived mostly on goat milk for more than 30 years.
  • A goat will spend several hours a day eating and several hours a day thoughtfully chewing its cud.
  • The life span of a goat is about 15 years.
  • The age of a goat can be determined by its teeth.
  • Goats are ruminants which means they chew cud like cows and sheep.
  • Coffee was first discovered when goat herders noticed the goats acting very energetic after nibbling on coffee plants!

     4-H & Youth Programs

·         There are several youth programs in Alberta for young goat enthusiasts. Participants learn how to care for goats, select and prepare goats for shows, and showmanship. They also attend shows with their goats, such as the Westerner Goat Show in Red Deer in July, the Olds Fair and Rodeo Goat Show in Olds in August and Goat Gala at Farmfair International in Edmonton in November.

·         For more information on 4-H and youth programs, please contact:

·         Lori Latreille
Tawatinaw, AB
Phone 780-698-2208

·         Merna Gisler                           
Innisfail, AB          
Phone 403-227-2596     

 Click below to download a coloring page and crossword Katy's Goats

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