Kentucky's growing goat industry received some valuable affirmation at the Kentucky State Fair when judges chose goats with Kentucky bloodlines as grand champion and reserve grand champion. In fact, both goats came from the farms where they were born and raised.
Alison Fister of Georgetown exhibited the grand champion goat, and Cody Jenkins of Muhlenberg County showed the reserve grand champion. At the Sale of Champions on Thursday, Fister's goat attracted a winning bid of $10,100, and Jenkins' goat fetched $7,500.
"This proves Kentucky has one of the very best goat industries in the nation, in quality as well as quantity," Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said.
"It's exciting that we have such a quality genetic base in Kentucky," said Ray Bowman, executive director of the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office. "Someone looking for a market wether next year can find one close to home. We are producing champion and world-class animals right here in Kentucky."