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Sydney Royal Easter Show

Sarah Collins - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Months ago, I agreed to help my good friend, Bert Cairns (Armadown Stud) of Proston show his Boer Goats at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.  I assisted another stud last year so, I should have been aware of what I was getting myself into!  A fourteen hour (plus) drive each way and long days doesn’t sound too bad if you say it quickly!

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  It’s great to see so many primary producers make the effort to exhibit valuable animals (of all breeds) at a show in the big smoke.   Competitors from QLD, NSW, and Victoria attended.  I think it’s so valuable to see the country come to the city and let our city folk take a bit of country back home.  This is one of the unique values of large Royal Agricultural and National Shows.

Of note this year was the quality of our Australian animals of all breeds; from a Boer Goat perspective, they are equal to what I’ve seen in South Africa.  In a relatively short period of time Australia has become a credible producer of Boer Goat genetics; thanks to good foundation stock, some hard work by our goat pioneers, and good husbandry.

A part of good husbandry is gastrointestinal worm control.   Most people immediately think of drenching, but as many would have experienced, worms are tough little critters and they develop chemical resistance quickly.  That’s why a multi dimensional control strategy must be employed.  This may consist of regular monitoring, paddock rotation, drenching, changing chemical drenches, and measuring the level of worm infestation in your animals. This last point is where my business, Zerocount, can assist you. Check out our products page.

The place getters at the Sydney Royal must be employing some sort of worm control strategy, complementing great nutrition, because the animals were very well conditioned.

After a week of hard work, a few ribbons, and lots of fun (and the fourteen hour drive – I almost forgot), I reflect that it was another great time I’ve had associated with Boer Goats.

 

 

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