Family Gets the Goats at Schnecksville Show

6/29/2013 1:00 AM
By Philip Gruber Staff Writer

SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. — Winning the goat show at the Schnecksville Community Fair turned out to be a family affair.

Carole Holder won grand champion with a Recorded Grade goat, and her daughter Diana Heimbach, of Macungie, took reserve champion with her 2013 Farm Show-winning Nubian.

Judge Todd Biddle, from Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, praised Holder’s goat for having “a combination of all the features” on the highly technical rubric used to evaluate goats.

Holder’s goat had a “lovely udder,” “a very beautiful top line” and excellent feet and legs, Biddle said.

Biddle was judging at Schnecksville, which unofficially kicks off the Lehigh Valley fair season, for the first time in his almost quarter-century of judging that has taken him around the country.

Holder and Heimbach don’t think there is a pithy, five-point plan to raising a winning show goat. They attribute their success simply to the experience they have gained over 19 years of breeding goats.

Holder got into raising goats around the time her daughter did — when Diana joined 4-H at age 8. They have been breeding all their own goats ever since.

Though the number has fluctuated over the years, they currently total around 45 animals in their herds, including six milkers.

Holder and her husband joke that they are putting up a new barn on their property to serve as an “old goats’ home.”

Following is a list of winners at the June 21 competition.

Open Dairy
FFA
Todd Wessner
Champion Showman
Abby Sterner
Market Goats
4-H
Champion and Reserve Champion
Brian Snyder
FFA
Champion and Reserve Champion
Todd Wessner
Breeds
Nubians
Grand Champion
Diana Heimbach
Recorded Grade
Carole Holder
All Other Breeds
Diana Heimbach


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