Exhibiting Cashmere goats has proved a most valuable public relations event; many Growers were introduced to the Industry through this medium. Because of this, it is important that a degree of professionalism and uniformity prevail both in presentation and acceptable standards. These need to be maintained by Exhibitors, Judges and Organisers.
When exhibiting goats, growers have an opportunity to advertise their animal herd, management and themselves, therefore, the animals should ideally be selected, educated, and trained to lead. They should be presented in good health, clean, (free of vegetable matter and lice), with feet trimmed, (free of footrot and abscesses).
Whilst animals must be clean, fit, healthy and well-behaved, animal preparation should stop there. Artificial preparation is to be avoided; the Australian Cashmere should look like an "honest working animal".
Veterinary inspection should take place prior to the animals entering the show venue. If it is not practical to have a vet on hand, a person experienced in animal health or goat husbandry should be able to carry out the health check. Disqualification must occur for animals not meeting the health requirements and they should not be allowed to enter the show venue.
Animals with obvious conformation faults eg. Monorchids (one testicle), over and under shot jaws etc., should be permitted to remain in the ring. After the class is judged the judge should discretely bring the fault to the attention of the Exhibitor. Minor faults will be contributing factors in the overall appraisal of the animal.
For safety reasons animals should be under the control of their handlers at all times whilst in the Show Ring. For best control, handlers need to restrain their animals with well-fitted halters and leads and to stand at the heads of the animals they are exhibiting.
Show organisers should stipulate preferred dress.
A great many people gain their first impressions of the Cashmere Industry from Shows. Animals being carried or led into the ring by a variety of means from baling twine to heavy chain, can reflect upon the exhibitors, the organisers and the Association in a very unfavourable light.
Judges should refer to the ACGA standards for the cashmere animal and cashmere fleece, as a guide to assessing the merits of the entries being exhibited.
The basic sections of all cashmere shows must be in accordance with age, determined by the number of teeth at the time of exhibiting.
* These two classes can be combined if small numbers in classes.
It is imperative when organising shows that White Sections be shown first to allow any animals which are eliminated by the steward for a colour infringement to be transferred to a Coloured Class.
Animals with long, medium or short guard hair must not be separated into specific sections. Judges must be able to place animals on their merit, irrespective of their guard hair length.
Optional sections for consideration by Show Committees and Organisers include:
a) Dam and Daughter. The daughter must show a distinct improvement over her dam. This improvement may be considered in terms of fineness, cover, density, staple length and, all else being equal, colour ( white progeny a preference, regardless of dam colour).
b) Sire's Progeny The dominance of a buck should be displayed in producing an improved uniform progeny line, similar in conformation, fleece type and colour. The progeny line-up should not be less than three.
Champion: All sectional winners should be eligible for the Champion Awards (including milk tooth animals), after all, winners are relative "only on the day".
Reserve Champion: Is selected from a line -up that includes the "runner up" to the Grand Champion in that same Class.
N.B. Cashgora is not cashmere and should not be awarded a place in a Cashmere Show. Fibre type assessment to be determined by the judge.