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A versatile species, Goats can be raised for Meat or Dairy! Manistee County 4-H has a vibrant participation in Goats as 4-H Livestock Projects!

Youth, ages 5 to 19, are eligible to show and market* Goats with 4-H at the Manistee County Fair.

*The current rules, under the by-laws of the Manistee County 4-H Livestock Council, state that all 4-H participants MUST complete one year of SHOWMANSHIP ONLY before they can market an animal. Cloverbud years DO count towards this requirement. No 4-Her may market ANY animal until 4-H age 8.

Possession Dates & Minimum/Maximum Weights

Goats, regardless of Meat or Dairy, must have a birth date between December 1 and March 1 of the current Fair year.

Minimum market weight for Goats is sixty (60) pounds, as of CHECK-IN Day of Fair.

No maximum weight.

Purchase or Proof of Origin MUST be provided for ALL Livestock Animals.

Goat Resources

Learning Goat Showmanship

4-H Goat Snapshot

MSU College of ANR


4-H Goats on


4-h Quiz Bowl:


4-H Goats:


Dairy Goat Breeders

Meat Goat Farms


American Dairy Goat Association

American Boer Goat Association

National Pygmy Goat Association

Nigerian Dairy Goat Association

Teaching Your Goat to Drive

Biology of the Goat

Meat Goat Anatomy

A Guide to Goat Buying

What is a Scrapies Tag?!

Mark Your Calendar!

Registration of your Goat 4-H Animal Project for Show and/or Market is due June 25! Click the button to be taken to the registration form.

4-H Goat Projects can be registered by filling out:

  • the Fillable PDF and emailing it as an attachment to the Manistee Livestock Council or 4-H Program Coordinator


  • by filling out the Google Form and submitting it Online

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