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Teen uses #8216;big baby#8217; for win

Winning top dairy goat showmanship honors was a simple equation: Maddy behaved so Kayla Skaggs won.

The 15-year-old Ironton area teen took home the showmanship honors and a few other awards in the senior dairy goat competition Friday, in part because her goat was on her best behavior.

“Maddy is a big baby. She acted pretty good today,” Kayla said. “She kind of got restless at the end but that is to be expected for a goat.”

After some near misses in past years, Kayla said she liked the way it felt to walk away with the top honors.

“It felt pretty good,” she said. “This is my first time getting a showmanship award. It feels good.”

What is it that draws Kayla to goats? It is their personality, of course.

“Goats are easy to handle and easy to work with,” she said. “They are not really that hard to take care of. They like attention.”

Every contestant won at least one of the 13 categories. Other contestants in the competition were Kaitlin Huddle, Erin Adkins, Amanda McArthur and Jessica Keathley.

Dairy Goat Showmanship

Results

Senior showmanship

1st place - Kayla Skaggs

2nd place - Kaitlin Huddle

3rd place - Jessica Keathley

Junior showmanship

1st place - Erin Adkins

Junior Skillathon

1st place - Dustin Jackson

Senior Skillathon

1st place - Kaitlin Huddle

2nd place - Amanda McArthur

3rd place - Jessica Keathley

First year Pack Goat

1st place - Kaitlin Huddle

Advanced Pack goat

1st place - Kaitlin Huddle

Overall Pack Goat

1st place - Kaitlin Huddle

2nd place - Erin Adkins

Dairy Goat Yearling - Nubian

1st place - Kaitlin Huddle

Dairy Goat Yearling - Overall

1st place - Kaitlin Huddle

2nd place - Jessica Keathley

Dairy Goat Production Doe

1st place - Kaitlin Huddle

Cart Goat

1st place - Kaitlin Huddle

Pygmy Doe Kid

1st place - Amanda McArthur

Nubian Doe Kid

1st place - Jessica Keathley

2nd place - Kayla Skaggs

3rd place - Kaitlin Huddle

Overall Doe Kid

1st place - Jessica Keathley

2nd place - Amanda McArthur

3rd place - Kayla Skaggs

Dairy Goat Yearling - Alpine

1st place - Jessica Keathley