Goats

Each year, approximately 1,200 goats are shown by their exhibitors at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Our Open Boer Goat Shows are sanctioned by the American Boer Goat Association and our Open Dairy Goat Shows are sanctioned by the American Dairy Goat Association.

Read on below to learn more about goat terminology, where you can find them at the Fair, and the type of competitions they are shown in during their stay.

Goats at the Wisconsin State Fair

Quick Goat Facts:

Key Goat Terminology

  • Caprine: the scientific name for animals in the goat family
  • Buck: a male goat
  • Doe: a female goat
  • Kid: a young goat less than one year in age
  • Wether: a castrated male goat
  • Tribe: refers to a group of goats

Common Breeds Shown at State Fair

  • Meat Goats:
    • Boer
  • Dairy Goats:
    • Alpine, LaMancha, Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, Oberhasli, Recorded Grade, Saanen, Sable (shown in photo above), Toggenburg

Where Can Goats Be Found?:

Goats are shown by their exhibitors at the Fair between Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4 and between Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11.

Sheep & Goat Barn

Goats will stay in the Sheep & Goat Barn as follows:

Aug. 1 Boer & Dairy Goats
(Aug. 1 closes @ 4pm)
Aug. 2-4 Dairy Goats
(Aug. 4 closes @ 2pm)

The Sheep & Goat Barn is open daily from 9 am – 9 pm except where noted in the table above.

Swine & Goat Barn

Goats will stay in the Swine & Goat Barn as follows:

Aug. 9-11 Dairy Goats
(Aug. 11 closes @ 2:30pm)

The Swine & Goat Barn is open daily from 9 am – 9 pm except where noted in the table above.

Compeer Financial Discovery Barnyard

Goats can also be seen every day during the Fair from 9 am – 9 pm in the Compeer Financial Discovery Barnyard.

Goat Event Descriptions:

All goat shows are held in either the Sheep & Goat Barn Showring (Aug. 1-4) or the Swine & Goat Barn Showring (Aug. 9-11) with the exception of the Grand Champion Drive on Aug. 7 held in the Case IH Coliseum.

Stop by the Sheep & Goat Barn or Swine & Goat Barn to see these events:

  • Showmanship (shown in photo above): the exhibitor is evaluated on their knowledge of and their ability to handle and maneuver their animal
  • Boer Goat Show: boer goats are evaluated on the overall correctness of their body proportions and how well their characteristics match the standard for their breed
  • Best Doe in Show: the judge selects an overall champion across all breeds of dairy goat does
  • Milkers: each dairy goat doe that has given birth is evaluated on whether they have full and balanced udder, the overall correctness of their body proportions, and how well their characteristics match the standard for their breed
  • Non-Milkers: each dairy goat doe that has not yet given birth is evaluated on the presence of desired maternal attributes, the overall correctness of their body proportions, and how well their characteristics match the standard for their breed