Goat show entries soar at Monto Show
THE Staines family are the only goat breeders in Monto but the quality they produce puts the town on the map in the goat-exhibiting world.
At the Monto and District Show, among winning the likes of the best udder of show and the breeders group, they took home the top prize, premium champion, with goat Karob Macey.
Karen Staines said it was Karob Macey's overall features that helped her add a prize to her collection.
"She's a good frame doe - the judges give points for their body construction and udder," she said.
"And if a goat is good in both fields, they'll score high."
Despite the dominance, Mrs Staines said the competition field was tough thanks to a record-breaking amount of entries.
"We had 128 entries, which was the highest we have ever had at the Monto Show," she said.
"Last year was 84 and that was the highest then. We have had exhibitors move into Central Queensland which also increases the number."
One of the new competitors also breeds Saanen goats.
"The people that came over from Morganville had the same breed as us, which meant we had more farmers to compete against," Mrs Staines said.
"The quality from everywhere blew the judges away, who came up from Brisbane."
In total, there were 71 goats in attendance.
"The show was great in that locals stood by and watched too," Mrs Staines said.
"The day just flowed on really smoothly, and we were able to have one of our sponsors come and help present the trophies."
Mrs Staines and the family had a busy year ahead on their goat-showing circuit.
"For us next is the Biloela show," Mrs Staines said.
"Later this year at the Dairy Festival, we will be holding our branch show."