Goats get the gongs at Ekka
GOATS, soap and Greek mythology were the keys to success for Nimbin’s Rachelle and Stuart White at the Brisbane Ekka last week.
Ms White said her pure-bred British Alpine goats, which are named after Greek mythology figures, won 12 ribbons, four of which were in the milk and butter producing sections.
“Harmony Isis and Harmony Pomona did really well. We were producing some really good quality milk with high butter fat content,” she said.
Ms White, who is a registered nurse, has also begun making natural skin products from goats milk.
“One of my friends makes soap, so I decided to start making it. I was just giving the soap away to start off with, but now everyone just wants more,” she said.
Ms White said her ‘goat soap’ was high quality, made entirely out of natural ingredients and was great for dry skin.
“Natural farming techniques pay off,” she said.
“The ribbons we received at the Brisbane show are proof of that.”
Ms White has been breeding goats for seven years and says naming her goats after Greek mythology figures defines their personalities.
“Phoebe, who is named after the Greek goddess of intelligence, is so smart she can work out anything. She can even open doors,” she said.
Ms White’s love for goats began in high school when she was assigned an agriculture project.
“We begged the teacher for a goat and he let us get one. My friend and I had to go into school after hours to look after it. I swore that when I got my own place I would start breeding goats,” she said.
Peter Ross, from Uki, was the most successful goat exhibitor at the Ekka, taking home 21 ribbons.
“I did quite well. I was just chucking my ribbons in a bucket and when I came home it was full,” he said.
Mr Ross said the Ekka was a big ordeal for him and his daughter, Melina, whose job it was to groom the animals.
“It’s a big effort, but it’s definitely worth it because it’s our one chance to expose our stock to the world,” he said.