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Sarah Eastham competes in goat competition at Victoria Livestock Show (w/video)

By Sara Sneath
Feb. 22, 2014 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.

Sarah Eastham, 17, junior at St. Joseph High School, holds the head of her goat Samson, 9 months at her home in Victoria.

Samson, a 9-month-old male boer goat, doesn't like to be alone.

During Samson's last six months with Sarah Eastham, 17, of Victoria, he's had a companion goat named Delilah to keep him company.

As it turns out, most goats don't like to be alone.

"I pick her up while I have my goat every year," Sarah said of Delilah. "Most people tend to have more than one, because they get really lonely."

Sarah said the first year she showed a goat at the Victoria Livestock Show she didn't get a companion goat. The goat wouldn't stop bleating.

"We had neighbors call the first year when I had only one. It's not good," Sarah said.

Sarah got involved with Rough Riders 4-H Club to show goats. She is now on her fourth year of showing goats at Victoria Livestock Show and her fourth goat, Samson.

"He's quite a handful. He doesn't like to stand still," Sarah said.

Samson enjoys chewing on his plywood house, clothes and the chain that keeps the gate closed.

Sarah trains Samson to stand still, hold his head up and flex his hindquarters. When Samson's tail flicks and his legs move out of place, Sarah patiently moves them back.

"They just learn to stay still with a lot of repetition," she said. "They're not very smart. So, if you leave them alone for a week they forget things."

Boer goats, like Samson, are bred for meat rather than milk.

"I raise them, but I don't eat them," Sarah said.

She said the goats are sold at auction and butchered for personal food or given to charity.

"They don't have quite as much of a personality as some other animals. But there is definitely something there," Sarah said. "So, I'm always sad when I have to sell them at the end of the year."



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