Miniature Goat Breeders Association (MGBA)
On Saturday, March 27, Woodleigh hosted the Miniature Goat Breeders Association (MGBA) first Woodleigh School Show. Fourteen students attended, along with other MGBA members, to learn more about miniature goats, handle them, and show them.
The show was the culmination of many weeks of work through activities and lunchtimes over the term. The students have spent many hours getting to know the goats and having them used to be handled. As the goats arrived during our remote learning phase last year, they were not accustomed to having many people around them. The students prepared our goats to show and were also responsible for putting together all the prizes for each of the show categories – 28 all up. They helped to make beeswax wraps, they carefully wrapped and labelled all the prizes, and Ben Noxon took on Co-Steward's role on the day, which involved handing the prizes out to the lucky winners.
Here is one of the AgHort Activity students account of Term 1 at the Woodleigh Farm:
"Hi, I am Miah. I was put into the Farm Activity for this term. As soon as I opened the gate to the goat pen, I have really felt like I belong at Woodleigh. We have been doing some really fun and exciting things up at the farm, like hatching chicks and stick insects, preparing for the goat show, and building an agility course for Seiba.
The goat show was so much fun, and I learnt so much about the goat's stance to how I move around the goat. But this was the easy bit. Preparing for the show was much more challenging as we had to wash, shave and clip them. All of the goats hated it. After the show, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I was tired and wanted to go to bed, but I was happy that I had tried something new and enjoyed it. I think that this is what the Woodleigh kids are known to do, have adventurous minds, and try new things, but the farm has helped me feel a sense of belonging at Woodleigh."