Recognised Shows

1.         PREAMBLE
1.1       There are dairy goat clubs, breed groups and agricultural and pastoral societies throughout New Zealand by which shows/sections are held for the exhibition of dairy goats.

2.         OBJECTIVES
2.1       The affiliated clubs, the breed groups and the New Zealand Dairy Goat Breeders Association Inc will, through the organisation of shows, meet the obligations of Objectives 2b and 2g of the Association.

3.         PROCEDURES
3.1       Affiliation and Recognition:
(a)        Only those clubs and breed groups affiliated to the Association under the terms of Regulation 21 shall be eligible to hold recognised shows.  Any agricultural and pastoral society is also eligible under the terms of the Association’s affiliation with the Royal Agricultural Society.

(b)        Recognised shows are those held by affiliated clubs and breed groups and agricultural and pastoral societies pursuant to Regulation 25 where points gained by the placement of animals exhibited will go towards the national awards and towards championship and breed champion titles.

(c)        Only those shows officiated by a certified judge selected from the current judges panel shall be deemed recognised in conjunction with the terms outlined in 3.1(a) and 3.1(b).

3.2       Schedules:
(a)        Show schedules must be based on the minimum show schedule.  Special and extra classes may be added at the discretion of the affiliated group.  Classes for non-registered or non-recorded animals will not attract points but in terms of the Association’s objectives novelty and non-registered/recorded classes are encouraged.

(b)        Show schedules must be submitted to the NZDGBA show secretary for ratification as are any schedules subsequently altered or added to.  Provided no changes to the schedule are made, it need not be submitted to the show secretary on an annual basis.

(c)        Schedules must include information regarding date of show, location, time of commencement of judging, entry fees, closing dates for entries and rules and criteria for exhibition must also be included.

(d)        Schedules sent out to exhibitors must be identical to the schedule recognised by the NZDGBA show secretary.

(e)        The affiliated club, association or breed group or agricultural and pastoral society shall forward copies of the schedule and entry forms on request from exhibitors and shall provide receipt of entry fees.

(f)         The judge, stewards and exhibitors may confer on changes to the scheduled order of classes if deemed necessary or in the exhibits’ best interests.

3.3       Entries:
(a)        Entry forms must provide adequate space for the animals’ details and in particular the registration numbers of both the exhibited animal and its dam and sire.

(b)        At A & P shows only those animals registered or recorded with any association affiliated to the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand will be accepted unless entries for novelty or unregistered/unrecorded animals are invited on the schedule.  At club shows the organising club has the discretion to accept those animals registered or recorded with the NZDGBA only or registered or recorded with any association affiliated to the Royal Agricultural Society unless entries for novelty or unregistered/unrecorded animals are invited on the schedule.  Entries showing Registration Applied For or Registration Pending will not be accepted.

(c)        On the day of the show the goat must be not less than 4 weeks old.

(d)        Tattoos or microchipmust be legible.  The officiating judge will not grant a championship, challenge or breed award card if the tattoos or microchip are illegible.  Microchip reader will be supplied by the exhibitor.

(e)        No substitution of animals is permitted except upon the production of a veterinarian’s certificate and only in those classes in which the original animal was entered (as per RAS rules 39 and 40).

(f)         All animals exhibited in Special Classes must be exhibited in the appropriate Standard for Age classes.  Standard for Age classes are those for animals within the appropriate age range.

(g)        Closing dates must be clearly noted.  Late entries or entries taken on the day are at the discretion of the club or breed group.  Some agricultural and pastoral societies will not accept late entries.

(h)        No animal with disqualifying faults and/or suffering from injury, infectious disease, parasites or disability shall be entered.

(i)         Refunds of entry fees on exhibits withdrawn or not in attendance will not be made.  Refunds of entry fees through cancellation or postponement of the show will be at the discretion of the organisers.

(j)         No doe shall be stripped of milk in the ring.

(k)        Animals entered must be the bone fide property of the exhibitor.  Animals leased under Regulation 18 are deemed to be owned by the exhibitor.

3.4       Judges:
(a)        Only certified judges listed on the current panel of judges may be selected to officiate at a recognised show.

(b)        Overseas dairy goat judges holding current license or certification in their own county may be invited to judge at a recognised show with Council approval.

(c)        In the case of Royal Shows, the local dairy goat club and/or the agricultural and pastoral society shall submit the names of two judges (one acting as substitute) to Council.  Council will make the final selection.  Only senior judges will be selected to officiate at Royal Shows.  Senior in this instance implies a person who has been officiating as a judge for no less than three years subsequent to the year of admission to the panel providing they have officiated at a reasonable number of shows within that period.

(d)        Trainee judges, with the approval of the judges’ convenor and officiating judge, may be offered the opportunity to complete practical training at any show with the exception of a Royal Show.  The trainee judge will arrange and pay for his/her own travel.

(e)        Judges shall be invited to officiate by way of written invitation.  Accommodation and travel requirements shall be ascertained and duly arranged if required and the judge advised of the arrangements.  The judge will reply in writing either accepting or declining the invitation.

(f)         Enquiries should be made to the selected judge regarding their fee.  Most judges would set a fee to cover the cost of travel (if not already provided for by the club or group) and this fee is determined by the individual and may be negotiable.

(g)        Judges will not read tattoos or microchip, or the stud names be made known to them until judging of the show is concluded.  The judge may enquire as to the age of the exhibit or when, in the case of a doe, the animal last kidded.

(h)        Officiating judges shall act in a manner in keeping with their status; uphold the objectives of the Association and maintain an ethical bearing.

(i)         Any complaints against the judge shall be addressed to Council within seven days of the show as outlined in Regulation 28.

(j)         Any exhibited animal displaying a disqualifying fault exhibited shall be reported to Council by the judge within seven days of the show.  Details of the animals name and permanent identification will be included.  The judge will advise the exhibitor of their obligation to report the fault to Council.

(k)        The judge’s decision is deemed final and the judge reserves the right to disqualify any animal from the show if the animal does not comply with the rules and regulation and policies of the Association.  Accordingly, the judge also reserves the right to report to Council any exhibitor acting in an abusive and/or obstructive manner pursuant to Regulation 28.

(l)         No officiating judge shall exhibit or judge an animal owned by them and/or in their keeping.

3.5       Show Secretary and Stewards:
(a)        The show secretary of the affiliated group will ensure that all arrangements for the show are prepared.  There will be a minimum of two stewards; one a call steward who ensures that exhibitors are marshalled in adequate time for judging.  The ring steward shall be in attendance of the judge; advising them of the class they are judging; the number of exhibits; the passing over of ribbons, sashes, trophies to the judge for presentation.  The only exception to this is in the Type and Production classes where the ring steward presents the ribbons to the place getters.  The show secretary shall nominate a writer to take down the results of each class.

(b)        No details of any exhibit’s breed or appendix level, stud name and/or ownership shall be divulged by the steward/s to the officiating judge until judging is completed.

(c)        The show secretary will forward the completed results forms to the NZDGBA show secretary as soon as possible.

3.6       Exhibitors:
(a)        Exhibitors will make every endeavour to ensure that their exhibits comply with the criteria and rules and regulations of the Association and the Royal Agricultural Society.

(b)        Exhibitors leading or parading stock in judging rings and parades must wear clean, white attire, or breed uniform, and these may not carry any distinguishing words or emblems

(c)        Exhibitors will not divulge the name or show the tattoo or microchip of any goat to the officiating judge until judging of the show is concluded.

(d)        Exhibitors will make available any animals eligible for breed awards, Regulation 24.

(e)        The judge and steward will confer with exhibitors to ascertain the most convenient time for the judging of animals for the breed awards; generally at the conclusion of the scheduled classes.  The judge shall not read any animals tattoo or microchip until the conclusion of judging but may request the stewards to do so on their behalf.

(f)         Exhibitorswill be responsible for supplying a microchip reader if required.

3.7       Additional Policies regarding Combined Shows:
(a)        There are standard for age classes which include herd registered and associated records animals in the same class.

(b)        Points will be allocated as set out in Regulation 24(d).

(c)        The NZDGBA show secretary must be advised on the schedule and results form that the show is a combined show.

(d)        The schedule sent to exhibitors must make it clear it is a combined show and this cannot be changed after entries have been received.

(e)        Procedures for the judging of animals for champion and champion challenge will be the same as is the usual practice as outlined under Regulation 24.  Those eligible for breed awards will be judges as usual.

3.8       Reporting to the Association’s show secretary:
(a)        Standard result sheets obtainable from the show secretary must be correctly completed and forwarded to the show secretary promptly.

3.9       Junior Showperson:
(a)        Judges will be advised on any changes to the levels of judging exhibitors and exhibits in the junior  showperson classes as per the guidelines in the junior showperson handbook or as advised by the Judges Convenor or Junior Showperson Convenor.

4.1       The exhibitor wishing to qualify for this annual award shall present the ring steward their points card prior to judging.  The steward or writer shall complete the card and return it to the exhibitor at the conclusion of judging.

5.1       In the event of any question arising as to the administration, operation or interpretation of the policies and procedures, the NZDGBA Council shall consider the matter and its decision shall be final.