Thank you for inquiring about the Pygora goat as a 4-H project. There are many books available for the care of goats in general. Working with your vet and breeder can help you with problems that may arise. Many breeders also spin the wonderful fiber that Pygora produce and they would be happy to discuss techniques and projects with you. There is a book dedicated to “Pygora Goats as 4-H projects” in the works, as this is being printed. If you ever have any questions, like how to start your own club or program, setting up a show or anything about Pygoras in 4-H, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Although each state and county does things a bit differently, I’m sure together we can make it happen.

Below is a list of Pygora goat clubs that have contacted the Pygora Breeder’s Association to be included in this publication. If you know of any clubs that are using Pygora goats as projects, please contact me and let me know so they too can be included.

Colorado
Carr, Colorado
Summit Ranch Family 4H Club
Club devoted to Pygora Goats as projects
Leader: Tonya De Marco
6611 Ranchland Lane
Carr, CO 80612
Tonya@SmokeySummitRanch.com
Oregon
Benton County, Oregon
Wooly Workers
Fiber animals and Fiber Arts Club (preparing wool, spinning, dyeing, felting and knitting)
Leader: Tina Withrow-Robinson
tina.withrow-robinson@oregonstate.edu
Clackamas County, Oregon
Pygora Goat & Fiber Club
Leader: Renee Elting
16098 S. Spangler Rd.
Oregon City, OR 97045
goatiemom@aol.com
Columbia County, Oregon
Columbia country Outlaws 4H Club
Fiber, Dairy, Meat and Pygmy Goats
Co-Leaders: Deborah Christensen & Erica Brown
PO Box 534
Scappoose, OR 97056
remymclean@yahoo.com
d.a.christensen@comcast.net
Columbia County, Oregon
Dare to Dream 4H Club
Fiber Arts, Knitting and Crocheting
Co-Leaders: Deborah Christensen & Erica Brown
PO Box 534
Scappoose, OR 97056
remymclean@yahoo.com
d.a.christensen@comcast.net
Columbia County, Oregon
Four Hoof Frenzy
Pack goats, meat goats, Dairy and Fiber Goats
4H Leader: Joy Winkelhake & 4H Teen Leader: Kayla
57869 Cedar Springs Drive
Scappoose, OR 97056
dazzlehill@juno.com
Deschutes County, Oregon
Little Rascals 4H Club
4H Leader: Lisa Cooper & 4H Mom: Carrie Thompson
17243 Azusa Rd
Bend, OR 97707
datcat777@netscape.com
Polk County, Oregon
Kids and Co.
Leader: Jackie Liner
16725 Hwy 22
Dallas, OR 97338
linerfarm@worldnet.att.net
Washington County, Oregon
Golden Fleece 4H Club
Fiber Animal and Fiber Arts
Janet Tilp
29459 SW Ladd Hill Rd
Sherwood, OR 97140
janst@spiritone.com
janet@trilliumvalleyfarm.com
Washington County, Oregon
Fiber Friends
Leader: Marcelle Anderson
12062 NW Jackson Quarry
Hillsboro, OR 97124
marcellea@aol.com
Washington
Lincoln County, Washington
Lincoln County Livestock Club
Nina Olson, Goat Project Leader
Emily Houger
P.O. Box 33
Creston, WA 99117
houger@centrytel.net

To have your 4H club listed on the PBA website send Janet Tilp the following:

  • Club Name
  • Club Leader
  • Address
  • City
  • County
  • State
  • Zip
  • Phone
  • E-mail
  • Tell us what your club focuses on

Thanks again for your interest.  
Janet Tilp
4-H / Youth Chairperson
29459 S.W. Ladd Hill Road
Sherwood, OR 97140
Phone: 503-925-8305
janst@spiritone.com

Mission Statement

The Education Fund was put into place with the sole purpose of promoting and educating the general public regarding the Pygora® goat. PBA members in good standing may apply for these funds. The funds are to be used in ways that would benefit the PBA and address the goals mentioned. All grants need PBA Board approval. 

Application Guidelines for each calendar year

A.  General:

  1. The PBA Educational Fund Committee, with the endorsement of the PBA board, will administer the Education Funds.
  2. Monies will only be awarded if the PBA treasury can support such funding, but the Board will be required to make every effort to do so.
  3. A determined amount of money will be available each year for one or more grants, totaling no more than $600.

B.  Time line for Proposals and Awards:

  1. Call for Proposals will be announced in February of each year in the PBA Newsletter as well as on the PBA website. PBA will have available an “Educational Fund Proposal Packet” to those requesting one.
  2. Proposals (hard copies) will be due to the Board by September of the year, preceding the year the grant would be awarded.
  3. Awards will be made by the Board, no later than December of the year the proposal was submitted. All parties submitting proposals would be notified as soon as possible.
  4. Receipts from expenses would be due to the PBA treasurer no later than 10 working days after the event.

C.  Board Guidelines for awarding funds:

  1. The Board will accept one or more proposal each year, with an attempt to award the total amount agreed upon in A3. Awards can be for the full amount, or if several grants are to be funded, the money will be proportioned as the Committee suggests.
  2. The Board would have the option of not awarding any proposals in any given year, if they felt the situation is warranted.
  3. Preference will be given to a region that was “under-developed” if warranted and/or attempts will be made to award proposals equally in all three PBA districts.
  4. Proposals will be accepted as is, or accepted with Board modifications. The person(s) submitting proposal would then be allowed to accept or reject the modifications. If rejected, they could have one chance to present their case as to why they feel the modifications would not acceptable.
  5. Emphasis of awards will be to reach as many people as possible.
  6. Awarded money will have to be spent in the manner outlined in the accepted proposal.

D.  Examples of what the PBA Educational Fund might fund

  1. Pygora goat health issues
  2. Pygoras in 4-H
  3. Pygora fiber/spinning seminars/workshops
  4. Livestock Management
  5. Pasture Management
  6. Show information/Training
  7. Other innovative ideas!

E.  Examples of expenses PBA might fund:

  1. Travel for individuals crucial to the event
  2. Food and Lodging crucial to the event
  3. Educational Materials & Supplies
  4. Stipend for speakers
  5. Rental costs associated with the event

F.  Rules & Regulations:

  1. No individual or group submitting proposals to be funded from the Educational Fund shall use these monies for a “for-profit” event.
  2. Award must be used to cover only expenses listed in the budget of the proposal.
  3. If fees are required to attend the event, they must be used for expenses not covered by the PBA award.
  4. All original receipts that grant fund monies are used for must be submitted to the PBA Treasurer no later that 10 working days after the date of the event.

Educational Fund Proposal Requirements

Proposal requirements: The Educational Fund Proposal must be submitted to the PBA Board by the time frame listed in the Application Guidelines. The information provided would need to include the following:

A.  Identification:

  1. Name, address, phone number, email, etc. of contact person writing the grant.
  2. What group, if any, you are representing?
  3. Other individuals participating in the “planning committee” for your event (if any).

B.  Purpose of Proposal:

  1. A brief description of the event.
  2. How might PBA members benefit from this event?
  3. What audience are you targeting?

C.  General:

  1. How many participants are expected?
  2. Location and date of event.
  3. Subject matter to be covered at event (brief)
  4. PBA members only or is the public invited?

D.  Budget

  1. All expected expenses of the event must be listed, including those that you would be applying funds for. Specify what expenses you would expect the PBA Education Fund to cover.
  2. All income for event must be listed, regardless of the source.
    1. Funding requested from the Educational Fund.
    2. Fees charged at the door (if any).
    3. Funding from other agencies (if any).
    4. Donations/Contributions expected (if any).
    5. Other

E.  Any other information you would like to include for the Committee’s benefit.

PBA HIGH POINT WINNERS

2018 Supreme Champions

2018 High-Points Winners

2019 High Point Supreme Champions and High Point Winners

SHOW RESULTS

2014 Michigan Fiber Festival Pygora® Goat and Fleece Show Champions

2014 OFFF Pygora Goat Show Results

2014 OFFF Pygora Fleece Show Results

2015 MFF Pygora Fleece and Goat Show Results

2015 OFFF Pygora Fleece and Goat Show Results

2016 MFF Pygora Fleece and Goat Show Results

2016 OFFF Pygora Fleece Show Results

2016 OFFF Pygora Goat Show Results

2016 Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival Pygora Goat Show

2017 Michigan Fiber Festival Pygora Goat and Fleece Show

2017 Washington County Fair Pygora Goat Show

2017 Oregon Flock & Fiber Pygora Goat and Fleece Show

2017 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair

2018 Washington County Pygora Goat and Fleece Show

2018 Michigan Fiber Festival Pygora Fleece and Goat Show

2018 Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival Pygora Fleece and Goat Show

2018 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair Pygora Fleece and Goat Shows

2019 Washington County Fair Pygora Goat and Fleece Shows

2019 Michigan Flock & Fiber Pygora Goat Shows

2019 Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival Pygora Goat and Fleece Shows

2019 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair Pygora Goat and Fleece Shows

2019 Michigan Fiber Festival Pygora Goat and Fleece Shows

2020 Lemonade Pygora Fleece Show

2020 Michigan Fiber Festival Pygora Fleece Show

2020 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair Pygora Fleece Show

2021 Michigan Fiber Festival Pygora Goat and Fleece Shows

2021 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair Goat and Fleece Shows

2021 Autumn Pygora Fleece Show

2022 MFF Fleece Show

2022 MFF Goat Show

Fran Bishop
538 Lamson Road
Lysander, NY  13094
315-678-2812
rsapygmies@aol.com
Liza Sanford-Crane
125 W. Lewis Shore Road
Elkton, MD  21921
410-392-5904
pygoras@pygoras.net
George DeGeer
51920 SW Dundee Road
Gaston, OR  97119
503-703-8875
george@hawksmtnranch.com
Lisa Roskopf
51920 SW Dundee Road
Gaston, OR  97119
503-703-8875
lisa@hawksmtnranch.com
Lisa Grzeskowiak
19012 West Darby Rd
Marysille, OH  43040
937-642-8072
greystonehomestead@gmail.com
Ruth Hawkins
127 E 900 Rd.
Baldwin City, KS  66006
785-840-4085
rhawkinsdesign@yahoo.com
Terri Kistler
136 Fisher Rd
Winlock, WA  98596
360-827-1126
terri@whistlekickpygoras.com
Erica Johansen
PO Box 125
Scappoose, OR  97056
503-329-1262
johansenerica69@gmail.com

Amanda Sadowski
7686 North State Rd 55
Lake Village, IN  46349
219-363-2118
sunorahfarm1@gmail.com

No Pygora® shows in your area? Not a problem – just ship your goat in a box to a show. Actually, for PBA-sanctioned fiber shows, you can keep the goat at home and send the fleece. It is a fun way to show off a Pygora’s main product and removes any possible travel-related risk to the goat’s health. The PBA requires that all fleeces shown in a sanctioned fleece show must be harvested within 1 year of the show.

Preparing For a Fleece Show

The hardest and most time-consuming part of preparing a show fleece is preparing for harvest. If you have more than one goat, you may want to save the best fleece for last and practice on less-perfect fleeces. To prepare a fleece to be shown:

  • To pluck or comb a fleece, check your goats to determine when they first start shedding. Use a plastic hairbrush, pet grooming brush or cotton hand card to comb out the fleece. To hand pluck, gently pull the fleece from the goat; it should come off easily! Goats generally do not shed all at once so should be combed or plucked every few days. Experiment to see what works best for you.
  • Remove dirt and debris. There are several ways to do this:

Using a blower – you can use a commercial animal blower, a hair dryer on a cool setting or even a leaf blower. Make sure the opening of the blower is not restricted and that the blower is not on high. Both can cause the air to travel very fast and can cause felting. Blow the dirt out, not in. Don’t blow straight down into the fleece; instead, blow across the fleece at a 90º angle. If you notice felting, either slow the air speed or hold the blower farther away.

Brushing – you can use a brush to very lightly brush the fleece, teasing the dirt out. Don’t comb the fleece like your hair. Use short, quick strokes with a dog slicker or a hairbrush with balls on the tips of the bristles. It is very important that you don’t brush the locks out. If you do, spritz the fleece with water and let the goat dry for a day or two bedded on clean straw. This should revive the locks.

Washing the goat – this may be done only before the fleece is harvested. PBA show rules state that a fleece must be shown in its natural state so you may not wash a fleece after it has been harvested. In addition, do not use anything except water to wash your goat. Use warm water if possible to rinse the goat. Make sure you have enough time to get the goat totally dry before shearing. Do not wash your goat if the weather doesn’t permit.

  • Harvest the fleece by shearing, combing or plucking. It’s up to you and the fleece type you want to show. The way you harvest can affect your score. For example, with a combed fleece, a judge cannot see lock formation. It may help the judge if you clip some of the fleece to preserve some locks. Take your time harvesting so you can preserve as much of the look of the fleece as possible. If you shear, avoid second cuts. These really can hurt your score.
  • Package your fleece for display. Pygora™ fleeces are shown in a cardboard banker’s box (readily available at office supply stores). You want to present the best picture possible. Laying the locks out in a box is a very popular way to display PygoraTM. This means more time has to be taken while shearing, but the presentation is well worth it. Only minimal skirting is allowed (removing undesirable or stained parts of the fleece).
  • Complete the paperwork. Label the box or bag with date of harvest, fleece weight, fleece type, and method of harvest. If you comb or pluck, record the start and stop dates as the fleece will not release all at once. You must include a copy of the goat’s registration papers.
  • Send/deliver the fleece to the show coordinator. For out-of-town shows, the entry form should list the return postage to have your fleece sent back to you. If you are interested in selling your fleece at the show, ask the show coordinator what the rules are for selling.

Buck Fleece Shows

Because bucks like to add their ‘perfume’ to their fleece, a buck’s fleece is shown very differently. To enter a buck’s fleece you need:

  • a 1-ounce sample of fleece harvested from the buck’s barrel in a ziplock bag with the harvest date written on the bag.
  • a color, side-view photo of the buck in full fleece.
  • a copy of the buck’s registration papers.

DIRECTOR NOMINATION FORM

Nomination Procedures

  1. Nominations for the following June’s Director vacancies will be open to the membership starting September 1st and will remain open until January 15th.  Self-nominations are acceptable.
  2. Notifications of such vacancies shall appear in the Fall and Holiday PBA Newsletters.  This Notification will include a nomination form template and a list of positions that are up for election.
  3. All nomination forms must be received by the PBA Secretary no later than January 15th.  Nominees who were not self-nominated will be notified of their nomination by e-mail as soon as it is received by the Secretary.
  4. All nominees, including incumbent Directors who are eligible for re-election, must formally accept their nominations by submitting an autobiography to the PBA Secretary no later than February 1st; otherwise the nominee will not be eligible for election.
  5. Eligibility requirements
    1. Must be 21 years of age by June 1st of the year in which the nomination is made.
    2. Must be a member in good standing with PBA at the time of nomination and throughout the directorship.
    3. Must be either an active Pygora breeder or have substantial knowledge and experience related to Pygoras and their products.

Election Procedures

  1. PBA will have two Directors from each of the three regions, serving two-year terms. In each election, the nominee from each region with the most votes will be elected. If there was no nominee in a region, a nominee from a different region who was not elected, but has the next highest number of votes, will be elected to the position. In addition, three at large representatives will serve two-year terms, with elections alternating for two members one year and one member the next. 
  2. Ballots will be prepared and mailed with the Spring PBA Newsletter (to be mailed to members by March 1st).  Ballots will be printed on colored paper and numbered so they cannot be easily reproduced.  If there is only one nominee in a region, the unopposed nominee will be deemed elected by unanimous consent.
  3. Ballots will be returned to a PBA member appointed by the current Board of Directors who is not currently a Director, holds no elected or appointed positions in PBA, and is not a nominee in the current Director Election for counting.
  4. Ballots must be postmarked by March 31st.  Ballots returned after the deadline will not be counted.
  5. Any tie in the election for Board of Directors will be decided by written vote by the existing Board members.

The PBA Registrar shall identify a place, with a separate physical location from the PBA Office, to store a backup copy of printed and electronic versions of the PBA herd book and financial data records.  The location and any information required to access the information shall be provided to the PBA President and Vice-President.  The electronic data shall be in a format such that it can be used to restore operations with readily available technology products (computer hardware and software) should a disaster occur at the PBA Office.

  1. BI-MONTHLY
    • Sends an electronic copy of the herd book and financial records to be stored in the identified location.
     
  2. BI-ANNUALLY
    Herd book
    • Prints a paper copy of the herd book and stores it in the identified location.  No fewer than two versions of the printed herd book shall be stored at all times.
    Financial
    • Prints a list of all financial transactions that have occurred in the previous 6 months and adds them to the existing printed transactions.  No fewer than 24 months of printed financial records shall be stored at all times.

PGCH Does

PGCH Windshadow’s Prancer 93-28F

Prancer achieved her permanent grand champion doe status in 1999 after earning 3 grand champion wins.

Breeder/Owner: Diana Bratton
Sire: Misty Meadows Mel Gibson 87-1M
Dam: Meadowview Farm Rebecca (F1) 89-62F

PGCH Windshadow’s Jessica 97-15F

Jessica achieved her permanent grand champion doe status in 2001 after earning 3 grand champion wins.

Breeder/Owner: Diana Bratton
Sire: Pygmy Forest Buckeye 91-28M
Dam: Windshadow’s Prancer 93-28F

PGCH Hawks Mountain Ranch Fudge 02-61F

Fudge achieved her permanent grand champion doe status in 2005 after earning 3 grand champion wins.

Breeder/Owner: Lisa Roskopf
Sire: Goose Creek Farms Ice 00-42M
Dam: Windshadow’s Inkie 96-49F

PGCH Hawks Mountain Ranch Divinity 02-62F

Divinity achieved her permanent grand champion doe status in 2009 after earning 3 grand champion wins.

Owner/Breeder:  Lisa Roskopf
Sire:  Angora – Ear Tag-272  655908  
Dam:  Yama Farms Fiesta 94-3F

PGCH Hawks Mountain Ranch Onyx 04-84F

Onyx achieved her permanent grand champion doe status in 2011 after earning 3 grand champion wins.

Breeder/Owner: Lisa Roskopf
Sire:  Goose Creek Farms Ice 00-42M
Dam:  Windshadow’s Inkie 96-49F

PGCH The Oaks Little Tufts 09-21F

Tufts achieved her permanent grand champion doe status in 2014 after earning 3 grand champion wins.

Breeder/Owner: Liza Sanford-Crane/Lisa Grzeskowiak
Sire: Pygoras East Red Fox 05-60M
Dam: McTimmonds Valley Farm Viola 03-94F

PGCH Gun Plain Pygoras Emma 14-30F

Emma achieved PGCH status in August 2019 after winning 3 grand champion awards.

Owner: Amanda Sadowski
Breeder: Nan Nichols
Sire: Hollyhock Hollow Atlas 06-29M
Dam: Shady Creek Farm Jenny 02-105F


PGCH Wethers

PGCH Hollyhock Hollow Moose 03-14W

HH Moose achieved PGCH status in September 2007 after winning 3 grand champion awards.

Breeder/Owner: Jill Gallagher

Sire: Hollyhock Hollow Black Angus 00-38M

Dam: Hollyhock Hollow Esmeralda 99-4F

PGCH Elysian Fields Farm Oliver 11-30W

Oliver achieved PGCH status in September 2015 after winning 3 grand champion awards.


Breeder/Owner Grace Ann Burgett
Sire: Elysian Fields Farm Stormin’ Norman 08-36M
Dam: Hawks Mountain Ranch Hope 05-148F

PGCH Crickview Ranch Sweet Sebastian 14-46W

Sweet Sebastian achieved PGCH status in September 2018 after winning 3 grand champion awards.

Owner: Maggie Graves

Breeder: Kari Schroeder

Sire: Applebright Farm Vino Rosso 10-21M

Dam: Chimera Creek Ranch Twinkle Toes 08-53F

PGCH Mountain Meadow Farm Dodger 15-43W

Dodger achieved PGCH status in October 2019 after winning 3 grand champion awards.

Breeder: Beverly Van-Hook-Schrey

Owner: Robin Oliver

Sire: Hawks Mountain Ranch Sweet Molasses 10-29M

Dam: Wandering Moose Farm Shadow 11-136F


PGCH Bucks

PGCH Millers Farm Eyore 93-8M

Eyore achieved his permanent grand champion status January, 1998 after winning 4 grand champion awards.

He sired 64 kids for 6 different farms, over a 6 year period.

Breeder/Owner: Bill Miller/Lisa Roskopf

Sire: Yama Farms Durango 92-11M

Dam: Yama Farms Cyra 91-20F

PGCH Yama Farms Timber 99-25M

Timber achieved his permanent grand champion status January, 2004 after winning 3 grand champion awards.

He sired 51 kids for 7 different farms, over a 4 year period.

Breeder: Chris Utterback

Owner: Susan Prechtl

Sire: Yama Farms L Nino 98-19M

Dam: Yama Farms Cinnamon (F1) 89-44F

PGCH Great Lakes Pygoras Eewan 14-1M

Eewan achieved his permanent grand champion status August, 2018 after winning 3 grand champion awards.

To date, he has sired 44 kids for 3 different farms, over a 6 year period.

Breeder: Allison Sluis

Owner: Debbie Eubanks

Sire: Great Lakes Pygoras White Shark 11-9M

Dam: Goose Lake Goats Gabby 10-84F

PGCH Gun Plain Pygoras Junio 17-12M

Junio reached permanent grand champion status in October 2022 after winning 3 grand champion awards.

To date, he has sired 14 kids for 2 different farms, over a 5 year period.

Breeder/Owner: Nan Nichols

Sire: Baseball Fields Cato 12-32M

Dam: Gun Plain Pygoras Elvira 14-31F


PGCH Fleece

PGCH-F Hawks Mountain Ranch Abraham 13-48M

Abraham achieved his permanent grand champion status October, 2018 after winning 3 grand champion awards.

Breeder: Lisa Roskopf

Owner: Amanda Sadowski

Sire: Hawks Mountain Ranch AJ’s Mahogany 10-36M

Dam:    Hawks Mountain Ranch Fudgesicle 04-83F

PGCH-F Hawks Mountain Ranch GeGe 13-48M

GeGe achieved her permanent grand champion status October, 2019 after winning 3 grand champion awards.

Breeder: Lisa Roskopf

Owner: Amanda Sadowski

Sire: Hawks Mountain Ranch Hot Dog 10-32M

Dam:  Hawks Mountain Ranch Quartz 10-98F