Cornish goat world elated as top prize returns

Posted By on 8th June 2017

8th June 2017

By Oscar Morse

There was elation in the Cornish goat world when the top prize returned to the county for the first time in many years.

It was a special moment for Debbie Hearn from Roche who last won the Best in Show back in 1990, and who has been a stalwart of the Royal Cornwall goat section for over 30 years.

It was her three-year-old Toggenburg, Goresfield Cylviane, who was judged the top milker and top goat in show, beating off the usual dominance of Devon breeders in recent years.

 She said: “I’m thrilled of course to win, particularly with a Toggenburg, which is a breed which is not known for its high milk yield, in fact it was her great, great, great grandmother who was the last Toggenburg to win Best in Show.’’

 Goat section secretary Sue Smith from Helston was delighted at the number of entries this year.

 

Photo: Adrian Jasper

“We have 142 goats on show, which must be a record. A lot of that is because we have two competitions, as well as the Royal Cornwall Show, we have the Kernow Show, so breeders now have two bites of the cherry.’’