CATHERINE AND PHIL took some time away from fair duties to pose for this photo on Tuesday, Aug. 7 during the Shiawassee County Fair. Catherine is a member of the New Lothrop FFA and this marks her first year showing goats – which is a topic she has become extremely enthusiastic about. “Goats have lots of personality,” Catherine shared, having found that she enjoys working with goats quite a bit more than the sheep she has previously shown.
Phil is a great example of a goat with tons of personality. He is a 3-year-old Toggenburg goat, a Swiss breed of dairy goat dating back to the late 1800s. These goats are typically recognizable by their mouse-grey and white coloring. Phil is a very affectionate goat who is quite fond of attention and very responsive to Catherine – he gives the first impression of a large, friendly canine.
Standing beside Catherine and Phil in the photo is Phil’s 6-month-old baby, a Toggenburg and Alpine goat cross.
(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)