Virtual Show Entry Guidelines
For a goat to enter MDGA's
Virtual Show (V-Show), a few high-quality pictures of the
goat are needed.
These pictures include a side view, a frontal view, a rear
view, and a view taken from above the goat while standing
behind the animal. For a doe in milk, a close-up picture of
the fore udder is also required.
Pictures may be resized to
be as small as 600x800 pixels, but please do not edit them
in any other way. Any photos that have been edited to
improve the appearance of the goat will NOT be
All miniature dairy goat breeds as well as Nigerian
Dwarves are accepted for the V-Shows.
must be registered with MDGA to be included in the V-Shows.
Here are some recommendations for showing the goat off to
the best of his/her potential:
Clipping helps to give the goat a clean look and allows
the judge to better see the animalís conformation.
If it is not possible to clip the entire goat, give it a
"dairy clip trim the udder, feet, and legs, and trim
away any other long hair.
Shave off or trim away all excess hair from the udder of
a doe in milk.
Be sure to take the picture just
before milking so that the udder is full.
The judging is about the goat, so please keep the
handler, other people, other goats, and other objects
out of the pictures as much as possible.
Keep the background of the picture as simple and
uncluttered as possible.
A sheet can provide a good background that will help the
judge see the animal instead of the barnyard, gate, or
For best presentation of the goat, keep the animalís
head up and straight in front. The rear hocks should be
directly under the pin bones. Do not stretch the
goat out like a race horse.
The frontal picture should be taken to show the animalís
front legs and feet and the width of the chest. Make
sure that the legs are set straight under the animal.
The rear picture should show the escutcheon (the arch
between the rear legs where the udder is located), which
should be high and wide, so take the picture from an
angle that will allow the judge to best see this area.
The rear legs and feet should also show well in this
The picture taken from above should show the main axis
of the animalís body forming a straight line, so keep
the head straight in front of the goat.
Take all pictures on flat, solid surfaces. Wooden, concrete, or
blacktop surfaces are excellent and will allow foot and
leg structure to be easily photographed.
When taking the side, front, and rear pictures of a
goat, get down on the animalís level. The
camera should be approximately level with the middle of
the goat's body or only slightly higher.
Make sure to take the pictures square on (with the photographer
perpendicular to the goat If the pictures for the
frontal or side views are taken from too far away or if
the the pictures for the rear and frontal views are
taken from an off-center location, the pictures will
give the impression that the animal has an
out-of-proportion or lop-sided body.
pictures on cloudy or overcast days to prevent dark
shadows from appearing in the pictures, as shadows will
make the lines of the goat difficult to see.
Examples are shown below of the way that pictures should be
taken. All of the goats in the pictures are standing on