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4-H'ers show rare breed of goat

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Nine-year-old Stephen Rich (left) and Sean Logue, 16, hold their San Clemente Island Goats, Gus and Boomer. [Order this photo]
Clay County 4-H goers were in for a treat this year.

Those who attended any of the 4-H Goat Shows this year witnessed a rare species.

Sean Logue, 16, and his brother, Stephen Rich, 9, both entered San Clemente Island Goats into the shows this year.

While the two are from Putnam County, they asked Clay County 4-H Fair officials if they could enter the goats into the Clay County Fair competitions. They were given an OK by Clay County 4-H officials, who also believed it would be educational for other 4-H'ers to see another breed of goat.

Sean also put together an exhibit hall display on the San Clemente Island Goat. The goat is named after an island they inhabited. The island is among the Channel Islands of California.

The family is originally from Indianapolis, but moved to Putnam County a few years ago. After moving to Putnam County, they had an interest in raising goats.

The boys' mother, Vanessa Rich, said raising the goats is rather new for the family.

"We just started with goats last fall," she said.

She said they intended to raise the amount of their herd and began a search for more goats. While searching, Vanessa said she met with a woman in Ellettsville who had San Clemente Island goats.

The family purchased them because they were informed the bucks did "not smell."

According to Sean, the San Clemente Island Goats are easier to care for. Both boys also showed other goats during the 4-H Fair this week.

"The boys did very well with them," Vanessa said.

According to the family, there are less than 500 San Clemente Island goats that are registered worldwide.

The animal is listed on the critically endangered list.

However, Vanessa said their goats will soon be registered through the San Clemente Island Goat Association.

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