Winning takes more than luck

Winning at Sydney Royal takes more than luck


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With multiple awards and championships, Pacifica Boer Goat Stud have shown they have a winning combination.

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PREPARATION: Taylor Marks-Keighran, who flies down from the Gold Coast each year to help, and Tracey Wood wash Pacifica Shangaan ahead of last year's Show.

PREPARATION: Taylor Marks-Keighran, who flies down from the Gold Coast each year to help, and Tracey Wood wash Pacifica Shangaan ahead of last year's Show.

When it comes to taking out Best Boer Goat In Show at the Sydney Royal Show, Tracey Woods and her husband Richard Zidarew know that luck plays the smallest part.

Tracey and Richard's trophy cabinet is full because of meticulous planning - not luck.

The pair own and operate Pacifica Boer Goat Stud in the central west of NSW, just north of Eugowra, and have enjoyed their fair share of show success.

The property is 1000 hectares nestled in a gentle valley where they run approximately 400 breeding does.

"Pacifica was registered with the Boer Goat Breeders Association of Australia (BGBAA) in 2004 and this year will be our 12th year at Sydney Royal," Tracey said.

"We breed full blood standard boer goats with our starting stock coming from one of Australia's foundation studs in Western Australia - mani Boer Goat Stud - who imported their genetics from some of the most prominent breeders in South Africa, the origin of the boer goat.

"Our animals are consistent winners on the show circuit and we have a number of Australian Championships to our name.

"At Sydney Royal alone we have won two Sydney Royal Best Boer Goat In Show and Australian Champion 2017 and 2018; 25 individual National Championships and Reserve Championships; five Objective Measurement Group Champions and Reserve Champion; four Individual Objective Measurement Champions; and four National Champion - Sire and Progeny."

WINNING FORMULA: Pacifica Boer Goat Stud's Richard Zidarew and Tracey Wood with judge Abraham Burger and Pierre Bouwer with Pacifica Shangaan. Photo: Studio2you.

WINNING FORMULA: Pacifica Boer Goat Stud's Richard Zidarew and Tracey Wood with judge Abraham Burger and Pierre Bouwer with Pacifica Shangaan. Photo: Studio2you.

This success did not happen overnight and Tracey said Pacifica's preparations begin months in advance of the show.

"Preparations for a major show like Sydney Royal and the BGBAA National show start months before hand with the selection process," she said.

"The date of the show is important and will naturally have a bearing on the age and weight of your animals at show time.

"It takes a keen eye to select young animals in particular for a show as the kids you select and enter will change considerably as they grow in the lead up to the show.

"This is where the knowledge of your own genetic traits and strengths becomes critical.

"Knowing the genetic attributes of the animals you select along with a sound and true management plan will help them reach their potential.

"Animals are weighed on a regular basis to monitor weight gain.

"We want our animals to show in the best condition possible, but we don't' want them over weight.

"Our under 12 month animals are selected with the aim of doing well not only in general classes but also in the Objective Measurement classes.

"This is a valuable opportunity to benchmark our animals against other genetics and industry trends.

"I like to show our stock as naturally as possible so we keep the trimming to a minimum.

"Heads are trimmed to accentuate their shape and horns are lightly sanded to take of the rough edges.

"Stray hairs are tidied to show clean body lines and hooves are trimmed.

"As much as they hate it, they are washed a couple of days before travelling to get the dirt and grit out of their coats.

"We put more emphasis on the grooming of the does to enhance their femininity than we do the bucks who should look masculine and not pampered."

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