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36 youngsters experience first MTSU Goat Camp

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Published on Jun 24, 2014

Part of the back of the camp participants' MTSU blue T-shirts read: BYOG (Bring Yer Own Goat).

Thirty-six youth from across the state brought their own goats and learned more about preparing them for competition at the first Goat Camp Tuesday, June 24, in the MTSU Tennessee Livestock Center..

Jessie Hickerson, 14, a rising sophomore at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna, Tennessee, said raising goats for the past six years has taught her responsibility.

"It teaches me leadership," Hickerson said. "I have to be responsible for myself, and make sure they are ready for showing."

For the MTSU Block & Bridle Camp-sponsored first-ever Goat Camp, Hickerson brought 5-month-old Ellie-Mae, a traditional Boer goat — with red head and white body.

The Goat Camp featured the husband-and wife team of Rusty and Rayna Lee of Winder, Georgia, which is outside of Athens.

The Lees shared about various aspects of caring for goats and preparing them for competition.

Mitchell Mote of Murfreesboro and the UT Extension also participated.

The youngsters in attendance will be gearing up for the Oct. 3-4 Heart of Tennessee Meat Goat Classic, which will be held in MTSU's Tennessee Livestock Center.

For more information, call 615-898-2523. To learn more about the first Goat Camp, visit http://mtweb.mtsu.edu/bandb2/goatcamp....

For more on this story and more MTSU news, visit http://mtsunews.com.

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