Runyan brothers make clean sweep of 2020 dairy goat show

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Two brothers from Waynetown took home nearly every award in the 2020 Montgomery County 4-H dairy goat portion of this year’s fair.

Brent Runyan was awarded grand champion junior dairy doe, reserve grand champion junior dairy doe and reserve grand champion senior dairy doe early on at the fair, and brother Drew Runyan was awarded grand champion senior dairy doe.

Sons of Craig and Carrie Runyan of rural Waynetown, the family regularly shows registered Nigerian dwarf dairy goats throughout the Midwest and the South, purchasing stick along the way to add to their herd.

“We enjoy showing throughout the summer at American Dairy Goat Association-sanctioned shows,” Craig said. “We are most proud that all of our junior does have done so well and have been Runyan Farms bred and raised.”

The family began building their herd in 2016 following the purchase of two does. In just four years, the herd as grown to more than 20.

“We have sold to 4-H’ers and breeders in multiple counties across Indiana,” Craig said. “We’ve been asked to bring our goats to several community events, including Friendship Baptist Church, North Montgomery FFA petting zoos, 4-H Spooky Science events and Oak Hill Tree Farm.”

Nigerian dwarf goats are the smallest of the dairy breeds recognized by the American Dairy Goat Association. They can have brown or blue eyes, come in a variety of colors and are known for having multiple kids per litter, Craig said.

“We have had six sets of quadruplets in the last 18 months,” he added.

Runyan Farms is located in rural Waynetown. More information can be found at www.runyanfarms.com.

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