These goats are old hand at winning

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By Sally Sanderson Fay

Sixty-five goats and counting. That is the number of goats that Howard “Cadle” Shelburne and his wife, Joann, have on heir farm outside Simpsonville. 

“This is just a hobby,” Shelburne says. “My wife just won’t get rid of them. Yep, it is a very expensive hobby.”

This year, the Shelburnes entered 35 of their Alpine Goats in the Kentucky State Fair. They walked away with approximately 20 ribbons.

Faytera won the Grand Champion in the Junior Doe Division, and Fannie won Reserve


The Shelburnes started showing goats more than 37 years ago. They’ve raised several kinds of milk goats, such as Nubians, Saanen and Toggenburgs. Now their herd consists strictly of Alpine.

The Shelburnes, who grew up in Taylor County, moved to Shelbyville 42 years ago, and Joann Shelburne was active as a 4-H Leader for many years and became involved with showing goats.

It was a family affair for many years as their children, Troy and Melissa, would show goats as well, and they would travel out of state to goat shows.

Though Shelburne only shows his goats and doesn’t sell their milk, he does say that goat milk is especially good for infants who aren’t able to keep formula in their system. 

When asked if he drank goat’s milk, he smiled and said, “Nope, we drink two percent,”