FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2012
Chris Wiseman, General Manager, (719) 924-0151, Chris.Wiseman@ag.state.co.us
Christi Lightcap, Dir. of Communications, (719) 924-0154, Christi.Lightcap@ag.state.co.us
Two Goats Remain Disqualified from Colorado State Fair
PUEBLO, Colo. – Two goats were disqualified from the 2011 Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale after testing confirmed the presence of ractopamine.
The Grand Champion goat belonged to Margaret Weinroth of Sedalia. Another goat was entered by a minor, whose legal guardian, Susan Weinroth, signed the competition forms with her minor child.
“Our rules clearly state that if an animal tests positive for an unapproved drug, that animal and its owner must be disqualified. Our investigation did not conclude how that drug entered into the goats’ systems or by whom but that does not change the rules,” said General Manager, Chris Wiseman. “Our rules are put in place to protect the integrity of the animals and the youth who participate in the Fair. We must stand by those rules.”
Therefore, the Grand Champion goat and another goat selected for the Junior Livestock Sale remain disqualified, and the funds from the Junior Livestock Sale, totaling nearly $7,000, have been forfeited. Both competitors are also barred from participating in future livestock events at the Colorado State Fair.
The Colorado State Fair has been in negotiations with The Animal Law Center, who is representing the Weinroths, and will continue to do so. The State Fair will not comment on those negotiations.
The Food and Drug Administration has not approved ractopamine for use in goats, which means that no level of concentration is acceptable in the urine of the species. The goats were destroyed but urine samples were maintained for future testing.
The Colorado State Fair is committed to promoting youth and agriculture; each year, approximately $130,000 is dedicated to Fair programs involving 4H and FFA.