Oct 14, 2011 4:11 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Two Colorado State Fair goats disqualified

Two goats have been disqualified from the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale after they tested positive for an illegal substance.

Tests show the presence of ractopamine in the goats. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved ractopamine for use in goats, which means that no level of concentration is acceptable.

The Grand Champion goat and another selected for the Junior Livestock Sale have been disqualified, and the funds from the Junior Livestock Sale, totaling nearly $7,000, have been forfeited.

According to officials from the State Fair, the Grand Champion goat belonged to Margaret Weinroth of Sedalia. The other goat was entered by a minor, whose legal guardian, Susan Weinroth, signed the competition forms with her child. Until further notice, both competitors are also barred from participating in future livestock events at the Colorado State Fair.

"The Junior Livestock Sale Participation Requirements were developed to prevent tampering such as this to animals shown at the Fair," said General Manager, Chris Wiseman. "It is important to note that this is the first positive test in years, which is a testament to the honesty of people involved in this event."

This decision follows the disqualification of the Reserve Grand Champion hog during the Fair after questions arose concerning the ownership of the animal.




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