In 1999, after lobbying the Mississippi Livestock Council for inclusion
in the junior livestock program, market goat shows were added at the
district show level. The show rules were adopted and a successful club
goat program was born. After proving numbers were substantial enough
to merit a statewide show, market goats were brought to the Dixie National
Junior Round Up in 2001.
Market goats were included in the Sale of Junior Champions
for the first time in 2002 with the Grand Champion selling for $2,862
and the Reserve Grand Champion selling at $2,400. In the wake of this
success, the Mississippi Club Goat Association (MCGA) was formed with
Kipp Brown as advisor and Jessie Cornelius as the president. Since 2002 the MCGA has grown exponentially.
In 2010, MCGA started the Mississippi Club Goat
Junior Show Circuit (MCGJSC) which allows junior members of the association
to earn points toward year end awards by showing in sanctioned shows
throughout the year. The top ten point earners in the market goat, commercial
doe and three showmanship divisions are recognized at year end.