Age: 17

Parents: Mother, Kristin Kostik, and father, the late Dennis Kostik

Siblings: Brad and Sterling

Hometown: Greenfield, Mo.

4-H Club: Busy Bee 4-H

Leader: Michelle Kleeman

What is your involvement in agriculture?

“I raise Sables and recorded grade crosses dairy goats. I showed 14 at the Missouri State Fair and had seven more at home. There wasn’t room on the trailer for more than the ones we brought,” she said.

The family operates Ark of Angels Dairy Goats.

What is your favorite part of raising dairy goats? 

“I love everything about raising and working with them, particularly the showing. We’ve been doing this since 2009 and we go to eight or nine shows and fairs each year, three or four youth fairs and then a few bigger ones, like the Ozark Empire Fair and the Missouri State Fair.”

Her mother Kristin said her daughter got started when she was just 8 years old and a good friend handed her a goat and threw her into the ring.

“She’s been hooked ever since,” Kristin said with a giggle. “It’s a tight-knit community, the ones who come together here and they watch out for each other so that’s really good.”

“The only hard part of all of this is when you lose goats,” Angelica added. “The best part, the really fun part, in addition to the showing is the kidding, the new babies. You never know what you are going to get but they are always wonderful.

Angelica said she doesn’t know what she will be doing in the future as she has no definite plans as yet, “but it will probably be goat-related,” she said.


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