Goat Milk Cheese Competition

The American Dairy Goat Association welcomes your participation in the 2021 Goat Milk Products Competition. The competition will be held at the ADGA Annual Convention in Tucson, Arizona Tuesday, November 9th and Wednesday, November 10th, 2021. This competition will be open to all cheese makers, commercial and amateur.

Questions regarding the Goat Milk Products Competition can be directed to Karyl Dronen at bodyshops14@gmail.com or 507-894-4274.

2021 Competition Details

Rules for Entry | Competition Classes | Entry Form


Cheeses will be judged by Marc Bates of Cannon Beach, Oregon and Tami Parr of Portland, Oregon.


ADGA will award rosettes and $200 & $100 cash prizes to the Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show in both the Commercial and Amateur Divisions. Awards of $25, $15 and $10 will be given to 1st – 3rd place winners in each division.

Commercial cheeses will be showcased at the Goat Products Reception to be held at 6:00 pm, Thursday, November 11, 2021.

Since this event is intended as a promotion for goat’s milk and specialty cheeses, we encourage commercial producers to include promotional materials and distributor information along with entries. These promotional materials will be withheld during judging and placed with cheeses at the Products Reception.

Best in Show and Reserved Best in Show cheeses/products will be auctioned during the reception.


A new opportunity for the promotion of goat milk products has been introduced. See the Goat Milk Products Competition Sponsors

Rules for Entry 2021

  • Only 100% Goat’s milk product is eligible to compete in this competition. Goat’s milk and curd used in the cheese/product must be of USA, CANADIAN or MEXICO origins only.

Entry Fee Schedule

# of EntriesADGA Members Received by 10/20/2021ADGA Members 10/21/2021 thru 11/02/2021
1st & 2nd$20 each$35 each
3rd thru 6th$18 each$33 each
7th +$16 each$31 each
All Nonmember Entries$25 each$40 each
  • A cheese or product may be entered in only one class. If in doubt about a class, enter in the class your cheese or product most closely resembles.
  • Please enter each cheese or product separately.
  • Amateur products will not be served at the Goat Products Reception.
  • A cheese maker will be considered commercial if they have been legally selling their product for a minimum of six months at the time of entry.
  • Minimum scores are required to earn awards. Cheeses do not compete “against” each other for ribbons within categories. Standards of excellence apply to all entries. Assuming minimum scores are met, the three highest scores in each category will place 1st, 2nd and 3rd. However, it is possible that awards are not earned within a category if no entry achieves a minimum number of points. Ties are allowed only for 2nd and 3rd Place finishers. No ties for 1st Place. (We allow half-point scoring to help reduce the number of ties.)
  • Please send promotional material or placards in the shipping container(s) along with your product. (Commercial entries only).
  • Please enter using the online form. You will find the online form at the bottom of this page.
  • Please send one commercial entry without its packaging or any other identifying material. When entry forms are received, printed labels with unique identifying numbers and categories will be sent to you. Place one of these labels on each of the products that you are entering in the contest before shipping them.
  • Commercial Soft Cheese/Yogurt/Kefir/Butter/Confections – Please send three packages of soft cheeses or product in the form in which it is commercially sold. For example, three logs, three pyramids, or three jars. One will be labeled for competition and the other two will be displayed at the products reception. Any entry containing less than required amount of product will be disqualified.
  • Commercial Hard cheeses – Please send hard cheeses as one entire, uncut, unplugged wheel or block, minimum weight 1.5 pounds. Any cheese appearing to have been tampered with will
    be disqualified from judging.
  • Amateurs entering product or cheese need to send only one item per entry and these should be labeled with printed competition labels.


Entry Deadline

Entries for the Goat Milk Products Competition must be onsite by 3 p.m., Monday, November 8, 2021. Arrangements must be made with the committee for hand delivery. Those shipping cheese to the hotel must prominently mark packages “ADGA Goat Milk Products Competition/Attn: Karyl Dronen/Terri Coleman” and send packages to:

El Conquistador Tucson
10000 North Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 85704
Attn: Karyl Dronen
phone: 855-516-1090

Entries’ shipments must be timed to arrive on Friday, November 5, 2021 or Saturday, November 6, 2021 so that it will not sit in a warehouse over the weekend.

  • Packages must contain a packing slip stating the number of boxes shipped and number of items in each box. Please include your company or brand name of the product on the entry form, especially when you have more than one entry in a category.


Goat Milk Cheese Competition Classes (Commercial)

Cheese Competition Classes PDF (Reference when completing Entry Form)

1. Soft Cheese
Natural, unflavored cheeses made from goat’s milk. Includes all rindless, unripened goat milk cheeses with no added flavors.

a. Unflavored

i. Bulk or Tub
ii. Molded or Formed

b. Flavored

i. Bulk or Tub

a) Sweet
b) Savory

ii. Molded or Formed

a) Sweet
b) Savory

2. Surface Cheese
Natural surface mold ripened cheeses, made from goat’s milk.

a. Unflavored

i. Penicillium Candidum Mold Ripened
ii. All other (i.e. geotrichum, etc) Mold Ripened

b. Flavored Ash coated or layered cheeses, with additional flavoring(s)

i. Penicillium Candidum Mold Ripened
ii. All other (i.e. geotrichum, etc) Mold Ripened

3. Blue Veined Cheese exterior molding
Natural, unflavored goat’s milk cheeses veined with blue molds and ripened to develop surface mold.

4. Feta Cheese

a. Unflavored
b. Flavored

5. Semi-Soft Cheese
Natural, unflavored cheeses made from goat’s milk containing 40% or higher moisture

a. Unflavored Other than cheeses in 1a and 2a
b. Flavored Other than cheeses in 1b and 2b

6. Hard Cheese
Natural cheeses containing less than 39% moisture made from goat’s milk.

a. Unflavored
b. Flavored With added condiments, smoke or marinade

7. Yogurt

a. Unflavored
b. Flavored

8. Fermented Milk – Other than Yogurt

a. Unflavored
b. Flavored

9. Confections

10. Gift Baskets
These baskets will be up for auction at the Products Reception proceeds from this auction benefit the ADGA Youth Convention. Sorry no amateur entries

Goat Milk Products Competition Classes (Amateur)

11. Soft Cheese
Natural, made from goat’s milk. Includes all rindless, unripened goat’s milk.

a. Unflavored
No added flavors
b. Flavored
Cheeses flavored with added condiments, smoke or marinade

i. Sweet
ii. Savory

12. Confections

13. All Other Goat Milk Cheeses

Cheese Competition Entry Form

The form will be completed in this order:

  1. Select your membership status and number of entries
  2. Buy Tickets
  3. Specify your entries


ADGA Goat Cheese Competition Entry Form

4 comments on “Goat Milk Cheese Competition
  1. William A Henning says:

    In regards to the confections category, the 100% goat milk requirement in place for the cheeses, does that also apply to the confections? The need for butter and heavy cream in candies and fudge is an absolute, I was just wondering if I should bring along the worlds best fudge.

    • ADGA says:

      From Products Chair, Karyl Dronen, “You can make goat milk butter and cream by separating the milk. so this is possible.”

      • William A Henning says:

        Does it have to be 100% goat for the confections? While I understand it is possible, it is also not cost effective nor feasible at this juncture to obtain the equipment needed to produce goat butter and cream. Is it permitted to use cow butter and cow heavy cream in addition to the 41 ounces of goat milk? The current recipe is over 50% goat.

        • ADGA says:

          Hi William — We confirmed with the competition organizer that, for this competition, the dairy must be 100% goat.

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