2015 Annual Meeting: Reno Nevada

on Nov 09 in AGF Activities, Events, Industry News, News, News Releases

The Annual Meeting of the American Goat Federation is held in conjunction with the American Sheep Industry National Convention in January each year. For the first time, the 2015 Annual Meeting will include a day of seminars for goat producers and others interested in increasing their knowledge about production and health issues. Everyone is invited to attend, the there will be no fees for the Seminars this year.

2015 AGF Annual Business Meeting and Producer Seminar Schedule


AGF Names New Board Members

on Dec 17 in AGF Activities, Industry News, News, News Releases

  ANNOUNCEMENT      December 17, 2013                                            

 FOR MORE INFORMATION:  info@AmericanGoatFederation.org

AGF Board of Directors Election – The American Goat Federation just concluded the 2013 election of new members to the board of directors.  Two new directors will be seated on the board at the Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina on January 25, 2014.

Becky Sauder, from Carlsbad, Texas will be an at large director on the board.  She is employed by the USDA Livestock Market News Service in San Angelo, Texas, where she covers the market reports for the sheep and goat sale there, which is the largest sheep and goat sale in the United States.  She was initially involved in the research and development of the live guidelines that USDA has used for describing goats in market reports.  She also assisted in the IMPS developed for goat carcasses.  Becky has been involved in raising goats for almost thirty years, first commercial meat goats and then registered Boer goats. Along with her sister, she ran a fitting service and showed Boer goats all over the US.  They currently have a small herd of dairy goats in addition to Boer goats.  From 1993 to 1994 Becky served on the board of the American Meat Goat Association.

Vicki Stich, from New Albin, Iowa will be representing the American Boer Goat Association (ABGA) on the AGF Board.  She has been active in the ABGA for several years and is currently in her second term as a director on the ABGA Board. During her tenure on the ABGA Board she chaired the Breed Standards Committee and also assists the ABGA staff with the National Show every year.  In addition, she attended the National Goat Expo in 2012 and 2013 as a representative of the ABGA. In addition to serving on the ABGA board, Vicki raised and showed Boer goats for several years.

Returning AGF Directors are:  Linda Campbell from Virginia, Anita Dahnke from Indiana, Sam Abney from Alabama, Thomas Boyer from Utah, Bob Buchholz from Texas, Jan Carlson from California, Terry Hankins from Mississippi, and Dr. An Peischel from Tennessee.  The American Goat Federation is a national organization whose mission is to represent, unify, improve and advance the American goat industry and assist producers to achieve maximum success.    The AGF collects and makes available news of interest to all segments of the industry.  The AGF Facebook page contains up to the minute information about what the AGF is doing for the goat industry as well as what other agencies are engaged in that affect producers.

More information is available at www.AmericanGoatFederation.org.



USAHA Meeting

on Nov 11 in AGF Activities, Industry News, News, News Releases

Summary – USAHA  annual meeting – 2013

Report by Joan Dean Rowe and Lisa Shepard in attendance

The mission of the United States Animal Health Association is as follows:

“The United States Animal Health Association is a forum for communication and coordination among State and Federal governments, universities, industry, and other concerned groups for consideration of issues of animal health and disease control, animal welfare, food safety and public health.  It is a clearinghouse for new information and methods, which may be incorporated into laws, regulations, policy, and programs.  It develops solutions of animal health-related issues based on science, new information and methods, public policy, risk/benefit analysis and the ability to develop a consensus for changing laws, regulations, policies, and programs.”

The meeting this year was hampered due to a large percentage of personnel from federal agencies who normally attend were not able to do so due to the recovery from the shutdown.  The Scrapie Oversight meeting was cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date as the federal program personnel were not in attendance.

This organization always incorporates a New Member Orientation which is extremely helpful to new members.  This short meeting provides orientation as to the structure and proceedings of the Board as well as the process of developing and presenting resolutions.  The organization is based on a committee structure of which there are over 30 committees relating to an organizational, technical, and regulatory focus along with specie and disease specific groups.

Highlights of attended committee meetings or session:

International standards and Animal Welfare Committees

•             OIE (world animal health organization) – animal welfare efforts and USAHA involvement with ISO developments in implementation.  Progress and challenges with U.S. activities in multinational effort to address global standards for animal welfare.

Animal Disease Traceability and Livestock ID

•             Current phase is “inform and educate”

•             Scrapie program rules will apply for goats and sheep.

•             Implementation challenges such as tag programs, streamlining transportation documents, consistency, database usage fears and education components exist.



•             European experience with exotic strains of blue tongue (Strain 14) presented.   Patterns of vector borne (midge) disease spread were discussed.


•             Transmission to lambs from sheep milk.

•             Role of concurrent infections such as mastitis.

•             The role of the placenta in goat scrapie.

•             Genetic susceptibility in goats and continued research.

•             Novel detection methods beyond current methods for live animal testing.

Schmallenberg and Pestes de Petits Ruminant:

•             Emerging foreign diseases of concern to US producers and health professions.


•             Newly described finding in cases of goat abortion characterized by an accumulation of large amounts of amyloid protein in the uterine caruncle.

•             Development of a marker test for OPP resistance that could have application pertinent to lentiviruses in other species.

•             Q-fever Governance Document was presented which contained recommendations for animal and human follow up.

Resolutions from Goat and Sheep committee:

Three resolutions reaffirmed from previous years:

•             Call for a Q-fever vaccine for livestock and humans

•             Line item for sheep and goat commodity in the federal budget

•             Minor Use Drug Program support

A New Resolution was drafted calling for a risk analysis on TB and Brucellosis in ruminants to address inconsistencies in the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.

A New Resolution was brought forward from the Committee on Diseases of Cattle, Bison and Camelids calling for bulk tank surveillance of raw milk for Coxiella burnetti (Q-fever agent).

Board Action: American Goat Federation approved as new USAHA member

Resolutions passed by the USAHA at the 2013 meeting will be posted soon at www.USAHA.org.  Follow up responses to each resolution is posted as the appropriate agency responds to the subject of the resolution.  Resolutions and the interim for final responses remain posted at the web site by year of introduction.

AGF Seeking Board Nominations

on Sep 11 in AGF Activities, Industry News, News, News Releases



For more information, contact:
Steve Lee:  202-350-9065   SteveLee@AmericanGoatFederation.org

Linda Campbell:    LindaCampbell@AmericanGoatFederation.org

September 10, 2013:  The American Goat Federation (AGF) is seeking nominations to fill as many as three directors positions on the AGF Board.   Directors serve three year terms and may run for reelection as many times as they desire.  Click Here for Nomination Form

The deadline for submitting information is September 30, 2013.    We ask that anyone considering running for one of these positions be willing and able to attend most meetings and actively participate as a member of the Board.

The current Board Members are:

Bob Buchholz, Texas [representing TX Goat & Sheep Producers]  . . . . Term Expires 12-31-2013

Dr. Will Getz (Vice President), Georgia   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Term Expires 12-31-2013

Robin Saum (Treasurer), Ohio [representing ADGA]   . . . . . . . . . . . . Term Expires 12-31-2013

Sam Abney, Alabama [representing ABGA]     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Term Expires 12-31-2014

Linda Campbell (President), Virginia [representing ADGA]   . . . . . . . Term Expires 12-31-2014

Anita Teel Dahnke (Secretary), Indiana [representing ABGA]   . . . . . Term Expires 12-31-2014

Thomas Boyer, Utah   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Term Expires 12-31-2015

Jan Carlson, California    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Term Expires 12-31-2015

Terry Hankins, Mississippi   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Term Expires 12-31-2015

Dr. An Peischel, Tennessee    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Term Expires 12-31-2015

APHIS provides Guidance Document on RFID implants in goats

on May 29 in AGF Activities, Industry News, News, News Releases

Provided by:

Diane L. Sutton

National Scrapie Program Coordinator

National Center for Animal Health Programs

Veterinary Services

It has come to our attention that some goat registries are allowing the use of RFID implants for registry purposes that are not compliant with ISO standards 11784 and 11785. These standards require RFID implants for animals to be 15 digits including a 3 digit country or manufacturer code and to read at 134.2 kHz. While APHIS does not regulate what registries may use to identify goats for registration, it does determine what devices can be used for official identification. In order for a registered goat identified with an RFID to move in commerce without any other form of official identification, such as an eartag, guidance provided by APHIS in 2011 specified that:

1. Implants need to comply with the above ISO standards in order to be used as official identification,

2. Animals officially identified with implants must be accompanied by a copy of their registration certificate on which the RFID number is recorded, and a reader that can read the implant in the animal.


This guidance has been updated and is attached. It is also available online at: http://www.eradicatescrapie.org/Educational%20Resources/pdf/EID_microchip_as_official_ID.pdf

Rather than disrupt stakeholder activities, APHIS has elected not to enforce the requirement that an implant be ISO compliant in order to be used as official identification until March 11,2014. This decision is consistent with the new traceability rule requirements for horses.

This means that any implant applied after this date not compliant with ISO standards 11784 and 11785 (15 digits includ ing a 3 digit country or manufacturer code and readable at 134.2 kHz) will not be acceptable as official identification. Further, any implants applied after March 11, 2015 will have to have the 840 country code, rather than a manufacturer code, in order to be used as official identification and will have to be approved by APHIS for use in goats.

Implants applied before these dates will be acceptable as official identification for the life of the animal as long as the other requirements are met.  A list of approved 840 implant and official eartag manufacturers is maintained at:


Animal Agriculture Coalition Makes Recommendations For 2013 Farm Bill

on Mar 05 in AGF Activities, Industry News, Legislative, News, News Releases

Animal Agriculture Coalition Makes Recommendations For 2013 Farm Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2013) – The Animal Agriculture Coalition (AAC) on Feb. 28 submitted its recommendations for the farm bill to the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.


“This past year Congress grappled to pass a farm bill that benefits all agriculture interests,” said Damon Wells, chairman of the Animal Agriculture Coalition. “It is critical that farm policy bolsters the long-term ability of U.S. animal agriculture to be competitive in the global marketplace and provides consumers around the world with safe, wholesome, affordable food that is produced in a sustainable manner. AAC’s recommendations will go a long way to achieving this objective.”


Congress needs to invest more resources on animal health, livestock, poultry, and aquaculture production, as well as in new animal products research. Expenditures for animal health are just 7 percent of those which are designated for human health research. Investment in animal health and production innovation for the world’s 25 billion chickens and turkeys, more than 1 billion cattle and sheep, 750 million pigs and goats, and more than 1 billion companion animals is grossly insufficient. To that end, the AAC believes that research and education productivity is hampered by insufficient funding for both the Agricultural Research Service and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture, Food and Research Institute. To help bolster research, AAC supports establishing a Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research to supplement the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s basic and applied research activities.


AAC recommends reauthorizing several existing programs, namely the Market Access Program, Foreign Market Development Program, the National Poultry Improvement Plan, the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank, the Animal Health and Disease Research Program, the Trichinae Certification Program, and the National Aquatic Health Plan. The Coalition supports new authorizations to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services; a new program to support research on animal drug needs in minor species; as well as a sheep production and marketing grant to strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products. AAC also supports a pilot study to assess the nature and extent of damage caused by feral swine.


AAC recommends that Congress optimize surveillance and surge capacity of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network by increasing the authorized funding needed to support the network. Obsolete individual surveillance labs need to be modernized to bring about diagnostic capabilities to conduct surveillance of the U.S. livestock population for all major foreign animal diseases of concern on a species by species basis.


“It is necessary for Congress and the federal government to renew its commitment to animal agriculture research and extension programs that translate into an affordable, high-quality food supply for consumers, said Wells. “The AAC urges Congress to pass a comprehensive five-year farm bill this year, as the agriculture industry cannot weather another temporary extension.”

The Animal Agriculture Coalition is comprised of most major animal and animal-related commodity organizations as well as allied organizations representing veterinary medicine, animal science and various livestock sectors or animal agriculture interests in the United States. It looks forward to working with you to ensure that farm policy benefits all agriculture interests.




AAC e-mail   distribution list as of Feb. 27, 2013. Updates to the list should be emailed   to GLuke@AVMA.org

AAC   OFFICERS  CONTACTS   (+ denotes primary contact) 
Chair Damon   Wells, dwells@turkeyfed.org
Vice   Chair Gina   Luke, gluke@avma.org


 CONTACTS   (+ denotes primary contact)


American Dairy Goat Association Linda   Campbell, Linda@Khimaira.com
American Goat Federation Linda   Campbell, Linda@Khimaira.com
American   Horse Council +Adam   Choate, achoate@horsecouncil.orgBen   Pendergrass, bpendergrass@horsecouncil.org

James   J. Hickey, jay@horsecouncil.org

American   Meat Institute +Betsy   Booren, bbooren@meatami.comJim   Hodges, jhodges@meatami.com
American   Rabbit Breeders Association +Eric   Stewart, Eric@arba.net
American   Sheep Industry Association +Paul   Rodgers, prodgers2@earthlink.netPeter   Orwick, porwick@sheepusa.org

Fran   Boyd, franboyd@meyersandassociates.com

American   Veal Association +Dale Bakke, info@realveal.com
National   Chicken Council +Ashley   Peterson, apeterson@chickenusa.orgMary Colville, mcolville@chickenusa.org
National Livestock   Producers Association +Scott   Stuart, scott.stuart@animalagriculture.org
National   Milk Producers Federation +Betsy   Flores, Bflores@nmpf.orgDana   Brooks, DBrooks@nmpf.org

Jamie   Jonker, jjonker@nmpf.org

National   Pork Board +Paul   Sundberg, Paul.Sundberg@porkboard.orgJennifer   Koeman, jkoeman@pork.org
National   Pork Producers Council +Liz   Wagstrom, WagstromL@nppc.orgTerry-Ann Paulo, Paulot@nppc.org

Audrey   Adamson, adamsona@nppc.org

Bobby   Acord, bobbyacord@aol.com

Chris   Wall, wallc@nppc.org

National   Turkey Federation +Damon   Wells, dwells@turkeyfed.orgJoel   Brandenberger, jbrandenberger@turkeyfed.org

Leslee   Oden, loden@turkeyfed.org

Andrew   Bailey, abailey@turkeyfed.org

R-CALF   United Stockgrowers of America +Bill   Bullard, billbullard@r-calfusa.com
United   Egg Producers +Chad   Gregory, chaduep@unitedegg.com
USPOULTRY   U.S. Poultry & Egg Association +Rafael   Rivera, rrivera@uspoultry.orgJohn   Starkey, jstarkey@uspoultry.org

Paul   Pressley, ppressley@uspoultry.org

Western   United Dairymen +Charles   Garrison, cgarrison@garrisongroup.com


CONTACTS (+ denotes primary contact)
American   Association of Avian Pathologists +Gregg   Cutler, gregg.j.cutler@gmail.comBob   Bevans-Kerr, aaap@aaap.info
American   Association of Bovine Practitioners +Gatz   Riddell, mgriddell@aabp.org
American Association   of Small Ruminant Practitioners +Joan   Bowen, joan.s.bowen@gmail.com
American   Association of Swine Veterinarians +Harry   Snelson, snelson@aasv.orgTom Burkgren, burkgren@aasv.org
American   Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians +Jim   Kistler, jkistler@aavld.orgThomas   McKenna, Thomas.McKenna@WVDL.wisc.edu

Tim   Baszler, baszlert@vetmed.wsu.edu

Barb   Powers, Barb.Powers@ColoState.EDU

Brad   Mollet, brad.mollet@gmail.com

American   Dairy Science Association +Ken Olson, keolson@prodigy.netBarb   Glen, bglenn@croplifeamerica.org

Ken   McGuffey, kmcguffey1@netzero.net

American   Farm Bureau +Kelli   Ludlum, kelli@fb.orgDale   Moore, dalem@fb.org
American   Feed Industry Association +Richard   Sellers, rsellers@afia.orgJill   Homer Stewart, jhomer@poldir.com

Leah   Wilkinson, LWilkinson@afia.org

American   Society of Animal Science +Ronnie Green, Rgreen2@unl.eduBrett Hess, brethess@uwyo.edu

Jerry C. Weigel, Geraldweigel49@yahoo.com

American   Veterinary Medical Association +Gina   Luke, gluke@avma.orgAshley   Morgan, amorgan@avma.org

Whitney   Miller, wmiller@avma.org

Kristi   Henderson, khenderson@avma.org

Christine   Hoang, CHoang@avma.org

Mark   Lutschaunig, mlutschaunig@avma.org

Chris   Myrick, chris@cmgovernmentrelations.com

Animal   Agriculture Alliance +Kay   Johnson Smith, kjohnson@animalagalliance.org
Animal   Health Institute +Brigid   Zeller, bzeller@ahi.orgRon   Phillips, rphillips@ahi.org
Association   of American Veterinary Medical Colleges +Kevin   Cain, kcain@aavmc.org
Association   of Veterinary Biologics Companies +John   Thomas, jthomas@lltmlaw.com
Biotechnology   Industry Organization +Dave   Edwards, dedwards@bio.org
Council   for Agricultural Science and Technology +Linda   Chimenti, lchimenti@cast-science.org
Federation   of Animal Science Societies +Lowell   Randel, lowell@therandelgroup.com
Livestock   Exporters Association of the USA +Tony   Clayton, livestockexportersassn@earthlink.net
Livestock   Marketing Association +Kristen   Parman, kparman@LMAWeb.com
Multistate   Initiative on Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals +   Ken Olson, keolson@prodigy.netVivek   Kapur, vkapur@psu.edu

Don   Lein, dhl10@cornell.edu

National   Aquaculture Association +Betsy   Hart, bhart@sc.rr.comRandy   MacMillan, randy@clearsprings.com
National   Association for the Advancement of Animal Science +Lowell   Randel, lowell@therandelgroup.comWalt   Smith, walt@themallardgroup.net
National Association of Animal   Breeders +Gordon   Doak, gdoak@naab-css.orgJere   Mitchell, jmitchell@naab-css.org
National   Association of Federal Veterinarians +Mike   Gilsdorf, mgilsdorf@nafv.orgCaroline   Tuckhorn, ctuckhorn@nafv.org
National   Association of Public Health Veterinarians +Lisa Tell, latell@ucdavis.edu
National   Association of State Departments of Agriculture +Amy Hendrickson, amy@nasda.orgNathan   Brown, nathan@nasda.org
National   Dairy Herd Improvement Association +Jay   Mattison, jmattison@requestltd.com
National   Farmers Union +Mike   Stranz, mstranz@nfudc.orgChandler   Goule, cgoule@nfudc.org
National   Grain and Feed Association +   David Fairfield, dfairfield@ngfa.orgRandall   Gordon, RGordon@NGFA.org
National   Institute for Animal Agriculture +Scott   Stuart, scott.stuart@animalagriculture.org
National   Renderers Association +David   Meeker, dmeeker@nationalrenderers.comJessica   Meisinger, jmeisinger@nationalrenderers.com
North   American Meat Association +Sally   Donner, sdonner@ofwlaw.comBarry   Carpenter, barry@nmaonline.org
Poultry   Science Association +Steve   Kopperud, skopperud@poldir.com
U.S.   Animal Health Association +Ben   Richey, brichey@usaha.org


OR: AGF Listening Session

on Feb 18 in AGF Activities, Industry News, News, News Releases


February 18, 2013

Steve Lee: 202-350-9065 SteveLee@AmericanGoatFederation.org
Campbell: 540-743-4628 LindaCampbell@AmericanGoatFederation.org

Clackamas, OR

– Jan Carlson, American Goat Federation (AGF) Director from Davis, California, will represent the AGF at the Northwest Oregon Dairy Goat Association Goat Education Conference on February 23. She has managed the University of California Davis Goat Facility for the past 13 years, in addition to teaching animal science/goat husbandry classes. Ms. Carlson will provide information to the expected 500 attendees about the AGF, who we are, who our members are, and what we have been doing and are planning to do in the future on behalf of goat owners nationwide. She will be at the AGF Booth during the event, and will collect information from producers about their needs and concerns regarding the goat industry.

This activity is being funded by the proceeds of a grant AGF received to conduct “Listening Sessions” and surveys at major goat industry events across the United States. AGF is soliciting feedback from producers about what their major concerns are, what factors will enhance their business, and how AGF can best represent them as members. The information being collected will assist AGF to develop strategic planning focus areas and provide information to the USDA and other government agencies about our industry.

The mission of the American Goat Federation includes the provision of educational information and resources to individual AGF members and member organizations. The mission extends to goat producers throughout the nation. We continue to conduct a membership drive, recruiting new members to increase our membership and give us an even stronger voice when representing all facets of the goat industry. The AGF Facebook page contains up to the minute information about what the AGF is doing for the goat industry as well as the activities of other agencies engaged in supporting animal agriculture.

More information is available at www.AmericanGoatFederation.org.


AGF Board Meets in San Antonio

on Jan 30 in AGF Activities

The AGF Board held a very successful meeting in San Antonio on January 30, 2013.

Newly elected officers are: Linda Campbell, President; Will Getz, Vice President; Anita Dahnke, Secretary; Robin Saum, Treasurer.

American Goat Federation Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency San Antonio, Texas
Saturday – January 26, 2013

The meeting was called to order by Linda Campbell, Vice President at 8:04 AM Central Standard Time. Linda welcomed all Board Members and visitors present.

Directors Will Getz, Treasurer, Sam Abney, Bob Buchholz, Jan Carlson, Anita Dahnke, Terry Hankins, and Robin Saum were Present. A Quorum was present.

Directors Tom Boyer, President, May Pryde, Secretary, and An Peischel were unable to be in attendance.

Steve Lee, Executive Secretary, was also present to facilitate the meeting.

Guests included Frank Pinkerton, Ervin Chavana, Joe David Ross, Diana Preiss, Christa Preiss, Becky Sauder, Nina Baucus, John Edwards, Brenda Seidensticker, Karen Stieler, John Kane, Lee Bloodworth, Gordon Shelangosh, Jackie Edwards, and Fred Vandermartin.

The Board reviewed the agenda and chose to change discussion and business until the afternoon session.

INFORMATION and UPDATES PRESENTATIONS: Scharee Atchison – NLPA Sheep and Goat Fund; Diane L. Sutton – APHIS – Update on Scrapie; Katherine Marshall – APHIS – Q-Fever update; Bryan Sayre – Virginia State University Overview and summary of Goat Genomics in US; Lawrence Yates – AMS – Update on official goat standards and grades; Judy Malone – ASI – FMD Cross Species Working Group; Frank Pinkerton – The Goat Man – How AGF can best serve the goat industry; Will Getz – AGF – The Goat Scene in Myanmar – Opportunities.

Business Meeting: 1:30 pm

Election of Officers: Sam Abney nominated Linda Campbell as Chairman. Anita Dahnke made the motion and Jan Carlson seconded that nominations cease and Linda Campbell be elected Chair. Motion carried.
Jan Carlson nominated Will Getz as Vice Chairman. Bob Buchholz made the motion and Terry Hankins seconded that nominations cease and Will Getz be elected Vice Chair. Motion carried.
Bob Buchholz made the motion and Sam Abney seconded that the position of Secretary and Treasurer be combined. Motion Carried.
After Board deliberation Bob Buchholz made the motion and Jan Carlson seconded that the previous motion be reconsidered. Motion carried.
Jan Carlson nominated Anita Dahnke as Secretary. Bob Buchholz made the motion and Terry Hankins seconded that nominations cease and Anita Dahnke be elected as Secretary. Motion carried.
Anita Dahnke nominated Robin Saum as Treasurer. Bob Buchholz made the motion and Sam Abney seconded that nominations cease and Robin Saum be elected as Treasurer. Motion carried.

Minutes of December 27, 2012 Conference Call Meeting: Sam Abney made the motion and Robin Saum seconded that the minutes of the December 27 Conference Call meeting be approved. Motion Carried.

Financial Status Report & Budget: Bob Buchholz made the motion and Anita seconded that the financial report as presented be approved. Motion carried. Jan Carlson made the motion and Bob Buchholz seconded that the budget prepared and amended by the Board be approved. Motion carried.

Review and update Strategic Plan: The Board reached a consensus that the new members of the Board need to be afforded an opportunity to provide input to the Strategic Plan for this year and discussion would be delayed until the next conference call Board Meeting. Steve Lee will send out the Plan arrived at by the Board at the Louisville meeting.

Plan execution dates for Grant Project: The Board discussed various meetings and dates for inclusion in the Grant Project education and listening sessions. Anita will get together a
calendar and propose Board members to be in charge of that particular session.

Committee reports and assignments: Tom Boyer’s report as president in 2012 was read. The Board discussed communications, news releases, and possible changes to the Membership Directory for better identification of segments of the industry as well as increased outreach within the industry to gain support from individual producers. The Board will be considering who will be assigned to the Task Force for Goat Grading as requested by USDA.

Adjourn: There being no further business at this time, Bob Buchholz made the motion and Sam Abney seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 5:25 pm. Central Standard Time.

Respectfully submitted,
Anita Dahnke, Secretary
American Goat Federation

Thanks to all who attended the meeting.

San Antonio: AGF 2013 Meeting

on Jan 11 in AGF Activities, Events, Industry News, News Releases

AGF2013Annual Meeting Announcement

January 7, 2013

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Lee: 202-350-9065 SteveLee@AmericanGoatFederation.org

Tom Boyer: 801.376.4685 TomBoyer@AmericanGoatFederation.org

SanAntonio, TX

– The American Goat Federation (AGF) will hold its annual Board of Directors and membership meeting on January 26 in San Antonio, TX. The meeting will convene at 8:00 AM Saturday morning in the Blanco Room of the Hyatt Regency. The morning session will consist of presentations by various speakers. There will be a break for lunch and the afternoon session will begin at 1:30 PM. All members of AGF and members of AGF member organizations are invited to attend.

Schedule for the Annual Meeting

8:00 AM Brief Opening Business Meeting

8:20 AM Presentation by Scharee Atchison from the NLPA Sheep and Goat Fund

8:30 AM Presentation by Diane L Sutton from APHIS. Dr. Sutton will provide an

update on the scrapie program.

8:45 AM Presentation by Katherine Marshall from APHIS. Dr. Marshall will provide

an update on Q-fever.

9:00 AM Presentation by Dr. Bryan Sayre from Virginia Tech University. Dr. Sayer

will give an overview and summary of Goat Genomics in the United States.

9:45 AM Break

10:00 AM Dr. Lawrence Yates, Livestock Marketing Specialist of AMS will provide an

update on the official goat standards and grades.

10:30 AM Dr. Will Getz, AGF Director will provide information about opportunities in

the Goat Scene in Myanmar.

11:00 AM Judy Malone from ASI will provide information about the FMD Cross

Species Working Group.

1:30 PM Dr. Frank Pinkerton, the Goat Man, will discuss how AGF can best serve the goat industry.

2:00 PM Business Meeting

The American Goat Federation is a national organization that represents all segments of the goat industry, including meat, dairy and fiber. More information is available at www.AmericanGoatFederation.org. #


2012 AGF Membership Drive

on Apr 10 in AGF Activities, Industry News, News Releases

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    April 9, 2012                                               

Steve Lee:  202-350-9065   SteveLee@AmericanGoatFederation.org 

Tom Boyer: 801-376-4685  TomBoyer@AmericanGoatFederation.org 

Tom Boyer, President of the Board of the American Goat Federation (AGF) announced today the kick off of the 2012 AGF Membership Drive.  Since the first of the year the AGF has revamped the website www.americangoatfederation.org and redesigned their Facebook page with announcements of current activity and information of interest to all segments of the goat industry being posted weekly.  An Executive Secretary, Steve Lee, has been hired to serve the needs of the federation and its members.  Membership renewal packets have been sent to existing members and a system is now in place whereby members of the Board of Directors can make themselves available as time permits to speak to organizations interested in learning more about what the AGF can do for their members.

The members of the AGF Board represent a cross section of the American goat industry and bring a varied set of strengths and backgrounds into play in serving all segments of the industry:  dairy, fiber and meat as well as vegetation management.

Tom Boyer, President of AGF, is a third generation sheep and goat seed stock rancher from Utah and owner/operator of TVB Management Company, a leading management, consulting and appraisal firm serving agriculture around the world.  Linda Campbell, Vice President of AGF, is a goat producer and active exporter of goats, having shipped goats to over thirty-two countries.   She has been involved with dairy and meat goats for over forty years at her organic farming operation that is also an Agri-Tourism business in Virginia, as well as having owned and operated a commercial goat dairy for twenty five years.  Mary Pryde, Secretary of AGF, and her husband own and manage Prydelands Ranch Alpine and Boer Goats in Redding, California, as well as Enterprise Health Foods and Enterprise Feed in Northern California.  Dr. Will Getz, Treasurer of AGF, is an Extension Specialist and Professor of Animal Science at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.  He advises university staff on meat goat herd and sheep flock management and works with dairy goat owners in the state, and has worked professionally in international animal agriculture development for over twenty years, including work with goat and sheep programs in more than thirty countries.

The remainder of the Board of Directors of the AGF is made up of the following people.

Sam Abney, who serves on the AGF Membership/Marketing committee, raises Boer goats with his wife on their 40 acre farm in Alabama. He was instrumental in helping develop a handbook for goat producers, copies of which are distributed at shows, auctions, seminars and personal contact with prospective producers.   Jan Carlson, Chair of the AGF Education/Research committee, is from Davis, California and has managed the University of California Davis Goat Facility for the past twelve years, maintaining breeding-teaching-research herds of 150 goats (45 dairy, 45 Boer, and the rest transgenic research goats).    She also teaches goat husbandry/animal science classes both in the classroom and at the goat facility.   Anita Dahnke, Chair of the AGF Communications committee, is a partner in S&A Farms specializing in Boer goat breeding stock and meat goat show wethers and seed stock for commercial goat producers since 2000.   She is a professional writer who also co-owns Wabash Valley Feed & Western Wear in Indiana.   Dr.  Gil Engdahl, who serves on the AGF Education/Research committee, is head of the Agriculture Department and professor of Animal Science, as well as director of the Management, Instruction and Research Center at Angelo State University.  He currently oversees the sheep, goat, and cattle operations of the Angelo State University ranch.  Robin Saum is a partner with her husband in the Saum family farm, which is a diversified sustainable farm producing field crops, hogs, goats, and seasonal produce and Christmas trees.  She continues the use of her grandmother’s Snowflake herd name prefix in a small select herd of fifteen to twenty Saanen dairy goats that she also shows.

The Board includes representation from all sectors of the goat industry as well as from major goat associations who are founding members of the AGF.   Sam Abney, and Anita Dahnke were nominated by the American Boer Goat Association (ABGA).  Linda Campbell and Robin Saum were nominated by the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) and are both past presidents of ADGA.  Dr. Gil Engdahl was nominated by the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association.    The other board members were nominated and elected by the AGF membership.

If you would like to have a representative of the American Goat Federation speak to your group or association, please feel free to contact the director closest to your region, or you can get in touch with our President or Executive Secretary.   Detailed biographical information on each Director of the AGF can be found on the American Goat Federation website.  There is also a calendar page that shows where AGF representatives will be during the 2012 year.  Anyone interested in joining AGF is invited to contact any of the board members, or our office.  There is a membership application form available on the website to download, as well as an electronic application form that can be filed out and paid for online.

The American Goat Federation is a national organization developed to represent and speak with one voice for all segments of the goat industry, including meat, dairy and fiber.   There are more than 200 organizations and thousands of producers engaged in the sustainable production and marketing of goat milk, meat, fiber and grazing services across the United States. The Federation seeks to enhance growth of the industry by not only representing all areas of production within the industry, but also by being a central clearinghouse for reliable information about the industry and all issues affecting its members.

More information is available at www.AmericanGoatFederation.org