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.
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.
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 Activities, Industry News, News, News Releases
TO: ALL AMERICAN GOAT FEDERATION MEMBERS
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 12-31-2015AGF Activities, Industry News, News, News Releases
Diane L. Sutton
National Scrapie Program Coordinator
National Center for Animal Health Programs
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: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, email@example.com|
|Vice Chair||Gina Luke, firstname.lastname@example.org|
| COMMODITY GROUPS
| 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, email@example.comBen Pendergrass, firstname.lastname@example.org
James J. Hickey, email@example.com
|American Meat Institute||+Betsy Booren, firstname.lastname@example.orgJim Hodges, email@example.com|
|American Rabbit Breeders Association||+Eric Stewart, Eric@arba.net|
|American Sheep Industry Association||+Paul Rodgers, firstname.lastname@example.orgPeter Orwick, email@example.com
Fran Boyd, firstname.lastname@example.org
|American Veal Association||+Dale Bakke, email@example.com|
|National Chicken Council||+Ashley Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.orgMary Colville, email@example.com|
|National Livestock Producers Association||+Scott Stuart, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|National Milk Producers Federation||+Betsy Flores, Bflores@nmpf.orgDana Brooks, DBrooks@nmpf.org
Jamie Jonker, email@example.com
|National Pork Board||+Paul Sundberg, Paul.Sundberg@porkboard.orgJennifer Koeman, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|National Pork Producers Council||+Liz Wagstrom, WagstromL@nppc.orgTerry-Ann Paulo, Paulot@nppc.org
Audrey Adamson, email@example.com
Bobby Acord, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Wall, email@example.com
|National Turkey Federation||+Damon Wells, firstname.lastname@example.orgJoel Brandenberger, email@example.com
Leslee Oden, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Bailey, email@example.com
|R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America||+Bill Bullard, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|United Egg Producers||+Chad Gregory, email@example.com|
|USPOULTRY U.S. Poultry & Egg Association||+Rafael Rivera, firstname.lastname@example.orgJohn Starkey, email@example.com
Paul Pressley, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Western United Dairymen||+Charles Garrison, email@example.com|
ALLIED ANIMAL AGRICULTURE GROUPS
CONTACTS (+ denotes primary contact)
|American Association of Avian Pathologists||+Gregg Cutler, firstname.lastname@example.orgBob Bevans-Kerr, email@example.com|
|American Association of Bovine Practitioners||+Gatz Riddell, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners||+Joan Bowen, email@example.com|
|American Association of Swine Veterinarians||+Harry Snelson, firstname.lastname@example.orgTom Burkgren, email@example.com|
|American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians||+Jim Kistler, firstname.lastname@example.orgThomas McKenna, Thomas.McKenna@WVDL.wisc.edu
Tim Baszler, email@example.com
Barb Powers, Barb.Powers@ColoState.EDU
Brad Mollet, firstname.lastname@example.org
|American Dairy Science Association||+Ken Olson, email@example.comBarb Glen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken McGuffey, email@example.com
|American Farm Bureau||+Kelli Ludlum, firstname.lastname@example.orgDale Moore, email@example.com|
|American Feed Industry Association||+Richard Sellers, firstname.lastname@example.orgJill Homer Stewart, email@example.com
Leah Wilkinson, LWilkinson@afia.org
|American Society of Animal Science||+Ronnie Green, Rgreen2@unl.eduBrett Hess, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry C. Weigel, Geraldweigel49@yahoo.com
|American Veterinary Medical Association||+Gina Luke, email@example.comAshley Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitney Miller, email@example.com
Kristi Henderson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Hoang, CHoang@avma.org
Mark Lutschaunig, email@example.com
Chris Myrick, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Animal Agriculture Alliance||+Kay Johnson Smith, email@example.com|
|Animal Health Institute||+Brigid Zeller, firstname.lastname@example.orgRon Phillips, email@example.com|
|Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges||+Kevin Cain, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Association of Veterinary Biologics Companies||+John Thomas, email@example.com|
|Biotechnology Industry Organization||+Dave Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Council for Agricultural Science and Technology||+Linda Chimenti, email@example.com|
|Federation of Animal Science Societies||+Lowell Randel, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Livestock Exporters Association of the USA||+Tony Clayton, email@example.com|
|Livestock Marketing Association||+Kristen Parman, kparman@LMAWeb.com|
|Multistate Initiative on Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals||+ Ken Olson, firstname.lastname@example.orgVivek Kapur, email@example.com
Don Lein, firstname.lastname@example.org
|National Aquaculture Association||+Betsy Hart, email@example.comRandy MacMillan, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|National Association for the Advancement of Animal Science||+Lowell Randel, email@example.comWalt Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|National Association of Animal Breeders||+Gordon Doak, email@example.comJere Mitchell, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|National Association of Federal Veterinarians||+Mike Gilsdorf, email@example.comCaroline Tuckhorn, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|National Association of Public Health Veterinarians||+Lisa Tell, email@example.com|
|National Association of State Departments of Agriculture||+Amy Hendrickson, firstname.lastname@example.orgNathan Brown, email@example.com|
|National Dairy Herd Improvement Association||+Jay Mattison, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|National Farmers Union||+Mike Stranz, email@example.comChandler Goule, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|National Grain and Feed Association||+ David Fairfield, email@example.comRandall Gordon, RGordon@NGFA.org|
|National Institute for Animal Agriculture||+Scott Stuart, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|National Renderers Association||+David Meeker, email@example.comJessica Meisinger, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|North American Meat Association||+Sally Donner, email@example.comBarry Carpenter, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Poultry Science Association||+Steve Kopperud, email@example.com|
|U.S. Animal Health Association||+Ben Richey, firstname.lastname@example.org|
AGF Activities, Industry News, News, News Releases
AGF NEWS UPDATE
February 18, 2013
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Steve Lee: 202-350-9065 SteveLee@AmericanGoatFederation.org
Linda Campbell: 540-743-4628 LindaCampbell@AmericanGoatFederation.org
– 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 Activities, Industry News, News
The AGF Board held a very successful meeting in San Antonio. Newly elected officers are:
Linda Campbell, President
Will Getz, Vice President
Anita Dahnke, Secretary
Robin Saum, Treasurer
Additional information will be provided soon. Thanks to all who attended the meeting.
AGF Activities, Events, Industry News, News Releases
January 7, 2013
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Lee: 202-350-9065 SteveLee@AmericanGoatFederation.org
Tom Boyer: 801.376.4685 TomBoyer@AmericanGoatFederation.org
– 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. #
AGF Activities, Industry News, News Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9, 2012
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
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