One of our happiest memories as goat ranchers came when we first entered goats at the East Texas Goat Raisers Association Cream of the crop shows in January of 2008. Our wonderful friend and goat Show Lady extraordinaire Samantha Winkler showed Prancing Nancy in the 0-3 month percentage class. Charlotte led Hiney into the ring and Samantha led Nancy and it was sort of comical because Nancy was leaping and jumping and carrying on and everyone thought this was the happiest moment for both a young Lady and a kid Doe. Nancy didnít want to get out of sight of Mama Hiney and really desired to hide behind her Mamaís flank and peek out at all of the excitement (and maybe get some comfort food)!
The International Boer Goat Association show was first that morning and it was our first show too! We were the first ones out of the gate! The Judge was super nice and inspected Nancy and talked to Samantha and helped her to relax while inspecting Nancy and getting her to calm down a bit. We did the second ABGA show too. Nancy placed first in a class of one goat in the first show but placed second in the second show because the Judge said she didnít have enough pigment. As Gwen and I drove how afterward I thought of the event and how much more impressed I was with the IBGA folks who participated. They seemed so much more relaxed and informal. We met many nice folks from both the ABGA and IBGA and even formed a few friendships that have lasted through the years.
Recently the IBGA was forced to fold up their tent and go out of business. The Board of Directors fought tooth and nail to keep the association in business but the monetary outgo finally defeated the income and the end has come. They are working with the ABGA to make the transition as easy and pain free as possible while they do all they can to protect its members that care to continue on as ABGA members, its registry and its assets. The Boards of both associations ask that all members be patient while this all gets worked out.
Personally, I donít give a hoot as to why or how the IBGA and ABGA had their split. Re-whuppin that same dead horse does no one any good and it stirs up old animosities that should stay buried in their deep dark hole. What I give a durned about is hope and peace. Iím hoping that old friendships can re-form and be re-cast. Iím hoping that members from both Associations can establish a dialog of unity and cohesiveness, listening and compromising with each other to meld both memberships with a strong bond of trust and togetherness. Iím hoping for a peace and friendship that will endure and last. Yaíll be at peace. Itís only right.
The East Texas Goat Raisers Association invites you to our Cream of the Crop Shows on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex http://www.hendersoncountyfairpark.com/ in Athens, Texas. The ABGA Sanctioned shows will start at 9 a.m. for the first show with the second show to follow. Check in will be from 5-9 p.m. March 1st and from 7-8:30 a.m. the day of the show. Early entry fees are $15 and are due by February 22. 2013. Fees received after the 22nd will be $20. We are please to announce that Mr. Mike Masters will act as Ring Steward and Announcer. The Judge for show #1 will be Ray Bollinger and for the second show will be Beth Mason. For those attending, RV hookups will be available for Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2 at $25/night- please indicate on your entry form if you will need an RV site. Best Western in Athens has given us an $89.99 standard room rate if reserved by Feb 15- please tell them you will be attending the event at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex for this rate. Go to www.etgra.com for more information. Judge Ray Bollinger will be pleased to do your inspections if requested.
The East Texas Goat Raisers Association will hold The Spring Open Sale on March 16th, 2013 at the Ike Carden Arena in Fairfield, TX. Freestone County has a wonderful facility with covered pens, and a covered arena. This is an auction sale and is open to anyone who has goats for sale. Check-in begins at 7:30am and ends at noon. Sale starts at 1 p.m. Consignees pay the commission of $7 per head for ETGRA members and $10 per head for non-ETGRA members. The PO Fee is $7 per head for ETGRA members and $10 per head for non-ETGRA members. Consignees can join the association the day of the sale and take advantage of the $7 per head commission or PO fee.
Animals will be checked for signs of illness and registered animals must be tattooed. Please read the sales rules posted on the Sale Information page at http://www.etgra.com/sales.htm. We welcome anyone who would like to vend their products. There will be concessions and more than likely a raffle and such.
Hey Youngsters (and Oldsters too because somebody has to do the driving) there will be an JABGA Regional Show at the April Fools May Day Classic on Friday April 5th, Saturday April 6th, and Sunday April 7th at the Brown County Youth Fair Barns in Brownwood, Texas. Early entry fees of $15 dollars are due by March 30th with entry fees being $20 at the show. Festivities begin with check-in on Friday with a showmanship clinic and fitting seminar that evening. Saturday and Sunday will feature four shows with Judges as follow: Show 1- Anton Ward, Show 2- Jesse Kimmel, Show 3- Eddie Holland, and the JABGA Regional Show Judge TBA. Ms. Kelly Edwards and Ms. Amanda Smith & Co. put on a great event with lots of neat door prizes and stuff with the proceeds going to the Brown Co. and Erath Co. Youth Breeding Goat Shows. You can go to http://www.maydayclassic.weebly.com/ for information on the shows and contact info.
The American Goat Federation is a newly created national organization designed specifically to represent, unify, improve and advance the American goat industry and assist producers to achieve maximum success. They are currently holding a membership drive and my fellow members and I would like to welcome all producers to visit their web site at http://www.americangoatfederation.org/ and see what the Federation is all about and possibly join our great organization. Itís convenient to join by clicking on membership where you can see all of the producers and organizations that have joined or become affiliates and even fill out an application and join at your desk electronically. The AGF is also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Goat-Federation/106912726044227.
Thatís all Iíve got for now. Gwen and I are so happy to have been blessed with substantial rains the second week of January, Thank you Lord! We are undergoing a greening up even as I type! Please continue to buy papers or magazines and support their advertisers by shopping for your wares at their stores. Thank yaíll for your continued support. If your hear tell of any training stuff or any other events then let me know so I can spread the word. I love to post events benefiting goat breeders associations and youth programs so keep those e-cards and e-letters coming in. Please support your favorite local, area, or national goat breeders associations AND the 4-H and FFA. Call me at 903-388-8528 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any goat gossip. Bye, for now
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