President’s Letter – July 2014

abga logo for presidents ltr     To our Members: Our 20th National Show is behind us, and what a show it was.  Attendance was great and we had several new vendors.  The facilities got rave reviews and the big screen tv ads were so popular that people were still buying ads in the middle of the week.  The goats that ABGA members brought to the show were some of the best to enter the show ring and all the exhibitors are to be commended on their hard work and the quality of their Boer goats. The Mayor, Mr. Jay Vavricek attended the opening ceremony on Tuesday, and the people of Grand Island welcomed us with open arms.  There were newspaper articles about ABGA and our show every day, as well as a feature article on Sunday.  The local TV station also had staff at the show and we made the news on at least three or maybe four days. Many of our members attended the Annual Membership Meeting.  Full details about the meeting can be found in this issue of the Boer Goat. The Annual Banquet and Awards Event was well attended, over 600 people enjoyed a delicious brisket dinner and then were entertained by Ervin Chavana, who also had put together a video of the show winners from the past through the present, that ran on the big screen throughout the banquet.  Several exhibitors received ennoblement certifications on goats and the Ambassador to the Breed awards were given to sixteen individuals who were instrumental in bringing the Boer goats to the USA and getting everything started.  Full details on the banquet can also be found in this issue of the magazine. The DNA Testing program is in full swing and members can now get the DNA TEST Verification printed directly on the Registration Certificates.  Details are available on the ABGA Website. The July ABGA activities included the JABGA Leadership Conference that was held at Kansas State University.  The September/October issue of the Boer Goat Magazine will include coverage of what the juniors learned and the activities that were provided.   The new directors took part in their first ABGA Board meeting at the July face-to-face meeting. Minutes will be posted on the ABGA website as soon as they are available.

Brad Mackey, President ABGA™ Board of Directors
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