2015 ABGA Candidates for Director

Lee Dana ~ Region 3

Lee Dana, Red Cloud, Neb., runs 70 head of fullblood Boer does and enjoy showing in many ABGA shows. He has also owned registered Hereford Cattle for more than 40 years, and has managed a registered Angus herd for more than 10 years. He has served on the National Show Committee, and as Manager of the Cornhusker Classic Sale and Show. Dana is also a member of the National Hereford Association, is a director of the Nebraska Hereford Association and Nebraska Polled Hereford Association, as well as the Kansas Meat Goat Association. Dana and his wife Sharon have three children and two grandchildren.

Joe Airoso ~ Region 5

Joe Airoso, Wilton, CA, has been raising Boer goats for the past five years, and has 35 years of experience in ranching and livestock production. Airoso originally became interested in goats as a complimentary production for his cattle, and currently markets his goats for show and wether markets, and is looking to expand into range bucks and replacement does. Airoso currently works as a High School Principal, and has a Master’s of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing. He is the Past President of the California Angus Association, and is a member of the American Angus Association. Airoso said, “I am committed to working within the ABGA to create long-term solutions that will enable us to protect and promote the Boer Goat breed. I believe it is important that we strive to increase our influence on issues that impact our industry locally, nationally, and internationally. It is equally important that we work to expand our markets outside of the show / hobby lines and begin develop branded Boer Goat Range Bucks and replacement does for the commercial producers and as goat meat continues to become more readily available to consumers, that we position Boer Goat meat as the industry standard.”

Melissa Love ~ Region 5

Paul Grafe ~ Region 6

Dan Bell ~ Region 7

Dan Bell, Wortham, TX, has been raising Boer goats for six year, and goats since 2003. He started with brush goats, then had wethers for his daughters, and finally fullbloods. Bell currently works as the CEO/President of D.L. Bell Inc., where he does consulting for the oil and gas industry. He has a Master’s in Education Administration. He has served as a Scout Leader for the Boy Scouts of American and as a missionary. Bell said, “The ABGA is a wonderful organization that has served us well for years. There is reason it has developed into the dominant Boer goat registry. As a board member, it will be my duty to improve and expand the influence this registry has on the development of this breed in the United States. As an organization, we cannot forget, nor neglect the many aspects of creating a successful breed. The integrity of the registry must come before all else. Breed standards need to be stressed as they are the anchor of a successful breed. Research and programs that support our members in their endeavors to be successful, breeders, showman, hobbyist or large scale meat producers need to be our focus. Youth programs and marketing are integral in achieving this.

Dawn Steward ~ Region 7

Dawn Steward, Comanche, TX, is the former secretary for the Mills County Meat Goat Association. She is on the National Show Committee and Youth Committee. She also served on the Youth Committee in 2011, and entered shows from 2008-2011. Her interests include the promotion, education, marketing, and research of the Boer goat breed. Steward currently works as the Director of Nurses/Charge Nurse for an assisted living facility. She has Associate of Science degree in Business Administration. Steward said, “My focus will be to listen to the members of Region 7 and put forth their desires to the board. I believe we should be focusing on member desires, the ABGA mission statement, meat production, market share, education, research, and marketing the breed. I do not show and am not a consignor in a sale. My personal agenda is to promote the breed and the ABGA with dedication and integrity.”

Paul Morgan ~ Region 12

Corey Billups ~ Region 15

Corey Billups, Greenup, KY, has hosted ABGA sanctioned shows for the last 5 years, as well as hosting educational clinics ranging from selecting breeding stock to AI clinics. These clinics are hosted through the Tri-State Goat Producers Association, an ABGA affiliate. Billups is currently a full time student, where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in Agriculture Economics. He plans to continue his education with a Master’s of Business Administration. He also works as the sale manager of the Legendary Sale, and serves as the Show Chairman for the Tri-State Goat Producers Association. Billups said, “I believe that the ABGA should look into doing a voluntary EPD program. This program would be beneficial for both producers and consumers, as they will be able to look at information such as birth weights and weaning weights. I also believe we need to promote the commercial production side of the industry. Having been a JABGA member in the past, I can promise you that I will always be willing to support our youth program. Lastly, I believe ABGA needs to start a new focus on education, both basic information for new breeders and innovative advancements in the industry for experienced breeders.”

Susan Burner ~ Region 15

Susan Burner, Inwood, WV, has been raising Boer goats for nine years. She and her son sell goats to many 4-H kids and other breeders who are starting out in the Boer goat industry. She has hosted an ABGA show twice a year for seven years, and assists with many others. Burner currently works as a school bus driver. She has been involved in several different youth organizations, serving in many positions. She has served as President for her employee union at the local level. She has been involved with kids in schools for 28 years, and has served as a 4-H Leader and Animal Science Goat Leader for her county. Burner said, “I am excited to be a member of ABGA. I believe we need to do more to promote the Boer goat on every level, not just shows. As with any successful organization, effective communication should be a priority. Customer service has to be improved on every level. Changes need to be made, and sometimes that is difficult. Involving the members by listening to ideas can improve the morale of our group. Positive actions on all levels from the ground up is a must.”

David Carter ~ Region 15

David Carter, Buchanan, VA, has been raising goats for 35 years, and Boers for the last 20. He has promoted the Boer goat and meat goat industry through goat clinics, seminars, handing out taste samples, and working with youth. He organized the first Boer Goat show in Ohio, and helped form the Ohio Meat Goat Association. He has judged goats since 1999, and for the ABGA since 2001. In 2000, he started a wholesale meat goat business selling to grocers and restaurants. He started selling two carcasses a week, and ended selling over 4500 per year. Carter currently works as a real estate agent in Virginia. He has attended many courses and classes pertaining to personnel management, motivational, marketing and cost management. Carter previously served on the ABGA board of directors for eight years, and as president in 2000-2001. Carter said, “I do believe that we have just scratched the surface of our potential as a vital and viable meat animal industry, and have visions of where we go next and ideas for how we get there. I believe it is time for our industry to embrace performance testing and EPD's. I have the vision of an industry with larger State/Regional group involvement which will also help our Junior Assoc. grow. I see the need for a National Meeting separate from the National Show. One person can help make a difference if they have the support of their peers and willingly share the views of the same.”

Gerald Wingfield ~ Region 15