President’s Letter – May 2014

To our Members:

We’re over a third of the way into 2014 and we’ve already initiated several projects. The voluntary DNA Testing Program was implemented on April 15. In the first three weeks, 162 requests for voluntary DNA testing on bucks were processed through the ABGA website, in addition to several requests that the ABGA office received via regular mail. There is an article in the May/June issue of the Boer Goat magazine explaining the program and how to participate. While voluntary this year, DNA testing will be required on the sire of any kids who are registered after December 31, 2014.

The Judges Certification Training Program that was held in March attracted 40 ABGA members who participated in a grueling three days of handling goats, placing goats, giving reasons and being evaluated. The hard work of the Judge Certification Committee was evident in the smooth way the program was run, and the panel of judges did an excellent job evaluating the candidates. Ten members came away from the program as ABGA Certified Judges. The new judges are listed in the Current News on the Home Page.

The election of new directors for several Regions is currently underway. This year the ballots contained background information for each candidate in the Region. ABGA is fortunate to have a group of dedicated members who are willing to take on the responsibility of serving on the Board of Directors. If you are from a Region having an election this year, please take time to vote for the candidate you believe will best represent your interests and concerns.

The ABGA National Show is fast approaching. 2014 is the 20th year of existence for the ABGA and we will be celebrating that at this year’s show. All members who can and who wish to support the show, even if they can’t attend, are asked to go to the website and make a donation, or sponsor a trophy, or take part in any other category of support that is being offered. Any member who wants to exhibit their Boer goats is welcome to attend the national show. There are always several additional events during the week of the show, including the annual banquet and general membership meeting.

Mary Ellen Villarreal, who has served as office operations supervisor since last July has been named Executive Director for the ABGA. The office staff continues to work to improve services to members.

The next face-to-face meeting of the board will be held July 18 and 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana. All members who wish to attend and can make the trip are invited to come see what a board meeting is all about.

Brad Mackey,

President ABGA™ Board of Directors
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