Ambassadors & Affiliates

Ambassador to the Breed

The Ambassador to the Breed award was initiated by the ABGA Board of Directors in 2012 to honor people who the association feels have made an impact on the goat industry. In addition to receiving an ABGA Bronze, the recipients’ names are placed on a plaque that resides in the ABGA office.

2019 Recipient

  • Coni Ross
  • Joe Tipton
  • Dr. Fred C Homeyer

 2018 Recipient

  • Robert (Bob) Duke,Sr.

 2017 Recipient

  • The Ryals Family

 2016 Recipient

  • Jim and Lynn Farmer

 2015 Recipients

  • John Edwards
  • Jackie Edwards
  • Preston Faris
  • Don Smith

 2014 Recipients

  • Jimmy Day
  • Stan Keen
  • F. Dian Newman
  • Buck Pruitt
  • Kim Halfmann
  • Norman Kohls
  • Dr. Lou Nuti
  • Ernest Schwartz
  • Sammy Helmers
  • Mike Masters
  • Mary Powis
  • Charles Turner
  • Don Jackman
  • Jane Meacham
  • Walter Pope III
  • W.E. Whitehead

The first awards were given in 2013 and went to the following people:

  • Dr. Frank Pinkerton
  • Marvin Shurley
  • Kearney Family
  • Dr. Frank Craddock

Affiliate Program

In recognition of the efforts of local clubs and the impact their activities have on the goat industry, ABGA implemented the Affiliate Program in 2004. With the rapid growth in the meat goat industry, these goat clubs have an increased role of education, marketing and promotion. They provide an essential service in promoting the industry and educating breeders at the local level.

Affiliates have the opportunity to apply for funds to conduct educational seminars in their area. They can apply for cost-share programs such as a display booth for the club. At the end of each year, membership rosters of the local affiliate will be matched with the membership roster of the association. The affiliate will receive a membership match of $1.00 per match for each person who is a member of both the affiliate and the ABGA. The affiliates are notified of future programs as they become available. In order to become a recognized affiliate, a local club needs to complete the affiliate application and submit the annual membership fee of $75. ABGA staff will review the application and notification will be sent to the affiliate upon recognition. At the end of each year, ABGA sends each affiliate a renewal notice, and in order to continue as an affiliate, the club will need to return the form with any corrections, along with the $75 membership fee and a current roster, for the membership match. Below there is an application form for potential affiliates as well as a list of our current affiliates.

2021 Affiliates

ABGA Affiliate Application 2014