The formation of this organization is to promote and expand the meat goat industry in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, California and New Mexico through education, cooperative marketing, seminars, shows and networking using honest and fair trading. To welcome new and present members with introduction and training seminars in the meat goat industry.
Most Recent Meeting Minutes
Meeting called to order by President Marilyn O’Leary. Attending were John and Clayton Moore, Mountain Home, Koben&KahlaShigeta, Ontario, Angela Shaw & her daughter, Caldwell, Kelly Haun, Wilder, Nikki & Liv Brusseau, Caldwell, Will & Hannah Field, Grandview, Jean McDonald, Emmett, Kim & Ben Holt, Caldwell, Karen & Dillon Kellar, Nampa, Rhonda & Reagan Hoadley, Homedale,Zack Ware, Weiser, Wyatt Hodges, Weiser, Terry & Tracy Watts, Weiser, Marti Erickson, Nampa, Kim Royer, Cambridge, & Matt O’Leary, Fruitland. A total of 250 raffle tickets were given to attendees. Wow!!!
Minutes and Treasurer’s report read and approved. We have $6000.65 in the bank.
Old Business: Website is done and ready to go live. Terry Watts motioned and Kellly Haun seconded to have it go live. The membership form can be completed and dues can be paid online with PayPal. Also, entries for Open shows and Youth Jackpots can be completed and paid for online. The Entry Packets for the Fuzzy Goat Show and Youth Jackpot are on the website along with the information about the shows. You can either download the entry forms and mail them in with a check or fill them out online and pay with a credit card. The web address is still www.srmga.com. Check it out.
Fuzzy Goat Show: Will be at the Canyon County Fairgrounds in Caldwell. Will be a one day show Sunday March 1st starting at 10 am. Check in will start at 9 am. Set up will be Saturday night at 7:30 pm. We will have a short meeting at the Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 211 S 21st, Caldwell, (this is next to the Fairgrounds) beginning at 6 pm,prior to set up. The Youth Jackpot will follow the Open Show. When we can determine how many entries we will have for the open show, we’ll get an approximate time so the youth exhibitors won’t have wait too long for their show. Youth Jackpot will consist of Breeding Doe and Showmanship classes only. The Fairgrounds charges $15 per pen we use and they are 4×4. They will hold 1 buck, 2 large does or 3 small ones. I will check to see if they can be expanded to 4×8 for the same price. We can’t use bedding and any hay will have to be cleaned up. Will check to see if we can put down a tarp for bedding and then remove it when the show is over. Goats should be clean and trimmed, but do not need to be clipped. ABGA needed to be notified 120 days prior to the show to get it sanctioned. We were late, but Marilyn is working with them to get this done. Prizes will be ribbons and cash. If you are interested in sponsoring any awards, the forms are in the entry packets. There will be a raffle, CariZisk (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jean McDonald
(email@example.com) will be gathering items, so contact them if you have something you would like to donate.
Boers de Mayor Show: Will be May 2nd and 3rd at the Payette Country Fairgrounds, New Plymouth, ID. Check in will be Friday after noon. Forms are not on the website, but will be shortly. Judges will Sonny Larena for Saturday and Scott Pruett, Sunday.ABGA has been notified and the show is sanctioned. The Youth Jackpot will be sanctioned by Rocky Mountain Jackpots and will not be a JABGA show this year. It will follow the Open Show on Saturday May 2nd between 3 and 4 pm. The classes will be for market wethers, breeding does and showmanship. Cash prizes will be awarded for both the Open and Youth Jackpot.
Boers of Summer: Twin Falls County Fairgrounds don’t have any dates that will work for us available. Seems we should have reserved the dates we wanted for this year at last year’s show. So, Terry Watts is going to check with Evelyn Simon about any fairgrounds in the surrounding area that would be suitable. Jerome County and Shoshone County were suggested. We’ll let everyone know as soon as we have a location.
Production Sale: Get your consignment numbers in as soon as you can as consignments will be on a first come basis and will cut off at 100. Consignment rules are on the Production Sale page of the new website.
AGF Grant: Haven’t heard anything yet as to whether we got the grant. Motion was made and seconded to pay dues for membership in the American Goat Federation. It’s $100 a year.
Worming Seminar. We will hold another worming seminar in March. Kelly Haun will contact Dr Hind at University of Idaho Caine Veterinary Center to see if he can come and talk about parasite control. If he is available, it will be held at the Sleep Inn conference room, 1315 Industrial Rd, Nampa on March 29, 2015 at 2 pm. Once everything is verified, an announcement will be put out to everyone.
PayPal: Association Dues can now be paid via PayPal. The form is on the new website. Please feel free to use it. There is a small fee, on payments of $65.00 it was $1.33. Well worth it for the convenience.
Western Idaho Fair: Kelly Haun, Kim Holt and Clara Askew will get the dates of their next fairboard meeting and attend to try to get the 4-H and FFA meat goat classes worked out and if horns will be allowed on breeding does.We also need to talk to them about an Open Show for Boer Goats.
Election of officers: Kahla Shigeta is our new President. Kelly Haun is the new Vice President. Thanks to Marilyn O’Leary for her hard work and service. She did a great job.
Kim Royer, who is the goat representative on the Idaho Sheep and Goat Health Board, reported the the State Legislature will be voting on the goat assessment for disease and predator control early in this year’s session. It will be taken from sales totals at Treasure Valley Livestock and she said it will be .80 cents. Not sure if that’s per goat or per pound. Will get clarification. Also not sure if it affects our production sale. Also there will be a greater emphasis on herd identification for scrapies eradication. So, for Idaho producers, if you haven’t got a herd number, contact the Idaho Dept of Agriculture and ask for a herd premise number. This is a free service. They will take your location information and send you a tagger and tags with your farm number on them. You can also order tags from Premier with your farm id on one side and the number you use to identify herd members on the other. They have a form you fill out when you order. Very easy.
This was a lengthy, busy meeting and if I missed anything, I apologize. Let me know and I’ll add it. It was great having such good attendance. I want to thank everyone that came out.