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Meeting Minutes October 7th 2016

Meeting Minutes

Snake River Meat Goat Association

Oct. 7th, 2016, 7:30 pm

Payette County Fair Grounds.

There were approximately 36 members and nonmembers present at our meeting.

Kahla Shigeta opened the meeting and welcomed all; we had a nice group of folks and a pot luck dinner.

Treasure Report:   Nikki Brusseau reported that we have had a fairly good year with our events breaking even or making some moneys.  With the exception of Western Idaho Fair was a loss at (-) $736.00, with only 58 goats.   We have $6,845 in our account at this time with $1265.00 of that belonging to the JRSRMGA.  Leaving SRMGA with a balance of $5,580.00 Discussion was held that the Jr. Group needs to have their own bank account.  It was also discussed that as an association we need to be looking at our budget and balance at the beginning of each year and SRMGA should be voting on a donation to our Jr. group when funds allow. It was also mentioned that the price of Judges keep going up mainly due to increase in plane fairs and hotel rooms.   It was mentioned that perhaps we need to increase entry fees.  Pros and Cons were discussed with no real decision made on this.

Western Idaho Fair:  Western Idaho Fair was a loss to the association of $736.00.  There was fairly good turnout for the show.  However we need to get our numbers up.  We realize this is a tuff time of year with breeding season getting started.  We have one more Western Idaho Fair to go before premiums will be paid and the fair will take over cost of our show.    This needs to be a priority if this show is to support itself.  There was some discussion related to allowing bucks perhaps under a year old at that show being a possibility, perhaps using the same rule as at a county fair.  Awards were discussed and folks in agreement that they like the idea of usable awards.

Production Sale Report:  Terry Watts reported on production sale: please see handout for breakdown.   There was discussion regarding need for a production sale committee.  Production sale this year was done with the help of last year’s SRMGA secretary Clare Askew and was run with the same rules as the 2015 sale.   Many ideas were thrown out related to how our fees are calculated.  (Please see attachment).    Some felt that it should be a flat fee others felt that the $30.00 nonrefundable plus % fee figured after the sale to pay expenses was a good idea.  This defiantly needs to be analyzed to see what is best for all.  Production Sale had a profit of 1,598.70 for 2016.  This is our only real fund raising event for the organization other than membership fees that help us to keep our shows and educational events running.   Question was asked as to why we made more money this year over last year.  Our auctioneer last year cost us twice as much as this year.  This led to discussion regarding level of auctioneer, ability to feed auction to internet, and if we need a professional reader and defiantly folks that do not have animals in the auction, being paid or volunteer.   For sure something for a committee to look at.It was felt that the Facebook page that was added was a great advertisement.   Terry Watts reported that for the most part the feedback from consignors to her was that it was a great saleand they were very happy. It was also mentioned that having transport there was huge for us.  Samantha Davis reported that Goat Express said that they will be available to us again next year and will do a semiannual run if we need it to our area.   Terry Brown stated that we do need to be careful with the transporters that it does not interfere with the sale of our auction goats.

Code of Ethics:  Terry Watts reported that with the friction that we have experienced this year with both Facebook posts and negativity within the association it was decided among the officers that we needed to have some form of code to draw on related to behavior of all of our members.  Within this discussion a code of Ethics was developed and placed on the web site srmga.com also a code of behavior to be used and what will be allowed on our social media page was pinned to our Facebook page.  (Please see attachment Code of Ethics) also the pinned post to our Facebook page.   Kim H.  suggested that we also have a Bullying policy do to the events in the past few months.  She stated that from a Human Resources point of view it is needed.  Carolyn O.stated that there is a really good one on 4H online that we might be able to draw from.

Bylaws: Kahla Shigeta reported that there is a need to update our Bylaws and that Terry Brown has offered to help us with these.   Koben Shigeta has volunteered to also be on that committee.  These two volunteers will get a committee together and get a revision out to all soon.   It was discussed and presented that perhaps 2 general membership meetings a year perhaps one at Boers De Mayo in May and the other in Oct. at Fall Finale would work well.  This will allow for larger numbersof membership to attend our meetings and not just the local folks here in this area.  Discussion was held on unity of our group and when to hold board meetings perhaps quarterly or when more than 2 issues arise was an idea, with productive minutes sent out to the members.

JRSRMGA update:  Koben Shigeta reported that our Jr. group has been very active this year in helping with our shows, and with competing in their jackpots and county fairs.  The first scholarship doe brought in $1265.00 and we are still selling tickets for the second doeling and winner for that doeling will be drawn on Sundayduring the raffle drawing.

There was some discussion on jackpot shows being so long when being held along with open shows.  It for sure saves money on venue however we do pay the judges extra for the judging both shows.  There was some discussion on having jackpot before vs after the open show.  The membership was divided on this, perhaps need to have a survey monkey vote on this topic.

Proceeds from Events:  Kahla opened the floor to suggestions as to how to use some of our moneys that we make from our events.  It was mentioned that there was a group from Nevada that contacted us to see if we could come to them to help them educate a large group of youth and adults on care of goats and just what does it take to raise them.  There was discussion related to our role and commitment to the goat community in all of our states that we serve to “Promote the Goat.”    It was discussed that perhaps it would be a good idea to send a couple of volunteers to do clinic to educate and have the association pay for gas and room and meal allowance for the volunteers.   That discussion then led to perhaps that large group could come to us.  Maybe this would be a good one to write up proposal and take to board or have a vote of membership.   There was no decision made on this topic.

New Board Of Directors Member: Kahla Shigeta announced that with the resignation of Gabriel Aguayo, Donna Newman was appointed to that seat until that seats would be up for re-election.  Thank you Donna, for agreeing to this appointment.

Meeting adjourned  9:17 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry Watts,
Secretary Snake River Meat  Goat Association.

Synopsis of how SRMGA is charging for sells of lots at Production Sale.

There has been some question regarding how we have been charging entry fees and commission cost at our production sale. This is a synopsis of the SRMGA charges in the past and present and also a comparison to the Cascade Boer Goat Sale.

From 2007 till 2014 there was a 30.00 refundable entry fee to all members per consignment lot. The 30.00 was refunded if the animal was put in the sale. If it was not it was charged and kept. When your animal sold at the auction there was a commission charged that was set after expenses were figured, that would end up ranging on average between 6 and 8% of the sale price. It was also charged to no sale animals on their reserve price. So to show you the difference between the 3 scenarios I have chosen a price of $900.00 this is rounded up from the avg. price of a lot at this year’s sale. (2016)

2014 900.00 dollar lot would have cost the seller. $30.00 refundable fee.Then 7% of $900.00 = $63.00 cost to the seller for this lot.
In November of 2014 at a membership meeting it was voted to move to a $30.00 non-refundable entry fee to the sale. Then we would at the end of the sale add up expenses and from that cost figure a commission fee to cover our cost. For both 2015 and 2016 it figured out to 2.5%.

2015 and 2016 $900.00 lot = $30.00 + 2.5% of %900.00 = $22.50 for a cost of $52.50 per entry.
Cascade Boer Goat Association = a flat fee of $60.00 non-refundable fee per lot. (Per website).

SRMGA production Sale is our only for sure fund raising event that we have other than our raffles that have helped to cover our cost at shows. We also have our scholarship fundraising efforts that go toward our JRSRMGA. It is important to have these fundraisers so that we can cover cost of education and promotion of the goat.

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Officer meeting SRMGA July 2 2016

Officer meeting SRMGA
July 2, 2016
Nampa, Idaho
6:03 pm.

In attendance: Kahla Shigeta President,  Patsy Walrath Vice President,  Nikki Brusseau Treasure and Terry Watts Secretary

Meeting was called by Kahla Shigeta to discuss resignation of Gabriel Aguayo to the Board of Directors of Snake River Meat Goat Association.  It was noted that Gabriel resigned due to personal reasons.

Discussion was then held related to need of reappointment of this board seat at this time or, wait until elections are held again in January of 2017.  It was agreed by all that a new board member should be appointed at this time.

Many members of the association were then discussed and what each one could bring to the association and to the Board.  The decision was made to contact Donna Newman related to her years in the goat industry and her experience.    President Kahla Shigeta will contact Donna this week and see if she would be interested in filling this seat on the board.

Meeting adjourned  7:27 pm.

Respectfully Submitted:
Terry Watts
Secretary, Snake River Meat Goat Association.

Officer meeting SRMGA July 2 20162017-12-01T20:04:02+00:00

9th Annual Production Sale

Snake River Meat Goat Association
9th Annual Production Sale
September 19, 2015
Payette County Fairgrounds

New Plymouth, Idaho

Auctioneer: Paul Adams, Middleton, ID (208) 890-1911

Preview starts at 9 a.m.
Sale starts at Noon

Clare Askew (208) 250-9518 foxtailfarms@hotmail.com

Kobenor Kahla Shigeta, (541) 212-6610 kbshigeta@hotmail.com

Catalog
on www.boergoats.com

Live Auction!

Phone bids welcome-Contact Trapper Thomas (541) 881-6064 or

Wayne Gifford (208) 871-0468

Registered Fullbloods – Purebreds – Percentages

This is the place & time to purchase quality Boer goats!

100+ lots available from some of the top breeders in
Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California,and New Mexico.

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Minutes of SRMGA Meeting June 13 2015

Meeting called to order by President Kahla Shigeta. Attending were Tawnie Roberds, Midvale, Nikki & Liv Brusseau, Caldwell, Cari Zisk, Emmett, Terry Watts, Weiser, Marie Beatty, Kuna, Tawnya & Nani McKague, Meridian, Marilyn O’Leary, Fruitland and Kim Royer, Cambridge.

Old Business:

Boers de Mayo Open and Youth Jackpot. Due to the excellent participation, we made a profit. $577.65 on the shows. Good Job everyone. On the negative side, there were complaints about having to provide copies of the registration papers for the open show. The reason these copies were requested was to make verifying the information (or lack of) on the entry forms easier. It was decided to see if we could eliminate this requirement. The show clerks have always used their personal computers to process the entries and it was moved and seconded that we buy another laptop to be used exclusively by the show clerk. That way it can be set up permanently with the forms and information needed to make this difficult job easier. That being said, Marilyn O’Leary will no longer be able to clerk the Boers de Mayo Show, so we will need a new clerk. It was decided that if possible it would be better if we had 2 people working together to clerk the shows.Kahla Shigeta & Liv Brusseau volunteered.

Goat Days of Summer Open & Youth Jackpot: June 27th& 28th. Judges Warren Thigpen and Eddie Holland. Entry information and forms are on our website www.srmga.com . Aaron Zisk will be our announcer again. Nikki Brusseau has been working on a new backdrop for pictures and it’s glorious, Terry Watts will check with her daughter Tracy and see if she will take pictures. Cari Zisk will oversee the raffle again. We discussed how to make the drawing move faster, but could come up with no good solution. We will need volunteers for runners to get the exhibitors notified of upcoming classes as there is no sound system in the barns. Nikki Brusseau and Marie Beatty will be ring stewards again. Straw will be provided for bedding. Clean up will be done by one of the local 4H clubs. We will pay the same as New Plymouth, $100 per barn. Set up will be Friday June 26th at noon and volunteers are needed to help. Check in time for exhibitors will be any time after 12 o’clock noon on the 26th. Pens will be assigned for the Open Show, but not the Youth Jackpot. Check in for youth exhibitors & weighing wethers for the Jackpot will be Saturday morning starting at 8 am. Jackpot will start at 9 am with Showmanship, then Breeding Doe classes and last, market wethers, so we’ll have time to get them all weighed. It was suggested that we eliminate the entry fee for the showmanship classes, but that would also eliminate prize money for those classes. So it was decided to leave entry fees the way they were. Lunch will be available both days, but no potluck Friday night as there are a number of eating places close in Homedale.

Fitting and Showing Clinics: The Goat Boot Camp organized by Kelly Haun was a great success. Attendance was very good and everyone who participated benefited by the knowledge and expertise of Austin Chandler, the young man who did the presentation. It was decided that the Association should try to sponsor some of these clinics in the future. If we contribute to some of the expense, that would lower the fees that people would have to pay to attend and should increase attendance.

Treasure Valley Classic. July 11th, 8 am, Owyhee Country Fairgrounds, Homedale, ID. Judge, Madi Fenton, Touchet, WA. There will be a short fitting and showing seminar starting at 9 am.

Show will start at 10 am with Showmanship, then break for lunch, then Breeding Does and wethers. Show will be sanctioned by Rocky Mountain Show Series. Cash prizes and goat equipment will be given.

Western Idaho Fair Show: Mike Wallace will be our judge. Entries will need to be made by August 12th online at the Western Idaho website, www.idahofair.com or August 10th by mail using the open show entry form supplied by the WIF in the Premium book. Those forms and the entry fees of $18 per class for Open and $15 per class for the Jackpot will be sent to the Fair Office and they will forward our portion of the entry fee and the forms to us. We will need at least 10 goats from 3 different farms to participate in the open show portion of the fair, this would include jackpot entries. Goats will need to be kept at the fairgrounds from Wednesday August 26th through Saturday August 29th. The Open Show and Youth Jackpot will be held Friday August 28. The Jackpot will start at 9 am with Showmanship and Breeding Doe Classes. There will not be Market Wether Classes as wethers will be shown during the 4H and FFA portion of the fair so they can be sold in the fair auctions. Bedding (shavings) will be provided by the facility for the first day, any bedding (shavings) after that time will have to be provided by the exhibitor. Pens will be assigned for both the open and jackpot shows and there will be no pen fees. The open show will be percentage and purebred/fullblood does only, no bucks. Horns will be allowed. Exhibitors will have to pay the fair gate admission charge each daily to get on the fairgrounds. They do sell passes that allow exhibitors in at a reduced cost from the daily fee. We should have enough people going daily who can take care of the goats whose owners can’t get there every day. It was suggested we conduct mini clinics during the days the goats are on being exhibited, but we decided we had enough to do at this point without adding more.

Production Sale: Saturday September 19, Payette County Fairgrounds, New Plymouth ID

The Consignment forms will be going out to the consignors after the Goat Days of Summer Show. Deadline for returning them and paying consignment fee is July 15, 2015. All the lots on the sale are full, but if consignors are unable to bring as many animals as they originally specified, I have members waiting to fill those lots. The catalog will be on www.boergoats.com only this year, with a link on our website.

Very productive meeting, if I forgot anything, please let me know.

Thanks,

Clara Askew
Secretary/Treasurer
Snake River Meat Goat Association
www.srmga.com

 

Minutes of SRMGA Meeting June 13 20152017-12-01T20:04:02+00:00

Minutes of SRMGA Meeting January 11 2015

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 (cherrybutte@msn.com) and Jean McDonald

(gjmacdonald@outlook.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.

New Business:

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.

Clara Askew
Secretary/Treasurer

Minutes of SRMGA Meeting January 11 20152017-12-01T20:04:02+00:00

Minutes of SRMGA Meeting November 1 2014

Meeting called to order by President Marilyn O’Leary. Attending were Koben & Kahla Shigeta, Terry Watts, Marie Beatty, Matt O’Leary, Tawyna and Nani McKague.

Minutes of last meeting and treasure’s report read and approved. We have $5977.65 in the bank.

Old Business:

Facebook: Discussion on whether to open our Facebook pages up to non-members of the Assoc. It was decided that since requests to join could be filtered and anything that wasn’t goat related could be kept out, it would be opened up. Motion was made by Terry Watts and seconded by Matt O’Leary.

Meeting Attendance: Discussion about what to do about low meeting attendance. It was decided to set the date for the next meeting during the current meeting. We would try to have set dates for quarterly meetings. Also as an incentive, $5.00 worth of raffle tickets (10) would be given to members who attend the meeting.

Production Sale: We need to have Consignor Rules on the website and facebook so members don’t have to search back through the minutes of meetings to find out information about getting goats in the sale. So attached are the rules for consigning which will be posted on the website under Production Sale. Please read them carefully. Members will notice some changes voted on by everyone who was at this meeting.

Some of them are: $30 entry fee will no longer be refunded.

Substitutions made after August 1 of the year of the sale will cost an   additional $10.

Consignors will only be able to consign 8 goats instead of 10.

Catalog will be on Boergoats.com only with a link from our website.

Members can consign 1 buck only if they consign 3 does.

No more than 2 goats per pen in the barns.

Lot # Tags – The goats chew on the string that the lot number tags are attached to and lose their tags. So we need to come up with a better way of getting the lot# on the goat. Plastic chain was suggested, also painted numbers or glued on tags like the sale barns use. This was tabled for later discussion. It was suggested we have a note book with large lot numbers on individual pages on the auctioneer’s stand that could be turned as each lot comes into the ring so that buyers would know for sure which lot was in the ring.

It has been brought up by consignors after this sale that Nancy Barlas did a great job as a pedigree reader, but it might be even better if we hired Scott Pruett, who is an ABGA certified judge, to read the pedigrees. He’s worked at other sales and it seems to improve the bottom line. This would free Nancy to take care of her own goats. We would be able to pay his fee by retaining the sale entry fee.

We need to talk about training our helpers at the sale, we need to train how to do a task, rather than just saying, this is what needs to be done, go do it.

Boers de Mayo Show: Will be May 2 & 3rd this year. Judges will by Sammy Loreno for Satuday and Scott Pruett for Sunday. Koben & Kahla will get the straw. Grand prizes will again by Director’s Chairs.

Boers of Summer Show: Judy Novak will no longer be able to put on the show. BUT, she would be available to mentor. So Koben&Kahla with help will take over. Myrna Bowman who has been the show clerk for the last 2 years will still do that for us. Anyone else who wants to assist, contact Koben or Kahla. Dates will be either June 20 & 21 or 27 & 28.

Youth Jackpots: Will still have them after the open ABGA shows on Saturday. Will be affiliated with Rocky Mountain Jackpots only. Open to all youths up to 21 years of age. We will also have the Treasure Valley Classic in July at the Owyhee County Fairgrounds. We will again have a fitting and showing class for attendees. It will be only 1 day with the class in the morning and the show in the afternoon. Lunch will be available.

New Business:

Website: Still checking into a new webmaster. Our current website is based in Microsoft Front Page. This program hasn’t been supported by Microsoft since 2006. We could still use it, but we really need to update to a more user friendly format. Our domain host recommended Cindy Fajardo, RA Web Designs. I have corresponded with her by email and she would be able to transfer the information on our website to WordPress which is a popular online content management system which allows growth and flexibility. It would allow us to easy access to make quick updates on our own. Her initial fee is $800 and the $35 per month maintenance fee. Keep in mind, we paid Becky $400 to initially set up the site and then $550.00 a year to maintain it.

Ranch House Designs was also recommended. I haven’t talked to them yet. According to their website, the initial fee to set up a website is $600 and up. I have contacted them and they will send me a form to complete so they can give us a quote.

We have applied for a grant from the American Goat Federation for $1000 for a Scrapies and Q Fever Eradication Program. We have proposed putting on a seminar and having literature available at our shows and sale.We would also put information about it on our website. In order to do this, we have to have our website back up, so if we get the grant, hopefully we can use some of this money for that. We should work with a professional as this is the place we put our best face forward.

Fuzzy Goat Show: We discussed having a one day ABGA show with a youth jackpot onFebruary21, 2015 inside at the Canyon County Fairground building. First we have to find out if the building is available and how much it would cost. I was told that for 4-H functions, it could possibly be free. Since we have a number of members in 4-H and FFA, hopefully we would qualify. I will find out this week. Also we would need a judge that wouldn’t mind judging unclipped goats. Marilyn will check this out. The youth jackpot would be for breeding does and showmanship only.

New Board Members: Kahla Shigeta, Kim Holt and Terry Watts are our new board members along with existing member Evelyn Simon.

Election of Officers will be in at the January 2015 meeting. Please send your nominations for
President

Vice-President

Secretary/Treasurer

to foxtailfarms@hotmail.com.

Deadline for nominations will be 1/1/2015.

NEXT SRMGA MEETING WILL BE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 AT 2 PM AT

THE ASKEWS, 8054 USTICK RD, NAMPA, ID

Thank you,

Clara Askew
Secretary/Treasurer

Minutes of SRMGA Meeting November 1 20142017-12-01T20:04:02+00:00

Meeting Minutes for 23 August 2014

Meeting called to order by President Marilyn O’Leary.

Attending were Matt O’Leary, Marie Beatty, Tawnya and Nani McKague, Koben & Kahla Shigeta, Wayne Gifford, Trevor and Kimberly Thomas and their son.

Minutes of last meeting read and approved.

Treasurer’s report, we have $7170.32 in the bank which includes the entry fees for the Production Sale.

Old Business:

Boers de Mayo Show & Jackpot took in $4629.00 in entry fees and raffle. Expenses were $4935.45.  Loss on show $306.45, which is pretty much what we pay to have the barns cleaned.  It was discussed to possibly raise entry fees or charge a cleaning fee.  Also possibly not print a catalog as they’re usually not complete what with late entries and such. So, we need to have more discussion and make some decisions before the next show. There was discussion about selling wethers at the show.  It was decided we probably would not do that.  The Jackpot was JABGA sanctioned.  This did not work well. We didn’t get the ribbons until the Friday before the show on Saturday. They only supplied ribbons for the breeding classes and we had to pay postage to ship the ribbons we didn’t use back to them. We had to buy ribbons for the showmanship and market wether classes. It was a good thing there is an awards store in New Plymouth.  This probably had something to do with the show losing money as this was an expense we didn’t count on when figuring cash prize amounts. Unless someone can think of some really good reasons, next year the jackpot will be sanctioned by Rocky Mountain Jackpots only.

Boers of Summer show took in $3201.75.  Expenses were $3149.00. The profit was $52.75. Good Job Magic Valley Members.  This was their first ABGA sanctioned show and it was good.

Treasure Valley Classic Youth Jackpot took in $1185.00, expenses were $1747.25.  Loss was $562.25.  We didn’t charge for the Fitting and Showing clinic.  We may have to do that next year.  Also I was told by some of the participants, less money prizes and more ribbons and trophies. We’ll look into that.  Also, we discussed having a one day function, with fitting and showing demonstrations in the morning and the show in the afternoon.  We might get more exhibitors and we should be able to get done by around 5 or 6 pm.  Need more input and ideas.  We want to thank Maddie Fenton for the excellent job she did with the fitting and showing seminar at this year’s show.

Production Sale Committee: 

We have 101 goats consigned.  The partial catalog is on the website and will be going on boergoats.com this week.  Set up for the sale will be Thursday, September 18th at 6:30 pm, please try to come help if you can. Check in for consignors will be Friday September 19th from 12 noon.  We will need someone to check condition and tattoos on the goats as they come in. Preview for buyers starts at 9 am Saturday morning with the sale starting at 12 noon. We will not be having a crockpot potluck Friday night as members attending the meeting have other duties that afternoon and evening and will not be able to bring anything. Garbonzos, The Double Diamond and The Burger Den are open in town and there are resturants in Ontario for anyone needing an evening meal.  Concessions for sale day will be provided by the Denim & Dust 4H club, breakfast items and lunch. Dr. Walker will do our health checks again this year for goats going out of state. As we always seem to be short of people to help load goats at the end of the sale, it was decided to pay 2 of Matt’s FFA friends $50 to help.  Rope halters will be provided to lead the goats from the pens to the vehicles to be loaded.  There is a lightweight aluminum ramp at the fairgrounds that we think can be used to load goats into pickups.  Wayne will bring a sprayer so we can disinfect the pens Thursday night when we do set up.

Show Committee:

The Association did sponsor an award for the Nationals.  We did not get any feedback from the show. No thank you or any acknowledgement.

We again discussed having a Regional JABGA show.  Without more participation from members it was decided this would not be possible. Discussion tabled at this time.

New Business:

We need better member attendance at our meetings. A few of us are deciding everything for the majority. If anyone has any ideas how to get better attendance, let Marilyn or I know.

Meeting was adjourned.

Clara Askew
Secretary/Treasurer

Below is a report from Kahla Shigeta about the Western Idaho Fair.  Information that needs to be discussed about next year.

I went to the Western Idaho Fair today and talked to a gal named Sandy Miller. She was in charge of the goats at WIF. She was also the one clerking for the ADGA show that was being sanctioned at the WIF today. What I learned from her today was that if you do a show during the Western Idaho Fair there are no fees for renting anything. The exhibitors just have to pay $3 a goat to get them in. I assume there aren’t any stall or cleaning fees either. The only problem is they have to figure out how to accommodate us. This year during the first week of fair they had open stalls. I got real excited talking to this gal about this and then she dropped the bomb shell on me. NO BUCKS. The reasoning, because they stink and the people visiting the fair won’t like that, so as long as Sandy Miller is running the show over there, there will be no bucks. She said she doesn’t care if the goats have horns, and she understands that bucks are a huge part of the boer breed, but she feels as though she needs to keep the spectators in mind. I argued the pigs are just as stinky, but I also noticed that they don’t have the pens to properly house bucks. Something we’d have to address. The rules are, we have to exhibit for 3 years, and then the WIF will take over all fees. Like today the WIF paid for the ribbons and judge for the ADGA show. So we would have to come up with the fees for the judge ourselves for 3 years and then the WIF would take the costs. SOOO horns are allowed and the gal said she wouldn’t be frustrated to see them, (I’d have to attend a meeting to make sure it would be okay) and they would try to make space for us to be there, we just can’t bring bucks. I don’t know if the SRMGA wants to pay for a judge to just judge does, but I also think in this area most of the members show mainly does. It’s something where if we got into it and got our foot in the door it could change a lot of what goes on over there at the WIF. I heard they had a lot of trouble this year in 4-H and FFA, and it could be an all expense paid sanctioned show after 3 years if it’s successful.

If we wanted to do a show at the Western Idaho Fairgrounds, to rent half the barn is 1200-1600 for the weekend. To use the sheep barn and pens she said around $600 but I’d have to get a hold of the fairgrounds. She said we may be able to work out a contract or a deal where it is cheaper for us so long as we do it for so many years.  http://expoidaho.com/images/stories/facilities/rateschedule12.pdf
That is their rental rates.

She said maybe we could do it during memorial weekend with them, they have the Syringa show there. We could rent the whole barn and split the costs. I talked to Kelly about it and she thinks we should go for it during the fair, that way we don’t have to pay for the venue. And if that is something we are interested in I have to get in contact with Sandy and see how many pens she can get us. Only problem is it would have to be just does… Unless I can go above her to whoever and try to get bucks in, but like I said they aren’t set up for bucks. Those pens are too light duty grade.

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Meeting Minutes for 5 April 2014

Meeting called to order by President Marilyn O’Leary.  Attending were Kim Holt, Kahla Shigeta, Lauren Aoyama’s Grandmother, Ben & Marilyn Snider, Matt O’Leary, Trevor & Kimberly Thomas, John, Karen and Dillon Kellar and Terry Watts

Minutes of last meeting read and Treasurer’s Report given.  We have $6,136.07 in the bank.

Old Business:

Boers de Mayo Show.  The entry packet is on our website under the Upcoming Shows and Events button.  This show is open to all ages for goats with ABGA registrations or pending registrations. We are doing away with cash prizes this year.   Prizes for Grand & Reserve Champions and Best Percentage, Fullblood/Purebred doe and buck will be director’s chairs with SRMGA, 2014 Boers de Mayo Show embroidered on the back.

Set up for the show will be Friday, May 2 at noon.  All we have to do is set up the arena and spread the straw around to the pens.  Marilyn will have the pens assigned.  We will need 4 or 5 people to help and it will be greatly appreciated.  Check in time for exhibitors begins at 1 pm Friday and goats will be accepted up to 1 hour before show time Saturday.  Friday arrival and check in are highly recommended, however.

The Boers de Mayo Jr Jackpot which follows the open show Saturday May 3rd will be sanctioned by JABGA and thus will follow their rules.  The rules in the entry packet are from The Rocky Mountain Youth Jackpot and may differ from the JABGA rules.  I will get the JABGA rules out as soon as I receive them from the JABGA coordinator in Texas. As stated on ABGA’s website, the goats entered must be registered in the JABGA members name only, no other family member or ranch name can be on the registration. If there is a transfer in process, bring a copy of the transfer papers and this will suffice to show proper ownership.  Winners will receive JABGA points, cash, ribbons and goat husbandry equipment. The Kellars are donating 2 belt buckles.  I have attached the entry packet for the JABGA show.  Please note the check in time of 11 am on Saturday 5/3.  All entrants must be checked in by 1 pm.

Concessions for the show will be served Saturday, breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday, breakfast and lunch by the Denim & Dust 4H club.  We will still have a crockpot potluck Friday night for everyone.

Oh Joy of Joys, there will be no pig weigh in to compete with us on Friday May 2 when exhibitors are bringing their goats in for the show.  As you know in years past, this has caused quite a bit of confusion, but we won’t have to deal with it this year.

There was also a discussion about allowing wethers to be sold at the show.  Any member who has extra wethers could bring them to the show.  Pens would be set up.  A list of tag numbers and the prices would be posted.  It’s too late to try this for this year and more discussion needs to be done before it’s a go for next year. Please let either Marilyn or I know your opinion and thoughts about this idea.

June Show – Judy Novak was ill and so no report on June show.

Treasure Valley Classic Jr Jackpot will be in Homedale at the Owyhee County Fairgrounds.  Maddie Fenton will be doing a fitting and showing seminar for any interested 4H and FFA members on Saturday July 12th .  The Jackpot will be Sunday July 13th.  Specific times and other details will be posted as the dates approach.

Production Sale:  A reminder, entry forms and fees will be due July 15th same as always, so we can get pedigree information to Terry Brown for the catalog.
We have some rule changes this year.  They are as follows:

1.      Entry fee will be raised to $30.00 per goat.  It will still be refunded after the sale if the goat is sold. Animals that are no saled will still forfeit their entry fee.

  1. A floor price must be placed by the consignors on each goat entered in the sale before the auction.  This can be done when the goats are checked in at the sale.
  2. If the goat doesn’t sell, the sales commission will be charged on that floor price. So, goats that are no saled will forfeit their entry fee and be charged the sales commission.
  3. Bucks will be limited to 1 per consignor.
  4. When buyers sign up for their number, they will be asked on the form, how they learned about the sale, so we can decide how best to spend our advertising dollars.
  5. Nancy Barlas has volunteered to be the pedigree/color reader for the goats as they sell.

Entry numbers will be taken on a first come, first served order up to a total of 100 head of goats for total lots to be sold with a max of 10 lots per consignor.  In order to be able to sell, you must have paid your dues by 1/31/2014.  If we don’t get 100 goats from the members who paid by then, we will take lots from members by the date they notified us they wanted to participate in the sale.  We don’t need specific goat names at this time, we just need the number of animals you want to consign.

New Business:

Facebook participation.  It was voted to limit SRMGA facebook participation to members only so it would be a membership benefit.  A sales page will be created for members to market their goats.  A sale posting must contain – a brief description, photos, registration number, age, sex, any blood tests, any obvious faults, concerns, or issues. The more professional the posting the more benefit to the member and the Association.

Sponsoring an award at the ABGA National Show.  It was decided the Association would sponsor a belt buckle for the National Show.  Cost will be $100 to $150.

Sponsoring the Regional JABGA show.  It was decided to check into what would be needed to sponsor a future Regional JABGA show.  What type of facility would be needed and the cost of the facility, number of exhibitors to expect.  How much it would cost versus the benefit to the Association.  I will talk to ABGA and find out if this is a possibility for the Association.

It was decided to change our checking account from Key Bank as I’m having trouble with them charging us extra fees.  We decided on IdaDiv Credit Union as they have no fees.  However they only send out quarterly statements and don’t have paper deposit slips on which you can list the individual checks received.  Anyway, I think we should hold off until after the show and then look around for another option.

The American Goat Federation has been calling about renewing our membership.  A vote was taken and it was decided not to renew for this year.

Meeting was adjourned and cookies were eaten.

 

Clara Askew
Secretary/Treasurer

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Meeting Minutes for 17 Nov 2013

Meeting called to order by Vice President Judy Novak.  Attending were Marilyn and Matt O’Leary, John, Karen and Dillon Kellar, Jean McDonald, Dane, & Debbie Lyons and their granddaughter, Wayne Gifford and Terry Watts.

Minutes of last meeting read and approved.  Treasurer’s Report, we have $5114.51  in the bank.

Show Committee:

For the Boers de Mayo show in New Plymouth, Marilyn O’Leary reported that our judges are lined up, Eddie Holland and Warren Thigpen, both from Texas.  Check in date is May 2. We will need 4 or 5 people for set up.  Shows will be Saturday May 3, with a Jr Jackpot that day after the open show, and Sunday May 4. She proposed and it was agreed on by members attending that the entry fees be raised to $10 per animal with an additional $2 late fee if entries are received after April 20th.  Director’s chairs with the Association name, show name, date and Grand or Reserve Champion embroidered on the back will be awarded for overall Grand and Reserve champions.  These will cost approximately $75 per chair. Kahla Shigeta will arrange for straw.  Marilyn will contact Brenda Scarborough to see if she can handle the raffle.

The Jr Jackpot will be for youths 8 to 18 years.  There will be a market wether class, breeding doe class and showmanship.  Karen Kellar will donate a belt buckle for the winner of the Showmanship class.

For the Boers of Summer show in Filer, it was decided to change it to an ABGA sanctioned show.  Dates will be June 20th for set up and check in, show will be June 21st and 22nd .  Entry fees would be same as Boers de Mayo, $10 per animal and additional $2 fee for  late entries.  It will be more expensive to put on another ABGA show, but hopefully this will pull in more entries and it will continue to pay for itself.

One of our members suggested we talk to the dairy and pygmy goat associations about putting on a combined goat show at the Western Idaho Fairgrounds over Memorial Day.  No decision was made, need more input from members and more information from the dairy and pygmy goat associations.

The Treasure Valley Classic Junior Jackpot will be held in Homedale at the Owyhee County Fairgrounds on July 12, 2014.  There will be Market wether classes by weight, Doe classes by age and Showmanship classes.

Production Sale Committee:

After much discussion, some major changes were decided upon for next year’s sale.

  1. Entry fee will be raised to $30.00.  It will still be refunded if the goat is sold. Animals that are not sold will still forfeit their entry fee.
  2. A floor price must be placed by the consignors on each goat entered in the sale before the auction.
  3. If the goat doesn’t sell, the sales commission will be charged on that floor price. So, goats that are not sold will forfeit their entry fee and be charged the sales commission.
  4. Bucks will be limited to 1 per consignor.
  5. When buyers sign up for their number, they will be asked on the form, how they learned about the sale, so we can decide how best to spend our advertising dollars.
  6. Nancy Barlas has volunteered to be the pedigree/color reader for the goats as they sell.

We need to limit the number of animals in the sale to around 100.  It wasn’t decided if this would be determined by first consigned and then cut off at 100 or by lowering the number of goats each consignor can enter.  It was decided to table this discussion for a later meeting.

Matt O’Leary thanked the Association for the money we gave him for his hard work, both getting animals to the ring and for loading after the sale.  He said it came just as he was buying his books for college.  He’s thinking about going into the Air Force before the next sale, so this will make for a problem loading out of the barns as he is our only dependable worker there.  We need more volunteers if we want the sale to continue.

Youth Committee:

Again after much discussion, it was voted to end the Doeling program.  It’s just not working.  It was decided we would try to put on education seminars instead.  Canyon County has 8 free days for 4H groups to use their fair building and since we’re a nonprofit and work with 4H and FFA, we would be eligible to use it.  We could put on a showing and fitting seminar and also nutrition and maintenance seminar.  Possible dates would be end of March or first part of April.  I’ll check on availability of the fair building and we’ll go from there.

No new business at this time.

Clara Askew
Secretary/Treasurer

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Meeting Minutes for 17 Aug 2013

Meeting called to order by Wayne Gifford (President Janene Jones had to go back to work for a few minutes). Present were Dale and Angie Ogden, Karen and son Dillon Kellar (and grandkids), Kahla Shigeta, Wayne Gifford, Marilyn and Matt O’Leary, Will, Heather, Hannah, Logan , Morgan Field, Janene Jones, and Ben & Marilyn Snider. It was good to see so many Junior members.

Minutes of last meeting and Treasurer’s report were given and approved. We have $6712.28 in the bank, which includes the entry fees for the Production Sale. The Boers de Mayo show and the Jackpot in May lost $136.80. The Boers of Summer in Jerome made $9.38. The Treasure Valley Classic lost $672.00, most of which was the judge’s fee and expenses. The Production Sale’s entry fees are $2310.00.

Old Business:
Youth Committee: No new applicants for the Doeling Program. Katie Drake will donate a doeling back to the program next year as she was unable to get this year’s doeling registered ABGA, due to the sire being USBGA.

Show Committee: May show was a success with more exhibitors. The Jackpot was very popular and will be held again next year. Janene Jones is resigning as the show clerk. We want to thank her for her many years of hard work and for doing such an excellent job. Marilyn O’Leary is going to take it over and has started to get judges lined up for next year. She will need help with the Jackpot as she has not done one before. Clara Askew said she would help with that. Boers de Mayo show dates for next year will be May 3rd and 4th.

Judy Novak was not at meeting, so no report on June Show.

Treasure Valley Classic Junior Jackpot was great fun for the kids who attended and showed their goats. We hope to get more exhibitors next year. It was discussed about who should be contacted to get the word about the show out. The county extension offices were notified, but it seems they didn’t pass on the information. Individual 4H leaders need to be contacted apparently to get better participation.

The exhibitor numbers and the quality of the goats at the county fairs were really up this year. Hopefully we can get a list of exhibitors from the fair superintendents and mail out flyers for the show to let the 4H & FFA kids know about the jackpots.

Sale Committee: We have approximately 130 lots in the sale this year. The partial catalog is on our website and www.boergoats.com. It is noted in the catalogs whether the goat is ABGA, IBGA or USBGA registered and this will also be announced before each lot is sold. Since we have so many goats this year it was decided to not have a raffle. Wayne Gifford has been working very hard getting everything ready. Dr. Jack Walker from Weiser will be our vet. His fee will be $40 for the visit plus $20 for the first health certificate for an out of state buyer and $5 for each additional goat for that buyer. This will be announced at the beginning of the sale so there will be no surprises when the buyers come to pay. Out of state consignors are reminded to get health certificates on their animals to bring them into Idaho.

Set up for the sale will be at 10 am Friday the 20th. We will need at least 4 people to set up the staging chute. We are buying the straw left over from the Payette Fair. There are 65 bales, but it is all in the beef barn, so if you have a straw cart or wagon, please bring it to help move the straw to the goat and sheep barns. We will have crockpot dinners for consignors and workers Friday night. Association will provide water, pop, bowls, plates and utensils. We need someone to check in the goats and check that tattoos are legible and match the papers. Steve Myers, the fairgrounds maintenance person, will help us move the bleachers and the auctioneers stand.

One of the local 4-H clubs is going to provide concessions for Saturday, breakfast burritos and lunch items. They will also have a variety of beverages.

Matt O’Leary will keep the goats in order of their lot numbers, so that transition from the barns to the sale ring moves along well. He has done this in the past and is very good at keeping everything going smoothly. Wayne is going to set up a table dedicated to phone and proxy bids. Phone numbers to be used will be published in the catalog and on the websites. Sold goats cannot be loaded until after the sale is over. As we will be using all three barns this year, goats will be loaded out of the east end of the center barn. Marilyn O’Leary will be the check-out person stationed there to collect the buyer’s slips and release the goats. A buyer check –out protocol will be given out with the buyer numbers.

New Business: The following is an article from the Capital Press; Idaho producers will find it interesting. I have been trying to get a hold of the Idaho Wool Growers both by email and by phone to no avail. Going to try individual members this week. Any feedback would be appreciated from our membership.

http://www.capitalpress.com/content/SE-goats-080213

Idaho goat producers could be assessed fee for first time
SEAN ELLIS ~ Capital Press

 

BOISE — Idaho goat producers could be required to pay a state assessment fee for the first time ever.

The Idaho Sheep and Goat Health Board has recommended assessing goats 80 cents per head at the point of sale. Fifty cents from every assessment would go to help fund predator control efforts and 30 cents would go toward helping fund the ISGHB.

The board has always been charged with regulating goat health in Idaho and ensures goats entering the state are free from scrapie, scabies or symptoms of other communicable diseases.

But until last year, the board never had the authority to assess goats, which means sheep producers financed all of the board’s efforts.

Boise area sheep producer Frank Shirts thinks it’s fair that goat producers chip in.

“I think they should,” said Shirts, a member of the Idaho Wool Growers Association’s board of directors. “The sheep man, he’s been packing the load.”

The 2012 Idaho Legislature gave the board authority to assess goats at a rate comparable to the sheep assessment (6 cents per pound of wool), and a 2013 bill allows the governor to appoint a goat producer to serve on the ISGHB’s five-member board.

The board is currently made up of all sheep producers.

Goat producers aren’t organized in Idaho.

For the goat assessment to go into effect, IWGA members must pass a resolution approving the ISGHB’s recommendation during their annual November convention.

There are about 25,000 goats in Idaho and about 10,000 are sold annually in Idaho at various livestock sales, according to ISGHB officials.

Sheep producers have recommended assessing themselves an additional 2 cents per pound of wool to help fund predator control efforts in Idaho, which have been hampered by a significant loss of federal funding since 2010.

Predators and animal health are issues for goats as well and it’s reasonable that the industry be asked to help out, said ISGHB Executive Director Stan Boyd.
“Wolves like goats, too, and so do coyotes and mountain lions,” he said. “The (board) regulates goat health also (but) has never collected anything from that industry.”

IWGA President Harry Soulen said he has not heard any opposition to the goat assessment recommendation and said that’s either because people are OK with it or they’re unaware it’s been proposed.

“I think it’s a reasonable program … and for the most part, it should be well-accepted,” said Soulen, who raises sheep near Weiser.

Tim Linquist, one of the largest sheep producers in southwest Idaho, said he wants to know more about the proposal and he doubts most goat producers are even aware of it.

“I don’t think I’m going to have a huge problem with it but I just don’t know anything about it,” said Linquist, who has about 300 goats near Wilder.
Clara Askew
Secretary/Treasurer

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