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.
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.
- 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.
- A floor price must be placed by the consignors on each goat entered in the sale before the auction.
- 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.
- Bucks will be limited to 1 per consignor.
- 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.
- 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.
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.