Meeting called to order by President Janene Jones. Attending were Marilyn O’Leary, Kim Holt, Kahla Shigeta, Denise and Katie Drake and new members, George and Jean MacDonald, Emmett, ID, Ben and Marilyn Snider, Sweet, ID and John, Karen and Dillon Kellar, Nampa, ID.
Minutes of last meeting read and approved. Treasurer’s report given, we have $5061.95 in the bank. We were able to collect the $910.00 from the insuficient funds check from the Production Sale.
Youth Committee: Lindy Gifford submitted a letter of resignation. Now that they are in town and no longer have goats, she doesn’t have the equipment and other things needed to assist the applicants with their projects. We still have Judy Novak and NancyJoy Craig for the Magic Valley area and Marilyn O’Leary and Angie Ogden for the Treasure Valley Area, so don’t need to ask for volunteers at this time. Marilyn will meet with Lindy and get what paperwork she has relating to the program. Dallon Johnson’s donated doe had a doeling with disqualifying teat structure, so it was sold for $200 and that money will go into the program to purchase another doeling when needed. We have no applicants at the present time.
We discussed the qualifications for a doeling to be donated to the program. It has to be registered, be at least 50% percentage Boer, have good pigment and teat structure and be disbudded. Karen Kellar asked why it needed to be disbudded. All goats have to be disbudded to be shown for 4-H & FFA at all the local fairs except Malheur County. As horn set is important in judging Boer Goats and part of their cooling system, Kim Holt asked if a letter could be written to the various Fair Boards by the Association requesting that for Boer goats that rule be addressed, and eliminated especially for the breeding classes. If a 4-H or FFA member has a Grand Champion goat that has been disbudded, that animal would not be allowed to show at Nationals. Jack Walker, a veterinarian out of Weiser, would also be contacted to write a letter regarding the harmful effects of disbudding. Karen Kellar said she would talk to her vet about writing a letter also. It’s probably too late to get anything done this year, but if we can get all the documentation together, we can work on getting the rules changed.
Denise Drake said the ABGA registered doeling that was donated to Katie was bred to a USBGA buck and she was unsure how that would affect the baby’s registration. The baby could only be registered as 50% with ABGA and could only be donated back to the program if the registration was equal to the original donated doe. So Denise is going to check with the breeders of the buck to see what his parentage was and if he could possibly be registered 100% with ABGA.
Other members are having the same situation registering with ABGA when one parent has USBGA registration. The babies have to start with a 50% registration as ABGA doesn’t recognize USBGA registrations.
IBGA is dissolving and its registrations can be transferred to either ABGA or USBGA with no change in status. From what I understand from the ABGA website, owners need to send their original IBGA registration papers and a completed ABGA registration form for each animal. The fees would be the same as any other initial registration. For USBGA, they will transfer IBGA registered goats to their registry for $3.00 until the end of March. Not sure if this is for non members of the USBGA. If you have any questions, check their websites or better yet, give either organization a call to make sure everything gets done right. As ABGA doesn’t recognize USBGA registrations, it’s best to check so there’s no confusion or at least less.
Janene reported on the May 4th & 5th Show. This is an ABGA sanctioned show. Both days shows will start at 9 am this year. Deadline for entries is 4/25/13. Even though there are no late entry fees, everyone is urged to get their entries in so she can get her paperwork completed. The Jackpot for the Juniors that will be held after the open show on Saturday was explained. 80% of the entry fees plus any donations go back to the exhibitors for prizes. Kahla will take care of getting straw. For the pot luck Friday night, Marilyn O’Leary will bring chili, Kim Holt will bring taco soup, Denise Drake will bring a crockpot dish, not sure what yet. Karen Kellar will bring breakfast burritos for Saturday morning. The Association will supply pop, water, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, donuts for Saturday and Sunday morning. Any other food donations will be welcomed. If you haven’t got the entry forms for the show yet, please contact Janene or Clara. Contact information is on the SRMGA website. The entry forms should be on the website shortly.
Judy Novak was unable to attend today’s meeting, so we have no report on the June show.
There will be another Jr Jackpot, The Treasure Valley Classic, on July 13, 2013 at the Owyhee County fairgrounds. It will have showmanship, market wether and breeder classes for Jr and possibly Sr does. Don’t’ have a deadline for entries yet.
Please contact Clara Askew if you are interested in getting entry forms. Contact information is on the SRMGA website www.srmga.com
Date of the sale this year is September 21st. Deadline for registration papers and entry fees is July 15, 2013, so be thinking of what you want to consign. Notify Clara Askew the number of animals you wish to consign as quickly as you know. We want only about 100 animals in the sale and we already have 15 spots spoken for. Sales this year will be limited to registered animals. To keep the interest and prices up, consignors are urged to bring their best animals. Top selling goat last year was $1750.00 and we want to do better this year.
There was no new business, so meeting was adjourned.