President’s Ruminations – April 2014

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to wish everyone a happy spring. The year has already been very busy to date.

One key change already showing improvement over the previous process was to change our primary presence for GGBoA members to Facebook (you can join the Facebook group here). This has already set a new standard for communication as well as interaction among all members.

Thanks to the outstanding initiative from Bann Matson, GGBoA created its first breed club ad to be placed in the 2014 ADGA Membership Directory. The timeline was very aggressive: two days, from initial GGBoA communication through submission to ADGA. I would like to personally thank all members for their active participation in the creation of this ad.

We have appointed two committee chairpersons that will play key roles in the future development and promotion of GGBoA:

  • The first committee appointment was Bann Matson as Public Relations/Promotions Committee Chair. In this position, Bann and the committee will be responsible for all publication and communications on behalf of GGBoA. This appointment will ensure we establish consistency while promoting GGBoA.
  • Another appointment was Mary Wilson as Constitution Committee Chair. Mary and the committee will be responsible for revising the GGBoA constitution. The revision is needed to provide a stable functioning constitution by which all members shall serve.

The Database Committee has already submitted data to be loaded into the new Pedigree software. Changes to the default setup have proven to be challenging while creating a new Pedigree that is viewable with four generations from the internet. We continue to work with the software supplier to make the necessary changes.

It has truly been a pleasure to see all members working together for the common goal of promoting our wonderful breed. We continue to search for active volunteers to serve as committee members. If you would like to participate, please contact the chairperson directly.

In closing I would like to say “Thank You” to all members for embracing the changes that have already happened in 2014. We hope you agree we are making every attempt to develop a friendlier foundation for GGBoA through process change and communication.

Sincerely,
Randy House, GGBoA President

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Vice President’s Ruminations – January 2014

I hope all of you had a great holiday season as we did at Half Creek Farm.

As you know we’re starting the year with big plans, one being our acceptance into the ADGA. You have all heard from Sara and know she needs your information on the animals you have in your herd. Sara is the chair of the database committee for the Guernsey Goat Breeders of America, and I think we all realize how important that database is to our acceptance in ADGA. Please send her the information she is requesting as soon as possible, and don’t forget to keep her up to date on kids you are adding to your herds with this year’s kidding.

We are exploring the development of several additional committees including a promotional committee and a committee to aid in recruiting new members. One of our promotional activities is the development of a seller’s packet. This includes a brochure from GGBoA and your personal farm brochure and business card, Info on how to join the BGS, a gift certificate for a one year membership in GGBoA (paid for by the seller), a transfer form for BGS transfers, a list of the benefits of joining, and an article with an explanation of the breeding up program. This comes in a white envelope with a GGBoA label on the front. This is of course not mandatory but if any of you would like more info, please feel free to contact me and I’ll help you assemble a packet. Our hope is that those given free membership for a year will choose to remain members after the first year.

Another project the promotional committee is working on is the development of a Guernsey goat calendar. We are currently short several pictures to complete this project so if any of you are able, please promptly send your photos as attachments in an email to HalfCreekFarm@gmail.com and I will add them into this project. The calendars will be made available to members at cost when they are complete. Right now there is a special running with VistaPrint and we can purchase wall calendars for $5 each, so speed is important.

Please be aware that any feedback, ideas, etc., that you can offer are always appreciated. We are all trying for the same goal and working together will help make it happen.

Happy New Year,
Mary Wilson, Vice President

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Breeders, please provide information for the GGBoA database!

The database committee is currently working on BGS data to put it in an ADGA-friendly format. We need your help to provide all the information ADGA needs.

If you have Guernseys of your breeding registered before BGS began adding color descriptions to the papers, we would greatly appreciate it if you would provide the following information about each animal:

  • A color description (e.g., medium gold; cream face)
  • Your ADGA herdname and membership number
  • The exact tattoos in your goats’ ears
  • Registration numbers on all ADGA foundation animals
  • Breed type or description of the cross (if the foundation animal was not ADGA registered)

Since we only have information on BGS animals registered up through HB 138, please send us the name, sire and dam, registration number, tattoo, description, and date of birth on any BGS animal registered within the past year. In addition to this information, we would appreciate any information you can give us about transfers, whether recorded with BGS or not.

Once we have finished processing BGS animals, we will begin to collect data on their non-BGS descendents.

Please email all information to Sara at majesticcomet@juno.com.

Thank you!

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President’s Ruminations – October 2013

Autumn and breeding season is upon our doorstep. The leaves are turning red and gold… giving me thoughts of other golden things. It’s time to make the decisions of which buck to which doe, to produce the best offspring… who to keep and who to sell on to other breeders.

Indian summer has always been my favorite time of year, with it’s warm days and cool nights. Interestingly, it is the “boy’s” favorite time of year also. Labor Day is my annual signal to get the doe’s flushed for breeding and the bucks given extra nourishment in preparation for the “season”.

This year, autumn is also a time of farewell. It has been an honor to serve as president of the GBBoA for the past two terms. I want to thank everyone who has helped get the GGBoA up and running during that time. Now it is time for me to pass the baton on, although I shall continue to serve, as Treasurer.

Our GGBoA annual meeting will be held on Oct. 14th, at the ADGA Annual Meeting, being held in Asheville, NC. It is there that I will open our meeting for the last time and step down, as our new president, Randy House, takes over.

As a number of members are expected to attend the convention, I am hoping we can get together for a bit of socializing, aside from the meeting. I will be pleased to meet folks that I have been having communications with over the last several years.

-Joan Stump

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2013 Virtual Show Winners!

This September, GGBoA held its second virtual show. Judges this year were Paul Kempe, Dan Laney, and Beverly Goldwaite. Six exhibitors entered 16 Guernseys in 12 classes. Show organizers were Mark Addington, Teresa Casselman, and Sara Dzimianski (Chair).

Congratulations to all the winners, and our thanks to everyone who entered and to our judges and organizers!

Champion Golden Guernsey Buck & Best Buck in Show
Swind Plymouth – Southwind Farm, Breeder; Jolene Jantzi, Owner

SwindPlymouth

Champion British Guernsey Buck
Snowbird Angelo – Kate Posey, Breeder; Teresa Casselman, Owner

SnowbirdAngelo

Champion British Guernsey Doe & Best Doe in Show
Snowbird Sasha – Kate Posey, Breeder; Dar Addington, Owner

SnowbirdSasha

Junior Champion British Guernsey Doe & Best Junior Doe in Show
Sixpoint Wellow – Teresa Casselman, Breeder/Owner

SixpointWellow

Champion Grade Guernsey Doe
Treasured Jewel – Jolene Jantzi, Breeder/Owner

TreasuredJewel

Junior Champion Grade Guernsey Doe
Violetvale Pandasia – Sara Dzimianski, Owner

VioletvalePandasia

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GGBoA 2013 Virtual Show – Submit your entries by August 31!

The 2013 GGBoA Virtual Show is nearly here! The deadline to submit your entries is the end of this month, August 31, 2013. That means you only have two more full weekends to spend grooming, clipping, polishing, and photographing your Guernseys!

The show is open to all American-bred Guernsey Goats. To enter the show, submit a GGBoA Virtual Show Entry Form along with digital photos of your goat to Teresa Casselman at teresa@sixpointfarm.com.

Entry fees are $5 per class for GGBoA members/$10 per class for non-members and should be sent via Paypal to Joan Stump at stumphollow@verizon.net.

For information about the required photo angles, refer to the Virtual Show Photo Angles document. For a class list and complete show rules, see GGBoA Virtual Show Class List and Rules.

To qualify, all fees, forms, and photos must be submitted by August 31, 2013.

We can’t wait to see your beautiful Guernseys!

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President’s Ruminations – July 2013

Well, summer is here for sure…. Kidding is over, for the most part…. field work is underway on the farms… hay is being stashed in the barn for this winter. Goat clubs across the nation are putting on their annual shows… and soon, the fairs will also be offering a chance to show.

Some of the SE fairs may have an open show for goats… which will offer an excellent chance for our Guernseys to be seen by both the public and other goatkeepers. We have had several folks do this in the past few years and had a lot of positive interest shown in this new breed.

With this in mind, it is also the time to take photos to enter into the upcoming GGBoA Virtual Show, open to any and all registered Guernsey goats in the U.S. It would be nice to see a good showing of Guernseys from around the country. This sort of thing gives everyone a chance to see how our breeding programs are going and also a chance to look at the dams and sisters of any new herd sire one is looking to acquire.

Hopefully, many of you will take advantage of this great opportunity to show off your Guernseys.

-Joan Stump

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President’s Ruminations – April 2013

Here we are again, Spring… Warm air, flowers, leaves…… and kids, kids, lots of kids…… I know that many of you are already in the midst of kidding season… while here on the east coast, I’ve yet to start. I am at that point in time where I can’t wait for the first kids, yet dreading the start of the hectic weeks that will ensue… filled with too early mornings and way late night feedings.

Interest in the Guernsey goat continues to grow… with folks from all areas of the country contacting our breeders or joining the open ggoats list. We also have several commercial herds setting up, either to provide fluid milk or to make cheeses. I have one such right in my back yard, that is gearing up to do cheeses and Greek style yoghurt. There are also folks, new to breeding goats, although experienced in other livestock, who want to help develop Guernseys in the US, as a way to preserve the genetics of the Golden Guernsey goats.

It’s been an eventful several months for the GGBoA.. what with the first Virtual Show, which went quite well. The publicity from this show has stirred up even more interest amongst the goat world; and several other publications have subsequently printed articles about the Guernsey goat. I am told that plans are already in the works for an upcoming 2nd Virtual Show later this year. So get your cameras ready and take some good pics of your Guernseys, so you can enter too.

-Joan Stump

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GGBoA 2012 Virtual Show – September 2012

In September, GGBOA held its first virtual show. Judges were Julie Matthys, Karen Smith, and Gary Whitehead, and show organizers were Sara Dzimianski and Teresa Casselman. Five GGBOA members and one non-member participated with 16 entries in 9 classes. Photos of Champions are below.

Violetvale ArtemisVioletvale Artemis
Breeder/Owner: Sara Dzimianski
Grand Champion SR & FB Doe
Best Doe in Show

 

Six Point WellowSixpoint Wellow
Owner/Breeder: Teresa Casselman
Junior Champion HB1, HB2, BG Doe

 

Bluecollar Lemondrop Bluecollar Lemondrop
Breeder: Diane Gray
Owner: Katie Morgan
Grand Champion HB1, HB2, BG Doe

 

Snowbird AngeloSnowbird Angelo
Breeder: Kate Posey
Owner: Teresa Casselman
Grand Champion HB2 & BG Buck

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