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Excited about the conference

Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on September 17, 2018 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Though it's been a long time since I posted, I just had to comment about our upcoming conference. It's exciting to have a veterinarian like Dr. Carin Frenchick willing to come talk about diseases like CAE and CL, plus take questions. I understand she's been fielding questions about runny noses and watering eyes in goats and when that's a sign of the smoke and dust in the air versus a sign of pneumonia. I'm sure we'll learn a bunch.

Dr. Steve Hart has an excellent reputation and years of goat research experience. He's joining us remotely, but the sound system at our conference center works great for these type of presentations.

Don't all of us want to take better photographs? Tina Leppert and her sister Sarena Blotter will present their ideas. Tina's the photographer andSarena the helper, so they'll share some of their tips about working together and getting those great shots.

People love their Livestock Guardian Dogs, but sometimes have unrealistic expectations. Deborah McAvoy will explain characteristics of the major breeds and help you decide which might fit your farm.

The Dairy and Meat Goat Roundtables will look at profitability and brainstorm methods of making money with our respective operations; plus learn more about the laws and rules.

The Youth Poster Contest is new. We thought picking a conference date during Teacher's Convention meant children wouldn't be in school. Still, we'll take your posters - preferably the youth will be able to bring their posters - and show us what you've learned.

Hope you'll attend.


Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on March 20, 2017 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We're pleased to post our first ever Membership Directory. As new members come in, we'll add them to the list. If you don't see your name, we probably haven't received your check, so check with our Secretary, Deborah McAvoy.

March/April Newsletter is out

Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on March 13, 2017 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Our second newsletter is now being distributed with another eight pages of information. It’s exciting to have such wonderful articles and authors.


We’re looking forward to receiving fun photos from our members to liven up the website.


Our First Edition

Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on January 21, 2017 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The first edition of Goat Prints is hot off the press! We were pleased to be able to offer an eight page newsletter for this first edition and hope the included membership form gets printed off and used. Our contributors were great about meeting the deadlines and getting us good material. Let us know what you think.

Legislation - FOOD FREEDOM ACT

Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on January 16, 2017 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I can’t believe it! Thanks to Representative Luke Simons, HB 1433, the North Dakota Food Freedom Act has been introduced. This bill will allow direct sales of food and drink products not regulated by the Federal government from their producer to the home consumer – including raw milk and milk products. What an exciting time for dairy goat producers.

Co-sponsors of the legislation are: Representatives Rick C. Becker, Johnston, Kiefert, B. Koppelman, Magrum, Olson, Schatz and Toman plus Senators Kannianen and Oley Larsen.

Kick-Off Event

Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on January 2, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

We had this great kick-off event planned for January. We had speakers prepped to discuss kidding, vaccinations and nutrition plus a basic skills workshop with disbudding and hoof trimming.

Then it started to snow - and snow - and snow! With roads closing at the mere thought of wind and dangerous temps, we just thought it prudent to wait for a spring thaw and plan something when we can count on warmer temps and no snow.

So instead we're working on a newsletter and other means of communicating with our prospective members. Look for more soon.

By LeAnn Harner


Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on November 12, 2016 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Today we went public with a post on the North Dakota Goat Breeders Facebook page. It’s been just four short weeks since this idea was first discussed on that page. We’ve come a long way, but there’s more to accomplish before we’re ready to accept members and declare that DGA is a full-blown organization. With a lot of help, we’ll get it done.


Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on November 7, 2016 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Once we’d determined a name – we needed to get a website started to help spread the word about our new organization. It’s very basic now while we test out different formats and think of how it will be used.

Questionnaire As A Base

Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on November 3, 2016 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

You may be wondering how we’re pulling all of this together. We’re actually working via email with a few phone calls thrown in. We may have to physically meet, but when your committee members are scattered across the state, working via email gives us a track of our decisions and we can each work as time is available.


The process began with the group sharing their bios with each other and trying to understand everyone’s perspective. Then I sent each member a questionnaire asking such things as:

What should the name of the group be?

What are the purposes of the group?

How should this organization be structured?

Where would you like to see us a year from now? In five years?


The answers were compiled with every member seeing all the answers from the rest of the group. We used those ideas to decide on the name, domain name and to begin planning activities and writing bylaws.


Deb McAvoy agreed to start compiling a list of contact names and addresses so we’ll have it ready when we work on our Kick-Off Event and push membership.


LeAnn Norton put together a listing of links to help those visiting our website learn more about goats.


Jennifer Ponds is working on combining all our “purposes” for the bylaws and seeing if we have gaps so the committee can review.


Jaclyn Hollands is learning the ins and out of our website host and working on the site.


I'm working on the website as well as developing the sections of the bylaws dealing with membership and structure.


As we move along, the committee members are constantly sharing ideas and suggestions back and forth. We’re committed to giving this organization a solid, cohesive base.By the way – as far as we can determine – we’ll be the only statewide organization that addresses all types of goat owners. There may be some clubs that reach across the aisle, but we seem to be blazing a new trail.

By LeAnn Harner


Steering Committee

Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on October 25, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

We have a steering committee to get this association started! Deb McAvoy, LeAnn Norton, Jennifer Pond and Jaclyn Hollands have all stepped forward with me to pledge our support and effort over the next two months to developing an association for all North Dakota goat owners - regardless of breed or interest.

Here’s a little more background about each member.

Deb McAvoy, Anamoose – Deb has dairy goats and participates in the ADGA performance programs (linear appraisal and DHIA milk testing). She sells goat shares and is familiar with the regulations on selling both dairy products and meat. Deb brings a lot of goat knowledge and professionalism to the committee.

LeAnn Norton, Fargo – LeAnn N. is a nursing student at NDSU and just moving from owning mostly pet goats to developing a more serious dairy herd as she learns about pedigrees and performance. She brings the fresh perspective of what a newbie needs to know as well as a willing set of hands no matter the task. She already helped with a couple of goat events, including cleaning up afterwards – the sign of a true volunteer.

Jennifer Pond, Bowman – Jennifer is no stranger to people with meat goats across the state and has worked for several years to try to bring goat folks together. In 2010 she led the ADGA & USBGA show in Bowman (which included several educational presentations), then worked on the succeeding shows in Baker, MT and Park River, ND. She’s had Boers since 2005 and has added a few dairy does as well. Jennifer is interested in marketing goats and caprine products.

Jaclyn Hollands, Mapleton – Jaclyn is a fairly new owner of Nigerian Dwarfs, though she doesn’t consider herself a milker – yet! (That’s a future goal.) She’s employed with Forum Communications and travels ND helping Forum’s sales force communicate their digital products to Forum customers. So she’s working closely with AgWeek, Northland Outdoors, and the eastern ND newspapers. She’s most interested in educational opportunities and will be a big help marketing our association.

LeAnn Harner, Mandan – In case you don’t know me, I’ve had registered Nubian goats since 2010. Our goats were intended as home milkers, but then I wanted to keep a couple of kids – and you can guess the rest. I’ve been involved in ADGA Linear Appraisal since 2012 and on milk test since 2015. I have over 30 years professional experience in the association management world, so pulling together a new group is challenging, but still familiar territory.

I'd like to thank the people from the North Dakota Goat Breeders Facebook group or our tour who expressed support and offered assistance. The five of us on the Steering Committee are just the beginning of the volunteers we'll need to make your association work. We'll put together the framework, and then we're going to need help with committees, planning activities, and just keeping things running. So don't feel bad if you weren't asked to help in the beginning. I have your name and we'll find a place where you can use your talent to help.


By LeAnn Harner