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Busy Summer for DGA Members

Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on May 11, 2019 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (1)

As warm weather returns, so does the DGA list of activities. We’re kicking off 2019 with a special Barn Talk at Windy Creek Boer Goats near Epping, ND on May 25th. Evan and Christine Whiteford will be our hosts. You’ll see both registered and commercial Boers along with their Nubian herd as the Whitefords explain their operation and the different handling techniques used when you have bottle babies versus dam-raised commercial goats.

We’ve extended the time for this activity to five hours because we’ll be spending more time than normal on teaching you parasite control and identification. You’ll see firsthand the FAMACHA technique for checking for anemia as discussed in our last issue. We’re also going to attempt to show fecal testing from start to finish so you can try doing this at home.

Some of the other vet treatments that we’ll be demonstrating are drawing blood (Want to try?), tube feeding a kid, and drenching. Of course we’ll still cover the basics of facilities for the different classes of goats, pasture and feeding management, vaccinations, and hoof trimming. Please pre-register so we have a head count for lunch.

I hope you’ll make the drive to western North Dakota for this Barn Talk. There’s a lot to see and do. Biosecurity measures will be in place and ask that you wear closed-toe shoes.

June 1st the DGA will hold it’s first ever Showmanship Clinic near Mandan. Many of you know Samantha Johnson and her brother Justin who have actively shown Boer and Nubian goats across North Dakota. They’ll show you how to clip a goat, trim hooves and then we’ll have a practice session in the ring with tips and tricks for presenting both dairy and meat goats. Best of all - you do NOT have to bring your goats! Samantha and Justin will provide their already-trained animals for the clinic.

Adults - if you’ve never shown but are selling to 4-H or FFA members, this is a great opportunity for you to learn the basics. Most clinics are open only to youth, but this is open to everyone. However, you MUST pre-register by May 25th as space is limited.

July brings the second ADGA-sanctioned dairy goat show at the Red River Valley Fair. It’s your opportunity to earn points towards championship, while being on the grounds less than 24 hours. There will also be an ADGA and ABGA sanctioned shows at the State Fair. If you’re showing in 4-H or FFA, we encourage you to participate in the sanctioned Open Class shows, too.

In late July, Deb McAvoy will host an ADGA Linear Appraisal session at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds in Jamestown. We don’t have a firm date yet, but this is a great learning opportunity for all dairy goat enthusiasts.

Tentatively, August 17th will be the Beginner Cheesemaking class with an Advanced class set for October 19th. We’re still working on a soapmaking class. Locations have yet to be determined. Don’t forget our annual conference. Details coming soon.


Excited about the conference

Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on September 17, 2018 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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