Welcome to the Alberta Goat Breeders Association

Goat products have become a new age choice for consumers. At the same time goats are an increasingly popular choice for farmers looking to diversify or country dwellers who wish to provide for their families from a small acreage.

Whether you’re looking for some luxurious mohair or cashmere, nutritious and delicious goat milk and cheese, lean succulent chevon, goat milk bath and beauty products, or the goat itself, we invite you to follow the links to find out more.

WANTED: SECRETARY-MANAGER FOR AGBA After a long, long term with AGBA, Jackie has decided to retire. The AGBA board of directors has reluctantly accepted Jackie’s retirement effective September, 2011. The following posting is for your consideration. Please share this with anyone who may be interested. ALBERTA GOAT BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (AGBA) • The Alberta Goat Breeders Association has an exciting opportunity for a secretary manager to assist with the ongoing activities of the association. • AGBA is in need of someone with a keen interest in agriculture and the ability to work with AGBA members, related government agencies and a variety of community resources. • This posting requires a self-motivator with good organizational skills and someone able to work from a home office. Computer knowledge and ability are a necessity; internet access and competency are also needed. An understanding of financial record keeping is required. • Applications are being accepted from individuals interested in being an active member of a vibrant, growing industry. The incumbent will be working with a volunteer board of directors to promote the advancement of the Alberta goat industry. • At this time, AGBA is able to offer an honorarium.

AGBA announces a summer seminar to be held in Leduc, Alberta on August 20. Check back often for details as they develop!

Alberta Goat Breeders Association announces a record book contest for junior members and children of regular members. Click on the link to the Just For Kids page (link on the left sidebar) to read about the project and download the record book.

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development has signed an agreement with the Canadian Sheep Federation for testing samples for scrapie from the western Canadian provinces. These samples must come from sheep and goat producers registered in the National Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program.

CFIA – Recognizing the recent pattern of Foot and Mouth Disease outbreaks in several countries, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding livestock producers of the precautions they can take to protect their animals from serious diseases such as foot–and-mouth disease (FMD). There is a huge Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in Korea. You don’t want anyone on your farm that has been on a farm/or a rural area in Korea within 21 days (such as WWOOFfers, if you have them on your farm to help). Canada has an elimination policy for FMD. All cloven hoofed animals and hogs within 2 or 3 km are killed and the carcasses burned – no exceptions.

Meg Smart, DVM, is one of Canada’s favourite ‘goat vets’. She has developed a blog to promote her new book “A Goat Production Manual, Second Edition” and goats in general. Her goal is to use this site to answer questions about goats whether related to their health, nutrition, production or management.

AGBA director Myrna Coombs has been elected president of the Canadian National Goat Federation.

A collaborative project between the Alberta Goat Breeders Association and Alberta Lamb Producers, funded by the Diversified Livestock Fund of Alberta, has produced three comprehensive modules on the topics of reproduction, nutrition, and health of sheep and goats in Alberta. All three are now available for free download from the AGBA website or for purchase as a set on a CD or in print form in a binder.

With funding from the Diversified Livestock Fund of Alberta, AGBA has produced two comprehensive reports: An Analysis of the Current Goat Industry with a Focus on Alberta and Alberta Goat Breeders Association market Research Report. They are both available for download or for purchase on a CD or in print form.