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.
September 17, 2011:
The Alberta Goat Breeders Association welcomes Diana O'Hara as its new secretary-manager, replacing Jackie Dunham, who has retired after 14 years. DIana has an office in Leduc, and brings with her a wealth of experience working with diversified livestock. Please visit AGBA's contact page (link on left) for the address or to send her an email.
April 7, 2011:
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.
April 7, 2011:
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. For more information about scrapie surveillance in Alberta, contact Dr. Hernan Ortegon, Animal Health Branch, ARD Food Safety and Animal Health Division, by phone at 780-644-2148. To be connected toll-free in Alberta, dial 310-0000 followed by 780-644-2148. For province-wide free phone calls from a cell phone, enter *310 (for Rogers wireless) or #310 (for Telus and Bell), followed by 17806442148". Public and government callers can phone without paying long distance or airtime charges.
February 16, 2011:
AGBA is on Facebook! Click on the link at the top or bottom of this page to visit AGBA's Facebook page!
February 9, 2011:
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). visit the CFA website. 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 WWOOFers, 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.
January 30, 2011:
Sun Gold Specialty Meats, in Innisfail (formerly Sunterra) is continuing to accept goats for slaughter. Randy Smith is still to be contacted to book in your animals. Phone 1-403-227-3386. The requirements with regard to weight and age, etc., remain as before, but if you have any questions it would be a good idea to confirm with Randy, or his assistant, at the time of booking.
June 27, 2010:
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. VISIT BLOG
December 9, 2009:
AGBA director Myrna Coombs has been elected president of the Canadian National Goat Federation. For more information about the Federation, visit their website
July 15, 2009:
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. VIEW
June 23, 2009:
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. VIEW