Each year the association conducts an annual meeting of the members to inform them on the activities
of the association over the past year and to vote on items presented as motions from the membership.
As a member of ABGA, you have the right to vote in leadership elections and run for a regional directorposition. ABGA members also vote on bylaw changes proposed for the association.
ABGA Industry Research
ABGA actively seeks opportunities to improve the infrastructure of the American meat goat industry.
Since 2003, ABGA has taken a leadership role with grants and research projects across the United
States. The projects have ranged from industry education to parasite research. This working partnership
of ABGA and university researchers has leveraged over 300,000 in grant dollars and in-kind funding for
the development of the goat industry. As a breed association, ABGA has taken a leadership role to bring
researchers, producers and private industry together to improve the American meat goat.
ABGA Industry Activities
ABGA is a member of the National Pedigree Livestock Association (NPLC). NPLC is an organization
consisting of purebred breed associations and livestock industry leaders with a common goal of
improving the livestock industry. The NPLC is involved in education, breed association development and
acting as a spokesperson for the livestock industry. The NPLC represents over 45 purebred associations
which represent over 725,000 livestock producers.
ABGA Governing Structure
ABGA’s structure is based on the model used by top breed association in the horse, cattle and hog
industries. The ABGA board of directors’ role is to set objectives, provide vision and measure the
progress of the association against the stated objectives. A management team manages the day-to-day
operations of the association. The separation of the day-to-day operation from the board is an important
aspect of the operation of the association. The rules of the association, bylaws and other governing
requirements provide the underlining foundation of the operation of the association. In addition, the board
of directors has adopted a conflict of interest policy that governs the personal interest of directors within
the association. This structure is in use by the premier breeder associations with other species oflivestock and provides an effective method of operating a breed association.
The Boer Goat magazine, year end reports and the ABGA website are several
of the methods of communicating changes within ABGA and the Boer goat industry.
ABGA Sanctioned Show Program
The ABGA sanctioned show program is a partnership through the show ring with the ABGA and major
and stand-alone shows. Over the past 6 years, ABGA has invested over 400,000 dollars in show
support. The ABGA sanctioned show program is the largest in the Boer goat industry with over 14,500
animals exhibited in 2006. Members of ABGA use the program to receive genetic evaluation of their
animals by certified judges, to complete for show honors and to market their genetics to the industry.