Being part of the American Boer Goat Association is more than a membership for Sheila and Bobby Anderson. It’s a family tradition and legacy.
“Agriculture is a way of life, it is our way of life, and I love every minute of it,” Sheila said. “I am so happy my daughter Danielle Hubin and three of my grandkids Wyatt, Lexus, and Kase Hubin absolutely love raising and showing goats as much as I do.”
Her grandkids are even starting to show kids out of their previous show does. “Sometimes I tell them piano lessons would have been cheaper than getting them hooked on goats,” Sheila jokingly said.
While her grandkids are following in her footsteps, it was Sheila, who first followed in her grandmother’s footsteps. She grew up in Lawrence, Kan.
“I spent the weekends and summers on my grandma’s farm, which is a couple of miles from where I live now,” explained Sheila, who operates Anderson Boer Goat Acres. In addition to raising goats and helping run 100 plus cow/calf pairs, she is an RN. While her husband is a welder, he has farmed his whole life.
In fact, it was her father-in-law who gave them their first goat. They started raising goats and joined the ABGA when her daughter Danielle and sons Tyrel and Trevor were kids. After a few years, Sheila had to take a hiatus from the ABGA when the kids got more involved in sports.
But she rejoined the ABGA when her oldest grandson Wyatt was 5 years old. “I bought my first registered ABGA dapple buck and fell in love,” she said. “I was hooked!!”
When asked what agriculture means to her, Sheila said everything: “Cattle, horses, goats, row crop, and hay. Everything that is involved in farming: late nights, hard work, sweat, and tears.”
The icing on the cake for this grandmother who loves her family and agriculture: “I think another grandson Grayson is starting to like the goats!”.