ABGA SANCTIONED SHOWS:
If your show points are missing from Online Live or are not calculated correctly, we may be waiting for the results from your show secretary. Show secretaries have 30 days after the show to submit results to ABGA. Contact your show secretary FIRST if your show points are missing.
We are currently processing work submitted on October 14, 2022.
According to ABGA Rules and Regulations, members cannot apply for Ennoblements for animals they do not own. For more information, please see the ABGA Rules and Regulations.
If you receive an RFI (Request for More Information) by mail or email from the ABGA office, please complete the RFI in full and return ONLY the RFI to the ABGA office by mail or email as soon as possible.
The ABGA office is currently making courtesy calls regarding outstanding balances for ABGA work. ABGA members can view their outstanding balances through Online Live and can make payments using Online Live or the Payment Center.
2019 & 2020 AUDIT UPDATE:
The Finance Committee has approved the 2019 and 2020 audits. The ABGA office can now catch up on 2021 (including end-of-year tax reporting and audits) with the help of ABGA's Certified Public Accountants.
The ABGA Board of Directors meeting minutes from October 11 will be posted as soon as they are approved. You can view the previous minutes HERE.
FROM ABGA'S DNA COMMITTEE:
DNA is in every living thing and is the code made up of repeating units called “base pairs” known by the first letter of their name: A, T, G, and C.
There are several technologies used for DNA testing, but in livestock, two of the more common technologies are Microsatellite Testing which counts the number of repeating segments, and SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, pronounced “snip”) Testing which looks at the content of the DNA or what the actual A, T, G, or C is at a specific location in the genetic code.
Most livestock species have switched to SNP technology because it has applications beyond simple parentage testing thus allowing determination of genetic condition status, physical trait status, and to improve the accuracy of traditional Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs).
Here is a list of the acronyms you see regularly:
DE - Dam Excluded
DQ - Dam Qualified
OT - Original Test
PE - Parent Excluded
PQ - Parent Qualified
SE - Sire Excluded
SQ - Sire Qualified
SNP (pronounced “snip”) - Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
A dive into genomics is available HERE.
REQUESTING DNA TESTING:
According to ABGA Rules and Regulations, members cannot request DNA testing for animals they do not own. For more information, please see the ABGA Rules and Regulations.
JABGA REGIONAL SHOW PUBLIC SPEAKING TOPICS:
The 2022-2023 JABGA Regional Show Public Speaking topics have been announced! We know this contest is always a hit at Regional Shows. This year’s Public Speaking topics are:
Junior Division: “Why is it important to keep your feed buckets, water troughs, and facilities clean?
Intermediate Division: “Why is it important for Boer goats to have correct breed standards?”
Senior Division: “What advice would you give to younger members in the JABGA?”
All members have received a JABGA Regional Show Series Survey via email. Share your thoughts on how we can improve our JABGA Regional Shows!
Where will ABGA be next? Click below to see our full calendar of events!
HURRICANE IAN ASSISTANCE:
If you are attending the Blountstown Rotary Goat Day Goat Show in Florida (October 15) and would like to donate household items in the wake of Hurricane Ian, please arrange donations with Kathy Daves-Carr.
Monetary donations can be made to the ABGA CARES FUND through the American Boer Goat Foundation (ABGF).
Learn more about the Blountstown Rotary Goat Day HERE.
JUDGES CERTIFICATION COURSE REMINDER:
The ABGA Judges Certification Course is coming up on November 3-6 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Confirmed applicants for this course can find the complete packet (including full itinerary and study materials) online at https://www.abga.org/judges/.
2022-2023 JABGA REGIONAL SHOWS:
The 2022-2023 JABGA Regional Shows have been announced! More details about these shows will be available soon.
November 4-6, 2022 Area 2 (Oklahoma)
March 3-4, 2023 Area 4 (Georgia)
April 14-15, 2023 Area 5 (Texas)
April 28-29, 2023 Area 1 (California)
May 12-13, 2023 Area 3 (Indiana)
May 26-27, 2023 Area 2 (Iowa)