Alberta Goat Association (AGA)
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please contact an AGA director in your area:
Current President Laurie has been on the board since 2006. She and her husband Shay run a mixed farm operation in Edgerton raising commercial beef cattle along with commercial meat and purebred Boer goats. She graduated with a diploma in Animal Health Technology from Lakeland College in 1997 and is currently employed by Alberta Pig Company. Laurie is passionate about the goat industry and promotes all aspects through education, promotion and government involvement. She supports 4-H through judging and supplying animals for competitions. She sits on the Biosecurity of Champions group and the AB Farmed Animal Health & Welfare Steering Committee facilitated by AB Ag Food and Rural Development. She was involved as a producer consultant for Alberta on the National Biosecurity Standards and was also involved with the Goat On Farm Food Safety manual. She was Alberta’s representative on the Canadian National Goat Federation and has sat as a Director on the Canadian Meat Goat Association.
She lives in Fourth Creek, AB. Her agricultural background is extensive as she grew up working on a mixed farm . She is familiar with the requirements of seeding, pest management and harvest, working with cattle, running a variety of equipment and being a part of the combine crew.
Currently her husband Shaun, son Kaz, and her, have a kiko cross heard. We have been raising goats since 2015. She also grain farm with my parents and my younger brother.
Merna has been raising purebred Boer goats for over 20 years now near Innisfail. She became a director with the AGA over 15 years ago and was president during the transition to the new office manager. Currently she is Chair of the Convention of the AGA Annual Convention and Production Sale where together with Office GM Diana O'Hara she organizes speakers and facilities. Additionally she assists with "GoatKeeper' and 'Goat Droppings' content development, maintains the AGA Facebook page and has organized the AGA participation at 'Innovations in Agriculture' at Edmonton Farmfair for the past two years. She has been a longtime chair of the Red Deer Westerner Goat Classic with the Commercial and Junior shows and has also led the Innisfail and Area Junior Goat Club for several years. Education and promotion of the Alberta goat industry are a driving goal for her involvement, she is pleased to see how the association has progressed and looks forward to further developments.
After marriage at age 22 Patrick and Cherylynn Bos wanted a farming lifestyle for themselves and their future family. They purchased their first milking goats in 1999 and began milking for a Ponoka-based processing company. After the plant closed the Bos family decided to take control of their own future: they built a goat milk and cheese processing facility on the farm property. Today they are pleased to have become a dominant Alberta supplier of goat milk products. They have been working alongside a B.C. based dairy company to produce goat milk and cheese products from their own herd of 400 goats and that of four other area farms. Products from Rock Ridge Dairy are sold through this company to major grocery chains across Western Canada under various labels such as Oak Island and Happy Days Brands. They are currently expanding their farm with the addition of an expanded parlor and barn facility.
Stacy and her husband Neil have raised goats since 2004. They have a small farm near Busby, AB where they raise a herd of 90 head of Boer and Boer mix does. Stacy has been a registered animal health technologist for over 20 years and currently works in a small animal veterinary clinic. Because of this, she has a strong interest in goat herd health and helping to educate new producers about the ins and outs of raising goats and how to troubleshoot when there are problems in the herd. She has been on the AGA board of directors for the last 4 years and has been co-chair of the sale committee of the Annual Convention and Production Sale every year of the sale which she has enjoyed. As a director Stacy has become more in tune with developments in Alberta and Canada in the goat industry and she continues to educated in government and animal health issues.
John and his wife Laura Lee live near Spruce View where for over 25 years John has raised top producing purebred Angora and La Manchas. A strong advocate for all areas of the goat industry John has been an AGA director for over 20 years as well as a director and guiding force behind The Alberta Mohair Producers Association and a long time representative to the Canadian National Goat Federation. He has been heavily involved in showing and promoting both Angora and commercial animals throughout Alberta and his animals are prized as awarding winning for both fibre quality and breed character. Along with John being a long time volunteer to the Red Deer Westerner Goat show, Laura Lee has been a long time volunteer of Olds Fibre week as well. John is a strong force of the industry and a excellent mentor for new producers.
Maureen and her husband have raised Purebred and Percentage Boer goats for Breeding Stock and meat, just south of Three Hills, for the past 17 years. While she is new to the Board for 2018, she has previously worked as a Board Member over the past 16 years. In 2017 she volunteered to work on memberships, and spoke to many at the Convention in Edmonton. Going forward she pledges to all our Members, to listen, respond, advise, and act.
Melodi MacKinnon, and her brother Allen own Rafter LC Goats, in Thorhild County, AB. She is also a Registered Nurse. They have a commercial herd, focusing on meat goats. They bought our first goats five years ago, knowing nothing about the industry, the challenges, or even the difference between a 'good goat' and a 'poor goat' (in Melodi's books there are no BAAAAD goats). Needless to say, their first two years were spent learning everything the hard way. However her love and appreciation of these wonderful animals has grown even faster than her knowledge. When they found the Alberta Goat Association, they were able to connect and network with like-minded individuals. She have a passion for the industry and seeing it grow in all areas-fiber, dairy and meat. As a director, Melodi wants to be instrumental in this growth as well as sharing knowledge with others who are considering joining the wonderful world of goats.
The board works with the Alberta Government and the federal government to protect and further the interests of Alberta goat breeders, along with planning and organizing events such as our convention and other workshops. The AGA board also works developing educational materials, dealing with issues pertaining to biosecurity, traceability, disaster preparedness, livestock transportation standards, and a host of other topics. A board volunteer also built and maintains our website, another maintains our Facebook page. The board also works closely with our office and staff to see to the day to day operations of AGA.