Saturday, June 22, 2013

2013 AKGA National Convention in Kellyville, OK

Last weekend, we attended the 2013 AKGA National Convention. It's been a while since we've been able to attend any goat gatherings. Last time we made one was in Indiana in '09 and Batesville, MS in '10. It's always nice to get to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. This year's convention was located in Kellyville, OK.

There were a lot of great seminars and speakers.  I wasn't able to get photos of everything, but here are just a few that I managed to get. 

Producer Panel (L-R)  Darlene Cullen, Richard Gamby, Shane Hesterman, Wes Pinneo, Mike Guffey, & Nic Girgenti

Dr. Richard Browning, Jr.

Mr. Sherman Grubb, III

Dr. Steve Hart

Hands on learning; hoof trimming, shots, ear tagging, and microchipping

They also had the first ever AKGA Maiden Doe Futurity.  Does were judged based on phenotype only, with the AKGA conformation guidelines that were on the web site as a basis. The judge was provided with score cards in the 6 specific areas outlined in the conformation guidelines to score goats on: Head, Neck & Forequarters, Body, Hindquarter, Reproductive Organs, and Skin & Coat and an additional area General Overall Appearance and Movement.  Dr. Richard Browning, Jr made the selections. 

AKGA Maiden Doe Futurity Judging and Selection

The top 3 does that were chosen out of those that entered were in the photo below.  They are from ( L-R)  Wes Pinneo; B Bar W Kikos, Jean Gullion; MJ Ironwater Acres, Craig Adams; Adams Family Kikos, also Dr. Richard Browning, Jr from Tennessee State University.

Top 3 in the Doe Futurity

The youth that attended were also given a packet with activities to complete to earn Kiko Kids Buck$.  As you can see, our two kids got busy on the activities to earn some buck$.  Our oldest started talking about his own herd he was going to start since he was able to earn buck$ that could be used towards registration.  

Hard at work
Listening to the speakers so they can fill out the questionnaire

The last day of the convention was concluded with the AKGA Breeders Showcase Sale.  We didn't purchase any goats this year, but there were some nice goats consigned. 

Getting ready for the sale
We are looking forward to the next "goat gathering".

1 comment:

  1. How awesome it must be to hear those words about future herds from your oldest! It's great he is taking a liking to what you all do. Not sure which way our girls are thinking, but the 8 year old wants to be a massage therapist and a peacock farmer right now. The ten year old is leaning towards a kindergarten teacher or a beautician..... Hmmmmmm ;-)


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