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".