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Ms Trettevik can be
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Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Original boergoats.com publication date Aug 27, 2000

Editor's note: Congratulations to the organizers and exhibitors at the Tanana Valley State Fair Boer goat show. It is particularily gratifying to watch the Boer and meat goat industry develop and grow in the Western hemisphere. This article describes one of the most exciting events that can happen - the public introduction of our industry to a new area. Those of us in the "lower 48" may have forgotten the feelings of anticipation and satisfaction of starting our own local shows - Perhaps this fine article by Gayle Trettevik will get us back on the track of expanding our own "area of influence".


Boer Goats Make Public Debut in Fairbanks, Alaska
by Gayle Trettevik

Goat Pens The 2000 annual Tanana Valley State Fair in Fairbanks, Alaska marked a first in the state for Boer goats. The first ever sanctioned Boer goat show was held on August 7. Three small herd owners enthusiasically exhibited 11 Boer fullblood and percentage goats. This all came together in less than a year for a great start for Boers in the far north. It was a wonderful opportunity to present and promote Boer goats!

The Boer goats were well received by the livestock community and the general public. Many had no idea they existed and were intrigued by the concept of raising meat goats. Many 4H youth showed great interest and a list has been started for "real" market (Boer/percentage wethers) for next year.

The show was judged by Marsha Gustafson, a dynamic judge, who made the entire goat show, which included dairy, 4-H, and specialty goats, a fun learning and showing experience with her encouragement. She talked to the 4-H youth about taking a long, hard look at these meat animals for their future projects.

Special mention goes to Don Ives, Gayle Trettevik, and Paul Finch who have a shared committment for quality genetics as the basis for a statewide Boer/meat goat industry.

Junior Grand Champion Winners included:
Commercial
1st place Milk Tooth Commercial
North Country Cirrus owned by North Country Boers (Paul and Ellen Finch)

Fullblood Senior Boer Doe
Old Glory Ragweed owned by Fireweed Farm (Don and Marcia Ives)

Percentage Junior Doe
Grand Champion - Gold Country Amaris owned by Goldstream Valley Boer Goats (Gayle and Wes Trettevik)
Reserve Champion - Gold Country Aurora owned by Goldstream Valley Boer Goats (Gayle and Wes Trettevik)

Fullblood Junior Doe
Grand Champion - Gold Country Malaika owned by Goldstream Valley Boer Goats (Gayle and Wes Trettevik)
Reverve Champion - Old Glory Thistle owned by Fireweed Farm (Don and Marcia Ives)

Fullblood Senior Doe
Grand Champion - Old Glory Ragweed owned by Fireweed Farm (Don and Marcia Ives)

Fullblood Junior Buck
Grand Champion - Fireweed Farm Obadiah owned by Fireweed Farm (Don and Marcia Ives)
Reserve Champion - Cow Creek Enkulu owned by North Country Boers (Paul and Ellen Finch)

Open Fair Market Goat
1st place - Thorny (Boer percentage wether) owned by North Country Boers

Feeding Time Several volunteers worked overtime to put together displays and promotion of the breed at the fairgrounds, as well as in the local paper. A 30-minute radio show with Marsha Gustafson and Paul Finch was a great way to spread the news. Also announced was the formation of the Alaska Goat Exchange, a web based bulletin board for direct marketing to be accessed by both producers and consumers. The three local herdspeople are starting small and with pure seed stock while promoting the goal of multiple small commercial herds. Their fullblood bucklings would be sold to these operations for breeding to locally obtained grade does for carcasses directly marketed over the AGE website to customers or meat packers. The benefit of a finally viable agricultural project for Alaska with the space and browse seems to be a perfect fit.

Boers goats have arrived in Alaska!


 

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