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Pennsylvania Furnace,PA - In an effort to unite, over 40 meat goat producers and interested individuals from across the state gathered Saturday, December 18, at the PA Dept of Agriculture’s Livestock Evaluation Center for a formative meeting of the Pennsylvania Meat Goat Producers Association..

The meeting was spearheaded by Glenn Eberly of the PDA and Julie Maxwell of MAX Boer Goats.

Glenn Eberly opened the meeting and introduced Maxwell, the meeting’s organizer. After a brief introduction , it became readily apparent to all attending, that a union of producers was needed in an effort to meet the needs of PA’s meat goat producers . Half of the attending producers were strictly meat producers, the other half were brood stock producers, but all conceded the need for representation and education.

For years there has been a need for an association representing the meat goat producers of the state. Pennsylvania producers are missing out on valuable government programs and other opportunities due to lack of representation. There is also a great need for education, networking and support among producers and affiliates alike.

The ABGA, USBGA, AMGA and the PA Department of Agriculture all offered their support and assistance to the new organization.

The group discussed goals and future plans of the association and adopted an interim governing body -

President, Julie Maxwell of Lykens, 1st Vice President, Danny Harter of Bellefonte, 2nd Vice Pres., Tom Miller of Northern Cambria, Secretary, Jan Newton of Jersey Shore and Treasurer, Russell Reitz of Williamsport.

The group’s mission statement was adopted : "Advancing the meat goat industry in Pennsylvania through education and promotion. Committed to quality and excellence of meat goat production, to supply a wholesome and healthy product."

Committees were also formed for Bylaws, Grants /Research , Seminars /Field Days, Public Relations, and Shows/Sales.

Future plans include educational seminars, shows, sales and youth programs.

According to PMGPA President, Julie Maxwell, "We are looking for producers and interested individuals to join our organization. Producers of meat and breeding stock as well as hobbyists; anyone that is interested in the meat goat industry. Benefits from membership include sourcing, networking and educational programs. "

She also noted that, "As meat goat producers in the US, we have a unique market advantage over cattle and hogs, in that we do not have to rely on exports. Here in PA the market is literally in our own backyard, with strong markets in all major cities in the East. If we can effectively organize, we can take better advantage of our marketplace. If we can consistently offer a quality product we, can reasonably command premium prices and be noted as preferred suppliers."

"WIN A SHOW WETHER RAFFLE"

At the PA State Farm Show the PMGPA is also holding a membership drive and having a "WIN A SHOW WETHER RAFFLE". Chances to win the Show Wether will be $1 a chance or 6 chances for $5.

See the PA Meat Goat Producers’ Association’s booth in the Goat Barn at the PA State Farm Show.

"PMGPA LOGO DESIGN CONTEST"

The PMGPA is in need of a logo that represents the organization. and are holding the "PMGPA - DESIGN OUR LOGO CONTEST" . Entry deadline is February 1, 2005. The winner will receive $100.

Entries are open to all and can be emailed to info@maxboergoats.com or mailed to: PMGPA Pres., Julie Maxwell. 673 Luxemburg Road, Lykens PA 17048.

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The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday February 12, 2005 at 10 am at the PA State Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, PA. In case of inclement weather the meeting will be changed to Saturday February 19.

All interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Committees are still being formed and enthusiastic people are needed to contribute .

**The PA Meat Goat Producers Assoc is currently holding a membership drive, with an introductory one year memberships priced at $10 for individuals, $15 for Farm / Family and FREE for 4-H /FFA members.**

FMI call (717) 365-3574 or email info@maxboergoats.com

VISIT THE PMGPA BOOTH AT THE PA STATE FARM SHOW - January 8 -15.


 

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