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
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
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
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
"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 email@example.com or mailed to: PMGPA
Pres., Julie Maxwell. 673 Luxemburg Road, Lykens PA 17048.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
VISIT THE PMGPA BOOTH AT THE PA STATE FARM SHOW - January 8