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DO I DETECT A PATTERN HERE?
Editorial by
Keith Smith

I have been informed by association leaders that my negative comments hurt the industry. - that I'll drive away prospective members. I can see how that'd be a problem for them if they want only uninformed members.

Some of us are blessed (?) with public exposure and are in a position to inform the industry of the activities of the respective registry associations.
Herein is a partial "history" of the associations in the opinion of your editor.

§ Tyler, Texas; June 1996
The American Boer Goat Association holds it’s annual meeting and National Boer Goat Show this weekend. Newcomers are in awe of the breeders of these fine specimens and can’t wait to get in on the bidding for the National Grand Champion. The prospect of buying an animal for $5000 and selling 30 or 40 kids every year, some for that same amount, is very appealing.

The "newbie" is blissfully unaware of the politics of registry associations.
Competition is expected between breeders but our newbie’s business plan is doomed by a refusal to join any of the alliances between breeders. And, when they finally understand and become members of one group, another group is so incised by the choice that they set out on a campaign of slander and liable against the newbie’s buck.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, that same group is very unhappy that they cannot control the ABGA even though they hold the top three positions on the board.
They gather the administrative, registration, and financial records of the ABGA and form the International BGA. When the legal dust settles the ABGA is crippled by months of being denied access to their registration records and the International BGA is allowed to keep copies of the records.
NEITHER ASSOCIATION FULLY INFORMS THEIR RESPECTIVE MEMBERSHIPS OF THE FACTS.

§ Jump forward a little
Our intrepid newbie has stayed with the ABGA in spite of numerous contacts by one of the "leaders" of the International BGA prompting "we’d be so happy to have you with us on this". And this prompt comes from the same group that just one month previous was berating the newbie's buck.

Rumors have started to circulate that some of the breeders in both the ABGA and the International BGA are not being honest on their registration application for new kids. The air becomes foul with accusations of purposely-incorrect sires and dams and dates of birth. Our newbie sighs and thinks, "there’ll be a few crooks anywhere there’s money to be made".

§ Forward a little more
The leaders of the International BGA become unhappy that they cannot control the association even though they hold the top three positions on the board. They gather the administrative, registration, and financial records of the International BGA and form the The IBGA. When the legal dust settles the International BGA is crippled by months of being denied access to their registration records and the The IBGA is allowed to keep copies of the records. The sole public concession... the new registry's corporation name is changed from The IBGA to the USBGA
NEITHER ASSOCIATION FULLY INFORMS THEIR RESPECTIVE MEMBERSHIPS OF THE FACTS.

§ 2005
The USBGA "leader" who twice left so much member confusion behind them applies for and is granted re-membership in the ABGA.
NEITHER THE ABGA OR THE "NEW" MEMBER FULLY INFORM THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACTS SURROUNDING THIS UNPOPULAR AND ILLOGICAL DECISION.

§ Now it’s the year 2006
A member and judge/inspector for the ABGA is accused of falsifying the birth dates of a large number of flush kids. The ABGA investigates and revokes their membership but not that of their immediate family members.
The accused member is no longer listed in the breeder section of the ABGA web site.
Family members allegedly continue to show and breed the very same animals involved in the accusation.
The breeder who reported the date-of-birth discrepancy has opted to leave the Boer goat business.
THE ABGA DID NOT INFORM IT'S MEMBERSHIP OF THE REVOCATION.

A member and prior director of the ABGA is accused, in collusion with the ABGA office, of changing a dam record more than a year after an animal was sold. Both dams involved are reported to be missing and/or unavailable for DNA testing even if the pending legal decision should order it.
NEITHER THE ABGA NOR THE BREEDERS INVOLVED CAN COMMENT BECAUSE OF PENDING LEGAL ARGUMENTS

§ Meanwhile, back at the USBGA
A rift develops between the directors (do I detect a pattern here). Two of them move the office to another location then unknown to the third director. Legal wrangling continues to this date (July 18, 2006).
THIS TIME WE HAVE SOME FACTS...
As reported by Lea Ann Robison, State rep for the USBGA…

"The USBGA has been put in the hands of a Court Appointed receiver, Jim Dear in Llano, TX. All three Officers of the Board of Directors have resigned. The Office staff has been fired. A new, temporary staff has been put in place and is being supervised by the receiver. The organization has been returned to the status prior to December 15, 2005. You can now go to the USBGA web-site and read some of this material for your self at www.usbga.org , the member’s web-site. (Ed. Note: another site, www.usbgaboers.org, also claims to be the official web site) The receiver has sent out a Call for Resumes to all Members. Resumes have been received in his office and all will be sent directly to the members along with a ballot and voting instructions."

§ Except for the honest presentation by Ms. Robison, I detect a pattern of leadership greed and malfeasance and registry association protection of their membership from the facts.
Membership involvement is the only control that we have between elections. BE INVOLVED!

§ It is the policy and privilege of BoerGoats.com to publish the resumes of all candidates for association board positions. Such publication is only made if ALL resumes for a particular election are provided and in readable format, i.g. MS Word or ASCII text.


 

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