Association

The Federal Board is made up of seven Board members, each serving a two year term elected by general membership. They are responsible for the overseeing and management of the BGBAA. Following are dot points of aims/objectives of the various Portfolios managed by the Board.
Please refer to the Board of Directors page for details of Directors responsible for individual Portfolios and their contact details.

Breed Development Portfolio (Vicki Mitchell):

We are primarily a stud association but we must be able to offer a commercial reality with our stock, whether for seed stock, domestic meat or export sales.

Projects must be relevant and up to date. Grass roots events at State Branch level for encouraging and offering support to newcomers in the industry is essential. Input from Branch committee members is needed for future training and courses to be offered.

  • stud-related issues such as breed standards, register;
  • judges training, ring stewards & breeder workshop guidelines for inclusion in procedure manual;
  • shows/showing, update of judges register;
  • state based breeder workshops including husbandry basics for newcomers to industry;
  • classification & classifying of animals & training for potential assessors;
  • seed stock;
  • commercial animals;
  • development of hoof & hook;
  • the future and improvement of the breed.

Membership Relations Portfolio ( ):

The overall aims of this Portfolio are to:

  • increase the membership base of the Association which, in turn, increases income;
  • encourage breeders to advertise and promote their businesses through the Association resources;
  • assist in continuing to provide a freer flow of information between the members and the Board;
  • Act as a main point of contact on the Board for membership-related issues.

This Portfolio will cross closely with a number of the other Portfolios. In conjunction with the others, the objectives are to:

Membership

  • assess and review membership categories, pre-requisites, joining instructions, etc;
  • assess and review the information membership"pack" to be sent to all new members;
  • encourage ex-members to rejoin through an incentive program;
  • ensure that current members are content with the operation of the Association and if they have suggestions for improvement;
  • grow the membership base through incentives;
  • encourage international members which would increase the membership base and international awareness. Liaise with international associations to see if there is common ground and the ability to share information and support each other.

Marketing & Promotion

  • evaluate various marketing options currently available within BGBAA (such as website, e-mail outs, etc). Assess them and see if there is room for improvement;
  • provide other options for breeders which should generate income.

Member Compliance

  • assist in assessing and reviewing Association Regulations, Ethics etc to ensure they are updated, workable, readily available on the website, and that members are aware of them;
  • ensure breeders are aware of current identification options, and ensure guidelines are clear enough to follow;
  • oversee the maintenance of the database on an ongoing basis;
  • continue with the Members Tribunal, assess and review processes to ensure that the Tribunal continues to operate in a fair and equitable manner for members.

Market Development Portfolio (Geoff Mitchell):

Aim:

  • To promote the Boer goat in the International and Domestic marketplace and to explore opportunities in existing and potential markets.

Objectives:

  • To respond to all international enquiries through the BGBAA website on behalf of all members;
  • To provide information on the Australian Boer Goat industry;
  • To provide basic information on the export/import protocols relevant to their county;
  • To explore a more streamlined and accountable way of handling website enquiries;
  • To develop and update literature about Boer Goat farming;
  • To provide information packs for distribution;
  • To promote and market the Boer goat through BGBAA literature and material.

Communications Portfolio (Melissa Johnson):

The overall aims of this Portfolio are:

  •  to promote the Association and its activities in a positive and credible way to members and the general public through the National website;
  • to enable State Branch input and communication with members through the National E-Newsletter;
  • to investigate the viability of a biennial Journal both CD and hard cover;
  • To incorporate Education components for members in the E-Newsletter and on the website.

Objectives are:

Website:

  • to review the national site and update content to make it current;
  •  to maintain currency;
  •  to review the functionality of the site under each of the menu/sub menu items and make recommendations for improvement;
  • to incorporate member requests as they arise eg inclusion of member web links, web site statistics etc;
  • to explore paid advertising features from members;
  • to make recommendations to promote the site to the front of search engines;
  • to investigate social media options such as Facebook and Pinterest to further promote the site;
  • to share responsibility of the site with an associate webmaster so maintenance is not
    the responsibility of one person.

E-Newsletter:

  • to liaise with State branches and a media representative from each State to collate material of member interest for the bi monthly E-newsletter;
  •  to implement a structure for the E-newsletter which devolves responsibility from one person so its publication can be shared around States.

Education:

  • To support and promote opportunities for breeders to gain more knowledge on raising goats successfully though workshops and information day;
  • to investigate opportunities to jointly run workshops with MLA and DPI covering topics of relevance to all breeders such as Parasite Control,
  • Nutrition and calculating feed requirements, Bio security, Animal Welfare and other topics to be decided jointly.

 Classification Portfolio ( )

 Aim:

To develop a Classification system for the BGBAA which will be of benefit to members in improving the quality of their breeding stock and will therefore maximise the breeding progress of the Boer goat in Australia.

Objectives:

  • Form a working committee of interested breeders to assist in the development of a Classification system;
  • Ensure International relevance of the Classification system;
  • Develop guidelines for accreditation of Inspectors; Promote Classification of animals as a marketing tool to breeders for export and Australian sales;
  • Promote Classification as an educational tool to encourage breeders to improve the quality of their stock;
  • Promote uniformity of quality animals;
  • To enable credibity and accountability to prospective buyers of classified animals;
  • Complete this proposal & have it approved & instigated by the current board.

Promotions Portfolio (Melissa Johnson)

 Aims:

  • Raise awareness of the Boer Goat in Australia;
  • Aid in raising finances for the BGBAA.

Objectives:

  • Develop a range of saleable promotional items ofinterest to Boer Goat Breeders as well as the general public;
  • Investigate the possible interest & viability of introducing a uniform type shirt for use in exhibiting at shows with a professional appearance to replace the current white coats;
  • Work with state branches to promote the Boer goat at field days and shows through a marketing strategy;
  • To follow up BGBAA promotional material (BGBAA handouts) with other relevant Portfolios as a marketing tool for State branches;
  • Investigate options in promoting the Boer goat breed through the media.