1.) How did you get started in the Boer goat industry? I got in the Boer goat industry from doing a business transaction with a family friend Jake and Michel Long at the age of three. The does were bred and when they kidded I was to sell the kids and pay them back with that money. From there we fell in love with those two Boer goats and decided we needed more so we met Leslie Bader-Robinson about eleven years ago and at that time we traded about twelve goats for alfalfa. And from there I started showing at my local county fairs and eventually started showing in the ABGA.
2.) What does your operation look like today? Today our operation consists of around thirty registered Boer goats. I sell to 4-H and FFA kids along with other Boer goat breeders across the United States. What I enjoy most about the Boer goat association? I enjoy getting to meet people from other places. Some of my closest friends are those I’ve met through the ABGA. I also enjoy competing. I’m very competitive but I love that through the ABGA you can be competitive but be friendly to everyone and everyone is friendly back.
3.) Who was an inspiration to you or assisted you in improving your heard and how did they help you? There are so many people from the Pacific Northwest that have been so much help to me. Jake and Michel long for giving me the opportunity to start on this amazing journey with Boer goats. Leslie Bader-Robinson has been amazing beyond words she has stayed up till midnight coaching me on what to do with a sick goat and countless other things. There are also no words to describe how helpful Maddie Fenton and Trevor Clemens have been along with Terry Brown and Cristal Fenton. I have looked up to Maddie since I was very little and she has helped me and encouraged me so much I wouldn't be the showman that I am today or as involved in the ABGA as I am without her. There are so many other goat breeders that have helped me so much and have been there and encouraged me I wouldn’t be here without everyone who has helped me. And my Mom, Grandma, Papa, Dad and family who have put up with and encouraged me on my adventure with Boer goats.
4.) What has been your biggest challenge as a producer? I would have to say there are many challenges I have had to face. One of the most difficult would be how to feed up a show goat then trying to take the weight off before breeding season so that they don’t get ketosis. Then learning how to treat the ketosis. 5.) What are you most excited about in the coming year? I am looking forward to running for an FFA office in my local chapter. I am also very excited to run for the JABGA board of directors. This year I’ve been learning how to AI and studying under Maddie Fenton I can't wait to start adding new genetics to my herd.