5/13/2010 Goat Gossip 91 Congratulations! Spring is my favorite time of year. The whole, wide world seems to emerge from winter with a rebirth. Goats are born, grass and trees come out in bloom, and the Human Race shucks their outer skins and start to planting and growing and raising animals like those things are going out of style and they gotta play catch up! It’s also a time for us as God’s Children to move on to other things in life. Folks show their accomplishments by showing their animals at fairs where they are sold and plans are made for next year, some get married, and many of our youngsters move into their adult lives by graduating from High School and either going to work or college. The Freestone County Goat Breeders Association celebrates spring by awarding our scholarships to deserving Young Adults who have showed an interest in Agriculture, specifically in goats and the Goat Industry. The membership had enough money in the scholarship fund to award four scholarships and rather than allowing the money to languish in the bank account we decided to award four scholarships this year. We stayed with the criteria for eligibility that we had previous had when deciding on the recipients and awarded them to youngsters in the counties previously covered by our association. Scho The recipients of the $500 dollar scholarships are Genea Cannon of Teague High ol. Genea will be attending Stephen F. Austin University. Tamara Lee of Groesbeck High School. Tamara will be attending Texas A&M- Kingsville where she will be studying wildlife management. Denai Drummond of Groesbeck High School. Denai will be attending Tarleton State University. Travis Perez of Malakoff High School. Travis will be attending the Art Institute of Dallas where he will study business and photography. The FCGBA would like to say congratulations and thank you to these hard working Young Adults. Everyone was extremely impressed by the quality of the applicant’s presentations which were well written and concise. With the onset of the computer age I find it refreshing that they were each very good writers. Today’s youngsters are sorely tempted to use texting shorthand, even when writing school papers and such. Thanks to all of these special Young Adults, their Parents and their Teachers. You all have done a superior job! The Freestone County Goat Breeders Association holds their meetings at the Freestone County Courthouse in Fairfield, Texas. Our meetings are open to the general public and we invite the good citizens from anywhere in the Great State of Texas to visit and join our organization if it fits you. To find out more about our Association go to www.freestonecountygoats.org and see what we are all about. . It has been decided, and this is an important announcement, to open up our membership roles to any resident in the state of Texas who cares to join! We would like to welcome any of ya’ll fellow Texans who would care to join our association. Gwen and I had so much fun at the Tugwell Classic sponsored by the Dew 4-H that we couldn’t stop grinning. Ms. Jenny and Ms. Charlotte and the Youngsters put on a good program where a good time was had by all! The East Texas Goat Raisers Association will be sponsoring the International Boer Goat Association Central Regional Shows on June 12th in Henderson, Texas. The Open and Junior shows will be double points with the Judges to be announced. Contact Danette or Curtis Shoemaker at 936-867-2068 or 936-414-0902 or e-mail [email protected]. The ETGRA will be sponsoring a Prospect Show and Sale on July 24th in Henderson. Show Wether prospects as well as breeding show stock, does and bucks, will be featured. Judges for the wether show and breeding stock show will be announced at a later date. Go to www.etgra.com for more information on the shows and sales and details on the association. The North East Texas Goat Raisers Association will have the 6th Annual Sizzlin’ Summer Boer Goat shows July 24th & 25th at the Hunt County Fairgrounds in Greenville. The will be awarding show leads for Division Prizes and Buckles for Overall winners. They are also giving some pretty good discounts on the entry fees for members and others. Go to http://netgra.com for details on these shows. Well, it’s spring kidding season at the Rancho with the present count at 17 does and 16 bucklings. Hold on! Gwen reports that Leah had two girls and Adele had three kids of unknown sex tonight. It looks like all of the boys will be wether prospects since none of them have struck Gwen as handsome enough to become Breeding Bucks. We kept two from last fall’s herd with Skyspark staying around the ranch and Thunderstruck on the market. Gimme a call if you need a Buck! These are kids from Thunderbolt and Prospector, who we lost earlier in the spring, and all of them look pretty good. They are all pretty young and are what you might call all legs and springs in a skin so it’s a little too early to say whether we have any Grand Champions cavorting about. They have just about run Gwen into a frazzle, but she loves every one of them little critters like Ellie Mae Clampett and fusses after, caters to, and chases them around like they were her own Grandchildren! If ya’ll don’t have any goats to make you batty like my Crazy Goat Lady then you just don’t know what ya’ll are missing! We recently bought a replacement Billy and three does from Flying S Boers, www.flyinsboergoats.com . Dawn & Kyle Steward are going to hold on to the buckling, who we named Hulk’s B.B., to show and try to earn points for their Buck, Hulkster, toward his ennoblement. If we took him to the ranch he would be just laying around being lazy. The Boer Billy’s around the rancho have given the term “Languish” a whole new meaning. At least this way he might earn his keep! We’re still shopping around for some more, better replacements in an effort to improve our herd. Well, that’s all I have for now. Thank you all for reading the goat gossip and your support of the FCGBA and your area Goat Breeder Associations. Call me at 903-388-8528 or e-mail [email protected] if you have any goat gossip. Bye, for now.