Monday, December 31, 2018

Election Results

Thank you all for participating in the 2018 Kinder Goat Breeders Association election! In an association the size of ours, your vote does count, and your participation makes the kGBA what it is.

Voting results for the KGBA board are as follows:

President - Sue Beck

Vice President - Ashley Kennedy

Secretary - John James

Treasurer - Lisa LaRose

Member at Large (through 2019) - Kathrin Bateman

Member at Large (through 2020) - Stephanie Lounsbury

Member at Large (through 2021) - Cori Dury

Congratulations to all board members on their election, and a warm welcome to our new Member at Large, Cori Dury! The vote was extremely close between the two member at large candidates, and we agree - they are both a huge asset to the association. With any luck, we will be working with Travis in a number of upcoming endeavors, and welcome other members to contact us about volunteer opportunities within the KGBA.

Thank you all for your support and participation and have a very happy new year!!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

In Remembrance of Pat Showalter

It is with a very heavy heart that I must announce the passing of Pat Showalter.

The first registered Kinder goats were bred by Pat, and she has been an active breeder and member of the KGBA every since. Pat was always very generous with her time and knowledge, and was integral to the creation and success of our the Kinder goat and the association.

Pat was more than just her goats, though... she was an accomplished artist. She saw beauty in everything and represented it in a wide range of media, including everything from textiles to soap. She was a woman with strong feelings about the world around her, and she stood up for what she believed in. She will be dearly missed by the many people who's lives she has touched.

Our hearts go out to Pat and all of her friends and family.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Ballot Correction

Over the past week, ballots were sent out to all current members. Unfortunately, there was a mistake on them. We have two members running for our open Member at Large position. Their bios were included in the most recent newsletter, as were the ballots. The bio accurately reflects the names of both candidates, but the ballot does not. Please note the Travis Johnson was incorrectly listed as Travis Durham on the ballot. These are the same person. Our deepest apologies to Travis and our members for any confusion this may have caused.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

KGBA Regions and Groups

Hi Everyone!

With the continued expansion of our member base, and Kinder goats becoming more popular by the day, we realized the need for an updated Region Map. It's not too different from the old one, but should be a great way to help members develop community with other Kinder owners and breeders in their area! To further this goal, we are also rolling out KGBA sanctioned Facebook groups in order to facilitate growth and networking among members and members-to-be! Each group will adopt the same group rules and guidelines as the main umbrella group, Kinder Goat Folks, in order to maintain a civil and upbeat group where all are welcome! Each group will also have at least one Board member as an Admin in case of emergency, but will be primarily admin'd by someone local to that region. Additional intent for these groups is to ensure that information about Kinder goats, opportunities for Kinder owners and breeders, communications from the KGBA BOD, etc, will be accurate and reliable. There may be other unofficial groups that claim to encourage growth and development of Kinders, but those not run or monitored by the association may not be accurate or credible. Please do not assume that claims, comments, or advice, made in other groups reflect the views of the KGBA, or discussions in unofficial groups will be seen or addressed by Board members.

Here is the updated Region Map

Here are links to the regional facebook groups! Please request to join the one representing you!

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 4

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Monday, September 17, 2018

KGBA Volunteers Needed!

Hello KGBA Members!!

If you have been an active member since March 1st of this year and are interested in helping the association, please consider volunteering for a board position.
Board members attend monthly board meetings via conference call, take part in various committees and work to promote the Kinder goat in accordance to our bylaws. Specific descriptions of each position can be found at
The elected term is 1-3 years, with directors spending an average of 5-10 hours a month managing the affairs of the association. All positions are volunteer and therefor unpaid positions. If interested, please contact us at before September 24th. Please include a short (no more than half-page) bio to be included with ballots when expressing interest in candidacy. Hopefully we will see new faces with new ideas on the upcoming ballots!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Rushing Paperwork

We have had a number of people recently request that their paperwork be rushed for shows or sales. While we try to honor all of these requests and do everything we can to assist our breeders in selling and showing their Kinders, we can’t always do so.

Spring and summer are busy times of year for everyone including the volunteers that handle KGBA paperwork. As an association made up entirely of volunteers, we do not offer rushing paperwork as a service because we cannot always guarantee that we will be able to fill these rush requests.  All paperwork goes through a two-step process in order to ensure accuracy, and this process takes time as well as manpower. With our limited volunteer base, things can be delayed  by the illness or vacation of one volunteer. This is why we recommend getting paperwork in as soon as possible. If for some reason you do need paperwork rushed, we ask that you contact the KGBA directly PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR PAPERWORK to find out if your request can be filled. Requests are handled on a case by case basis, depending on many factors. Even when we agree to try to return your paperwork quickly, getting things back to you by a specific day is never guaranteed.

Normally, paperwork is processed in the order in which it is received, so asking for things to be rushed inevitably slows down the process for other people’s paperwork. Please keep this in mind and be considerate when making special requests.

Thank you for your cooperation,
Sue Beck
KGBA President

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Kinders in the News

Thanks to the efforts of our Secretary, John James, Kinders have made the news again!
John has been working tirelessly to create a youth program for the KGBA. The program will include many fun and educational opportunities for youth members of the association, one being the doe chain described in the article. For more information about the Doe Chain or the Yourh Program in general, please contact John James at

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sanctioned Kinder Goat Shows of 2018

Shows are a great place to meet other breeders, market your goats, pick up goats you have purchased, and learn a lot! Kinder shows always have many great participants that are happy to help new exhibitors, and we often hold free clinics on a broad range of husbandry and healthcare topics. I encourage everyone to attend a show this year - with or without your goats!

The following is a current list of Sanctioned shows for 2018. We will post announcements on additional shows as soon as they are sanctioned. If you have questions about upcoming shows or getting your own show sanctioned, please contact our show director, Kelsee Gibbs, at

Northeast Ohio Kinder Goat Show
Canfield Fairgrounds
7265 Columbiana-Canfield Rd.
Canfield, OH 44406

June 9, 2018 3:00 pm
June 10, 2018 10:00 AM


The Missouri State Fair Sanctioned Kinder Goat Show
Missouri State Fairgrounds
2503 W. 16th Street, Sedalia, MO

August 17-19, 2018
(all Kinders must arrive by 7:00pm August 16th)


Festival of Kinders Sanctioned Kinder Goat Show
Liberty, NC

November 10-11, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Star Buck Awards

We have recently had a resurgence of interest and participation by our membership to get their goats on Milk Test! This is great for the breed! It gives owners and breeders, as well as the Association a fantastic look at the hard, verifiable data at the quality and quantity of the milk our Kinders produce. While our hard working girls earn their Stars on their own merit, many people are unaware of how bucks can earn their Stars and Pluses based on Milk Test data. Here are the following rules regarding the awarding of Star and Plus designations, taken from the KGBA DHIR Program;

                                                Milk Star Designations

*M - A doe qualified for her Star through DHIA test, or One Day Test, to be accompanied by;
(M) for a Star earned on milk production
(F) for a Star earned on butterfat production
(P) for a Star earned on protein production
or a combination of all 3 for DHIA testing.
(O) for a Star earned on One Day Test.

Each generation of consecutive Stars earned from dam to daughter, shall be designated with the Star. E.g. A doe earning her Star shall be designated 1*M, her daughter also earning her Star shall be designated 2*M, her daughter also earning her Star shall be designated 3*M, and so on.

+B - A buck earning his Star through his *M or +B progeny
++B - A buck earning his Star through his *M and +B progeny
*B - A buck inheriting his Star through his ancestry

  1. A KGBA registered buck shall be entitled to a +B designation if:
    1. He has three *M daughters from three different dams. All dams must be registered with the KGBA or;
    2. He has two sons that earned their +B designation.
  2. A KGBA registered buck shall be entitled to a ++B designation if:
    1. He has three *M daughters from three different dams. All dams must be registered with the KGBA and;
    2. He has two sons that earned their +B designation.
  3. A KGBA registered buck shall be entitled to a *B designation if:
    1. His dam is a *M doe that has qualified on both milk and butterfat requirements, or a doe that earned her star on a One Day Test AND his sire is a +B, or  a *B, or;
    2. His dam is a *M doe that has qualified on both milk and butterfat requirements, AND his sire's dam is a *M doe that has qualified on both milk and butterfat requirements. Either the dam or the sire’s dam may have earned her star on a One Day Test, but not both.

For those of you with early generation animals, Star Awards are carried down from their Nubian ancestors if applicable. Pygmies do not have a Star or Plus program to assist in their offspring or descendant's awarded designations.

In my observations, we have yet to have many Kinder bucks venture into Star or Plus awards, but with the renewed interest in Milk Test, I foresee that changing very soon! While it's easy to focus on getting our girls their Stars based on their own tenacity - lets not forget about the boys! If you believe your buck may qualify for a *B (based on ancestry) or +B/++B (based on progeny) either through current or past Milk Test data, please let us know! We would love to recognize your buck's hard working pedigrees and accomplishments!

-Ashley Kennedy

KGBA Milk Test Director