- Provide input and respond to requests for assistance and information in a timely manner.
- Identify and assist with and/or write grants.
- Assist AGF with expansion of the diversity of members on the council in order to serve all areas of the goat industry.
- Assist the Federation to explore and initiate industry relations.
- Assist the Federation with marketing ideas and support.
- Assist the Federation with educational activities.
2016 Advisory Council
Dr. Nar Gurung
Dr. Gurung is associate professor and Director of the Small Ruminant Education and Research Unit at Tuskegee University. Major areas of research include utilization of locally available crop and industry by-products for use as feed, agroforestry / silvopasture, year-round grazing, etc. He is also collaborating with other researchers in the development of sustainable means of controlling internal parasites especially round worms for small ruminants.
Dr. Steve Hart
Dr. Hart is Goat Extension Specialist at Langston University. After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Hart worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service at El Reno, Oklahoma. While at USDA, he collaborated with Langston on some goats studies, and in 1991, Dr. Hart moved to Langston. His current research is investigating goat nutrition and various pastures for dairy and Angora goats. He is also involved in extension goat demonstrations in Oklahoma and Kansas demonstrating the ability of goats to clear brush and weeds, measuring weight gains and the management of goats on these pastures.
Dr. Fred Homeyer
Dr. Homeyer, is a retired college professor of Computer Science having taught at the University of Texas-Austin, and Angelo State University-San Angelo for a total of 38 years. He has been raising South African Boer goats and Dorper sheep for over 20 years. He is an international Boer goat judge and consultant.
Dr. Nada Nadarajah
Dr. Nadarajah is Senior Research Fellow in Breeding and Genetics at Auburn University Department of Animal Sciences. As part of his acivities, he gives seminars and professional advice to Meat Goat producers in Alabama and adjoining states as an invited speaker at field day meetings / seminars / workshop programs. He also participates in Meat Goat & Sheep development programs organized by the ALFA and Alabama Cooperative Extension at Auburn U.
Dr. Frank Pinkerton
Dr. Pinkerton, known to most as the goat man, is one of America's best known writers and speakers on meat goat nutrition, marketing, and management. After a career as an animal science professor and researcher in the U.S. and Asia, he retired from academia in 1993. While his current focus is on meat goats, he has extensive experience with dairy and angora goats.
Dr. Reid Redden
Dr. Redden is currently Sheep and Goat Specialist and Assistant Professor at Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. Before that he was Sheep Specialist at North Dakota State University and he also served as Chairman of the National Sheep Improvement Program.
Ms Schoenlein is coordinator of the extension educational programs for sheep and goat producers at the University of Maryland. She has been with the university extension since 1988, and is a member of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control, American Sheep Industry Association's Production, Education, and Research Council, Productivity Improvement Team of the Lamb Industry Roadmap project, NSIP Relaunch committee, and two multi-state research committees that focus on small ruminant production.