Dr. Ken Andries
Dr. Ken Andries is an animal geneticist working as assistant professor and animal sciences specialist at Kentucky State University. He has worked with the meat goat industry for 12 years, specializing in genetics and production records. He started the Goat Herd Improvement Program (GHIP) which helps producer utilize on-farm performance records. He serves on the NSIP (National Sheep Improvement Board) and is part of the Extension Goat Community of practice.
Dr. Katherine Marshall
Dr. Marshall is a veterinary epidemiologist with the Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health - USDA-APHIS-VS in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Dr. Nar Gurung
Dr. Gurung leads the research and extension/outreach programs of the Tuskegee Caprine Research & Education Unit (CREU), which is recognized for quality research and extension services aimed at limited-resource meat goat farmers and rural clientele. He is an Associate Professor of Animal Sciences at Tuskegee University College of Agriculture, Environment, and Nutrition Sciences where he teaches Goat and Beef Cattle Production, Applied Animal and Companion Animal Nutrition, and Nutritional Toxicology to both undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Gurung is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, and the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS). He is also a Diplomat of the American College of Animal Sciences in Animal Nutrition Division. He has extensive experience with ruminant nutrition, feed industry and grazing and forage management, and has worked with NGOs in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Haiti on small ruminant production programs. He has served an Affiliate Professor of Animal Sciences at Auburn University since 2014.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Ms Schoenian 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.
- 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.
Dr. Frank Pinkerton
Dr. Pinkerton, known to most as the goat man, stepped down from the Advisory Council in 2017 due to health issues. He 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.