Advisory Council

The Industry Advisory Council [IAC] is comprised of individuals and representatives from entities with an interest and experience in the goat industry who have been invited to serve as consultants to the American Goat Federation [AGF] Board of Directors.  The IAC was created as a way for the Federation to gain helpful insight from the industry. The IAC will provide non-binding strategic advice to the AGF Board on various industry, research and government trends that may impact the Federation and goat industry; direction on planned activities and help with implementing the goals and objectives of the Federation.  The IAC acts in an advisory capacity, and each IAC member will be asked to provide information about his/her area of expertise and interests that might be of assistance to AGF.  IAC members will receive AGF emails and meeting information and may attend all AGF Board meetings at their discretion and expense.  IAC members do not have any direct responsibilities to the Federation, nor do they have voting rights on federation matters.

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.   

Linda Campbell

Linda Campbell is a founding member of the American Goat Federation and served on the Board of Directors from the official organization date in 2010 until she resigned due to health reasons in 2018. She is from Luray, Virginia and is a goat producer who has been breeding dairy for over forty years and meat goats for more than twenty years at her organic farming operation, as well as having owned and operated a commercial goat dairy for twenty five years. The farm, which she owns and operates with her husband Leith is also an AgriTourism operation where weddings and other events are held. Linda is past president of the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) having served four terms. She has been a member of the ADGA Board of Directors since 1982, and Chair for the ADGA Government and International Liaison, as well as other committees. She was the first president of the U.S. Goat Council (the predecessor of AGF), and served as chair of the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.

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. An Peischel

Dr. An Peischel is a founding director of AGF and served on the Board until she resigned in 2017. She established Goats Unlimited 30+ years ago and utilizes meat goats for land and stream bank enhancement, fuel load and ladder fuel reduction, riparian area restoration, noxious and invasive weed abatement, and creating flyways for migrating waterfowl. Goats Unlimited practices holistic management, sustainable alternative agriculture, and produces quality Kiko meat goat breeding stock and carcasses. An lived and worked on a beef cattle/sheep ranch in Uruguay, completed her undergraduate degree in Agribusiness and Economics at Pennsylvania State University, Masters degree in Brasil, and obtained a PhD in Range Livestock Nutrition from Kansas State University.

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. 

Susan Schoenian

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.

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. 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.

Functions of the Advisory Council may include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Provide input and respond to requests for assistance and information in a timely manner.
  2. Identify and  assist with and/or write grants.
  3. Assist AGF with expansion of the diversity of members on the council in order to serve all areas of the goat industry.
  4. Assist the Federation to explore and initiate industry relations.
  5. Assist the Federation with marketing ideas and support.
  6. Assist the Federation with educational activities.
IAC members serve a minimum term of one year and may serve longer terms according to their interest and availability and the needs of AGF.  All members of the IAC are publicly recognized for their work on the Federation’s website (AmericanGoatFederation.org), and in appropriate publications and documents.  Collectively, the IAC has the right to nominate an individual to be considered to serve on the Federation’s Board of Directors.

HONORARY

ADVISOR

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.  

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