Deb Macke—President Candidate:
My name is Deb Macke and I am running for re-election as
President of the ALBA. I have been a
member of the ALC/ALBA since 1990 and have served several terms as
Secretary-Treasurer as well as serving on multiple committees including Awards,
All American, Raffle, Breed Standards, Specialty, Youth and Production. This
would be my 2nd term as president. I
have chaired Specialty, All American, Youth and am currently chairing
Production. I designed and have been responsible for update of the club website
for many years and I have edited the newsletter for several years in the past.
I have also been a member of the ADGA National Show committee for many
years and was chair of the 2017
National Show as well as a member of National Show Long-Range, Judges, Annual
Meeting and Youth. I am a lifetime member of ADGA and was a 30+ year member of
the Chippewa Valley Dairy Goat Association in NW Wisconsin, a member of the
Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association where I served as president and the Minnesota
and Iowa Dairy Goat Associations.
I have been breeding dairy goats since 1985 when we started with
a couple of grade Alpines as a 4-H project for my 8 year old daughter. Mom fell
in love and that was just the start. We milked commercially with a mixed herd of
Alpines, LaManchas and Saanens for 5 years but eventually the distance from the
milk markets forced us to make the decision to concentrate on our breeding stock
herd. Most of the herd was exported to Canada and the basis of our LaMancha herd
remained. Our herd is on DHIR thru Dairy One and we Linear Appraise annually. We
show at a few local shows a year and the National Show when it is within driving
I strongly believe that our does should be productive as well as
beautiful and we emphasize milk production throughout our breeding program and
are very proud of the numerous Breed Leaders we have bred. We live on a 40 acre
farm in NW Wisconsin having sold our dairy herd in 2009. We raise part of our
own hay here at the farm.
I feel the ALBA is very important to our breed. We are the face
of the LaMancha breed and it is our job to encourage new members, satisfy the
current members and work on programs to improve our breed. It is also our
responsibility to represent our breed and work to promote it. I believe the ALBA
is for ALL LaMancha breeders regardless of the size of their herd, the quality
of their animals or their reason for raising dairy goats. I also believe our
programs should be geared to all levels of involvement of our members which is
why I participated in the creation of the Dam/Sire recognition program for our
members. This program was geared not only for the herds on official DHIR but
also for those herds who take part in One Day Milking competitions,
show and/or appraise. It was our hope to encourage more participation by
offering more categories and levels for recognition.
I would work hard to improve our club and offer programs for all
of our members as well as recognition for the hard work our members put into
their herds. I feel I can represent you and work for the betterment of our breed
if elected. Thank you for your support.
Sharon Hittner—Vice President Candidate:
Hi there my
name is Sharon Hittner I
am asking for your vote so that I may have the opportunity to serve
as Vice President in the American La Mancha Breeders Association.
La Manchas were introduced to the Blue Moon Ranch 13 years ago for
milk production in case a foal required milk
. Quickly I
fell in love with the breed and have been breeding and raising La
Mancha Dairy Goats ever since. I participate in showing, milk test,
linear appraisal and DNA testing. The goals that I have tried to
maintain as a breeder are to support the goat community, and strive
to produce a goat for the betterment of the breed.
Please consider me as your candidate for Vice President to the Board
of Directors of the American La Mancha Breeders Association. It
would be an honored and a privilege to assist and promote the
organization to the best of my abilities. The pleasure would be
mine to work with such a great group of fellow La Mancha Breeders.
Pam Hogan—Secretary-Treasurer Candidate:
My name is
Pamela Hogan, and I live in Gold, Hill, Oregon. I am running for
re-election as Secretary/Treasurer of ALBA.
and I have a herd of LaManchas, and my husband raises French
Alpines. My herd name is Featherbrained (our farm has been
Featherbrained Farm since we had a small bird hatchery business for
several years). My daughter’s is Literate LaManchas, and she’s the
one who got us into dairy goats. We’ve had LaManchas for about 10
years now, so we’re relative newbies to the dairy goat world. We’ve
been on DHIR since 2013, and it’s quickly become my passion. We
also do linear appraisal, and a little bit of showing. My daughter
received her degree in Animal Science from OSU, and is attending the
OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, which leaves me with the
day-to-day dairy goat management tasks. Thankfully, the goats are a
joy, especially the LaManchas, so it makes the job fun.
treasurer of our local dairy goat club—Rogue Valley Dairy Goat
Association. We put on two shows annually. We also put on an
annual goat education day, where I have taught classes on making
goat milk lotion and soap. I’ve also been secretary for the
Southern Oregon Poultry Association and secretary and treasurer for
our local elementary school’s PTO.
I make goat’s
milk soaps, lotions and body products, and have an Etsy shop where I
sell my products. As we all know, you have to do something with all
of that milk.
enjoyed the past two years as your secretary treasurer and the
involvement in club activities. I look forward to further
involvement and hope I can serve you in that capacity for two more
Thank you for your consideration.
Cheryl Lloyd—Board of Director Candidate:
My name is Cheryl Lloyd,
and I hope this finds each of you in good health and with a
prosperous herd. It would be my honor if you would consider voting
for me as a member of the ALBA Board of Directors.
I was raised on a small farm in
Goodrich, TX. My family bred and raised pigs, lambs, and cattle. We
participated heavily in 4-H and FFA. Upon graduation in 1998, I went
on to attend Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, on
multiple agriculture scholarships. After college, I went into retail
management. Finding an agriculture related job in the town that I
lived in was extremely difficult. I continued in retail management,
until I married my husband, Travis, in 2015. At that time, he asked
me to be a stay at home mom to help raise his 3 children, which he
had just been awarded full custody of.
We started our farm, T Bar C Farm,
and our dairy goat adventure in December of 2015 out of necessity.
Our children, Katie, Justin and Ryan, were all allergic to cow and
soy milk! Neither Travis nor I had any experience with goats, we
picked out a couple of bred Nigerian Dwarf does and a buck to get
our feet wet. After the first kidding, we decided the miniature
goats were not for us.
We went to watch our first dairy
goat show at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March, 2016, to
check out what other types of dairy goats we might enjoy, and talk
to some breeders. I fell head over heels in love with the LaMancha
breed, and put down a deposit on a few does that day. We also
discovered that we would enjoy showing. It was an amazing learning
experience and we met some wonderful like-minded people. Within a
couple of months, we had acquired several ADGA registered does from
reputable breeders and were headed off to our first show.
As with all new goat owners, there
was a huge learning curve, and not a lot of help was offered. We put
in lots of effort reading, studying, and attending workshops to
learn as much as we could as quickly as we could. Our focus had
started to change quickly from producing goats for milk production
only, to producing goats that performed both in the show ring and in
the milk pail. By the 2nd year we found a good mentor, signed up for
ADGA Plus, and participated in Linear Appraisals and Milk Testing.
We take pride in doing our very best to help other new owners find
the information they need to be successful. We are now members of
several goat clubs. I have also taken on the role of South Central
Texas Goat Club secretary and newsletter editor, as well as our club
The last few years have been a
great privilege watching our children blossom and grow in the goat
community. They’ve each developed their social skills by leaps and
bounds. We’ve traveled countless miles, spent many hours, made tons
of memories, had losses and wins, and made lots of new friends on
this adventure. It has become a way of life for us, and we wouldn’t
have it any other way!
I would be honored to serve on the
ALBA Board of Directors. Please vote in the upcoming election, and
continue to support the American LaMancha Breeders. Thanks!
Devin Myers—Board of Director Candidate:
little about my goat history,
In the mid-80's, I worked for the Mar-Shel-Da Acres goat farm while
at the same time raising Hampshire and Suffolk sheep as 4-H
projects. My last year in 4-H, I raised and exhibited a Nubian
market goat. The judge, Andrea Schaffer, invited me to see her herd.
I brought back the foundation of my new herd, Simple Life Farm
Raspberry. I fell in love with goats and wasn't happy with just one
breed. Andrea told me about an Alpine herd named Goose Crossing
(Debbie Larkin). Debbie was great to work with and let me have all
her foundation does. I also purchased her semen tank for a little
bit of nothing. I have always been surrounded by good people during
my journey with goats.
way, I met a woman by the name of Diana Wetherell. Diana introduced
me to LaManchas and the rest is, as they say, history. Through
Diana, I was able to meet the owners of Little Orchard, Mr. and Mrs.
Griner, and how lucky I was they let me pick their brains. They told
me the stories about their beginnings in goats. (Amazing story and
if you ever get a chance, please ask both of them to tell you the
story). In 2004, I sold my herd and traveled the world having a
great time. However, in 2017, I realized how much I missed having
dairy goats. I called the people I knew that would give me the best
start and that was William and Martha Griner of Little Orchard
LaManchas. The winter of 2017-18 was a crazy time and what I
anticipated to be just a few does expanded into 8 with 7 bred does.
I would venture to say - I am back and would very much like to offer
my help for the advancement of the LaMancha breed and for the ALBA
as a director. Thank you!
Krista Myers-Board of Director candidate
My name is Krista
Myers and I am running for the position of ALBA Director. I have
been involved in dairy goats all my life, but the LaMancha breed has
always been my favorite for their outgoing and quirky personalities.
I have previously
served the LaMancha club in Secretary-Treasurer and Director
positions, but took some time off while raising my small children.
But, once again, I have more time to devote to the club and
promoting the LaMancha breed.
I currently work
as the Herd Manager for Redwood Hill Farm. I enjoy spending my days
milking and evaluating goats and basically doing what I love. I own
and breed the Kastdemur Herd which also resides at Redwood Hill
Farm. With my animals living at another farm, I keep a somewhat
small herd of competitive LaManchas with the occasional grade
LaMancha thrown in. We attend several shows in the spring and
Nationals when we can. It's a pleasure to see the advancement and
popularity the LaMancha breed has taken in recent years!!
Lorene Toth—Board of Director Candidate:
I am Lorene Toth and I am interested in running for a
director position of the ALBA. Goats are my passion, that started in
my youth with Toggenburgs as a 4-H project in the 1970’s.
forward to 2003, where after several years of research, I once again
embarked on a goat adventure. This time with Nigerian Dwarf goats. I
quickly became enchanted with the breed and became active in AGS,
NENDA, breeding and showing. I worked on the AGS Nationals in
Springfield, MA in 2005 and attended the AGS Nationals as a
spectator in Virginia in 2007. I have successfully been Show chair
of the Sunnysisters Dairy Goat Show since 2007, first as an AGS
Nigerian only Show then as an ADGA Show for all breeds.
the year 2010 I was a spectator at ADGA Nationals and in 2011 I
worked on ADGA Nationals in Springfield, MA and that’s when the
spell was cast... After a long week the Colorama sale, preceded by
wine and cheese, arrived. The first goat presented was a beautiful
LaMancha kid and some mystical force pulled my hand
up to bid followed by a second bid and just like that I was a
LaMancha owner. I have fallen in love with the breed and have not
looked back. I participate in Linear Appraisal, DHIA, actively show
and mentor other goat owners.
Professionally, I was an elementary music teacher for
32 years, I retired in 2016 and now consider myself a goat farmer!
Personally, I have been married 35 years, to a husband that supports
my goat addiction and have raised two sons. I am a hard worker, have
excellent organizational skills and am a creative thinker. My farm
is Sunnydale Farm, and though small, I work hard to improve my herd
and share my passion for these animals we love. I hope to increase
membership in ALBA, as a director, to further educate people about
this fabulous breed! Thanks for your consideration.