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The Online Pedigrees are UPDATED!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you see something that isn’t correct and we will look into it.
Please remember that the online pedigrees are completely separate from the registry so if there is an error or your goat is missing from the online search it does NOT affect your goat’s registry status.
We will be having an open KGBA Board meeting on October 25th, 2021.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 central time, and time will be limited to 1 ½ hours. It will follow our
normal agenda format with time allowed at the end for member comments, questions and responses.
This meeting will be held via video conference and is open to all KGBA members. We do ask that any
questions / comments that you would like addressed by the board during this meeting be emailed to
John James at email@example.com prior to the meeting so that we can get to as many as possible. If
time allows, we will also address questions texted to the moderator during the meeting itself. To join
the meeting, simply click on the link below. We look forward to “seeing” you there!
Here you can find a list of the 2022 KGBA candidates and a brief introduction of each person.
Hello everyone! My name is Sue, and I raise Kinder Goats in Southeastern Wisconsin.
I have been on the KGBA board for a number of years, and have enjoyed the opportunity to help
promote the Kinder breed and get to know so many of our wonderful members.
Over the last few years, the association and the Kinder breed has made huge strides in growth and
overall breed improvement. I am thrilled to see the ever-expanding number of beautiful, dual purpose
Kinders spread throughout the U.S. and beyond. It is an incredible honor to be part of this group. If reelected, I will continue working hard to ensure the continued growth and success of our wonderful
Hi, I’m Ashley Kennedy, owner of Still Meadow Kinders, now in Maryland! I started out with my first
Kinders in 2002, and in nearly 20 years since, it has been my immense privileged to watch the Kinder
breed grow by leaps and bounds. The number of members committed to breed improvement is
inspiring, and the widespread interest in Kinder goats is testament to their hard work! We are a hard
working and passionate community that I feel so privileged to be a part of. Over the 8 years serving as
Vice President of the KGBA, I’ve been ecstatic to have the opportunities to help improve the function
of the association and widen the services available to members. The milk test program is up and
running, and more and more people are getting their Kinders on test! Our breed production and
components averages are incredible, and further prove that Kinders are truly the best. We are also
working on a program to document and prove meat efficiency and demonstrate the Kinder’s true dual
purpose nature. It was a great privilege of mine to participate in getting the KGBA evaluation program
off the ground and lay a foundation for years to come! Kinder goats have an immensely bright future
ahead and I would be deeply honored to continue to serve you all in the capacity of Vice President.
I have been raising goats for 30 years and have had Kinder Goats for nine of those. My wife and I
have fallen in love with this breed and enjoy representing the Association and Breed at the fairs,
shows and the Mother Earth News Fair.
My passion for working with 4H youth has led me to work with other KGBA members to develop a
youth program for the Kinder Goat Breeders Association. I want to continue to develop the youth
program so that it will be easy for others to carry on for many years. I also am excited about working
with technology to improve communications within the board and also with our membership.
Hello. My name is Lisa LaRose. I live in Southern Illinois with my husband of 29 years, and I have a
Kinder Herd with my daughter Kelsee Gibbs. We have about 28 does and 8 bucks. We have been
raising Kinders for about 11 years and mutt goats before that. We work hard to improve our herd each
year and advance the reputation of the Kinder breed. We have sold goats coast to coast and enjoy
having people visit our farm to see what they are about. We even had Kinders at the St Louis Zoo in
the Children’s Petting Zoo. I am running for Treasurer for 2020 and I have been doing this job for
several years now. I am happy to continue serving the KGBA in whatever capacity you, as the
members need me to. Thank you.
I was raised on homegrown food and have lived growing my food ever since. I studied animal science
in school and have raised quite a few different species of livestock. I live in the western hills of
Massachusetts and have been breeding Kinder goats since 2014. I enjoy the challenge of breeding to
improve my herd and the stock I offer to buyers. I like the challenge of matching bucks to does to
create offspring that are meaty goats that produce a fine amount of milk from well-attached udders. I
enjoy helping to spread the word about this breed in this part of the country where a lot of people have
never heard of this breed. I love networking with other breeders to share genetics. I used to head the
newsletter committee but I have less time and Kendra has taken over the bulk of that work. I’m still
the person who handles the printing and mailing chores of the newsletter. I enjoy working with other
board members to keep this association a vital organization.
Here are the results of the MO State Fair Show of 2021. Thank you so much to everyone that participated, watched, or helped make this show a success. See you next year!
Jr. Grand Champion Doe: Kinder Korner Opal – Owned by Lisa LaRose & Kelsee Gibbs
Jr. Reserve Champion Doe: Derek’s Kinders KF Fame – Owned by Derek Eddy
Sr. Grand Champion Doe: Kinder Korner Amaryllis – Owned by Lisa LaRose & Kelsee Gibbs
Sr. Reserve Champion Doe: Derek’s Kinders FS Shimmer – Owned by Derek Eddy
Grand Champion Chevon: Kinder Korner Remington – Owned by Lisa LaRose & Kelsee Gibbs
Reserve Champion Chevon: Shea’s Kinders Sheaaustin – Owned by Shealee Swisher
The KGBA nominating committee is currently accepting nominees for our annual election. Any person holding a membership as of March 1st is eligible to be a candidate or recommend another for a position.Board members attend monthly board meetings via video or 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 https://kindergoatbreeders.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Bylaws.pdf Directors serve without compensation. The elected term is 1-3 years, with directors spending an average of 5-10 hours a month managing the affairs of the association.If you would like to volunteer or nominate someone else for a position, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to September 1st. Please include a brief introduction of yourself and why you would like to be on the board – it will be included with ballots). We look forward to hearing from you!
June 18, 1936 – Oct 19, 2019
October 2020 marks one year since the Kinder Goat Breeders Association lost one of our most influential and beloved members. Sue Huston of Bramble Patch Kinders began her journey with Kinder goats shortly after the breed was developed and quickly became a driving force in the breed’s growth and success. From the day she fell in love with Kinders to today, she touched the lives of many breeders and will be greatly missed.
Sue married the love of her life, Tommy Huston, in October of 1954. She was just 18 years old and had known him for less than a year, but they both knew it was meant to be. Sue and Tommy were right together. They raised a family of two sons (Mark and Mikel), a daughter (Tammy), and too many animals to count. They were still very much in love when Tommy passed 63 years later. In the last few years, Sue spoke fondly of seeing him again in heaven. Of all that Sue accomplished, she was most proud of her family and her goats. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and loved telling stories about them to whoever would listen. She loved talking goats!
Sue wanted goats since she was a child, but with the demands of work and family, she wasn’t able to make that dream come true until 1992. By then, her children were grown, and she had more time on her hands, so she started thinking about getting the goats she wanted so badly. That year, the Hustons went to a goat show where they saw an article in Small Farm Today about Kinder goats. They decided then and there that Kinders were the breed for them. Their journey began with a great deal of trial and error, but the Hustons eventually settled on a few strong Nubian lines and a single Pygmy buck to form the foundation of their herd. Bramble Patch Kinders was named for their farm business selling blackberries and raspberries to local customers, for which their little dual purpose goats served a third purpose clearing old bushes and creating mulch for the berry bushes. It was a match made in heaven.
One of the accomplishments Sue was most proud of was her contribution to bringing the Kinder goat to the Missouri State Fair. The other breed associations thought little of Kinder goats and argued that the barns were full, but the Hustons fought tirelessly and eventually they were allowed to exhibit. They brought the Kinder goat to a much bigger audience. The first year that the Hustons showed at the county fair, Harvey Considine judged the show. He agreed to help them improve their own herd while working with the Association nationally to create a goat that could hold its own in the goat world.
Through the years, Sue was a constant supporter of the Kinder goat and the Association. She volunteered on the KGBA board for years and was always quick to lend a hand or give advice to new breeders. She was constantly trying to help other Kinder owners in any way that she could – often allowing other breeders to use her bucks free of charge and giving goats to many children that wanted to show at the fair and start their own herds. Luckily, BPK genetics can be found in most of today’s herds, so the outstanding genetics that Sue worked so hard to achieve will continue to influence the Kinder goat for years to come.
Sue’s kindness and generosity have impacted so many – she will be dearly missed and remembered lovingly by all that had the good luck to know her. We love you, Sue!
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