NAPgA Rendezvous 2022!

Mark your calendars and come join the fun! The 2022 Rendy will be held June 16-19 near the Salt Creek Summit Sno Park outside of Joseph, OR.  The road to the Rendy is paved except for the last 1/8th mile from the Sno Park to the Rendy site.  There is no cell service once you leave Joseph.

There is a pond where you can get water for your goats.  You will need to bring water for yourself.

The Forest Service required NAPgA’s Best Management Practices be part of the permit so everyone will need to follow them while at the Rendy.  Here is a link to the BMPs: https://www.napga.org/resources/best-management-practices-psr/

A great lineup of classes will be offered and for the first time we will be offering youth specific classes, too, so be sure to bring the next generation of goat packers!  If you have class suggestions please let us know!  Some of the scheduled classes to date are:

How to Use Your Garmin (hands on – bring your Garmin)

How to Microchip your Goat (demonstration)

How to Draw Blood (demonstration)

Youth Survival Basics (hands on)

Getting Youth Involved Goatpacking (presentation)

Bring your musical instruments for some tunes around the campfire!

Information will be updated as it becomes available.

NAPgA Virtual Auction 2022!

Mark your calendars!  The virtual auction begins June 1st at 8pm MST and ends on June 5th at 8pm MST.

Desarae Starck has once again volunteered to run the auction.  Thank you Desarae!

A number of great items have already been donated but we need more!

Those who donate items can choose to have the money from the high bid on their donation(s) be placed in the NAPgA General Fund or the UC Research Study Fund.  Please note this when you send the photos and descriptions to Desarae.

Send donation photos and description to:

Desarae Starck – starckdesarae@yahoo.com

Link to the virtual auction: https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/napga-2022-virtual-auction-32003?fbclid=IwAR3n1MVl-EKMaQ8BqflHFcXho5JBXScVRXMST_U-OplkU9Gt6dOXpNYKCNA

Items will be posted throughout the month of May so keep checking back! 

2021 Recap

Membership – As of December 7th NAPgA had 498 active members with members in all 7 regions of the US! NAPgA added a corporate membership level, and all membership levels are now receiving some goodies with their memberships. Check it out!  https://www.napga.org/membership/join-napga/

Legal and Land Issues.  NAPgA continues to fight for the right to use packgoats on public lands and we have addressed several land use issues during 2021. NAPgA members actively participated in meetings and submitted written comments.

A high note this year was participating in the Grand Mesa-Gunnison-Uncompahgre National Forests (GMUG) plan revision.  The first draft proposed a forest wide ban on packgoats. NAPgA’s 2019 letter writing campaign succeeded in changing the most recent draft to a guideline to minimize potential for packgoat/bighorn interaction. There is more work to be done in terms of clarification and the plan is still under development, but NAPgA opened the door for the negotiation of sensible rules rather than an outright ban.

Two Rendezvous in 2021!  The 2021 Rendezvous was held June 17th-21st in the Sawtooth National Forest north of Stanley, ID.  80 people attended and we had the largest number of youth attending a Rendy in NAPgA history. NAPgA is creating programs specifically for them. Youth are the future of goatpacking.

Chad & Cate Battles, bloggers who travel the US in a refurbished Airstream trailer with their pygmy/Nigerian doe, Frankie, attended the Rendy.  The Discovery Channel is filming their travels for a documentary and filmed them at the Rendy.  Read more about them here! https://www.argosyodyssey.com/

A mini rendezvous was held near Slim Buttes, SD on September 24th-26th.  NAPgA members and a few folks interested in learning about packgoats attended the rendezvous.  Attendees came from Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota and South Dakota.  We hope to have more mini rendys in 2022!

New Logo.  NAPgA has a new logo and has hired a web designer to update our website.  Check out the items for sale with our new logo!  https://my-store-bf1656-2.creator-spring.com/  More items are coming!

Social Media.  We have increased our social media presence on Facebook and Instagram.  If you haven’t already, visit our group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/711939102246721/?multi_permalinks=4565140986926494

NAPgA Breeder’s Code of Ethics and a Buyer’s Guide.  These will help members and others learn about a breeder’s responsibilities and what to look for as a buyer.  https://www.napga.org/breeders-code-of-ethics/   https://www.napga.org/buyers-guide/

NAPgA Packgoat Guidebook.  NAPgA published a new resource in 2021, The Packgoat Guidebook can be used as a standalone guidebook by anyone or can be used in conjunction with the 4H Packgoat Project.  Download your free 67-page copy here https://www.napga.org/packgoat-guidebook/

Urinary Calculi Research Study.  This in-depth research study will be conducted by a Co-Investigator Researcher at UC Davis.  NAPgA members will be recruited to enlist in the study.  NAPgA has set aside $10,000 to begin the study.  We are actively seeking funding from other organizations, corporations, individuals and through grants.  Read more here!  https://www.napga.org/urinary-calculi-research-study/

Packgoat registry.  NAPgA is working toward creating a USDA recognized packgoat registry.  Please take the time to log in to your NAPgA account and enter your goats’ information. https://www.napga.org/membership/membership-profile/

NAPgA Ambassador Kit.  When members are attending events and want to promote NAPgA we have a kit for you!  Contact the NAPgA Marketing Chair, Nathan Putnam, to learn more and have the kit shipped to you.  https://www.napga.org/membership/officers-and-directors/

NAPgA Guidebook

The NAPgA Packgoat Guidebook is here!

This free 67-page guidebook is jam packed with all things goat and packgoat for everyone, with special sections for youth interested in a packgoat project, youth leaders, and packgoat project judges!

One of NAPgA’s most vital functions is to educate adults and youth on the care and training of goats and how to recreate responsibly with packgoats.  This guidebook is another step in that direction.

The NAPgA Packgoat Guidebook is available to read and download HERE:  https://www.napga.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Packgoat-Guidebook-v2021.pdf

NAPgA Embarks on Urinary Calculi Study!

NAPgA has partnered with a Co-Investigator, Meera Heller, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Associate Professor of Clinical Livestock Medicine at the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California Davis to analyze data and prepare a research report for peer review.  In addition, Committee member, Margaret (“Maggie”) Highland, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State Diagnostic Laboratory, will use data and urinary tracts from goats that happen to die during this study to research the effects of age and method of castration on urethral diameter in wethered goats. While doctors are helping to increase the survival rate, they still don’t understand the cause or the triggers that release these stones.

A long-term epidemiological study is being developed for farms, and the individual goats on those farms, to find a common thread to the causes of urinary calculi.  We will enlist NAPgA members who are willing to be part of this long-term study.

The intention of this study will be to collect and compile specific data in a manner that it can be presented for peer review in a publication.  It is hoped that the information found can be used as a springboard for further intervention and study.

This specific study will follow both farms and the individual wethers of these farms in their basic care and management.  The data will be compiled and processed to find any commonalities to the formation of stones or triggers that release them.  Some of the data that will be collected at beginning of study: age of goat, parentage, feed type, body score, housing type, age of castration and procedure used, type of health maintenance, vaccines, parasites, mineral use, exercise level, and travel.  An initial water analysis and fecal test will be performed.  Blood and urine analysis will be performed initially and annually.  In the event of a blockage, recorded information of results will be requested, including the type of stone.  If death occurs, a necropsy will also be requested and studied. Data will be collected twice a year in a questionnaire format.

Owners will follow procedures and protocols to provide the most accurate information available.  Procedures and protocols will be developed by the University.

This study will be conducted in as many states as the NAPgA membership can reach.  This will also include incorporating multiple teaching hospitals and veterinarians to assist.  It is a study that NAPgA finds vital for our wethered goats.  When the study parameters and protocols are in place, we will enlist help from NAPgA members who are willing to participate in this long-term study.

NAPgA has dedicated a sum of money from the Carolyn Eddy Research Fund to begin this study and to help offset owners’ expenses which are not normally incurred.  Your NAPgA Board spent a great deal of time considering how best to use this special fund which was designated specifically for packgoat related research.

This is a large study that we will follow for a number of years.  The on-going need for funds will have us seeking support from outside sources, grants and individuals like you.  NAPgA is a 501(3)(c) organization.  Donations are tax deductible.

If you would like to donate to the study you can do so here:  https://www.napga.org/donate/

Be sure to mention your donation is designated for the UC Research Study.

More information will be posted on the NAPgA website as it becomes available.