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!

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NAPgA has partnered with a major university to delve into what causes urinary calculi stones.  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.

2022 NAPgA Calendars are Here!

You folks submitted your photos, you voted, and your hard work has produced another masterpiece! Once again, this NAPgA calendar is THE BEST ONE EVER!

Supplies are limited so don’t wait until the last minute to order yours!

Calendars make fantastic Christmas presents that can be enjoyed all year long!

Look for a fun surprise in every month!


Order your calendar HERE:  https://www.napga.org/store/

NAPgA has a New Logo and a SpringTee account!

NAPgA recently updated our logo and is starting to make some merchandise featuring our new look!

T-shirts are the first thing off the production line and we’re having them done up through SpringTee. You can check out NAPgA’s SpringTee page here:

https://my-store-bf1656-2.creator-spring.com/

GMUG Forest Plan Webinars

In 2019 our NAPgA members did an outstanding job sending letters to the Forest Planning Team about the proposed packgoat ban that would have affected much of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest in Colorado. They responded to our concerns and their current proposed plan acknowledges this and is at the very least making sure that packgoats are not treated as a bigger threat than domestic sheep, which are permitted to graze in certain areas of the GMUG.
Links to the plan and various alternatives and environmental impact statements can be found here:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gmug/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fseprd937839
Here is the link to the actual revised forest plan: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd939801.pdf
The GMUG is planning several “open houses” via zoom in the coming weeks. The schedule with links to these sessions can be found here:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd945844.pdf
We especially hope that all of our Colorado members and those from other states who pack with goats in Colorado will be able to attend at least one of these meetings.