I would firstly like to welcome you all to the KRGSA site. My life has revolved around animals and farming from my earliest memories as a young boy many years ago. I have worked on different farming enterprises whether it be Beef, Dairy, Sheep or Goats.
After finishing school and working on the family farm, I secured a managerial position at the age of 28 and managed a large mixed farming operation in Northern NSW, made up of predominately Beef cattle and cropping for 16 years. I returned to Victoria to the 1100 ha family farm where we ran stud sheep and also operated our own livestock export facility, TESKERA LIVESTOCK EXPORTS. Not only did we export cattle and sheep to other parts of the world we also became heavily involved with exporting goats.
Looking back in reflection now I can identify where my connection to goats began. Currently I own and operate our property based in Echuca, a mixed farming operation of irrigation and dryland. The operation is twofold, being a sheep stud and Kalahari Red fullblood goat stud enterprise. Roslynmead West Sheep Studs is predominately made up of 400 Australian White ewes and 150 Dorper ewes.
Our Kalahari Red fullblood stud ( Big River Kalahari Reds) is currently undertaking a large Embryo Transfer program over the next 12 months with the use of elite Bucks and Does.
Over the years I have held a keen interest in judging which has led me to opportunities such as Sydney Royal Show, Australian White Feature Breed Dubbo & Adelaide Royal Show, along with many local shows alike. I am also an accredited inspector and judge for the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia.
It is from these previous experiences that I believe that to be able to breed Kalahari Red goats you must first have your identity and a home, KRGSA is it. A place where Kalahari Red breeders alike can register, record, share ideas and continue to move forward as a breed together.
As the President of the Kalahari Red Goat Society of Australia,
Big River Kalahari Reds
I have been working with livestock my whole life either as a farmer and stock contractor and i currently run a livestock transport & hay carting business. We first got involved with goats about 12 years ago buying crossbred goats from a producer that i did some work for. This expanded to where we were running about 100 does but we gave it away after 4 years due to the wet nature of the property and problems faced by feet and worm burdens.
Then we moved to our present property in the South Australian Mallee where we purchased some more goats. The drier conditions of this property and the varied species of grasses and weeds make a fantastic feed source for the goats. We wanted to breed meat goats and did some research and made the decision that the Kalahari Reds were best suited to our dryland country.
I have been impressed with the professionalism and dedication to the breed and improving knowledge and encouragement for new breeders of Kalahari Reds that i have seen the KRGSA board achieving and am excited to be joining them in furthering the expansion of the Kalahari Red breed.
The aim in my position as Vice President is to further promote our best quality Kalahari Red goats and to have transparency so that new breeders can purchase goats that they know are true to the Kalahari Red breed and what their genetics/parentage is and the most accurate way of doing this is by having our fullblood national herd DNA Parental tested and recorded to keep our bloodlines pure and undiluted.
Ironstone Kalahari Reds
I have been farming Kalahari Red goats amongst grain/hay crops for 9 years now in Kooreh, Victoria, Australia. I run (Seven Oaks Kalahari Reds ) as a fullblood stud and turn out commercial bucks and does alongside grain/hay crops in the winter.
My passion for goat farming was set in motion after i purchased my first fullblood buck
"Roger". He's taught me many things about farming over the years ( resilience, patience and that giving up isn't an option), also how to move quick on your feet.
Which led me and my colleagues in starting the Kalahari Red Goat Society of Australia Inc and the search for like minded people who were as driven and passionate about the Kalahari Red goat and seeing them flourish in this country.
My promise to KRGSA will see me strive with unwavering determination to have this goat in big numbers in Australia, first and foremost. I will continue to maintain the forward acceleration of making this goat the best in the country and to see old and new Kalahari Red farmers returning or continuing to breed this fabulous goat. The board will be expanding our export opportunities and networking around the world into making Australia the clean, green home of Kalahari Red goats for the relentless international export demand.
It is now our generations job to carry on what the pioneers who imported the Kalahari Reds into Australia in the 1990's sought to achieve and make them proud. Let them see the Kalahari Reds represented on farming boards, in shows, exported internationally but most importantly farmed here in Australia for Australia, because now they and their owners now have a home and it's called KRGSA.
Seven Oaks Kalahari Reds
+61417 333 003
I am a qualified Bookkeeper by trade and have over 25yrs experience in this field. My partner Glen has been a cattle farmer in North East Victoria for over 35yrs. Together we recently purchased 700 acres in the Koondrook area of Victoria and we are running a goat enterprise, with a focus on crossing Rangeland goats with meat goats for the meat processing market.
Over the last 12months we have become more involved in getting to know the goat industry. We have met some fabulous people in the industry who have been a wealth of information. As a "newbie" we have sort to obtain as much knowledge as possible to help us make decisions.
Our research was what led us to the Kalahari Red goat breed. Whilst my knowledge with the breed or the industry isn't extensive, what i have become acutely aware of is the need for more transparency and accountability. The conflicting information in the goat industry "in general" i believe creates misunderstanding and confusion about the Kalahari Red goat breed, and we as a society can provide the opportunity for the proper representation of these fabulous goats.
With transparency and even traceability, we can uphold a sustainable and progressive society. I am excited to be part of the formation of the Kalahari Red Goat Society of Australia and my focus as a board member will be on promoting a society that provides clear, concise and transparent information for new people to the industry so that the breed can grow and prosper ethically.
Windy Plains Pastoral
+61408 344 696
" I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep.
I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion"
Alexander the Great
The role of the board is to set the strategic direction and to provide leadership and guidance for the society and its members and to deliver on its future initiatives.
The powers of the board are set out in the KRGSA Constitution. In exercising these powers and discharging the responsibilities set out in this charter, the board and its individual directors will at all times act in accordance with the law, and will observe the highest standards of ethical behaviour.
FULLBLOOD BUCK "CHARLIE"
Overall the President will balance the need to ensure that all board members have a fair opportunity to express their views and ask questions with the need to progress the meeting in a timely manner, considering the nature, complexity, and importance of the issues being discussed and decided.
The President/Chairman of the board has leadership duties and responsibilities, in addition to their usual role as a board member, and they include:
The role of the Vice President is to work closely with and support the President. The Vice President will undertake the duties and responsibilities of the President if the President becomes unavailable for any reason. To successfully undertake the role of the Vice President, the role requires the person to be well informed of all the society's activities.
The position of secretary is often the first point of contact for people interested in a society who require information or direction. Secretary's also coordinate events, fundraising activities and all administrative affairs for the society.
The Secretary must be organised, communicate well and is effectively the organisation and workflow powerhouse of the society.
The Treasurer typically manages the finances of the society, reports on the society's financial position and ensures the society has the necessary funds to be successful and sustainable. They prepare budgets and future projections as well as ensuring the collection of all revenues and payments of all financial obligations. The responsibility of protecting the society's assets and that they are collected, protected, recorded and reported.