By the way, in South Africa, the Sa- vanna, Kalahari Red and Boer goat fall under the South African Boer Goat Breeders Asso- ciation. The Savanna and Kalahari Red are clubs under the association. They often are referred to as the Boer goat when speaking about any of the three breeds. We knew we had to have many discus- sions with the folks from South Africa in order to really understand the true picture of how they did it and how they currently do it. We have spent a lot of time developing relationships with several individuals from South Africa like Koenie Kotze, Jaco Vd Mewre and Conrad Herbst. It was obvious there was a common passion for these breeds and a desire to develop an alliance was born between the South African Boer Goat Breeders Association and those in the U.S. who expressed interest in the South African type of Boer goat.

Many hours were spent having discus- sions of the meaning of words and phrases in S.A. and the U.S. to truly understand how these breeds were developed across the ocean. In an age of social media relationships our understanding was disconnected. We had to break away from the social media type re- lationships and have real conversations. We were able to truly understand each other by speaking on the phone or in person versus Facebook posts and text messages. We were provided a copy of the litera- ture published by the South African Boer Goat Breeders Association written in both Africaan and English (see attached pictures) relating to breed standards with pictures and explanations. This greatly helped me under- stand many things. I have also attended judges training classes taught by the South African folks as well. These things will be made available to our membership as we grow together.

One of the biggest positives for me was the folks from South Africa did not want to replace or do away with any programs or en- tities but rather work in conjunction with them to promote the South African Boer goat breeds here in the U.S. As an example, the American Savanna Registry (ASR) has agreed to make a way to record when a Savanna has been inspected and placed in the Studbook of South Africa by a certified SA Judge to document it on the ASR pedigree. We will work with any inclu- sive organization to document when goats are placed in the Studbook of South Africa. We have a commitment from the South Afri- cans to help us along our journey. There are many exciting things coming in the future for the Alliance and its member-

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U.S. breeders who meet South African Stan- dards will have the opportunity to have their goats registered in South Africa.

ship to include:

• Courses and testing conducted for members to become a South African Boer Goat Breeders Association Certified Judges. • Seminars and training on the Savan- nah, Boer and Kalahari Red breeds. • Events such as auctions, etc. We are introducing and now open for membership into the USSABGBA. I believe the best way to let folks know what the Alli-

ance’s purpose is through its con- stitution. The following is copied from the constitution: • The United States South African Boer Goat Breeders

Alliance USSABGBA,

henceforth referred to as the Alliance. The Alliance is established as the entity respon- sible for acting as the conduit to the South

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