The Indiana Boer Goat Classic is a volunteer organization of Boer goat and meat goat enthusiasts, exhibitors and producers who have come together to serve, support, and advance the Boer goat and meat goat industry in Indiana. One of the main goals of the IBGC is and has always been to promote and support the youth interested in our industry throughout the State of Indiana.
The Indiana Boer Goat Classic was founded in 2008 with the goal of growing the Boer Goat and Meat Goat industry in Indiana by providing youth exhibitors and breeders alike opportunities to promote their product to others through shows, educational opportunities and other events. For a number of years, the IBGC hosted four Summer Show Series events, which included both Youth and Open ABGA Shows around the State.
As the club and the Boer and meat goat industry in Indiana has grown, so has the demand for quality shows and events for goat producers within the State. In response to this growth, in 2017 IBGC hosted the first Spring Conference – focused on health and nutrition topics for goat producers. The Youth Ambassador group (formerly Junior Board) expanded their outreach around the state by conducting workshops for 4-H groups on Selection, Nutrition, Showmanship and more. And IBGC sanctioned six independent shows where Youth members could complete for Youth Challenge Series points. For more information on the Sanctioned Show Program, please click here.
2017 was an exciting year of growth for the club, in large part due to generous sponsorship of Indiana Boer goat breeders and members. 2018 should bring fewer changes as we fine tune the show formats and Youth Challenge Series, and continue to address the changing dynamics of the market goat industry. With the change in the Indiana State Fair Boer goat schedule, we’ve missed the opportunity to engage all our members at our annual meeting since 2015. The proposal to move the annual meeting to our Fall Classic weekend was made at the 2017 meeting, and will be determined in August 2018.
While the founders of the club understood the importance of breeder support, the main focus of the club was and will always be, to encourage the development of youth exhibitors and offer a venue for breeders to network and promote their livestock.