Lynn will judge Oberhasli and consult
on Sables and Alpines
have marked various milestones in Lynnís dairy goat adventure. She
slept in the barn in Columbus in 1975 and helped with the Muirhill
Nubians for her maiden voyage. She was wowed in Sacramento in Ď87 at
the Alpines that paraded by, brought home one special doe kid and
forever changed the focus of her Alpine breeding program. At her 1st
National as an exhibitor in í88, her aged Nubian doe was Reserve
National Champion. Over the years, her small Alpine herd (never over
20) has brought home Premier Breeder, Premier Sire, Reserve National
Champion, Best Udder, Reserve Best Udder, and numerous 1st placings
in individual and group classes and Production Awards. 2017 will be
the 4th time Lynn has judges the National Show.
For over 30 years Lynn worked on the family dairy farm milking 120
Holstein and cross bred cows in an intensive grazing system. Goats
were here before the cattle and remain after, supplying everyone on
the farm with milk. The herd has been on continuous DHIR since 198,3
and is appraised every two years. Lynn has served two terms on the
ADGA Board of Directors and is currently chair of the Advanced
Judges Committee. She also, serves on Linear Appraisal, Production
Test, Type, Judges Training, National Show and Genetic Advancement.
The herd has had seven Spotlight Sale consignments, including the
high seller in 1999. To add to her bachelorís degree in Animal/Dairy
Science, Lynn recently has become a Licensed Massage Therapist and
is in private practice in her hometown. Daughter Emily is also a
lifetime member, the herd photographer and is the artist behind the
newer ADGA three headed logo. Granddaughter Maya has a small herd of
excited, honored and humbled to be judging her third National Show.
She always says that dairy goats have brought her many of her
closest friends. So, in the midst of the heat and hard work and
stress of the National, she hopes you will remember to enjoy your
friends and appreciate the incredible display of animals of all
breeds brought here to compete.
Todd will judge Saanens and consult on Nigerian Dwarf
I have been a licensed dairy goat
judge for twenty four years. While I have judged youth events at
three past ADGA National Shows, 2017 will be my first year judging
breed classes at the ADGA National Show. I also write articles for
the Dairy Goat Journal on dairy goat judging.
On our family farm, we maintain a herd of
twenty-five Saanen dairy goats, twenty Belgian Draft horses, and
seventy head of Dutch rabbits. While the goats are not shown as much
as they once were, a family member or I earned National Junior
Champion Saanen in 2003, Reserve National Best Udder Saanen in 2002
and Reserve National Best Udder Saanen in 2016. We have participated
in the linear appraisal program and have had many does scoring
between 90 and 92. We had one doe score EX 93 in years past. We also
show our Draft horses and rabbits at many national level shows. We
exhibited two past National Champion Belgians and several past
variety rabbit winners at both the ARBA convention and the National
Dutch Rabbit Show.
I have twenty years of teaching experience
and hold three teacher certifications. Currently, I am an
agriculture teacher and FFA adviser in central Pennsylvania for the
Bald Eagle Area School District. I earned a distinguished teacher
merit on the state teacher evaluation form in 2015-2016 for my
teaching excellence in the classroom. Our FFA chapter earned
national chapter recognition of two stars in 2015. While our chapter
has many initiatives, one of our notable missions is to fight
childhood hunger as we are very active with the National FFA Hunger
Hero's challenge efforts. Another exciting effort is improving and
increasing pollinator friendly habitat on our school campus to help
with the national pollinator decline.
I, like you, share a love not only for dairy
goats but agriculture in general. Each day presents new
opportunities and challenges as we promote and "work" for the number
one industry in the United States - Agriculture. As we celebrate the
accomplishment of excellence at the National Dairy Goat show, it is
important for us to never lose track of all the hard work that goes
into the preparation of a national show string. This work starts
many years prior and requires day to day management. I hope you will
enjoy showcasing representatives from your breeding program as much
as I will the task of evaluating many of the best dairy goats in the
country. Please try to find time between showing and herd care to
visit with others who share the same passion as you. These
relationships are the root of our industry and what will contribute
to making the national show a very special experience.
Reflect on yesterday, strive for a brighter
tomorrow, and enjoy the beauties of dairy goat ownership.
Ed will judge Nigerian Dwarfs and Toggenburgs
and consult on Nubians
I would like to thank the members of the
American Dairy Goat Association; and of course, the National Show
committee for allowing ADGA judges like myself the opportunity to
judge the Most Prestigious Show of the Year!!! It takes a lot of
time and dedication for everyone involved and many sacrifices by
many to put on a show like the National. Having said that, I am
humbled by the fact that those who are members of ADGA take the time
to vote and allow me the honor of judging their fine animals.
I am excited to not only judge, but to see
so many fine animals and all the hard work the exhibitors put into
make the National Show a success. I also look forward to seeing
everyone at the show, and working with other judges in a teamwork
approach in selecting the best possible animals that meet the
standards put forth by ADGA and its membership. Selective breeding,
long hours, many years, tears and money have gone into many of the
Without the support of my family, especially
my wife Sharon and two daughters Karen and Kassidy, getting to judge
any show would be next to impossible. A strong support system at
home allows me to do one of the things I like, and that is to Judge
I've been raising dairy goats for 41 years
this year. I've bred and owned Canadian National Champions in
several breeds. Having the good fortune to have acquired an ADGA
license and a Canadian Goat Society license has enabled me to travel
to many distant areas of North America. Always scouting for lines to
add to my own herd.
Remember, no matter how you place, it is the
same animal you brought into the ring, so never get discouraged at
how you place. You worked hard and everyone deserves to see what
your breeding program can do to enhance their herds.
Hopefully, everyone remains healthy, and has
a positive experience at this year's National Show. More
importantly, I hope everyone arrives safely and has a safe trip
home. Have a GREAT 2017 ADGA National Show.
Julie will judge LaManchas
and Sables and consult on Saanens
Julie has been an ADGA
licensed judge since 1994 and is judging her seventh National Show.
She has been involved in dairy goats since 1983 and breeds
Toggenburgs under the herd name Dairy Delight and LaManchas under
the heard name Mint*Leaf. Julie also helps manager her son Kyle's
herd of M*L Legacy Nubians.
Julie is the current
chair of the National Show Long Range Committee and has previously
chaired the Judges Training and Shows Committees. Julie is a Life
Member of ADGA. In her professional life, she is a licensed real
estate appraiser, broker and professional farm manager.
Dustin will judge Nubians and
consult on Oberhasli and Rec. Grades
Dustin lives in Franklin, TN, and has raised
registered dairy goats under the prefix of Noble-Springs since 1992.
He currently raises Alpines, Saanens and Toggenburgs. Dustin has
been an ADGA licensed judge since 2004. He graduated from the
University of Tennessee in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Animal
Science. He and his wife Justyne operate Noble Springs Dairy in
Franklin, TN. they milk 100+ goats and have a farmstead creamery
where they produce several types of cheese, fluid milk and drinkable
Karen will judge Alpines and Rec. Grades and
consult on LaManchas
This is Karen's third time to be selected as an
ADGA National Show Judge. She attended her first National Show in
2000 and has been at every show since.
looking forward to attending the 2017 show as a Judge. Karen has
owned goats for over 30 years and has operated Lady-Kk Farm since
1991. She raises Purebred French Alpines and both Purebred and
American Saanens. She acquired her Judge's license in 2003. She is a
Senior Appraiser with ADGA's Linear Appraisal Program, and is a
member of the AGA Board of Directors representing District III.
She left "Corporate America" in 2007, and has been a full-time
farmer since that time. Karen has judges Youth Events at the ADGA
National Show twice and was honored to be able to work with the
"future" of ADGA. She is currently Chair of Breed Standards
committee, and has chaired the ADGA Annual Meeting committee and the
National Long Range committee. She has also served on the following
committees: Annual Meeting, Annual Meeting Long Range, National
Show, National Show Long Range, Linear Appraisal, Judge's Training,
Advanced Judges and National Show Youth Activities. She has
participated in DHIR and hosts a Linear Appraisal session at her
farm each year.
Karen says," There is nothing quite
like the sight of several thousand beautiful animals all grouped
together to compete for the title of National Champion in their
respective breed. To attend a National Show is an exhilarating
experience, and to be selected to judge a National Show is an honor.
Thank you to all those who helped make me who I am today."