The Federal Board is made up of seven Board members, each serving a two year term elected by general membership. They are responsible for the overseeing and management of the BGBAA. Following are dot points of aims/objectives of the various Portfolios managed by the Board. Please refer to the Board of Directors page for details of Directors responsible for individual Portfolios and their contact details.
Breed Development Portfolio (Vicki Mitchell):
- change name to breed development as most of the issues for stud stock also relate to commercial animals;
- review of stud section in rules and regulations;
- stud-related issues such as breed standards,register;
- judges training, ring stewards ;
- classification & classifying of animals;
- seed stock;
- commercial animals;
- development of hoof & hook;
- the future and improvement of the breed.
Membership Relations Portfolio (Emma Cabot):
The overall aims of this Portfolio are to:
- increase the membership base of the Association that, in turn, increases income;
- encourage breeders to advertise and promote their businesses through the Association resources;
- assist in providing a freer flow of information between the members and the Board;
- act as a main point of contact on the Board for membership-related issues.
This Portfolio will align closely with a number of the other Portfolios. In conjunction with the others, the objectives are to:
- review current membership categories, pre-requisites, joining instructions, etc;
- review/create an information membership “pack” to be sent to all new members;
- encourage ex-members to rejoin through an incentive program;
- ensure that current members are content with the operation of the Association and if they have suggestions for improvement;
- grow the membership base through incentives;
- encourage international members which would increase the membership base and international awareness. Liaise with international associations to see if there is common ground and the ability to share information and support each other;
- explore the possibility of creating honorary membership categories to reward loyal and long-standing members.
Marketing & Promotion
- evaluate various marketing options currently available within BGBAA (such as website, e-mail outs, etc). Assess them and see if there is room for improvement;
- provide other options for breeders which should generate income;
- stock take available merchandise and marketing of same.
- ensure breeders are aware of current identification options, and ensure guidelines are clear enough to follow;
- oversee the maintenance of the database on an ongoing basis;
- implement a Disciplinary Committee (extending to grievance, resolution and dispute issues) and create a form for formal lodgement of any issues.
Company Secretary (John Thomas):
- Attend to general day duties and matters of BGBAA
- Attend all Board meetings and be responsible for the taking of minutes
- Supervision of ABRI staff required for administration of BGAA
Finance Portfolio (Geoff Mitchell):
The aim of this Portfolio is to oversee the finances of the Association and ensure accountability and transparency. A preliminary budget for 2012/13 has already been completed and distributed to Directors for comment and the budget will updated to reflect new projects to be undertaken within the Portfolios.
- develop and approve budgets in consultation with all relevant Portfolios;
- review budgets with the Portfolios on a regular basis;
- oversee company Accounts;
- review Branch budgets and finances;
- restructure the Profit/loss format so that the information can be easily interpreted & understood;
- ensure that monthly trading reports are generated;
- guide fellow directors on understanding the financial reports and the business of the BGBAA;
- analysis of memberships, registrations & transfer and predicting future trends that will have a significant impact on future revenue streams.
Market Development Portfolio (Phillip Adams):
- Promotion of Boer goat and genetics to overseas markets,
- Establishing of protocols to develop current and emerging markets
- Encourage and develop memberships of breed association
Domestic Development Portfolio (John Christensen):
- Liaise with meat marketing groups to promote the Boer goat and meat product with domestic trade focus into retail and restaurant trade
- Work with commercial breeder to understand quality assurance and consistency in product
Communications Portfolio (Judith D'Aloisio):
The overall aims of this Portfolio are:
- to promote the Association and its activities in a positive and credible way to members and the general public through the National website;
- to enable State Branch input and communication with members through the National E-Newsletter;
- to co-ordinate promotional materials across the States;
- to develop a biennial Journal both CD and hard cover.
- to review the national site and update content to make it current;
- to maintain currency;
- to review the functionality of the site under each of the menu/sub menu items and make recommendations for improvement;
- to incorporate member requests as they arise eg inclusion of member web links, web site statistics etc;
- to explore paid advertising features from members;
- to make recommendations to promote the site to the front of search engines;
- to investigate social media options such as Facebook and Pinterest to further promote the site;
- to share responsibility of the site with an associate webmaster so maintenance is not the responsibility of one person.
- to liaise with State branches and a media representative from each State to collate material of member interest for the bi monthly E-newsletter;
- to implement a structure for the E-newsletter which devolves responsibility from one person so its publication can be shared around States.
- to collate, duplicate and organise material for an “Information kit” which is common to all States, to which States can then add their Branch contact details, member stud flyers etc;
- to explore other promotional items for State Branch/National revenue such as a calendar which offers paid advertising to members, key rings, fridge magnets, a cookbook (E-book?), Information handbook etc.
- to work with State branches to develop a Journal in hard cover and CD option for initial production in 2014;
- hard cover to be a “coffee table” book, CD option to be sold as promotional material at field days etc
content to include articles of interest relating to the breed, stud profiles and advertising (paid), Champions 2013/2014, outsourced advertising (paid). No material to be “dated”, focus on attracting overseas markets to quality of livestock in Australia.
Breed Education Portfilio (Judith D'Aloisio):
The overall aim of this Portfolio is to provide opportunities for breeders to gain more knowledge on raising goats successfully though workshops and information days. This portfolio will overlap with Communications and Member Relations and will therefore be assisted by Emma Cabot
- to work with state branch representatives to initially draw up a calendar of events (Field days/shows) and within this framework to identify possible available dates in 2013 to offer information specific workshops/training days;
- to investigate the possibility of a roll out of Information/husbandry days across the States which will target new members and potential members to the Industry. These workshops have been run successfully in Victoria featuring both theory, demonstrations and hands on activities (condition scoring, feet trimming, drenching, injections etc);
- to investigate opportunities to jointly run workshops with MLA and DPI covering topics of relevance to all breeders such as Parasite Control, Nutrition and calculating feed requirements, Bio security, Animal Welfare and other topics to be decided jointly;
- to offer Workshops on Show preparation which will be of value to newcomers to the show scene;
- to liaise with the Breed Development Portfolio to run Breeders Workshops for all members but specifically new members.