VIGA has members from all over Vancouver Island as well as some of the Gulf Islands. We are a diverse lot, and represent a cross section of the dairy, fibre, meat, and companion goat population.
We meet several times a year at the homes of members up and down the Island. Our regular meetings provide us with the opportunity to network with other goat owners, and we welcome everyone from the experienced breeders to newcomers who are looking to connect with others to learn more about goat care. Mentoring new goat owners is one of our priorities. We usually cover a specific topic at the meeting, often with a presentation and discussion on such topics as kidding, nutrition, etc.
The Vancouver Island Goat Association is incorporated under
the Society Act of British Columbia.
~ To increase public awareness of the value of goats and goat products in society;
~ To circulate information about breeds of goats and their care;
~ To encourage young people with their involvement in youth goat clubs (such as 4-H etc);
~ To promote and facilitate goat breed improvements.
All meetings are on a Sunday and start at 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
January 20, Nanaimo - annual general meeting
February 24, Nanoose – prenatal care, kidding and postnatal care
March 16 (Saturday)., Fanny Bay – disbudding, tattooing etc.
April 28, Duncan – website development for your farm
May 19, noon, Nanaimo – showing
June 23, Duncan – soapmaking
September 15, Gabriola Island – breeding and buck care
October 20,, Black Creek – veterinary topics
November 17, Duncan – hoof trimming and foot care
Email for information.
Dairy Goat Judges Training Conference
VIGA will host a Canadian Goat Society Dairy Goat Judges Training Conference in May, where current judges can renew their licenses, aspiring judges can obtain licenses, and anyone else can audit the course in order to learn a LOT about dairy goat conformation!
May 18-20, Nanaimo, BC Email for information