My name is Alanna Hailey & I,
along with my parents, Mike & Cindy,
you to our website!
Where there is a will, there is a way!!
from JABGA 2006 Public Speaking Contest
held at Nationals in West Monroe, Louisiana.
" I've also learned that my parents would do just about anything for me & my goats. Remember, I said earlier that we didn't have a trailer to haul anything in? Well, at first we didn't, so Dad took the seats out of our custom van & made a pen to fit. Our goats road in style. Cool in the summer & warm in the winter. We would get some pretty funny looks when we drove right up under the barn & opened the van doors. But, hey it worked!"
The Goat Wagon went into service on June 26, 2004, when Alanna first started showing goats. We didn't have a trailer, but Dad didn't let that stop us. He took the middle seats out & made a pen to fit & the "Goat Wagon" was born.
The Goat Wagon rolled over 25,000 miles in 3 years to various shows, sales, & trips to look at & bring new goats home. Sometimes it was just Alanna, us, & a couple of goats & sometimes it was loaded till almost busting with Michael's cousin Christie, her 3 kids, & of course their goats.
The Goat Wagon made one last hurrah with a trip to Lebanon, Missouri on April 21-22, 2007. We had one small delay when it refused to crank just outside of Little Rock Arkansas on the 21st. After about an hour, it finally decided to crank & we were on our way. We finished the trip with no other problems & when we got home, we parked the Goat Wagon for good.
In June 2006 Alanna decided she wanted to attend & participate in the ABGA Nationals that were going to be held at West Monroe that year. One of the contest was a speaking contest. Alanna worked really hard on her speech & ended up placing 1st. She along with the other youth who participated in the speaking contest were asked to give their speeches at the Gala that was held on Friday night. There were over 500 people in attendance. I was really nervous for Alanna, if she was you sure couldn't tell it. She had the audience rolling with her speech, especially the part about the "Goat Wagon" & received a very loud standing ovation.
Alanna also entered the picture & scrapbook contest. Placing 1st & 3rd with 2 out of 3 of her pictures & 2nd for her scrapbook.
Alanna along with her picure & speech was featured in the 2006 July Edition of the Goat Rancher. She would later also be recognized in the ABGA magazine. Later that year in September she would once again entertain an audience with her speech at a boer goat sale put on by Never Done Ranch & several other ranches from Louisiana & Texas. Little did we know that it also was broadcast live through DV auction. Over the next few weeks Alanna received quite a few emails from people all over the United States that had watched her on DV auction. Special Thanks to Dennis & Judy Ansetta of Never Done Ranch for inviting her.
The next year Alanna again entered the JABGA Photo & scrapbook contest at Nationals & this time she placed 1st with her scrapbook.
Alanna has been very involved with the goats since she first started. She would later on become the Youth President for the Junior Louisiana Goat Association for 2 years & continues to be very involved with the JLGA although this will be her last year to show.
In the summer of 2007, Alanna would be chosen to be a student ambassador for the Dwight D. Eisenhower People to People Foundation. She would spend 21 days in France, Italy, & Malta. She had a blast & I was a nervous wreck from the time the plane took off on the first day till it landed back at home & she was safe with us again.
She will be a Senior this coming year & then plans a future in Forensic Science. Starting off at UL Lafayette, then going on to NYU at New York, & finally plans to finish up her degree at UC Berkley at California.
Alanna we have always been very proud of you & you know we will always be there for you, no matter how far away from home you go.
Love Mom & Dad
I Show Boer Goats"
Alanna Hailey - 2006 JABGA Public Speaking Contest - 1st Place
Hi! Hope everyone is having a good time here at the Nationals. I know I am. Lots to see and do. I've especially enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends.
I'd like to talk to you about
"Why I Raise and Show Boer
Goats." That's a question that I
have been asked may times in these
past couple of years since I started
raising and showing goats. To find the
answer, we need to turn back the
clock to the 4th Grade when I
first got started in 4-H.
I have been a very active member of my school 4-H since the 4th Grade, and it was that first year that I started asking my parents if I could participate in the livestock program. But no matter how many times I asked, I always got the same answer, "No!"
The 4th and 5th grades came and went and still no livestock, but I wasn't giving up. The 6th grade came around and of course, I joined 4-H again and of course, the subject of livestock came up yet again. But this time I could tell that I just might be winning, or at least I hoped I was. Because, instead of getting the definite "no" answer, I was getting answers like "We'll see" or "We'll talk about it later." One evening the subject of livestock came up again, but this time, instead of t he usual answer. Dad asked me if I was to get livestock, what would I get? Well, I definitely wasn't expecting that answer, so after a few moments of shock I said I just didn't know. After all those years if finally looked like I just might be getting livestock, I don't know if my parents finally decided that I was responsible enough, or like my Grammy said, they just got tired of me asking. Either way, I didn't care. I was on my way to getting livestock.
Over the next few days we discussed what animals I would get. We quickly rules out cattle and hogs. Cattle were too big and we didn't have a trailer to haul them in, and pigs were WAY TOO SMELLY! So that left us with chickens, rabbits, lambs and Mom's least favorite of all, goats. Mom definitely didn't like goats because she had a bad run in with "brush goats" when she was my age.
After talking a little more, we ruled out chickens and rabbits. We figured our hunting dogs would think that we brought home lunch for them. Now we were left with lambs and goats. We were leaning towards lambs, but after talking to a friend that had showed lambs, lambs were out. She said that they did have much personality and they weren't the brightest crayons in the box. She suggested that we check into goats. Needless to say, Mom was NOT thrilled.
It looked like goats were the only option left, even though Mom wasn't real thrilled with the idea, she knew I had my heart set on it. So she found someone nearby that raised and showed goats. We would go the next day. I was so excited. I didn't sleep at all that night. We were FINALLY going to look at SOMETHING!
We got there and didn't see any goats. Ms. Christy started calling them up by names. Mom asked, "You named them?" "Of course," Ms. Christy said. "They're just like big dogs." "More like big bulls," Mom said. "They'd just as soon run you to the fence as to look at you.
We walked into the pasture and the goats came up. They all wanted to be petted. After a few minutes, I noticed one of Ms. Christy's kids holding a baby for Mom to pet. I thought, that's it, make it hard for Mom to say no. After talking to Ms. Christy, we found out that we were looking at Boer crosses, or percentages.
After almost an hour, the goats had won Mom over. I was hooked when they first bounded over the hill. Now, just one more person to convince, Dad.
Since Dad didn't go, Mom decided to look Boers up on the Internet. She found some pictures of fullbloods. Dad liked them. He said they were striking; all white with the red head and that he thought that's what we should get. YES!! I would have goats.
That was almost 2 years ago. We currently have a small herd of fullblood and percentages. I quickly found out that there's a lot of hard work that goes into goats. Some fun and some not so fun. But it all goes along with in. I got into showing a few weeks after I got my first goats. I really enjoy it. Talk about hard work. Getting everything packed and then unpacking at the shows, and then packing to go home & unpacking when you get home, and that's just the goats. Sometimes they lead really well, but sometimes, goats just have a mind of their own.
I've learned a lot about goats. I've gone from just having goats to show in 4-H to learning about breeding for better quality Boers for wethers and to improve my herd. Every time one of my does kids, I can't wait to see how that babies will grow off.
I've also learned that my parents would do just about anything for my goats and me. Remember, I said earlier we didn't have a trailer to haul anything in? Well, at first we didn't, so Dad took the seats out of our custom can and made a pen to fit. Our goats rode in style. Cool in the summer and warm in the winter. We would get some pretty funny looks when we drove right up under the barn and opened the van doors. But, her it worked.
And remember, my Mom didn't even like the thought of goats, now she's the one that gets up in the middle of the night to check on goats that need it and she's even brought goats in the house so that she could watch them closer when need be. I can definitely say that goats won Mom over in a big way.
So now you know how I started raising and showing Boer goats, but why do I stick with it? Why do I Show Boer Goats? That's easy. I love it!
focus has changed over the years. It
didn't take her long to decided that
Market Goats were not for her. She
got too attached & it was hard
to part with them at the end of
There are still a few boer goats left here at the ranch, but for the last 2 years Alanna has been concentrating on her AOB goats, especially her dairy herd.
Alanna is a Senior this year & will be off to college after that. Her Dad & I have decided to continue on with the dairy goats including showing. We just attended our first show we really showed in at Southern in Baker Louisiana, put on by the Delta Dairy Goat Association. We had a great time & now I am completely hooked.