Member Stories

IMGA Members:  Please share highlights and successes of your operations.  The IMGA wants to know how you, someone else or some other group has or is working to increase the awareness of goat production or goat meat consumption.   We will highlight happenings on this page.  Please send the information via the Contact page or directly to

Natalye Scholl

Natalye Scholl will be representing Area 2 on the JABGA board.

From Natalye: My goats are my life to keep it short. They have helped me through some of my toughest times so far in my life. They are the best friends I could ask for and because of them I have met some of my closest friends. After breaking by leg and having compartment syndrome I had to go through extensive physical therapy. So many times I wanted to quit and say "this is to hard", but I wanted to be in that barn and I wanted to show! Thanks to alot of help from some wonderful people I made it to Nationals and I kept going. A friend used to tell me, "you get out of it what you put into it". I used to think she was just talking about my goats but I have found out that goes for everything in life. 

Being able to serve on the JABGA board is a dream of mine. I want to be able to inspire kids and adults, like I have been inspired by people in this industry. 

Being a part of the Boer goat industry has made me the person I am today. If you would have met me 5 years ago I was quiet, shy, and I would not have talked to you. I have come out of my shell in the last couple years especially since the JABGA Regional shows have started, I love competing in all the events. If you would have asked me five years ago to make a speech I would not have done it. I have so much more confidence now! 

Anna Beckman

Anna Beckman earned a gold rating in the Southeast FFA District and the First Place Gold rating in Iowa for Meat Goat Production Proficiency. Congratulations to Anna!

2018 Member of the Year

The 2018 IMGA Member of the Year went to the Paul and Paula Middlesworth family, Lil’ Dudes Show Goats from Eddyville, IA. For years, Paul and Paula have been a staple in the meat goat industry through breeding, showing, and helping anyone they could. Paula has made countless awards and prized for members of the IMGA through her business, The Stich N’ Room. She has also helped with the ambassador program and newsletters. Paul has spent countless hours helping the youth of the IMGA at his farm and at shows. And we can’t forget Kayla! She puts a smile on your face with her enthusiasm for goats! The IMGA was honored giving them the Member of the Year award. Paul and Paula, we thank you for your continued support of the IMGA.

2018 Youth Member of the Year

The 2018 Youth Member of the Year was awarded to Reese Brown. Reese has promoted goats this past year in many ways including showing, being the Vice President of the JIMGA, and helping with many IMGA events. Reese is a freshman at Wayne High School and raises boer goats with her family at Bridgeport Boers. Congratulations, Reese!

2018 IMGA Scholarship Recipient

Dylan Harman was awarded the 2018 IMGA scholarship! Congratulation, Dylan. Dylan has been an active IMGA member for years and plans to continue to raise boer goats. He attends the Northwestern College. From all of us at the IMGA….Good luck in the future and congratulations.