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The American Guernsey Association and Purebred Publishing are pleased to announce the addition of Rita Rittgers to the staff. Rita joins the team at AGA and Purebred Publishing as accountant. Rita has an in-depth knowledge of business accounting principles, current software and accounting systems. She majored in Accounting at Franklin University. Her role will be to oversee the general ledger, accounts payables and receivables, and handle other office responsibilities as needed for the company.
Rita worked for over 20 years as a controller and office manager of a trucking company. Over the past 12 years she has worked in the accounting field as manager of accounts payable, accountant and controller for a construction company, tech company and customer service through an ongoing contract with a temp service as she “slowed down to enjoy the family,” she stated.
Rita and her husband Russ live in Hilliard, Ohio. Although not raised on the farm, Rita’s grandparents did have a dairy farm where her parents grew up. Rita and Russ have a daughter and a son. She is an active member of the community and her church, especially with the Stephen Ministries.
Rita will be in the AGA and Purebred offices primarily Monday through Thursdays 8:30 to 3:30 to handle member billing needs and questions and the organization finances.
AGA Update: As more genomic testing continues more discrepencies may be discovered. As these discrepencies are discovered, the AGA will work to ensure members are made aware of the information. If any member or breeder would like to inquire on the status of genomic tested animals, please contact the office.
The 2017 National Guernsey Convention in Saratoga Springs, New York will take place from Monday, June 26 – Saturday, July 1. The schedule is jam-packed full of fun activities for Guernsey enthusiasts of all ages.
Click here to download the schedule & registration form. For more information, visit https://nyguernseybreeders.com/2017-national-guernsey-convention/ . See you in Saratoga!
American Guernsey Association CEO and BOD Executive Secretary announces a newly created position to better serve the AGA membership. Read more here.
Dear Association members and supporters,
The purpose of the America Guernsey Association and state partners is to provide leadership, promote programs, services, technologies and ensure the integrity of the breed to enhance the value of the Guernsey for the members, owners & breeders and the dairy industry worldwide.
To that end, the following reflects additional specifics relating to the recently approved board motions regarding the integrity of our registration and pedigree records system.
The AGA has found through approved genetic testing protocols that two Guernseys have been found to contain less than 100% Guernsey genomes; FARIA FARMS CRUNCH SUPERMAN 68045809 31GU631 and FRA HIB MALCOLM JESSIE 3080579 have both tested less than required for 100% BBR.
Since neither have met the purebred threshold, their registered statuses have been re-adjusted to the PR and GT level respectively. Please refer to this release (click here) on the AGA board of director’s recent motions as to the handling of registering offspring.
CEO & BOD Executive Secretary
American Guernsey Association
The 3rd Mert Sowerby Intern is Kallie Baker from Plainview, Minnesota. She is a sophomore majoring in Animal Science at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm in southeast Minnesota where they milk around 140 head of grade Holsteins as well as a few registered Brown Swiss. Growing up, Kallie was involved in 4-H and FFA where she exhibited dairy and beef cattle as well as rabbits at her county fair and the Minnesota State Fair. Upon graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school for something agriculture related, but is undecided on what area she wants to pursue. Kallie will start at the AGA headquarters on May 15.
The American Guernsey Association Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Douglas L. Granitz has been hired as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organization. He will be responsible for leading the American Guernsey Association (AGA), and its subsidiaries, through an exciting future of transition and growth. His duties will include helping to develop business strategies and plans, lead and motivate member engagement, oversee all operations and business activities of the organization, review all financial and non-financial reports with the Board of Directors and make high-quality investing decisions to advance the organization and increase profits. He will also enforce policies and guidelines, promote the breed and identify and develop growth opportunities for the organizations.
David Trotter, AGA President said, “We are excited about the experiences that Doug Granitz brings to AGA and strongly believe that we are heading in the right direction for the future of the Guernsey breed and membership with the management and leadership expertise he brings to the organization.”Read More