Phew! We are finally home from our "state fair" and I found a minute to introduce myself!

My name is Grace Toy and am excited to be running for NSBA secretary. I am from Connecticut and raise a herd of Nubian, Saanen and LaMancha dairy goats, as well as Britannia Petite and Himalayan rabbits under the herd name Hops N Lops.

Our goat project began in 2009 when a friend was looking for a companion for her lone pet wether she had purchase. So, we joined 4-H and purchased a Nubian kid from a fellow youth's herd and caught the bug! Saanens followed a few years later when I fell in love with these gentle giants, and our LaMancha joined the herd in 2018 as a small side project - though she has earned a fan club of her own!

Since then our herd has grown and improved drastically to about 30-50 head at any given time but maintained a herd of only about 10-15 until 2018 after we moved to our new property. We show throughout the northeast and at the ADGA National Show or district specialties whenever possible. We have participated in linear appraisal since 2014, and have been on standard milk test since 2017. We are also very active in DNA, Casein and G-6-S typing our herd. We've been proud to have had animals in our herd that have won ADGA National Show production awards, classes, become breed leaders and several excellent appraised animals.

Besides our own herd, my goats have taken me throughout the country on judging assignments since 2016. I am also a co-leader of a club a friend and I founded in 2016 called "The Udder 4-H Club." Our members do everything from showing nationally, to making goat milk products, raising fiber goat or even packing and carting. One of our members was the 2019 ADGA Alternate Youth Representative. I really enjoy working with youth both in our club and throughout New England, and helping their improve their own goat projects and personal growth.

Besides goats, I do work off farm and am a student. I am also a registrar for the American Rabbit Breeders Association, which is the first step to becoming a judge which I hope to pursue in the future.

I have been a member of the NSBA for several years and am active in our programs such as All American. I hope to give back to the club and help promote our beautiful breed that we all adore. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I hope to cross paths with each of you in the future!

Grace Toy

Candidate for Secretary