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Maynes make most of goat enterprise in Frederick Co.
By CARYL VELISK
MT. AIRY, Md. (Sept. 16) — Like many livestock operations, the Maynes began with a junior livestock project when daughter, Katie, saw, and fell in love with, the goats at the Old McDonald’s Farm exhibit, a popular attraction at the Montgomery County Fair in Gaithersburg, Md., and her parents, Ed and Tonjia, purchased two does for her.
When exhibiting at one of their first fairs, a judge remarked that the does …would be good foundation does,” and that led to the family enterprise, Ed Mayne said. The Maynes kept the does and shortly after that Ed saw a buck and a doe in Arkansas. The buck was purchased for Katie and the doe was presented to Tonjia as a birthday surprise
The doe produced two bucks, one of which is now a sire at Maynes. The other buck was champion wether at the 2010 Montgomery County Fair.
Ed Mayne grew up in Laytonsville, Md., on a turf and small grain farm. He was active in Montgomery County 4-H and FFA and held major offices as president of both local and county 4-H clubs, and FFA chapter president. He also served as State FFA Officer and received his Honorary American Farmer Degree.
Mayne grew up raising and showing purebred breeding and crossbred market hogs.
He is a University of Maryland graduate with a degree in agriculture education and has taught high school agriculture for more than 32 years, currently teaching at Frederick High School.
Also a member of FFA, Tonjia, grew up in West Virginia on a farm with sheep and cattle. She earned her bachelors’ degree in agricultural education at West Virginia University. She grew up raising sheep and market steers and won the state FFA contest. Her first teaching assignment was at Catoctin High School in Frederick County, Md., and since, she has received numerous agriculture teaching awards and recognitions.
Ed and Tonjia married 26 years ago and settled at their present location, their farm on Glissans Mill Road in central Frederick County, Md. As it turned out, all three of the Mayne’s children developed a passion for the goats and all three have been involved in the livestock operation. Their first born, son, Joshua, graduated from UMBC and works for Bechtel Corp.
He actively participates in the Boer Goat operation as do his two sisters, Emma and Katie. Emma also went to UMBC and is presently going to grad school and studying applied behavioral analysis, intending to work with children with autism. Katie is at Shippensburg studying occupational therapy.
All of the Mayne children have shown market hogs since they were eight years old and have also won showmanship honors, Their father said.
“We feel showmanship is important. It gives them confidence for other things that they do.
“We sell to 4-Hers and we have five city kids right now who keep their 4-H projects here and will show at the Frederick Fair. They come and feed them and take care of them and learn,” Ed said.
“We put on a field day for buyers and new 4-Hers and have people here to talk to them about caring for and feeding their animals, including a veterinarian. And as the demand for goats has increased the veterinarians are becoming more knowledgeable about them.
“We have a network so that when people call for help to get started, they are only a phone call away from help.”
“We keep about 40 head right now, all registered. They sell bucks, does and wethers. We sell to 4-Hers and FFA members, privately and through sales.” Mayne said.
They start showing in May and show at Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania, Just a few of their 2014 winners include Katie Confirmed, Overall Reserve Champion Buck and Junior Grand Champion Buck, Maryland State Fair, and also Junior Champion Buck, Keystone Summer Finale Show, and Overall Grand Champion Buck at the Delmarva Classic JABGA; Katie Pecan, Overall Reserve Champion Percentage Doe and Yearling Reserve Chanpion, Maryland State Fair; Ginger, Overall Reserve Champion Fullblood Delmarva Classic; and Nova, Overall Grand Champion Champion, Delmarva Classic.
Right now, the Maynes are in the first third of the breeding season. Kidding season starts in December and continues through April,” Tonjia said.
“Goat meat is the #1 red meat in the world,” Mayne noted.
Boer Goats is a breed developed in South Africa for meat production. The name is derived from the Afrikaans word “boer” which means “farmer.” They are bred to be larger than other breeds and are very meaty.