Our Staff


TERRY HANKINS

Editor

Terry had more than 20 years of experience in newspaper editing, designing and writing when he formed his own business and began publishing Goat Rancher in 1996. Since then, Terry has watched the industry mature and has chronicled its spread across the country. Each issue of Goat Rancher features a commentary from Terry about the industry entitled "Fodder for Thought", from which he covers diverse topics such as production sales and current trends in the market, as well as comments on his own experiences in the goat business.

LESLIE BUSBY

Advertising Sales Manager

Leslie Busby is an educator by profession but has more than 20 years in sales and marketing with experience in the ag magazine, farm supply and oilfield markets. Leslie can visit with you about your long-term marketing goals and help you develop an advertising campaign that works for you, your budget and your business.

FRANK PINKERTON

Frank Pinkerton is an East Texas native who earned his PhD from Texas A&M in 1967. After a storied career as an animal science professor and researcher in the U.S. and in Asia, Frank retired from academia in 1993. Since that time he has worked as a private consultant in goat marketing and management. He occasionally provides brokerage services to breeders across the country. Frank's Q&A column, "Frankly Speaking", is one of the most-read items in Goat Rancher.

Here, he shares his advice, wisdom and sharp wit as he answers readers' questions about goat nutrition and farm management. Frank also authors analytical articles for Goat Rancher on a regular basis.

YVONNE ZWEEDE-TUCKER

An Yvonne Zweede-Tucker article appeared in the first issue of Goat Rancher in May 1996, but it wasn't until August 2007 that she became a regular monthly contributor.

"Way to Goat!" is available through the goatrancher.com online store and her husband, Craig, have raised goats since 1991 at Smoke Ridge in Choteau, Mont.

Yvonne's focus is on large-scale, low input meat goat production and marketing. Yvonne is the author of "Way to Goat!", a handy reference guide that is ideal for the beginning goat producer.

SUZANNE STEMME

Goat meat is a tasty alternative to beef, pork and poultry — one that hasn’t quite caught on here in the United States. Although preferred by many ethnic groups, goat meat is an unfamiliar delicacy for most Americans. Our Cuisine columnist, Suzanne Stemme, each month acquaints our readers with a new and delicious goat meat cooking experience. Suzanne and her husband, Dr. Kraig Stemme, DVM, raise Kiko breeding stock at Lake Fork Kikos in Alba, Texas.

YETTI PAYNE

Yetti, his wife, Amber, and their daughter, Opal, operate USA Kikos in Stillwater, Okla. Yetti writes a monthly column called Kiko Corner, writing about the Kiko goat industry and relating his and his family’s adventures on their Oklahoma homestead.

GREGORY MEISS

Gregory Meiss is the head nutritionist for his family’s company, Meiss Feed and Supply out of Sibley, Illinois, and raises registered Boer goats. His livestock production and research career path began as a young child at the Meiss Feeds’ research farm, where he had the opportunity to work as one of his father’s research assistants for most of his young life. Today as the company’s head nutritionist he continues in the family tradition of livestock focus. For nearly 10 years he has focused research projects primarily on small ruminant nutrition and overall feed efficiency.

GREG BROOKS

Greg Brooks raises meat goats at BrookSide Acres in Greenfield, Ind., and covers the American Savanna meat goat industry. Greg, who grew up in rural Indiana, is a retired FAA traffic control center manager.

  • Joshua Crise
  • Amelia Crise
Josh Crise & Amelia Crise

Josh and Kathy Crise, and their grown children, Amelia and Kevin, operate Marble Creek Acres in Lee, Maine. The Crise family members contribute to a monthly column called “Let’s Ruminate” — which chronicles events on their meat goat operation.

Dwight Elmore
Dwight Elmore

Dwight Elmore and his wife, Liz, operate Stone Goat Ranch near Ellsworth, Kan. Dwight is a geneticist by training and has worked in cattle, hog and goat production. He writes a column called “Parentstock Perspectives” and explores various breeding and crossbreeding practices.

Carolina Noya
Carolina Noya

Carolina, an occasional contributor to the magazine, is a full-time rancher who spends her days herding 1,000 Boer-cross and Spanish-cross goats in the Wyoming brushland. Through her articles and photos, she shares the unique perspective she has as she moves her herd on the range.

Josh Mullins
Josh Mullins

Graphic Design