New Test Offering at VGL

Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, (VGL), is offering goat scrapie testing for two variants that are associated with classical scrapie resistance/susceptibility.  They are offering it direct through the lab but are also providing it at a reduced price to ADGA members as part of ADGA’s contractual arrangement with VGL. Price information: New request: $25/sample ADGA Plus participant […]

2017 Breed Leader List

The ADGA Breed Leader list based on 2016 lactations has been released.  Congratulations to all does that made the list along with their owners & breeders and to everyone who takes the time & effort to participate in production testing! Go to current list!  TTv 63  This will always have the most current information. 2016: TTv 62 […]

Seeing a dairy goat ‘ by the numbers’

ADGA’s linear appraisal program evaluates individual type traits that affect structural and functional durability.  This allows users of the program to take full advantage of the potential for genetic improvement through selective breeding.  The program provides the framework for a uniform accurate record system that can be used in: Making farm management decisions Educational programs […]

Youth DHIR Honor Roll

Youth under the ages of 21 with standard breed does on test producing 3000 lb.  Milk or 100 lb. Butterfat or 90 lb.  Protein in 305 days or less or miniature breed does producing 1200 lb.  Milk 42 lb. Butterfat or 36 lb. Protein, in 305 days or less may apply for recognition on the Youth […]

Steps for ADGA DHIR

ENTERING YOUR HERD IN THE ADGA DHIR PROGRAM Note:  Search Knowledgebase for additional related articles. ADGA DHIR (Dairy Herd Improvement Registry) is a registry involvement with the Dairy Herd Improvement program. The DHI program is a system of statistically measuring a 305 day lactation by obtaining monthly milk weights and sampling the milk for components. […]

Production Evaluations – what records are used?

Note:  Search Knowledgebase for additional related articles. What records are used (or not used) for production evaluations?  A variety of necessary data components that contribute to this information. Information stored in the goat test day database includes: Doe ID information & Control/Index number Kidding date Herd code Lactation number, lactation termination information Days in milk […]

Linear Appraisal Resources

Note:  Search Knowledgebase for additional related articles. To download Linear Applications, go to the ADGA Forms page. For a description of the linear program, the linear and structural traits, final category information and miscellaneous codes: Linear Appraisal Booklet (the “Blue Book”) LA_BOOKLET For a description of the linear program with regard to training, field practices, and […]

Genetic Award Programs

From ADGA Bylaws, Article XX.  Genetics Awards Program A special designation known as “Superior Genetics” will be awarded for qualifying animals, both bucks and does.  This award will be stored permanently by year in the ADGA database in addition to, and in the same manner as “CH” and “GCH” designations are currently stored. This prefix […]

Forms

You can find number of online forms and downloadable pdf formats on ADGA.org.  See the menu link for Forms for complete list or search for specific topics. General Forms AI Memo – pdf Service Memo – pdf Registration Application – pdf Certificate of Identification Application – pdf Tattoo Revision Request Online Web Form   Tattoo Revision Request – […]

Steps to Genetic Success with Dairy Goats

Author: Elizabeth Henning, Chair  ADGA Genetic Advancement Committee This article will focus on the steps a breeder needs to take to obtain the genetic information on his/her own goats that will enable use of the numbers to make genetic progress. Two terms used in genetics that are important to understand are “phenotype” and “genotype.”  Put […]

Breeding By the Numbers

Author:  Mark V. Baden, ADGA Genetic Advancement Committee Member “A beautiful oil painting the first time you try” was the claim of the Craft Master paint-kits when first marketed in 1950. Commonly termed, Paint by Number Kits, are boards on which light colored lines indicate areas to paint, each area having a number and a […]

ADGA Plus Information

The PEDIGREE MAKER! See 2018 to date List    DHIR, LINEAR APPRAISAL AND DNA MARKER TESTING IN ONE PACKAGE!   Access enrollment forms here, scroll down to the performance programs section.  The DHIR form has the ADGAPlus add-on. Includes 3 pre-paid DNA marker tests at a reduced rate (when you are ready to test, it is your choice of […]

Linear Appraisal Schedule

2018 SCHEDULE – Almost all trips are full, contact office for information as to any availability in the schedule. FIND A HOST HERD (available starting 12-11) The optional Youngstock program has been suspended for 2018. The following dates are subject to change but hopefully as little as possible, as trips are planned, appraiser availability changes, and […]