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 (DIM) and days open Number of test […]
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 […]
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 […]
By learning to use Predicted Transmitting Abilities (PTAs) you can effectively plan breedings to improve specific traits in a dairy goat’s progeny. Learn how this works and how you can begin using this valuable information.