Producing the ADGA Performance Pedigree!
Accurate performance records of production, visual trait assessments of type and pedigree are needed to develop a complete portrait of our individual animals in our herds. This portrait is the ADGA Performance Pedigree.
Accumulating data on pedigree, production, type and auxiliary traits from as many animals and herds as possible provides for accurate genetic evaluations.
Genetic improvement is permanent and cumulative, so it is a sustainable and cost-effective method of directing and stabilizing dairy goat performance according to each breeder’s goals. ADGA has a unique national agreement to provide evaluations.
Tools at ADGA
DHIR, Linear Appraisal, Sire Summaries, Performance Reports, USDA-AIPL developed genetic evaluations & DNA verification are a form of quality assurance for the selection of breeding animals.
Linear Appraisal sessions for 2020 have all been cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic. We are actively pursuing ways to offer the program safely in 2021 and that information will be available in November along with applications.
Linear Appraisal Schedule – The application period for 2020 is now closed.
Please note that an application does not guarantee that you will be included in the 2020 trips. We have a shortage of appraisers and will not be able to do the volume done in 2019. Due to this limitation it is not likely that we will be able to return to remote locations that were covered in 2019. We also have limited flexibility with regard to the boundaries of the trip. The map below is the full schedule but individual regional maps are in the table as links. You can indicate a preference for another area but it is likely we will be unable to accommodate that request. Please use the support tab for any questions.
The tentative 2020 Schedule:
General Area Dates Appr
25 FL Map MAR 8-14
17 TN MS Map APR 10-21
26 LA MS Map APR 13-18 Cancelled
14 TX LA Map APR 15-25
8 AZ Map APR 19-25
18 MS AL GA Map MAY 7-17
12 MO KS OK Map MAY 13-23
5 s.CA Map MAY 29-JUN 5
2 w.OR Map JUN 1-12
3 CA Map JUN 10-19
NATIONAL SHOW June 20-27
23 PA MD NJ
Map JUN 27-JUL 5
4 CA Map JUN 28-JUL 5
13 TX OK AR
Map JUL 3-17
22 NY CT RI MA ME VT NH
Map JUL 5-15
21 PA Map JUL 12-21
20 NY Map JUL 15-25
9 CO Map JUL 26 - AUG 4 Cancelled
10 MN Map JUL 26-AUG 1
19 MI OH Map JUL 27-AUG 5
24 NC Map AUG 15-25
15 WI IL Map AUG 10-22
1 w. WA Map AUG 22-31
11 IA NE KS Map AUG 23-29
16 KY OH Map SEP 9-16 Cancelled
6 e.WA ID Map SEP 13-26
7 ID UT Map OCT 11-17 Cancelled
The ADGA linear appraisal system evaluates individual type traits that affect structural and functional durability in order to take full advantage of the potential for genetic improvement through selection. ADGA’s linear system:
- Evaluates each animal & trait individually
- Evaluates each trait from one observed biological extreme to the other
- Includes traits that have economic importance and are at a minimum, moderately heritable
- Applied uniformly
The linear appraisal system includes 13 primary traits, one secondary trait, a research trait as well as structural categories scored by the appraiser to evaluate functional conformation on mature does and bucks.
Producers have the information to make a more accurate selection of breeding stock than ever before. Because of this, the responsibility and the opportunity for breed improvement are directly upon breeders.
The seedstock breeder, hobbyist & the commercial producer can all benefit from selecting stock based on fact; not just guesswork as the “eye” sees it.
Note: Search Knowledgebase or view categories for additional related articles. The Youngstock program will not be available in 2020.