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 planning depends on the course of the COVID 19 pandemic, which is rapidly changing.  At this time, all April appraisal sessions are cancelled.   Notice has been sent to participants regarding refunds of animal fees and minimum stop fees.   We will continue to monitor and notify individually and on the website regarding future trips with notifications about May sessions to come by April 24th..

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.

Detailed Area Maps are available through the “Map” links in the schedule below.

The tentative 2020 Schedule: 

General Area DatesAppr
25 FLMapMAR 8-14

K. Smith
17 TN MSMapAPR 10-21
C. Owen
26 LA MSMapAPR 13-18J. Tereba
14 TX LAMapAPR 15-25
8 AZMapAPR 19-25
K. Smith
18 MS AL GAMapMAY 7-17
D. Louie
12 MO KS OKMapMAY 13-23
5 s.CAMapMAY 29-JUN 5
J. Tereba
2 w.ORMapJUN 1-12
3 CAMapJUN 10-19
S. Whiteside
MapJUN 27-JUL 5
K. Smith
4 CAMapJUN 28-JUL 5
B. Rupchis
MapJUL 3-17
J. Tereba
MapJUL 5-15
D. Louie
21 PAMapJUL 12-21
C. Owen
20 NYMapJUL 15-25
9 COMapJUL 26 - AUG 4S. Whiteside
10 MNMapJUL 26-AUG 1
K. Smith
19 MI OHMapJUL 27-AUG 5
C. Owen
24 NCMapAUG 15-25
15 WI ILMapAUG 10-22
D. Louie
1 w. WAMapAUG 22-31
C. Owen
11 IA NE KSMapAUG 23-29

K. Smith
16 KY OHMapSEP 9-16D. Louie
6 e.WA IDMapSEP 13-26

K. Smith
7 ID UTMapOCT 11-17K. Smith


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.

Recent Appraisal information

NoteSearch Knowledgebase or view categories for additional related articles. The Youngstock program will not be available in 2020.