Instructions for Registering a Dairy Goat

The following instructions are to be used while filling out the ADGA Registration or Recordation Application form. You can obtain a Registration or Recordation Application form from or members with an online account may register goats that were born on their farm online.


The following step by step guidelines correspond by Item # to the ADGA Application.

1.  Name

Name must be confined to 30 letters and spaces and must begin with the breeder’s herd name, if any. Name cannot be changed once registered.

If another goat is already registered with the same name, ADGA will use your second choice. If that one is taken and you have checked the “return” box, ADGA will return the application to you for further choices. If the “return” box is not marked, the office will choose a similar name that is available.

Most ADGA breeders register a herd name. Once registered, the herd name is used as the first part of the animal’s name, when you stand as the breeder. You may apply for a herd name (you must be an ADGA member) online!

In figuring the total letters and spaces used, keep in mind that if the breeder does not have a registered herd name, the goat’s name will be prefixed by the word “THE”.

If you purchased a bred doe and are applying for her kid’s registration or recordation, the first part of the name must be the herd name of the owner of the dam the day she was bred (in most cases, the person from whom you bought her).

AI Mating – If this breeding is the result of artificial insemination, an AI breeding slip is required instead of a service memo. Also, if the sire was collected after 1/1/1991, an AI Buck Collection form must be on file with ADGA.

2.  Name of Sire and ADGA Number

The sire is the father of the animal for which you are applying for registration or recordation. If the official ownership of the sire and that of the dam are not identical on the date of breeding, a service memo must be attached. The service memo is signed by the buck owner stating that his buck bred the named doe on the date shown. A service memo is not necessary if the owner of the sire and dam on the date of service is the same person unless it is a prenatal transfer, in which case a service memo isalways needed. If needed, a service memo should be given to you when you purchase your goat or when you have your doe bred. Failure to complete and indicate honestly as to breed type of known or unknown parentage is considered a misrepresentation of pedigree.

3.  Name of Dam and ADGA Number

The dam is the mother of the animal for which you are applying for registration or recordation. If you purchase the dam as a bred doe, you must obtain a service memo from the owner of the buck she was bred to and attach it to the application. Dam must be officially transferred before kid may be registered. Only one service memo is necessary for a birth and all kids do not need to be registered at the same time. The service memo MUST be sent in with the first kid registered from that given birth.

4.  Breed

ADGA recognizes the following breeds: Alpine, LaMancha, Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Toggenburg and Sable.

Failure to complete and honestly indicate the breed type of known or unknown parentage is considered a misrepresentation of pedigree.

Purebred – the offspring of a purebred sire and purebred dam of the same breed that conforms to breed standards. LaMancha is the only breed that can upgrade from the American herd book to the Purebred herd book.

American – the offspring of a sire and dam of the same breed that conforms to breed standards and also has the correct number of consecutive generations of ancestors who conformed to breed standards (minimum 3 generations for does and 4 for bucks).

Experimental – (1) When two different breeds of Purebred or American goats mate, their offspring are eligible to be recorded as Experimental and must be shown in the Recorded Grade class. (2) Purebreds or Americans that have serious enough defects to disqualify them from being registered in their breed, must be recorded as Experimentals.

Recorded Grade – Does who do not qualify for either the Purebred or American herd books.

If the doe has milked enough to have earned a “star” while on DHI test, she can be recorded as Native on Performance (NOP). A copy of the completed record must accompany the application for recordation. The application must also indicate which breed type the doe is. After recordation, the doe may be granted *M status using the same record that qualified her as a NOP, if the proper forms are completed and fees paid.

If a doe meets breed standards for a specific breed, she can be recorded as Native on Appearance (NOA) with a written statement of this breed appearance signed by an ADGA member (not a member of the applicant’s family) that the doe being recorded conforms to a specific breed type. Either way, a certificate is issued at the same cost on a brown certificate and the goat is called a Recorded Grade. This goat’s daughters by a Purebred or American buck of the same breed would be 50% American, and the great granddaughters would be American, provided there has been three consecutive generations of correct breed type (see American section). ADGA does not record grade bucks.

5.  Color and Markings

Describe the color and markings of the goat to be registered as accurately as possible within 69 letters and spaces. See ADGA Breed Standards. Be sure the breed standard, to which the animal conforms, has been selected on the application. For Toggenburgs indicate shade of brown and color of correct markings. For Oberhaslis indicate shade of bay. The term ‘swiss-marked’ is not accepted at this time.

6.  Sex

Specify sex as doe or buck.

7.  Date of Birth

The day the animal to be registered was born. Also select the number of kids of each sex in the birth.

8.  Horn Information

  • Polled – naturally hornless
  • Disbudded – horns are burned off as very young kid
  • Dehorned – large horns that have been removed
  • Horns – has horns

Ear Information

  • Gopher – no longer than one inch with little or no cartilage. Ear end must be turned up or down. Only ear type allowed for LaMancha bucks.
  • Elf – no longer than two inches, must be turned up or down
  • Erect – upright
  • Airplane – combination of pendulous and erect, usually flared and semi-upright, giving appearance of plane wings
  • Pendulous – drooping

9.  Tattoo

Each goat registered with ADGA must be tattooed for identification. You must use your assigned herd-identifying tattoo letters on any animal born in your herd. Your assigned sequence should be placed in the right ear (or tail web). The year letter (Z-2009, A-2010, B-2011, C-2012) plus a number denoting order in which the kid was born that year are tattooed in the left ear (or tail web). You may wish to tattoo only the center tail, rather than the right/left webs (e.g., ABCS1). If the application indicates a tattoo which is not actually on the animal, the certificate of registry becomes voidable. A limit of four letters and/or numbers are allowed in each of two locations.

10.  Breeder

Name and Address of Breeder

The owner of the dam at the time she was bred, is considered the breeder of the animal to be registered. The identification number is a number assigned by ADGA.

11.  Signature

This is the signature of the person certifying the accuracy of the information furnished. If the dam was purchased as a bred doe, the owner of the animal being presented for registration/recordation must sign item #11 and submit a service memo. Otherwise, the applicant must sign item #11.

12.  Transfer

Anytime an animal is sold, regardless of whether or not it is registered/recorded at the time of sale, it must be transferred into the new owner’s name and the appropriate transfer fee submitted. This item is used only when the animal being registered/recorded is being transferred to another ownership. The signature and ID # of the seller in item #12 must be the signature and ID # of the previous owner.

If your animal has been previously registered or recorded, fill out the transfer portion at the bottom of the certificate and mail it to ADGA along with the appropriate transfer fee. The application form is only used for animals that have NEVER been registered/recorded.

If two members co-own the animal, they must get a nonmember number from ADGA or take out a joint membership. Two member ID numbers cannot appear on the certificate.

For an animal bought at an auction that has been previously registered/recorded with ADGA, you must have the Certificate of Registry/ Recordation signed by the previous owner listed on the certificate to transfer ownership. Otherwise, without proof of the animal’s ancestry and transfer of ownership, a doe may qualify for recordation as NOA or NOP.

13.  Registration and Transfer Fee

For cost of registration and transfer, see the current Registration Application or Schedule of Rates.

Rush fee is 100% of the registration fee and will apply if registration certificate is requested to be return postmarked from ADGA 14 days or less from the sender’s postmark date. Rush fees must be checked if desired.

Most Common Registration Mistakes

  1. All items are not completed.
  2. Color description is omitted.
  3. Birth date does not coincide with breeding date (should be about five months for gestation period).
  4. Registration numbers of grandparents instead of parents are given.
  5. The registered tattoo belonging to the herd into which the goat was born is not listed.
  6. Correct fees are not submitted.
  7. Incorrect purchase date is listed (should be the date you took possession)
  8. Transfer of ownership section is not completed (for purchased animal)
  9. Artificial Insemination Mating is marked “yes” when natural breeding actually took place.
  10. Service memo not provided when necessary.
  11. Incorrect or incomplete credit card number listed.

Also see, How To Transfer Dairy Goat Ownership >>