Linear Appraisal Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. When is the application period?   January 31st (postmark) for the latest deadline.  After that, applications will only be accepted if we can accommodate in the scheduling.  We release the application around early November.
  2. Do I pay all fees at once?  No, just the application until you receive additional paperwork as it gets closer to the dates of your area’s sessions.
  3. What is the “Minimum Stop Fee? $350
  4. When is schedule released? We attempt to have a tentative schedule by December 1 for the following year.  Then, after refresher, the schedule will also include the appraiser assigned to that region.
  5. Does ADGA arrange the host session?   It is up to the host to arrange the times and order for the transporting herds. Transport herds need to make the arrangements and seek permission from host. ADGA can assist in finding a host if you have trouble.
  6. If I am a remote herd am I guaranteed an appraisal session?  ADGA may be able to fit you in, may need to charge extra fees, or put you on an every other year schedule.
  7. What is the “service fee” for a Special Linear session? If one can be arranged, it is $100.
  8. When do I get my session date?  Requests for additional information go out about 9 weeks before the tentative session dates.  This has a 2 week deadline so that we can then plan the trip and provide approximately 6 weeks notice to the member.  We also send an email out if we haven’t heard from you so that you can meet the deadline.
  9. How can I return information?  Mail, fax, email – all are fine.
  10. What is considered an “eligible” female?   A doe that has freshened at any time in her life but some exceptions apply.  They can be found in the ADGA guidebook.
  11. If I have a leased animal, can they be scored? If a lease is on file or if it is resident in the herd, they can be scored.  There is a 6 month requirement that applies.
  12. What is considered “youngstock”? A doe 4 months to 2 years of age that has never freshened and a buck 4 months -1 year of age
  13. Do youngstock have to be registered to be appraised? Yes
  14. Is a microchip without a tattoo acceptable for youngstock evaluation? In certain situations if the tattoo is not readable; see the EID guide.
  15. Can a doe that is dry be “excused” by the herd owner or not included in the transport group?   No, only the appraiser can excuse an eligible animal.
  16. If I am a transport herd going to a host herd for Linear appraisal, do I have to bring all of my does? Yes, all of your does would need to be presented if they do not fall in the “exceptions” list.  If they are sick or unable to travel, documentation is required as well from your veterinarian.
  17. When has an animal achieved a Permanent Linear Score? When scored after their 5th birthday.  This score remains on pedigrees even if scored lower in subsequent years.  A new permanent score is assigned if the animal scores higher after their previous Final Score and will appear on the pedigrees.  If they score the same at an older age but you want that noted, then contact the office to update the permanent score so it appears with the later age.
  18. Are scores after the permanent score is reached used in Type evaluations?  Yes, scores from any age are used in the evaluation process.
  19. How is the final score determined?  It is based upon the scorecard breakdowns.  The numerical score (within the range for the category) times the weight of the scorecard, then all applicable categories added together for the final score.
  20. If the Herd owner is advertising their linear appraisal scores can they mention the name of the appraiser? No.  In addition there are other policies regarding score advertising that are listed in the guidebook.
  21. When are tattoos/EID to be read during the appraisal?   Before scoring
  22. What does “NIC” mean if written on the score sheet?   Not in condition, meaning that there is an issue that prevents the animal from being evaluated fairly.
  23. What does the “9” in front of a miscellaneous code mean on my report?  It denotes the code as descriptive rather than functional and is for the owner’s information only.
  24. Where can I find past linear scores?  Scores are released to the site every 2-4 weeks during LA season.
  25. Revisions and/or registrations have recently been completed in the ADGA office but the member has not received their certificates back and they are getting appraised and need their papers. What can be done? The office can fax or email copies of the certificates. There is a fee for the faxed copies.
  26. I haven’t transferred a new animal into my name yet.  Can the animal be evaluated?  Yes, as long as the transfer information is filled out and signed by the seller.
  27. I am having one breed appraised, but I would like a buck of a different breed appraised, can I do that? No, only breeds in which does are also being scored.
  28. I have my animals in two locations.  Is it OK for the appraiser to go to both?  Not without pre-approval.  Otherwise, all animals being presented should be at the location provided to ADGA for the session.
  29. I am a transport herd, what happens if I am late?  Without extenuating circumstances, you may have to pay an additional fee for delaying the appraisal session, if it is even possible.
  30. Can I ask my appraiser about management issues or breeding programs?  No, they are there to evaluate your animals and describe the linear program.
  31. The appraiser took pictures at my session. Does that mean that the score will change? Possibly. It may be that it will be reviewed by other appraisers.  The owner is notified if the score is raised.
  32. When is the type evaluation done?  In December, after all scores for the year have been entered into the database.