An Overview Of The Common Methods to Register Boer Goats
By Tom Seest
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If you’ve ever wanted to show your boer goats in public, the first step is registering them with the ABGA. You can register your goats online and for a lower fee if you’re a member. You may need to join your first year to establish the name of your herd, but you don’t have to renew it later. To register the kids of a registered buck, you’ll need to have his DNA on file.
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Boer goats come in many colors, and there are two types of ABGA pedigree papers. One type is purple, and the other is blue and red. The difference is the use of different computer programs to keep a database of registration records. The purple type is for full-blood boer goats. Blue pedigree papers are for percentage-bred goats.
The name of the goat and a percentage of its boer content appear on ABGA pedigree papers. The percentage of Boer content will be noted, as well as the breed and name of the goat’s registered breeder. If there’s no year or percentage listed, the goat is not registered in the ABGA.
The head and horn coloration are important in determining the quality of a Boer goat. The head and neck should be a strong, deep color, and the horns should be well-positioned and strong. The face should also have a blaze. The hair coloration may vary from light red to dark red. The head and neck area should be fully pigmented, and the ears should be 80% or more colored.
If the goat is registered with the ABGA, then its pedigree papers are valid and must be provided to the new owner. The new owner should sign the back of the pedigree and send it to the ABGA office. A new pedigree will be sent to the new owner for a fee of $5 if the new owner is a member. The fee for nonmembers is $10.
You will be able to recognize your goat by its unique identifying number, which is often three or four numbers before a slash. This number is unique within the herd. For example, if you are buying a goat for breeding purposes, you will be able to identify it by its unique identification number.
You will be able to see the number on its certificate, which is located on the front or middle of the certificate. The certificate contains the date the goat was registered, the percentage of boer in the animal, and the breeder. The unique identification number is also located on the ear.
The unique number of your goat is determined by the breed and the herd it comes from. An Australian breeding herd has unique numbers, which are usually Anxxxx or the last digit of the goat’s birth date.
Pedigrees will also contain information about the breeder and the current owner. Some pedigrees will list seven generations of parentage, while others will list only three. It is possible to obtain a complete pedigree for your goat by contacting the ABGA office.
Goat breeding in New Zealand has its origins in a small herd of goats. The Z01 and Z02 genes are found in nearly all pedigrees going back four generations. The other genes in the pedigree of the African Goat Flock are WW19 and WW20, BR840, BR64, BR483, and BR69.
Pedigrees are documented in goat registration records and give detailed information about the parentage of the animal. They include the name of the goat, its ABGA number, and the names of its parents. The pedigrees can go back several generations, although it is rare to find complete pedigrees for Boer goats in the U.S.
Goats in South Africa are often designated by their identification numbers, which are unique to each individual goat. An ancestor’s ABM pedigree may be marked with a unique number, such as Axxx/yyB. This number indicates the year the goat was born.
Goat registration paperwork is only a single page, and the top of the paper contains the title “Certificate of Registration.” The lower half of the page contains information regarding the goat’s classification and percentage boer. The tattoo information in the right ear is a prefix, while the one in the left ear contains a unique number. The left ear tattoo contains a letter indicating the year the goat was born and ends with one or two letters or numbers to distinguish the animal from others in the herd.
If you are considering buying an ABGA-registered goat, there are a few things to know. First, you should check the registration date. Goats registered before January 1, 1997, will have a registration date of December 31. Then, check the year of registration. You can find the date of registration on the goat’s pedigree.
A Boer goat’s registration number is unique. It starts with a three or four-digit number and ends with a slash. This number will be the goat’s identification number within the boer herd. This registration number is a legal document.
Pedigrees used to be listed on the back of the registration certificate. This information contained the ABGA registration number, the name of the goat, and the father and mother. The pedigree would continue for several generations. This method of pedigrees is no longer used. However, it is possible to get a pedigree of your goat from the ABGA office.
The Australian Breeding Management Group started with 241 goats. By the end of the first generation, there were dozens of genetically diverse Boer goats. Today, they have far more genetic diversity than the New Zealand breed. It’s also important to remember that the pedigree of an Australian Boer goat is unique because it can be traced back to a single parent.
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