Miniature Dairy Goat Association

MDGA Programs

MDGA offers several programs to help you successfully breed show-quality, productive miniature dairy goat

Registration - The first step toward creating an exceptional breed is beginning with a solid foundation. 
MDGA provides you with the ability to register your miniature dairy goats and to keep track of their pedigrees. 
MDGA registers “Experimental,” “American,” and “Purebred” miniature dairy goats.


Production Testing - MDGA has a milk testing program which will help you prove the quantity and the quality of the milk your goats are producing. A DHIA program and an In-House program are available.

Shows - MDGA sanctions shows for miniature dairy goats. These shows give you the opportunity to meet other miniature dairy goat breeders and to earn recognition for your herd. 
You can view past show results here.


Virtual Shows - MDGA has a program that allows you to “show” your goats without the stress of leaving the farm.
The V-Shows entrants are placed by a professional judge, who will evaluate several pictures of each miniature dairy goat.


Judges' Training - The Judges’ Manual contains information on judge training sessions, testing, types of licenses, Judge and Show Rules, the MDGA Score Card, breed standards, fault lists, and more.

AI Database - MDGA is developing a database of all mini bucks that have been collected. In order for the buck’s kids to be registered with MDGA, the buck owner needs to supply a copy of the signed official collection form to MDGA.

Evaluation - MDGA is developing a program that will enable you to measure your miniature dairy goats against the ideal animal.
This program will give you another tool to use in the development of your miniature dairy goats. 

DNA, G6S & Casein Testing - MDGA is providing reduced G6S, DNA parentage & Casein testing fees!

You can test ANY goat you own, Standards, Nigerians, Minis, MDGA registered or not MDGA registered.


Determining your mini dairy
kid's generation:

The generation of a kid is always one generation higher than the generation of its lowest generation parent. For example, if you breed a third-generation goat to a first-generation goat, the kid will be a second-generation miniature dairy goat. Nigerian and Standard breeds are considered “0 generation”.

ADGA/AGS Standard breed X Nigerian = 1st generation
ADGA/AGS Standard X mini dairy goat = 1st gen.
mini dairy goat X Nigerian = 1st gen.
1st gen.  X   2nd. gen  =  2nd gen.
1st gen.  X   3rd. gen   =  2nd gen.
1st gen.  X   4th gen   =  2nd gen.
1st. gen. X   purebred mini =  2nd gen.

2nd gen.   X   2nd. gen.  =  3rd gen.
3rd gen.   X   4th gen.   =   4th gen.
5th gen.   X   5th gen.   =   6th gen.

If a kid in any generation does not meet breed characteristic requirements, it will be registered as “Experimental.”


Measuring your Mini:

Mini dairy goats should be measured at the highest point of their withers. Set the front legs squarely as possible underneath the withers. The rear legs should be set so the leg from hock to the ground is perpendicular to the ground.  The head should be held over the height of the wither, but do not stretch the head too high or pushed too low. Measure the goat on a hard surface.

Use a measuring stick that has a crossbar that can be leveled over
the goat.  Set the stick beside the shoulder at the highest point of the wither.  Extend the cross bar and lower so that it is resting lightly on the wither making sure it is level with the upright stick.

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