MDGA REGISTRATION OF MINIATURE
The Miniature Dairy Goat Association registers animals that
are the offspring of a registered standard dairy goat and a
purebred, registered Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat. The parents
of the animal for which registration application is being
made must be registered as “American” or “Purebred” with
one or more of
the following associations: American Dairy Goat Association,
American Goat Society, Nigerian Dwarf Goat Registry, or the
Canadian Goat Society. (“Recorded Grades” and
“Experimentals” will be covered later.)
Acceptable parent breeds for miniature dairy goats include:
Alpine, LaMancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Sable,
Toggenburg, and Nigerian Dwarf.
Breeds that are
NOT acceptable include: Pygmy, Boer, Angora, or any other
non-dairy goat breed.
the generations from the original crossbreeding advance,
MDGA uses different categories for registrations,
MDGA has four
- “Experimental,” “American,”
“Purebred” and “Grade.”
question about a kid(s) sire, i.e. more than one buck in a
doe pen, All
kids will be required to have a DNA test completed as well
as at least one of the bucks (if there are only 2 bucks in
question) will need to be tested in order to register the
are miniature dairy
goats that are usually first- or second- generation
miniature dairy goats
(F1 and F2). These individuals do not have to meet the breed
standards of their chosen breed.
View the breed
standards here. Any third-generation or higher miniature
dairy goat that
does not meet the standards for the specific breed will also
be registered as an “Experimental” with an * after the
registration number indicating it does not conform.
dairy goats that are usually third-, fourth-, and
miniature dairy goats (F3, F4, and F5). Each animal
MUST meet ALL standards for its specific breed and must be
no more than 70% of either of the original breeds (standard
dairy goat and Nigerian Dwarf).
If an animal belongs
to one of these generations but does not meet ALL standards
for its specific breed, it will be entered into the
“Experimental” herdbook instead of into the “American”
herdbook with * after the registration number.
This is in accordance
with MDGA’s 70/30 Rule, which requires that a goat
have no more than 70% or no less than 30% of either of its
parent breeds in order
for it to be accepted in the “American” and
are miniature dairy
goats that are sixth-generation (F6) or higher
miniature dairy goats.
A “Purebred” MUST meet
ALL standards for its specified breed
and must meet the conditions of the 70/30 Rule.
HOW TO REGISTER A GOAT IN
out the registration application completely.
2. The completed application must be accompanied by the
required photographs. The first should be of the head,
showing breed characteristics, and the second should be a
complete side view. (Profile shots of the face are
required for the Mini Nubian, third generation and higher.)
3. All applications for registration of animals
from a sire
and/or dam that is/are
registered with the American Dairy Goat Association,
American Goat Society, Nigerian Dwarf Goat Asscoiation, The
Miniature Dairy Goat Registry, International Dairy Goat
Registry, or the Canadian Goat Society
accompanied by legible copies of
registration certificates. TMGR & IDGR registered
parents must include a pedigree that goes back to MDGA, AGS
or ADGA or NDGA registered goats, or back 6 generations.
4. If the sire of the animal being registered is not owned
by the person making application, a signed service memo from
the owner of the sire must be included with the application.
If the animal being registered is the result of the use of
frozen semen, a signed Artificial Insemination Service Memo
must be submitted instead of a live service memo.
5. When determining the generation of the animal being
registered, use these guidelines:
a. A standard dairy goat bred to a
registered purebred Nigerian Dwarf results
in a first-generation (F1) miniature.
The cross of an F1 to another F1 results in a
second-generation (F2) miniature.
c. No unregistered
or grade Nigerian Dwarves can be used in the Mini breeding
d. When two animals of different generations are bred, the
resulting offspring is
classified as one generation higher than the lowest
generation parent is.
For example, the offspring of an F3 bred to an F1 would be
an F2, and the
offspring of a miniature of any generation bred back to a
purebred standard (considered
zero generation) or
zero generation) would be an F1.
HOW TO REGISTER A GOAT
FOR THE MDGA GRADE HERDBOOK
the “Grade” herdbook,
MDGA may accept for registry FEMALE animals that do not
qualify to be registered in the “Experimental,” “American,”
or “Purebred” herdbooks. MDGA does
Grade Nigerians or offspring of Grade Nigerians.
The sire of any animal being
presented for registration must be a registered purebred
or doe OR
a registered miniature dairy
goat buck of
the same breed as the dam of the animal being considered for
registration. NOA or Grade standard, mini and Nigerian sires are not allowed.
applying for an
animal’s registration in the “Grade” herdbook, follow
1. Fill out the registration
Attach a legible copy of the
certificate of any parent registered or recorded with ADGA,
TMGR, IDGR, or NDGA.
The completed application must be accompanied by two
photographs of the animal for which the application is being
made. The first should be of the head, showing breed
characteristics, and the second should be a complete side
4. NO Grade or NOA BUCKS will be allowed in the “Grade”
5. NO OFFSPRING of
un-registered, registered grade, registered NOA
bucks or Nigerians will be allowed
in the MDGA “Grade” herdbook.
6. Does ONLY will be
accepted into the MDGA “Grade” herdbook if:
doe is a result of the mating of a doe of unknown ancestry TO a
registered Nigerian Dwarf or a registered miniature dairy goat buck.
The breed of the animal must be listed on the application,
and only that breed listed may be used for recording any
future offspring of the
dam of the animal being registered. The
fourth-generation male and female progeny from this
original unregistered doe would
qualify for the “Experimental” herdbook,
if and only if the UNKNOWN/3RD
BREED has been bred completely out. If not the progeny will
remain in the Grade herdbook until that unknown/3rd
breed percentage is bred out, no matter what the generation.
Male progeny will not be registerable until the UNKNOWN/3rd
breed has been bred out completely.
doe is the result
of the mating of
a doe that is a crossbreed of two different registered
standard dairy breeds bred TO a
registered purebred Nigerian Dwarf or a registered miniature
dairy goat buck
belonging to one of the two breeds of the doe. The
second and third generation female kids would also be
recorded in the “Grade” Herdbook.
The fourth generation
male and female kids are eligible to move to the
if and only if the 3RD BREED percentage has been
reduced to 0.10% or less. If not the progeny will remain in the Grade
herdbook until that 3rd breed percentage has
0.10% or less, no matter what the generation.
When it has a 0.10% for the unknown the
male and female offspring will be registerable as a first
miniature dairy goat with
all the normal rules and opportunities to continue through
the main herdbook generations.
HOW TO TRANSFER A GOAT TO THE MDGA REGISTRY FROM
For a successful MDGA registration of a miniature dairy goat
previously registered with another registry, the animal must
conform to the rules for registering goats in MDGA and will
be placed in the herdbook with which its pedigree conforms.
guidelines to register your animals:
Fill out the MDGA
registration application completely.
2. When submitting the application, enclose the required
3. When submitting the application, include a legible copy
of the certificate from any registry where the goat has
already been registered.
4. Include a six-generation pedigree for the non-MDGA animal
for which the registration application is being made.
Be sure to include the
full name and registration number of each animal on the
5. Remember that MDGA does NOT register bucks NOA or if they
non-registered or crossbred does.
MDGA WILL NOT register grade or NOA Nigerian Dwarves, or
offspring of an unregistered or registered Grade Nigerian
MDGA welcomes applications for registration of miniature
dairy goats that are
registries. However, the person submitting
should be aware that MDGA requirements for registration in
the main herdbook or grade herdbook may differ from other
organizations’ requirements. This could mean
that a goat
classified at a
level such as “American” or “Purebred” with another
organization may only be acceptable as “Experimental”
based on the animal’s
pedigree. This also means
registration may be turned down.
When an animal, which has already
been registered, is to be transferred, the transfer portion
located on the bottom of the Certificate of Registry must be
Be sure that every blank is filled
in and the seller has signed it. The entire Certificate of
Registry must be sent to the MDGA office for recording,
along with the correct fee. A new Certificate of Registry
will be issued.
NOTE: If a goat is sold
multiple times there is a fee for each time sold if the
animal has not been officially transferred for each person
sold to already.
Based on APHIS rules, MDGA is required
to have animals documented for each farm an animal has lived
to the best of our ability.
See APHIS rules quoted below.
“Registration/official tagging records
to include to whom animals are purchased and sold to are
required to be maintained for 5 years.
(d) Each person who buys or sells, for
his or her own account or as the agent
of the buyer or seller, transports,
receives for transportation, offers for
sale or transportation, or otherwise
handles sheep or goats in interstate
commerce must ensure that the animals
are identified as required in this
part and must keep records relating to
the transfer of ownership, shipment, or
handling of the sheep or goats, such as
yarding receipts, sale tickets, invoices, and waybills.
Remember that MDGA does NOT register either male or female
offspring of un-registered,
registered NOA, or registered grade bucks.