Miniature Dairy Goat Association



Registrations and Certificates

Eligibility to participate in an MDGA sanctioned Live show requires that you be a current MDGA member.

1. In order for animals to be accepted for participation in an MDGA show, the owner must present either an official registration certificate or a registrar-issued confirmation email with a registration number assigned to each animal being considered for registration. Late MDGA registration applications must be submitted to the registrar a minimum of 8 days prior to a show. 

For those needing rush application review and/or overnight service (as of 1/1/18) in order to have papers in time there will be a $50 fee for members and a $75 fee for non-members submitting a new application.

2.    To compete in an MDGA sanctioned “Experimental” show, a miniature dairy goat is not required to be registered with MDGA but may be registered with another official miniature dairy goat registry. If such an animal is awarded Grand Champion of its breed, the animal’s owner will have two weeks from the show date to register the goat with MDGA in order for the animal to receive the winning leg; otherwise, the leg will be awarded to the Reserve Champion as long as the Reserve Champion is registered with MDGA.

3.    All MDGA-recorded “Grade” animals are eligible to be shown in sanctioned “Experimental” shows and are also eligible to receive Champion or Reserve Champion wins. To be shown, all registered or recorded grade animals whose certificates were issued by a registry other than MDGA must meet the MDGA standards for registration/recordation. Should it win, an animal belonging to this category must be registered with MDGA within two weeks to receive its official Champion win.

4.    For all entries in a sanctioned show, either a registration certificate or an email from the registrar showing that an application for registration has been submitted to the registry must be presented to the show secretary or appointed trustee at the time of check-in.

5.    All animals must be tattooed or microchipped with assigned tattoo numbers prior to arrival at the show. (No tattoos or microchips should be applied at the show.) Owners of animals with microchips must have a microchip reader available at the show. Champion and Reserve Champion animals will not receive official awards if the tattoo or microchip cannot be read.   
Tattoo(s) must match the recorded information exactly on the registration certificate to receive credit for an official “leg”. If the tattoo is correct but in the wrong location, MDGA will award the Championship but without the “official leg”. If the tattoo is incorrect for that animal said animal will be disqualified.

6.     Animals with horns or scurs exceeding two inches are not acceptable for showing.

7.    In an MDGA-sanctioned “American” or “Purebred” show, all entries MUST be registered as an “American” or a “Purebred” with MDGA prior to the show.

Show Fees and Sanctions

1.    Applications for a show sanction may be found on the MDGA website ( or they may be obtained directly from the MDGA Show Chairperson. Sanction applications should be sent to the MDGA Show Chairperson at least 31 days prior to the planned show.

2.    The sanction requirements for MDGA shows to qualify for awarding championship legs are as follows:

·           In all shows, a minimum of eight animals and two exhibitors must participate.

·            In an Open Doe Show or a Combined Doe Show, at least three does must be in milk.

·            In a Combined Buck Show, at least three bucks must be twelve months old or older. 

3.    A sanction application must be accompanied by a copy of the scheduled classes, breeds, and any local regulations (all listed in their entirety). The person submitting the application must make sure that the statement, “MDGA rules shall govern,” is on the application. All materials should be sent to the MDGA Show Chairperson for approval.

4.    Unsigned contracts for judges hired to judge MDGA shows must simply be sent by the Show Chairperson (or designee) to the MDGA office in a timely manner. The contract along with a Judges’ Rules and Responsibilities Packet, will be sent to the judge. The judge must then return the signed contract prior to the show.

5.    Dual Sanctions: MDGA will agree to dual sanctioning only if MDGA rules govern the show or if the other registry sanctioning has the same rules, registration standards, and restrictions as MDGA.

6.    The sponsoring show committee will determine the order in which classes will be shown.

7.    Once the MDGA Show Chairman has approved a sanction, classes cannot be changed.

8.    Sanction applications, accompanied by the required information about classes and the instructions, need to be submitted to the MDGA Show Chairperson at least 31 days prior to the show for the normal fee schedule to apply.          

Normal fees are: 

·            $25 - First sanction

·            $15 - Each additional sanction (applied for at the same time)

Late fees (for applications submitted thirty days or less before a show):

·            $35 - First sanction

·            $20 - Each additional sanction (applied for at the same time)

Grand Champion rosettes, Reserve Champion rosettes, and certificates are included in these prices. Other rosettes available (with prices listed) include: Best Udder - $5, Best Udder in Show - $5, Best of Breed - $5, Best in Show - $5. Additionally, MDGA offers a Best in Show certificate - $3.

Upon receipt of the Show Award Report, the MDGA Show Chairperson will send a Win Notification to the owner of the animal winning the leg award.

Show Abbreviations, Divisions, and Classes

A.   Breed abbreviations to be used in naming divisions:

  • MA - Mini Alpine
  • ML - Mini LaMancha
  • MG - Mini Guernsey
  • MN - Mini Nubian
  • MO - Mini Oberhasli
  • MS - Mini Saanen
  • MT - Mini Toggenburg
  • AOM - All Other Miniatures (Division for breeds that have too few entries to meet minimum sanction numbers)
  • ND - Nigerian Dwarf

B.   Sanctions - The show could have four sanctions: Junior Does, Senior Does, Junior Bucks, and Senior Bucks. *For smaller shows, Junior and Senior Does can be combined, as can Junior and Senior Bucks, resulting in a “combined” show. A larger show may receive enough entries for separate sanctions for different breeds, thus creating show divisions. The entire show must consist of either separate or combined sanctions. However, if a show  is offering both doe and buck classes, the bucks are considered a separate show and can be combined even if the doe classes are separate.

C.   Classes - Classes fall under one of the three categories, based on sex and age. Below is a list of suggested classes; after the last class in each category, the typical Champion, Reserve Champion, and other awards are listed.

Junior Doe Show:

(Does under two years of age that have never freshened)

Class 1: Junior doelings - born between April and show date

Class 2: Intermediate doelings - born in March

Class 3: Senior doelings – born in January or February

Class 4: Junior dry yearlings - under one year through December of previous year

Class 5: Dry yearlings - are twelve to 24 months old and have never freshened

     Awards: Junior Champion and Reserve Junior Champion

Class 6: Junior Champion Challenge - Any junior doe that has earned a dry leg award can challenge for Best of Breed.

     Awards: Best Junior Doe is Show - All Best of Breed champions must be represented.

Senior Doe Show:

(Does that have freshened or have been in milk)

Class 7: Senior does less than two years old

Class 8:  Senior does: between two and three years old

Class 9:  Senior does between three and four years old

Class 10:  Senior does between four and five years old

Class 11:  Senior does five years old and older

   Awards: Senior Grand Champion and Reserve Champion

 Class 12: Champion Challenge - Any Grand Champion senior doe competes against the champion of the day for Best of Breed.

   Awards: Best Doe in Show - All Best of Breed champions must be represented.

  Best Udder in Show - All Best Udder champions of breeds must be represented.

Junior Buck Show:

(Bucks less than one year old)

Class 11: Junior bucklings - born between April and show date

Class 12: Intermediate bucklings - born in March

Class 13: Senior bucklings - less than twelve months old

 Awards: Junior Champion and Reserve Junior Champion

Class 14: Champion Challenge - Any junior buck that has earned a leg award can challenge the champion of the day for Best of Breed.

  Award: Best Junior Buck of Show - All Best of Breed champions must be represented.

Senior Buck Show:

(Bucks more than one year old)

Class 15: Bucks between one and two years old

Class 16: Bucks between two and three years old

Class 17: Bucks between three and four years old

Class 18: Bucks between four and five years old

Class 19: Bucks five years old and older

   Awards: Senior Champion and Reserve Senior Champion

Class 20: Champion Challenge – Any Grand Champion senior buck competes against the champion of the day for Best of Breed.

       Award: Best Senior Buck of Show - All Best of Breed champions must be represented.

The above is a suggested guide only, and classes may be added or deleted to accommodate entry numbers. Class breakdown that is relative to the show date is left to the discretion of the show committee.

   Show Officials’ Responsibilities

1.      The show chairman and secretary must have a copy of all show rules available for review for the duration of the show.

2.      The show chairman and secretary are responsible for ensuring that MDGA show rules and regulations are carried out.

3.      The show chairman or secretary must check the official registration certificate of each animal to verify that each animal’s registration number
     and name matches the information listed on the entry form. Prior to the day of the show, the show chairman or secretary should also ensure
     that each animal is entered in the correct class and breed division.

4.      The show chairman and secretary are responsible for filling out all Report of Awards forms and ensuring that the forms are correct, legible,
     and have all required signatures. All forms are to be mailed to the MDGA Show Chairman within ten days of the show.

5.      Show officials should ensure that no entries are presented before a judge in which the judge has ownership, partial ownership, or financial
 or which are owned by a member of the judge’s immediate family.

6.      The sponsoring organization will be responsible for the conduct and actions of the Show Committee. 

7.      When a show is dually sanctioned, there must be at least one MDGA member sitting as show secretary. Show officials must 
     ensure that MDGA rules govern and that all regulations are followed.

8.      Pre-show milk-outs will be determined by the Show Committee; this information will be posted as part of the show rules.
     The Show Committee will be responsible for enforcing these guidelines.

9.      Complaints concerning show rules, management, and questionable Report of Awards must be made in writing within seven days of the show.
     Copies must be sent to both the MDGA Office and the MDGA Show Chairperson. The complaint will be taken before the MDGA Committee
     of Advisors for resolution.



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