“Americans” are miniature dairy goats that are usually third-, fourth-, and fifth- generation 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 “Purebred” herdbooks.
Important Terms to know
Grade Foundation Doe:
A goat from unknown pedigree, or partially unknown. May be a recorded grade or registered Experimental with ADGA, or be an unregistered doe.
MDGA considers offspring of 2 registered parents, in most cases a reg. Nigerian Dwarf & a reg. standard dairy goat (ADGA - American or ADGA/AGS - Purebred) to be a 1st gen Experimental. A 2nd gen Experimental would be the offspring of a registered 1st gen Experimental crossed with a reg. 1st gen or higher Mini of the same breed.
The Experimental, American, Purebred Herdbook WILL NOT be closing. Any Herdbook changes are to the GRADE Herdbook ONLY.