MDGA’s Herdbook


  1. Fill out the registration application completely.
  2. Kids will carry the herdname of the owner of the doe at time of breeding, and the tattoo of the owner of the property they were born on.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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 MUST be accompanied by legible copies of the parent’s 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.
  5. 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.
  6. When determining the generation of the animal being registered, use these guidelines:♦ 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.
  7. No unregistered or grade Nigerian Dwarves can be used in the Mini breeding program.
  8. 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 a Nigerian Dwarf (considered zero generation) would be an F1.

Upcoming Grade Rule Changes

The following is an important change to the previous policy regarding accepting new grade animals to the registry:

From January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 the descendants of all new grades registered will no longer be able to grade up to attain Purebred status; grading up will stop at American status. Offspring of grades, from MDGA registrations on file prior to January 1, 2020, will be exempted from the “American status only” and will be eligible to grade up, provided that there is an unbroken line of registered animals in good standing with MDGA.

At the end of the day December 31, 2020 the Registry will close the book to accepting New Grade animals; no further grade animals will be entered into the registry at that point. Existing grades will be held to the official rules under which they were registered.

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Need to register a goat in MDGA's GRADE Herdbook?

MDGA does NOT register Grade Nigerians or offspring of Grade Nigerians.

Registry to Registry

Need to tranfer a goat from another registry to MDGA?

the animal must conform to the rules for registering goats in MDGA and will be placed in the herdbook with which its pedigree conforms.