MDGA Registrations

How To Transfer Ownership 

image1 Copy scaled

Transfering Ownership of Your Goat

If the goat is already registered with MDGA, complete the sold/transfer information at the bottom of the certificate and mail your certificate to MDGA. Be sure to include the date of sale and the new owner’s address. Send the completed certificate to MDGA’s mailing address with the appropriate transfer fee.

Transfers are required anytime a goat changes ownership, whether the goat is already registered or if the goat is being submitted for registration for the first time. If the current owner of the goat is not the breeder, then a transfer has occurred, and a transfer fee is required. Make copies of all documents for your records prior to mailing.

Mini Nubian reg Photo Infographic 2

MDGA Hours:
9:30 am – 5:30 pm (CDT)

MDGA Mailing Address:
Miniature Dairy Goat Association
322 South College Road #1022
Wilmington, NC 28403

Need help?

Helpful Resources

Guide to Taking Photos for Registration

Crossing two very different breeds in building a new breed of dairy goats results in various unexpected (and expected) breed characteristics. These pictures will help to place your animals in the proper herdbook. It is imperative to take all pictures while the animal...

Tattooing Your Goats

MDGA is currently reviewing the Tattoo/Microchip policy to ensure that we follow all USDA policies   To be accepted into registration, an animal must be tattoo'd with the appropriate herd and year tattoo. You must use the tattoo that was chosen when your...

Exploring Miniature Dairy Goat Generations

In the world of miniature dairy goats, generational breeding is a fascinating aspect. The journey begins with the first generation, known as F1. This generation emerges from two possible crosses: either a Nigerian Dwarf (ND) with a standard-sized doe from one of the...

Transfer Your Goat From Another Registry 

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. Follow these guidelines to register your animals:

  1. Fill out the MDGA registration application completely.
  2. When submitting the application, enclose the required photographs.
  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 pedigree.
  5. Registration Age fees Do Not apply to goats already registered with another registry
  6. Remember that MDGA does NOT register bucks NOA or if they are from non-registered or crossbred does.
  7. MDGA WILL NOT register grade or NOA Nigerian Dwarves, or offspring of an unregistered or registered Grade Nigerian Dwarf

MDGA welcomes applications for registration of miniature dairy goats that are already registered with other registries. However, the person submitting the application 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 that some applications for 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 completed.

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 or registered NOA.

Transfer FAQs

Can I transfer my goat online, if my goat is already registered with MDGA?

No, MDGA must receive the original certificate to transfer ownership.

When are transfers needed?

Transfers are only needed when the goat is changing ownership. If you are registering a goat that was born on your property and plan to retain that kid, a transfer is not needed.

I bought a goat that was never transferred into the previous owner’s name, what do I do?

Be sure a bill of sale is completed for all sales and send along with the original certificate and send the appropriate fee(s).

Can I transfer ownership during the initial registration?

Yes, just complete the “transfer” section on either the paper or online registration form.

Do I have to pay a transfer fee if I am registering the goat for the first time?

If you are transferring ownership of the goat, then a transfer fee must be paid even if you are registering the goat for the first time.

mdga logo icon

Become Part of Our Community

Elevate Your Breeding Expertise with MDGA: Connect with a vibrant community of breeders, access specialized resources, and participate in exclusive events. Join MDGA and transform your passion into success.