The following is some information compiled
from the various registries involved with goats.
ADGA has an "exclusive use" policy for assigned tattoo sequences. Assigned tattoo sequences are protected, with their use restricted to the membership they are assigned to or those memberships, which are duly authorized to use that assigned tattoo sequence. Effective June 1, 2002, members are required to use the sequence assigned to their membership number. They may not use a sequence assigned to someone else. There is an exception, however, for those tattoo sequences which were "grandfathered in" before adoption of the exclusive use policy. If a membership (with a grandfathered tattoo) has not been renewed by September 1 (as stipulated in Article 1 Section B of the Bylaws) the tattoo assignment is forfeited. In the case of tattoo sequences not "grandfathered in," failure to reclaim the sequence within three years will release the sequence for another member to reserve on a first-come basis.
The sequence of the letters "USA," "ADGA," "CULL," "MEAT," and "NONE" will not be assigned and shall not be used. Any combination of these sequences with a prefix or suffix shall not be used. Those sequences currently in use shall not be reissued once the current member has not renewed their membership. When filling out applications for registry, please state on the application the tattoo exactly as it appears on the animal. Do not show tattoo information on the application that has not actually been tattooed on the animal.
Tattooing is intended primarily for identifying animals as individuals, not for indicating the breeding of a dairy goat, as the registered herd name does. Therefore, you must use your assigned herd-identifying tattoo letters on any animal born in your herd. It is strongly recommended that animals be tattooed BEFORE they are sold or purchased. The ADGA office will assign a set of unique tattoo letters to members, who do not request them, for their exclusive use. (There is no charge for this service.)
No animal shall be registered by ADGA with the same tattoo within a twenty year period. Alteration of a tattoo to assure uniqueness may be requested by ADGA before a registration number is assigned.
One method of individual identification recommended by ADGA is to use a letter to designate the year of birth together with a serial number to designate the order of birth.
("G," "I," "O," "Q," and "U" are not used.) For example, the first, second, and third kids born in 2002 should have as their tattoos "R1," "R2," and "R3." (Twins and triplets should bear different tattoo identifications.)
Tattoos are important not only for positive
identification, but an animal must be tattooed in order for any records under
the ADGA production and show programs to be official. Not only must the animal
be tattooed, but the tattoo information must be a part of the official records
at the ADGA office.
Insertion of a microchip in the body of the animal. The preferred sites for insertion are the tail or the head adjacent to the ear. The preferred microchips are those manufactured by AVID Corporation. After insertion the microchip should be scanned to ensure that it is reading correctly. Care should be taken in recording the microchip number against the tag number of the animal to ensure the integrity of the microchip identification. Microchips are the preferred method of identification.
An alternative to microchipping is the placement of tattoos in the ears of the animal. Tattoos may be any combination of letters and numbers providing that they provide a unique identifier for the animal.
The following are the tattoing requirements for those breeders who prefer to tattoo rather than insert a microchip.
If you are a member of the American Boer Goat Association or the International Boer Goat Association and have been allocated a breeder's herd prefix you should use that prefix and conform with the tattooing requirements of the ABGA or the IBGA. They are:
This is particularly important if you wish to register Kiko/Boer crosses on both the Boer registry and the Kiko registry.
If you have been assigned a herd name by the ABGA or the IBGA you may use that herd name in the registration of your Kiko goats.
If you have been assigned a herd prefix and a herd name by the American Kiko Goat Association you should use that prefix and herd name for all registrations.
If you have not been assigned an owner herd prefix by the ABGA or the IBGA or the AKGA, you may select your own herd prefix of three letters. You should, however, clearly indicate that it is not an allocated prefix by placing an asterix before and after the right ear tattoo on the Application for Registration form (for example*GLM*). Note that no asterixes are to be tattooed into the ear - siimply indicate the asterixes on the form.
You should avoid placing tattoos in a position where they may be damaged or obliterated by the subsequent insertion of an ear tag. Tattoos should be placed so that they read right way up when they are viewed from the front of the ear - that is, from the inside of the ear.
For an animal to be accepted for registration it must be EITHER microchipped OR tattooed. Tattooing is suggested as an alternative to microchipping, not in addition to it.
Brass or aluminum tags are the preferred form of tag identification. These have the animal's number stamped on them and are inserted in the ear of the animal in a manner which makes the removal of the tag extremely difficult. In management terms, however, brass tags can prove awkward to read on a day to day basis and so should be supplemented by the insertion of a plastic tag which visibly replicates the number stamped on the brass tag.
Plastic tags should be inserted as an aid to management. Since they are easily removed or torn out of the animal's ear they should not be relied upon as a permanent means of animal identification. Plastic tags do, however, provide an effective form of identification of new born goats and should be inserted as soon as practicable after the animal's birth.
EITHER microchip OR tattoo PLUS brass tag SUPPLEMENTED BY plastic tag.
EITHER microchip OR tattoo PLUS EITHER brass tag OR plastic tag.
Personal Identification is optional except for shows. AT MGR sanctioned shows registrations and animal are required to have one of the following; scrapie tag, microchip, or tattoo. We ask on every breeder application for premise ID. At this point we have a little over 50% of our active breeders' Premise IDs in our database.
Anyone may view our database at www.myotonicgoatregistry.net We are proud to be able to distinguish our goats from any other with our registrations that require color requirements and actual pictures of the goat being registered. Our database allows MGR to find any goat that has a tattoo, microchip or scrapie tag that is in our system in less than ten minutes.
Requires either assigned unique tattoo herd initials in the right ear and year letter and birth order number on left year or microchip.
The National Pygmy Goat Association is the official breed association of the Pygmy Goat Breed (Bylaws, Section 1.2).
Herd names must be registered prior to registering goats (R&R, Para 4A). When registering a herd name, a tattoo prefix must also be registered. If none is specified on the Herd Name Registration form, one will be assigned by NPGA. Tattoo prefixes are usually 1-4 characters, using letters and/or numbers or any combination of the two.
The National Pygmy Goat Association recognizes both the tattoo and microchip systems of identifying goats. Either one may be used. All goats being registered will be assigned a “right tattoo” and a “left tattoo” by the owner/breeder completing the Application for Registration. The “right tattoo” will be the prefix approved by NPGA. The “left tattoo” will be a unique letter number configuration, as follows:
The letter identifies the year that the goat was born:
A = 1989
E = 1993 K = 1997 P = 2001 V = 2005
The letters “G”, “I”, “O”, “Q” and “U” are skipped.
The number following the letter, beginning with 1 each year, identifies the order in which each goat was born on that farm that year. For example, the left tattoo of W8 would signify the eighth goat born in 2006 on that farm.
If the tattoo identification system is used by the breeder, the “right tattoo” goes into the right ear or right side of the tail web; the “left tattoo” goes into the left ear or left side of the tail web.
A unique tattoo number shall be assigned to each registered goat. That number shall not be duplicated within a 21-year period (R&R, Para 4B). Use of the letters (signifying the year of birth) will start over in 2010. This presupposes that no goat born in 1989 will still be alive at that point in time.
The Application for
Registration form contains a place for the owner/breeder to include a microchip
number. Certificates of Registration will contain the assigned right and
left tattoo number, and the microchip number if used.
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