Frequently Asked Questions about Dairy Goats

What is the advantage of registered goats?

The purity and breeding is guaranteed and having been bred pure and selected for milk production, the chances of obtaining good production are increased. The resale value of registered dairy goats is much higher (at least 10 times higher) and there is strong demand for export quality registered dairy goats from many overseas nations. Australian Dairy Goats are very popular, but they need to be registered for sale overseas.

What is an appendix (grade) goat?

An animal one of whose parents may be a "scrub", crossbred, a miss-marked pure bred or unregistered.

How does the appendix (upgrading) register work?

The D.G.S.A does not have a closed Herd Book. An appendix 'D' doe is one which conforms to a breed type and may be registered as such provided the application to register is accompanied by an inspection certificate signed by a branch inspector or approved by your branch committee.

A daughter from an App. D doe may be registered App. C provided her sire is a registered buck of the same breed.

A daughter from an App. C doe may be registered App. B provided her sire is a registered buck of the same breed.

A daughter from an App.B doe may be registered App. A provided her sire is a registered buck of the same breed.

A daughter or son from an App A doe may be registered Herd Book (pure bred) provided the sire is a registered buck of the same breed.

Male and female progeny from a Herd Book doe may be registered provided the sire is a registered buck of the same bred.

Male progeny from appendix D, C and B does cannot be registered in the bred section of the herd book.


May I register a dairy goat if it has a disqualification?

No. All breeds have a breed standard and included in the breed standard disqualification's are listed. Whether the goat is to be registered App. D or herd book, female or male if it has a disqualification it may not be registered.


What is a disqualification?

Disqualifications are listed and illustrated in the 'Breed Standards Book' published by the D.G.S.A. Some are applicable to individual breeds and some applicable to all breeds. An example which is applicable to all breeds is extra or supernumerary teats in does or bucks, undescended or one testicle in bucks.


What is a Breed Standard?

All pedigree animals (e.g. dogs, horses, cattle) have a breed standard. This standard exemplifies the ideal animal of its breed.


What is an identification recorded goat?

Identification recorded is one which is unable to be registered in the breed sections but which may be of value for upgrading and/or commercial purposes.


What is an experimental recorded goat?

An experimental recorded goat is one which is not eligible for registration in the breed sections and is being used to create a new breed.

Can bucks be kept from identification or experimental recorded doe?

Yes, they may but if they are used over a purebred or appendix does any female progeny will be down graded to 'D' plus any male progeny from the same mating cannot be registered in the herd book bred section. Registration certificates are marked Identification or Experimental.

Can I show all registered or recorded goats?

Purebred (Herd book) and appendix does compete on equal terms in the show ring, however identification and experimental goats are not shown.

With whom are the goats registered?

The Dairy Goat Society of Australia Ltd., P.O. Box 9048,Traralgon,Vic 3844

Membership applications are sent to The Federal Secretary. See the application form contained as a PDF file on this website.

Membership applications are sent to The Federal Secretary. See the application form contained as a PDF file on this website.

What is the membership fee of the D.G.S.A.?

Ordinary membership (including the Australian goat World) $ 88.00

Junior membership (including the Australian Goat World) $51.70

Australian Goat World subscription (Australian non-members) $33.00

Australian Goat World subscription (overseas non-members) $44.00

Prefix fee on new memberships/late fee $22.00

Membership applications are sent to The Federal Secretary. See the application form contained as a PDF file on this website.

How can I tell if a goat if registered?

By visual inspection of the ears or with a scanner- all registered must be permanently identified soon after birth with a tattoo i.e. a number and the owners registered tattoo in the ears, or a microchip in the scutiform cartilage of the left ear. Tattoos or microchip numbers can be checked with the Federal Secretary of the D.G.S.A.

Is tattooing or micro-chipping difficult?

No. Full instructions can be obtained when you are ready to tattoo. Your D.G.S.A. branch may supply a tattoo outfit on loan for a small fee. Microchips with application needle are available from your branch secretary.

Is a horned goat eligible for registration?

Both horned does and bucks are eligible for registration, but the keeping of a horned buck is strongly discouraged on safety and other grounds.

How many kinds of dairy goats are there?

There are only 6 pure breeds in Australia, Saanen (pronounced Sar-nen), Toggenburg, British Alpine, Anglo Nubian, Australian Melaan and Australian Brown. There are also many cross-breds.

Which is the best breed?

A good strain of any pure breeds, preferable registered animals should give good results.