International Dairy Goat Registry- International Fiber Breed Registry

The Experimental herdbook is designed for cross bred goats that are crossed for production, fun, experimentation or just accidently.


Often crossbred goats are some of the most productive goats, however while crossing we must always be careful not to do anything that would compromise the integrity of our pure breeds.

n animal whose sire and dam are Purebreds, Americans or Recorded Grades of different breeds may be registered as an Experimental. Example: the offspring of a purebred Sable buck and an American Nubian doe would be registered as an Experimental. To register an Experimental, fill out a registration form as you would for any other goat and submit a photograph of the animal.


Pictures are required on all experimental goats.


Some potential problems may arise when crossing different types of goats for example a Alpine and Saanen cross can easily be bred up in a few generation to where no trace of Saanen is left by using Alpine bucks (or does) and registered as an American Alpine. However when you cross that same Alpine doe with a Boer there is more of a difference and rightly concern that the same number of generations of upgrading will leave you with undesirable traits in both – such as less milking potential in the dairy doe along with a possibly heavier body and increased chance of things such as extra teats which are not much of a problem in goats for meat production. On the flip side those bred up to meat goats may exhibit less muscling or smaller bodies which would be undesirable. When standard and mini goats are crossed there is the obvious size problem. Therefore any cross between breed categories will carry an extra letter on their registration number. Any of these crosses will take more generations to upgrade based on conformation to breed standards and production to ensure that our breeds stay true to type.


Why allow registration of crosses between the Breed categories at all?


1) It keeps the breeds more pure by acknowledging the cross keeping track of it and upgrading accordingly. Example a cross of a Nubian and boer doe is sold, the buyer thinks it looks like a pure Nubian doe, does not know any different (or if they do does not care), buys it and breeds it to his Nubian buck and registered the kids as 50% grade Nubian with an unregistered/unknown dam. If this crossbred doe was sold with her registration paper, her kids could have been registered accordingly.


2) Registering crossbred animals does the same for them as for purebred animals – it give you a document identifying the animal and also enables the breeders to make better more informed breeding decisions.


Doesn’t Registering these goats end up causing contamination of the pure breeds? No, in fact it protects the pure breeds. See above.


If you have any questions Please let us know.


Rules for upgrading goats that are a cross of two breeds in the same category (ie. A cross of two standard dairy goats; or a cross of two miniature breed goats, etc.).


Goats that are a cross of two different breeds in the same category shall be eligible to upgrade to American status when they reach 87.5% of a given breed and show conformation to breed standard. A goat who does not conform to breed standard will not be upgraded regardless of percentage.


Rules for upgrading goats that are a cross of different breed categories:


Dairy Goats – Any goat upgrading to a Dairy breed that has been crossed with one of the other breed categories may be upgraded to American registry only when the following conditions are met:


Does:


1) The doe must be registered 93% or more of the given dairy breed; must meet height requirements for her breed; must qualify for a star on a 30 day or greater milk test; and must appear to be of true type. Or


2) The doe must be registered 98% or more of the given dairy breed; her Experimental parent must meet height requirements for her breed and she must appear to be of true type.


Bucks


1) The Buck must be registered 93% or more of the given dairy breed; must meet height requirements for his breed; his dam (or two daughters if it is his sire that is Experimental) must qualify for a star on a 30 day or greater milk test; and he must appear to be of true type. Or


2) The Buck must be registered 98% or more of the given dairy breed; his Experimental parent must meet height requirements for his breed and he must appear to be of true type.


Meat/Multipurpose goats– Any goat upgrading to a Meat/Multipurpose breed that has been crossed with one of the other breed categories may be upgraded to American registry only when the following conditions are met (exceptions to this rule being when the cross is with a breed of goat that was originally used in the development of the goat’s breed even though it is now in another category. In this case upgrading would proceed as for experimental within a breed category):


The goat must be registered 93% or more of the given breed; the goat must meet height requirements for the breed; and it must appear to be of true type.


Miniature Goats– Any goat upgrading to a Miniature breed that has been crossed with one of the other breed categories may be upgraded to American registry only when the following conditions are met:


The goat must be registered 93% or more of the given breed; the goat and it’s Experimental parent must meet height requirements for the breed; and it must appear to be of true type. Rare breed Goats – Write for details on a specific breed.


Fiber Goats – Any goat upgrading to a Fiber breed that has been crossed with one of the other breed categories may be upgraded to American registry only when the following conditions are met:


The goat must be registered 93% or more of the given breed; the goat must meet height requirements for the breed; must appear to be of true type; and must submit a raw fiber sample of approx ½ – 1 ounce from the animal being submitted for registry or it’s Experimental parent.

Experimental Goat Registration Requirements