In addition to maintaining the Breed Registries, CGS has developed several programs which aid breeders in selecting and evaluating their animals.
Type Classification compares a selected goat to the ideal breed standard. The animal is evaluated on conformation in several different areas, given a score in each area, and then given an overall score. The Society adheres to a Non-Selective program which requires that all registered animals on the farm be presented for classification. This enables classification data to be used in Buck and Doe Genetic Evaluations, to identify sires and dams whose offspring are consistently superior in soundness and type. Visit our Classification page for more info.
Dairy goats are shown by sex, breed and age. Bucks are shown separately from does. Breeds may be combined to assure sufficient numbers. Kids under one year of age are often divided into two or more classes depending on their date of birth; older doelings that have not yet freshened (given birth) are shown as “dry yearlings” up to the age of 24 months. Does under the age of 24 months that have freshened are shown as “milking yearlings.” A dairy goat is fully mature at three or four years of age.
Angora and pygmy goat shows may also be sanctioned by CGS. Each of these breeds has its own specially licensed judges and a scorecard based on the requirements of the breed. For the Angora, mohair density and fineness of fibre count for half of the animal’s score, while the pygmy is judged for sturdiness and soundness. These breeds do not require that mature does actually be in milk at the time of the show. See our Show page for more info.
All of CGS’s Sanctioned Shows are adjudicated by a licensed judge. For a listing of officials and for more information on becoming a judge see our Judges page.
Milk production is the purpose of a dairy goat. CGS offers 4 Official Milk Programs (listed below). Click and visit our Milk Testing page for more details.
- 4+4 program is a program where a minimum 8 tests are conducted yearly by alternating between supervised/unsupervised.
- 305 program which is a group test program where a group of at least 3 CGS member herds in good standing test each other monthly in a round robin fashion.
- Dairy Herd Improvement Program: is a provincial Cattle Testing Services. You would apply to directly to those agencies, after contacting the CGS first.
- *M One Day Test, which is a program designed to obtain information regarding the production and component qualities based on a one day test.
The Canadian Goat Society recognizes the achievements of individual animals and breeders by conferring Awards. For a complete list and to learn more, check out our Awards page.