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.

 CGS Classification Manual – updated July 2017Parts of a Dairy Goat_3

If you, or someone you know, are interested in having you herd classified this year, please click on and fill out the 2018 Classification Application FormBy doing so, this will give the Classification Committee the information necessary to finalize a classification schedule and get a Classifier to your farm. Please note that surcharges may apply for remote areas.


Frequently asked questions about Classification

1. Can I classify buck kids?     Yes!
2. Is there a minimum age to classify kids (buckling or doelings)?  No!
3. Is it the same price to classify a kid as milker? No, the fee for juniors and dry stock is less than a milker
4. Can I classify my unregistered animals?  YES, but need minimum of 50 animals

Classification is fantastic management tool for breeders, as it gives a detailed analysis of the conformation of each animal classified. We can all be a little barn blind at times, and having an unbiased  analysis helps with breeding and culling decisions.