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 2017 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 in. Please note that surcharges may apply for remote areas.


2017 Classification
CGS is pleased to announce Theo Emons and Jack Kent have joined the classification team this year. They will be performing classifications along with Ed Cavanagh and Arnie Steeves, two of our classifiers from last year. Julie Reise will continue as an alternate classifier. Expanding our team of classifiers helps provide the classification service to more members as well as assists us in rotating classifiers. At this time, additional classifiers are also being trained, and they will be announced once their training is complete. CGS wishes to thank members who provide feedback on our programs and services to help us continue to ensure we are meeting member needs and providing the best value for your investment.

Classifiers will be contacting breeders starting this week to arrange visits. Please ensure that you fill out the herd report and send it back to the office at least five business days before your classification visit. A completed herd report helps you make the most of your time with the classifier and keeps your visit efficient by allowing time to be spent on discussing the animals in your herd, rather than entering their data into the program. This report will be emailed to all breeders who have applied for classification, and is also available here.

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.