Why should I register with the AKGA?

The AKGA is the oldest and largest of all Kiko breed registries. The AKGA has been officially an Association with an ongoing and continuous membership since 1995.

AKGA registrations are accepted at face value by all other Kiko registries. This is not the case with registration certificates from all other Kiko registries. The AKGA has the most accurate and comprehensive Kiko and Genemaster ™ registry database in the world. All other Kiko registries have been formed on the "shirt tails" of the AKGA registry database. This means the background animals listed on the pedigrees of other registries are nothing more than ‘place-holders’ because those animals were originally registered with the AKGA, causing other registry certificates to be closer to pedigree data sheets than actual registration certificates. 

The AKGA is the only Kiko registry to have made corrections to all known inaccurate database entries. The AKGA is the sole owner of the original Kiko registry database developed by the importers of the Kiko breed to the United States and as such, is the only Kiko registry to possess original documentation of those goats and the many generations following that importation, making the AKGA the owner of the most complete Kiko and Genemaster™ breed data information in the world, through both computerized and documented information.  The AKGA has the largest repository of Kiko DNA in the world.  As a non-profit corporation, one of the AKGA’s purposes and goals is to promote the interests of the breed.  The AKGA is the first Kiko Association to promote, support, and maintain performance data from independent testing to gather objective testing results to further enhance the Kiko advantage.

The AKGA is a non-profit corporation with a Board of Directors elected by the membership, thereby giving every member the opportunity to be a part of the leadership and direction of the Association.  Board meetings are recorded and posted on the AKGA website to promote transparency and to keep members aware of Board decisions.  An annual meeting is held where members can address and discuss issues.  The AKGA is OWNED and MANAGED by its members.

 Why should you register with the AKGA? The membership of the AKGA asks, ”Why would you register anywhere else?”

Why should I become an AKGA member? Can’t I register goats without becoming a member?

                Yes, goats can be registered with the AKGA by non-members.  However, fees for registry services for non-members are double the fees for members. Other benefits of membership include having your membership listing on the AKGA website in the member list, the herd prefix list, and on the member map, and unlimited use of the AKGA classified ads which can be viewed by all visitors to the website and are sent electronically once to twice per month to over 1800 recipients across the country.

What is a Genemaster™?

                The Genemaster ™ is a specific cross breeding program starting with a full blood Boer and a purebred Kiko.  The goal of this breed up program is the 5/8 Boer 3/8 Kiko which is called a Texas Genemaster™.  This hybrid cross takes in the best qualities of both breeds – the hardiness and maternal instincts of the Kiko and the size and frame of the Boer.

The Genemaster ™ program was developed in the mid-1990s by the originators of the Kiko breed database.  The word Genemaster ™ and the accompanying logo were purchased by the AKGA when the original Kiko and Genemaster™ registry were purchased from the developers.  Through this purchase and its historical use, the AKGA is proud to state they are the sole owners of the Genemaster™ program and the only authorized registry allowed to register goats as Genemasters™.   Don’t be confused by other registries calling animals by similar names because a Genemaster™  is only a Genemaster™  if it is registered through the American Kiko Goat Association.  Click here for more information about Genemasters™:  Genemasters™

What does the information in my goat’s registration number mean?

                The first two numbers in your registration number are the goat’s year of birth.  The letter or letters following the year of birth indicate the classification or subset within a classification the goat is registered in with the AKGA.  Purebreds are always either K or P with K indicating a solid white goat and P a goat of any color other than solid white. X, Y, and Z indicate a ½, ¾, or 7/8 Kiko crossbred, respectively.  NZG, NG, GNK, GNY,  GNZ and TXG indicate the various levels of the Genemaster™ program the goat is registered in.  The class or subset designator is followed by three numbers which correspond to the tag number of the goat, although these numbers may not read exactly as the tag number does.  The tag number section of the registration number  is followed by the herd prefix of the breeder of the goat.  Lastly, a one or two digit number will appear which is randomly assigned by the Registry database software as a security measure.   Example:  11P030XXX12 – This goat was born in 2011, is a colored Purebred Kiko, its tag number is reflected in the 030 number, the herd prefix of the breeder of this goat is XXX, and the 12 at the end is the security digit generated by the Registry software program.

Why is it taking so long for my membership application to be processed?

                If your membership application is for a Breeder or Lifetime membership, the most common reason for a processing delay is an issue in obtaining the transfer documentation for your goat from the seller. As both these memberships require ownership of an AKGA registered goat, your membership processing cannot be completed until the original registration certificate (or registration application if the goat has not been previously registered) and a transfer form, signed and dated by the seller, is received by the AKGA Registry Office.   A delay can also occur if you are applying for a Breeder or Lifetime membership and you do not own an AKGA registered goat.  If you do not own an AKGA registered goat you are eligible for an Associate Membership only.

Why is it taking so long to receive my registration certificate?

                The most common reason for delays in registration processing is missing information.  If any required information is missing from the application, you will receive an email from the Registry Office requesting the missing information.  The quicker this information is provided, the quicker your registration request can be completed.  If you are awaiting a certificate for a goat you have purchased, the delay may be that the Registry Office has not received the original certificate (or registration application if the goat was not previously registered) and the signed and dated transfer form from the seller.  For animals being DNA tested, providing a complete list of all potential sires and dams with DNA on file at the time you submit your registration application will greatly speed up the DNA testing process.   You may put “multi” on the application in the sire and/or dam registration number and name slots and attach a list of potential sires and/or dams.  If you are submitting your registration application online and have multiple possible sires (or dams) please type "multi" in both the registration and name slots for the sire and dam on the online form and email the Registry Office a complete list of the sire(s) and/or dam(s) to be submitted.  Submitting your DNA sample to the testing lab as soon as you receive your DNA kit will hasten your registration requests immensely.  Remember, DNA kits expire 90 days from the date appearing at the bottom right hand corner of each printed form.

When submitting a registration application for an animal that will require DNA testing, should I enclose the hair sample with my registration application?

No. The hair sample should not be sent to the AKGA. The Registry Office will send a DNA kit for the hair sample to be mailed directly to the testing lab. Any hair samples submitted to the Registry Office will be returned to the recipient of the DNA kit.   This is for your protection, to avoid the potential for lost samples, the mix up of samples, or contamination of your DNA sample.

Why can’t I just send the AKGA my DNA sample?

                It was discovered that in the past the practice of sending DNA sample to the AKGA was allowed.  This greatly multiplies the opportunity for contamination of your sample, or human error in misplacing or mixing up samples and this practice is no longer allowed.  Your DNA sample should be mailed directly to the testing lab as per the instructions on the DNA kit.

Why can’t I just order a DNA kit and not fill out a registration application, if I only want to DNA my goat?

                In September 2011 the AKGA purchased actual livestock registry software and this registry database software requires a minimum of seven items of information to create an AKGA tracking number.  Although you may not be registering your goat at this time, this information is needed to generate an AKGA tracking number to appear on your DNA kit.  This tracking number can then be used as an AKGA registration number at a later date if the animal is eligible to be registered with the AKGA.  In the Registry software, this information is held in a “pending” file within the database, so your goat is not registered until such time as you apply for registration.

Why can't I just e-mail the information to you? Why do I have to fill out a registration application if I only want to DNA my goat? After all, I'm not registering it.

The DNA testing lab requires a tracking number for each animal being requested to be DNA tested.  Since the AKGA is a registry, those tracking numbers are AKGA issued registration numbers that are in a pending DNA qualification status. The easiest way for the AKGA to issue these tracking numbers is to use a standardized method each time these tracking numbers are required to be issued. The method the AKGA uses to issue these numbers comes directly from the information on the submitted registration application. Without the registration application, the AKGA does not have any official documentation regarding your DNA request or authorization to request a DNA kit for you.  This form will also give the AKGA authorization to register that goat at some later date, if you so choose.

What does it mean when I’m told a goat is excluded?

                If you receive notification from the AKGA Registry Office that a goat has been excluded as a possible sire or dam of your goat, this means that DNA testing has shown that this sire or dam is not the sire or dam of your goat.  You will be asked to provide a list of alternates that have DNA on file with the AKGA for further testing.  The Registry Office highly recommends that you submit as complete a list of alternates as possible.  This will speed up your registration request, as the DNA testing lab will test all alternates being submitted at one time.  If the alternates are submitted on an individual basis, your registration request could be delayed up to several months depending upon the number of alternates needed to be tested before a DNA qualification is found.

Can I change the name of my goat?

Your goat’s name can be changed, provided no progeny of that goat have been registered with the AKGA.

Why do I need 2 forms of identification for my animals?  Isn’t one enough to register my animals?

                The AKGA requires 2 forms of identification due to the fact that tattoos can fade, microchips can fail and ear tags can fall out.  By requiring 2 forms of identification, your animals are guaranteed to have a backup form of ID. Ear tags are required in all goats being registered with the AKGA. The ear tag number helps to formulate the unique registration number assigned to your AKGA registered animal. You as the breeder then have a choice of your second form of ID which is EITHER a microchip OR a tattoo.

Does the Association have any suggestions or guidelines for a tagging system for my herd?

The AKGA does not have any specific guidelines for individual herd tagging systems. Your herd tagging system is an individual choice left up to you the breeder and must work with your record keeping system.  The AKGA does strongly suggest that:

Tags are clearly marked and easily read

                Each animal born is given a unique tag number

                Animals are tagged as soon as possible

                Records are kept in regards to parentage and ID information for each animal being born

If we owned the sire at the time of service but have since sold him, do we need a sire declaration form from the new owner?

                No.  If, according to AKGA Registry records, you still owned the sire at the time of service, you do not need to include a sire service declaration when registering progeny from that sire that were born to does you own at the time of kidding on your farm.

Do I need to provide the buyer of my doe(s) with a sire service declaration?

                Yes.  At the time of purchase, it is wise to give your buyer as much documentation as possible, to avoid registration delays in the future. You, the seller, may think your doe is open or intended for her to be open, but your buck(s) may have had a completely different idea about the situation!

What documentation does the AKGA recommend I provide my buyer, or should I ask of my seller?

The AKGA recommends that all sellers supply their buyers with the following items:

A detailed bill of sale with as much information as possible about the goat(s) being sold

A signed sire service declaration if the sale is for does. Goats are full of surprises!

If the seller is submitting the paperwork to the AKGA, it’s recommended the seller provide the buyer with copies of all signed and dated paperwork that will be submitted.

If the buyer is submitting the paperwork to the AKGA, the seller should provide the buyer with all original forms to be submitted, i.e. registration application, transfer form, original certificate (if applicable), sire service declaration, etc., signed and dated by the seller.

Copies of any records kept on the goat, i.e. on farm performance records,                                 health maintenance records, etc.

Why do I have to sign everything?  Doesn't my signed check take care of any signatures being required by the AKGA?

The signature on your check is an agreement with your bank and the AKGA that the funds stated on the check will be forwarded to the AKGA to cover the expenses of the goods and/or services you requested from the AKGA. That is the legal limitation of the signature on a check.  Your signature is required on any AKGA Transfer form  to authorize the AKGA to transfer ownership of your goat into the name of someone else. Much like the title to a vehicle, your AKGA issued Registration Certificate is proof of ownership of the animal listed on the face page of the document.  If the AKGA did not require your signature on transfer forms, anyone could contact the AKGA, state that the original Registration Certificate had been lost and transfer your animals into their name. This requirement for a signature is for your protection.

Your signature on AKGA registration applications or an acceptance check mark when utilizing online registrations is your official statement that you have the legal right to register the animal listed on that registration application and you are agreeing that the information listed on that application is true to the best of your knowledge.

Where should my registry orders be mailed to?

All orders should be mailed to the address at the top of all forms currently on the AKGA website.   Orders sent to any other address will be delayed.

Do I need to include a Fees & Order Form, when sending a request for registrations, transfers, corrected certificates, etc.?

Yes. Please submit a current Fees & Order Form with all orders that are mailed. The Fees & Order Form may be downloaded and printed from the Forms section of the website.

If I have questions about an order, what information do I need to provide?

            If contacting the AKGA about an order you have submitted or are expecting, please have as much information as possible ready. Your name and herd number (if an AKGA member), seller or buyer’s name and herd number (if an AKGA member).  Animal’s AKGA registered name and registration number if previously registered.