Identification Standards

All stock must be permanently identified prior to registration with the Kiko Goat Registry.
Minimum identification: Metal or plastic ear tag in addition to either a microchip or tattoo.
Note: For an animal to be accepted for registration in the AKGA, it must have a metal or plastic ear tag and be EITHER microchipped OR tattooed. Both tattooing and microchipping are not required.


Ear Tags:

Plastic ear tags
Since plastic ear tags are easily removed or torn out of the animal's ear they should not be relied upon as a permanent means of animal identification. Plastic tags do, however, provide an effective form of identification of new born goats and should be inserted as soon as practical after the animal's birth.

Metal ear tags
Metal ear tags have the animal's number stamped on them and are inserted in the ear of the animal in a manner which makes the removal of the tag extremely difficult. In management terms, however, brass tags can prove awkward to read on a day to day basis and so should be supplemented by the insertion of a plastic tag which visibly replicates the number stamped on the brass tag.


Due to improvements in microchip technology microchip ear tags are now available to the consumer and can be used as a secondary source of identification.
Insertion of a microchip in the body of the animal: The preferred sites for insertion are the tail or the head adjacent to the ear. After insertion the microchip should be scanned to ensure that it is reading correctly. Care should be taken in recording the microchip number against the tag number of the animal to ensure the integrity of the microchip identification.

How to microchip (video) -

Video courtesy of Tyny®Goat Ranch



The following are the tattooing requirements for those breeders who prefer to tattoo rather than insert a microchip.

         *Three alpha characterowner herd prefix tattoo should be placed in the right ear

         * animal ear tag number should be placed in the left ear

Year letters are no longer required, but should you opt to utilize year letters, they should be placed on the ear  tag and with the ear tag number in the left ear.

Year letter link:   


Tattoos should be applied using good quality paste which should be worked thoroughly into the tattoo (an old toothbrush can be useful in assisting good penetration of the paste or ink). Tattoos should be positioned in the center in an area free from cartilage. Three eighths inch characters are suitable for the tattooing of goats. Ensure that tattooing pliers are firmly clamped to the ear to provide permanent identification.

You should avoid placing tattoos in a position where they may be damaged or obliterated by the subsequent insertion of an ear tag. Tattoos should be placed so that they read right way up when they are viewed from the front of the ear - that is, from the inside of the ear, with the goat facing you.

NOTE: If you use tattoos to meet animal identification requirements for registration, your goat must be tattooed with your AKGA herd prefix.