So I am hoping to do the most with my goats that I can afford to do and I was told to go through a supervisor with a type 23 standard test. I emailed ADGA about this as well. My brain is literally spinning from all the information which I KNOW would be simplier if I could understand it. I have tried reading the guide line book.........it just makes mince meat of my stupid little ADHD brain and I don't understand what I am reading. No one can seem to give me any clear answers to my questions and always tell me to look at the guide book. CIRCLES!!! That's all I've been doing. Well today my sweet heart supervisor came out to Weigh and take samples from my 4 does in lactation. My hopes are to try to earn stars for my ladies if they make the cut with their milk. This is the email I sent to ADGA performance programs.... "So today we started testing with MN DHIA. This is my first time testing and participating with the performance programs at all. I am very excited but scared too. I have so many questions and everyone is trying to refer me to the guidebook but I still do not understand what I am reading half the time. My brain is literally spinning in my head trying to read all the regulations and understand any of it. So here it is! We are testing my 4 does, 3 are ADGA registered and my best producer isn't I'll list the Dry, bred, freshened dates for each of the does. My concerns are is that I started testing to late in their lactations to achieve any stars or anything this year, maybe I am wrong. I am just so confused. We are doing a standard 23 test and I had a supervisor come out today and watch me milk, she weighed and took samples and entered all our herd information but wasn't very knowledgeable as to how many tests I would need to qualify the girls for star status if they make the cut. She reassured me that she could come out weekly if needed to get a sufficient amount of tests in, but does it work that way?? She said I can have her keep coming out or join a circle test of other goat owners in the area but I haven't really a clue of how many tests I need done, how far apart to be proper and/or am I too late in the lactation for the girls to earn *M if they are capable. Here are the girls Names and Dates of my does we are recording currently: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sugar Moon BL Madeline - Madeline I know is way too far in lactation to record any genetic evaluation but she is still in milk from March 2019. ADGA # D1988667 Date Of Birth: 3/9/2015 - This is her 3rd freshening, she developed a hernia from an injury and so hasn't been rebred. Dry Date: Not sure as I had bought her in milk in 2019 and has been in milk for a year. Bred Date: 10/20/18 Freshened Date: 3/14/19 Shere Country TMJ Cavatina ADGA # D1988670 Date Of Birth: 3/18/17 - This is her 2nd Freshening Dry Date: 9/15/2019 Bred Date: 10/24/2019 Freshened Date: 3/19/2020 Shere Country TMJ Sunflower ADGA # D1856903 Date of Birth: 5/14/2016 - This is her 2nd Freshening Dry Date: 9/7/19 Bred Date: 10/31/19 Freshened Date: 3/26/20 Lorraine (Grade Nigerian) Date of Birth: 2/20/16 Dry Date: 9/2/2019 Bred Date: 10/25/2019 My questions are: Can will still after today's test, with how far into their lactations they are, could we still earn stars if their milk is up to par? How many tests would I need with the standard 23 test we did today where she weighed it and took samples? How often should I have her come out and test and weigh to get where we need to be to possibly earn stars or am I too late?" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Did I make any sense at all in my email? I'm so confused and frustrated that I cannot figure out what I need to do and feel like the next person to tell me to go read the guidebook that is literally bedside nightly now, will be rung by the neck. I don't mind paying a supervisor to come out and weigh and take samples to get where we need to get BUT did we start too late in the lactation to do anything for my girls this year. Madeline is obviously too far in her but Sunflower and Cavatina Freshened in March! Could they still earn stars? If they can how often do I need to test/weigh them to get in what we need to earn potential stars? My supervisor said she can come out weekly to get in the tests we need but does it work that way??? I thought they have to be spaced out. I'm so lost right now. I'm scared I'm paying quite a bit for something that I didn't jump on fast enough to get any results for.