Help Understanding the ADGA Website

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by Caileigh Jane Smith, Sep 19, 2020.

  1. Caileigh Jane Smith

    Caileigh Jane Smith Active Member

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    Dec 1, 2019
    Missouri, USA
    I have been looking for a doe or 2 to expand my herd. Been talking with a guy who has several registered Nubians for sale. I am looking for milkers, but he has never milked them, just bred and sold kids. He sent me their ADGA #'s, though, so I could look them up. I don't have any registered goats right now, so I'm having trouble understanding the ADGA site and pedigrees. My thought is, even if they are not stellar milkers, I could maybe get some nice doelings out of them. Can anyone provide input on this?
    Pedigree for doe #1 https://www.adgagenetics.org/GoatDetail.aspx?RegNumber=N002044672
    Pedigree for doe #2 https://www.adgagenetics.org/GoatDetail.aspx?RegNumber=N001858360
    Pedigree for buck they've been bred to https://www.adgagenetics.org/GoatDetail.aspx?RegNumber=N002048059
    I am not sure how to interpret the info on the site. I'm looking specifically for milk stars, showing results, and if there's any way to look up G6S test results for their parents or grandparents, as the current owner can't give me any info about those things.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2020
  2. Ranger1

    Ranger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2014
    If you are currently a member of the ADGA, sign into your account on adga.org and you can look up the goats on there. It will show you their milk star status, for sure. If you sign up for subscription reports you can also view show wins of the goats as well. I’m not sure that there is a public record of G6S testing yet.
     

  3. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    You really want to purchase from a breeder who has milked and can show you pics of udders, etc. Yes, you might get lucky and get a milker that suits your needs, or you may get something with small teats, poor attachments, etc. I'm not seeing anything outstanding in the complete pedigrees, especially the herdsire but it doesn't mean that you won't get what you need, you just have no information to tell you that odds are in your favor. You do want to make sure of G6S status, there is a website for this, but it is completely voluntary at this point. The breeder should be able to show proof of status and also other health test results for the herd. It takes a lot of time and $$ to raise a kid to breeding age, see her through her pregnancy and then produce milk. You may spend more up front for kids that you have more information on. Also look for LA scores.... that can tell you a lot!
     
  4. Caileigh Jane Smith

    Caileigh Jane Smith Active Member

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    Dec 1, 2019
    Missouri, USA
    @Ranger1 thanks for responding. I am not an ADGA member, but I was still able to access the pedigrees on the ADGA site. I was just struggling to interpret the info I was seeing, as a lot of the terminology is still unfamiliar to me.
     
  5. Caileigh Jane Smith

    Caileigh Jane Smith Active Member

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    Dec 1, 2019
    Missouri, USA
    @goatblessings thank you so much for the input! I have really been on the learning fast track this year, but there is a lot I don't know, particularly about bloodlines, milk test, show points, etc., as none of my goats are registered or show goats at all. I know that registered doesn't always equal quality. My best milker right now is an unregistered doe I bought for $75. But I realize that doesn't happen very often. Honestly, the only reason I'm shopping at all is because I didn't get any doelings this year. I was hoping to get at least 1 to keep....oh well! Maybe next year! Thank you for sharing your opinion and insight.
     
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