Understanding Show Scores, Appraisals & Milk Tests
There are a few ways to determine the genetics of a goat. Some of these are very subjective. A linear appraisal is one of the best, since it is based on a standard perfect goat, but it can vary because each person may not use the same numbers the same way. A show, on the other hand, can depend on who is judging as well as how many goats attend. If a goat wins a championship at a show and only 9 other goats competed, and another goat wins a championship at a show where 40 other goats competed, they don't really compare to each other.
A picture really is worth 1000 words, so we will do our best to have pictures of each doe and her udder, her dam, her dam's udder, her sire, his dams udder; the buck, his dam, and her udder as well as his sire, and his sire's dams udder for each goat we own and/or sell as well as for reference animals. For more information on what to look for in a dairy goat, visit our Choosing a Good Dairy Goat page. Linear Appraisals:
Milk Tests: These can be official or what is called "Barn weight" which means the milk is weighed on a scale in the barn or measured in cups, pints and quarts. Official tests (DHI tests) will give the amount of protein and fat in the milk as well as the weight. This is how a * or + is earned. AGS Star (*D) titles are given to qualifying does participating in oneday milk tests. Standard does must earn at least 100 points, and miniature does must earn at least 35 points. The points are based upon the following:
For a 305 day test with AGS, the Nigerian Doe must produce 500572# of milk depending on her age. ADGA One Day Milk Test Points shall be given for quantity of milk, for period of time since last kidding, and for butterfat as follows:
Show Terms AGS
ADGA
Other Terms:
Comparing AGS titles with ADGA titles......... MCH and CH are basically the same thing ARMCH and GCH are basically the same thing *M and *D are basically the same thing The "E"s are a similar thing, but not exactly the same, as each has slightly different criteria. 
Chaverah Farm Links:
Goat Husbandry Goat Expenses Choosing Your Goat Understanding Productivity Scores Understanding Show, Milk Scores
