Goat Pedigree Abbreviations
Are you wondering what all those letters mean and how they get them? I hope this helps.
*B Stars on bucks are earned by virtue of parents with production records meeting ADGA minimums
+B Pluses on bucks are earned by virtue of offspring meeting ADGA requirements
ST Star Volume - meeting minimum requirements from one-day tests, or on the basis of pedigree or progeny
AR Advanced Registry Volume - meeting minimum requirements through Dairy Herd Improvement programs
2*M Two Star Milker - Second successive generation of a doe line that has earned a star based on minimums
set forth by ADGA. SEE BELOW *STARS* FOR FURTHER INFO ON STARS.
CH (CHampion)- Show Wins
GCH G(rand) CH(ampion)- Show wins and a milk star earned from Advanced Registry or Star Volume minimums.
RCH R(eserve) CH(ampion)
SG -S(uperior) G(enetics)
SGC - S(upreme) G(rand)C(hampion) - SG plus being a GCH
Superior Genetics designation based on being in the top 15% of its breed in one or both PTI indices.
To qualify for:
Superior Genetics (SG):
The animal must be in the top 15% (85th percentile ranking or higher) of their breed according to the
Production/Type Index (PTI) ranking at least once during the life of the animal. The ranking may be either in one
area (PTI 2: 1 or PTI 1:2) or in both areas.
Superior Grand Champion (SGCH):
The animal must earn both the SG designation and earn a permanent championship. The awards may be earned
in separate years and in any order to qualify.
BOB - Best of Breed
BOBU - Best of Breed Udder
BDIS -Best Doe in Show
BUIS - Best Udder in Show
STARS- ADDITIONAL DETAILS FROM ADGA:
G. RULES GOVERNING ADGA PRODUCTION RECOGNITION
1. GENERAL RULES
a. ADGA recognizes production on pedigrees through designation of *M for does, and *B and +B for bucks based
on meeting minimum criteria either through Advanced Registry (AR) based on DHIR, or the Star program (ST)
based on Owner Sampler production testing. One-day competitions, progeny recognition, or acknowledgment of
approved non- ADGA DHI programs. The program designation (AR or ST) is included with the *M on the pedigree.
b. The number of Stars shall indicate the number of consecutive generations of females in the immediate
background that have qualified. For example: 1*M indicates that the doe has qualified by meeting AR or ST
requirements and that her dam has no production record; 2*M indicates a qualified tested doe with a 1*M dam;
3*M indicates a qualified doe with a 2*M dam and a 1*M grandam, etc.
c. The Certificate of Registry for may be revised to show Star and/or Plus designations obtained (either
automatically or by application) by sending the certificate to the ADGA office together with the revision fee. Any
additions or revisions to registration papers must be accompanied by the correct fee (see Schedule of Rates.)
d. An ADGA-registered or recorded doe may be issued a Star Milker Certificate upon proper application and
payment of fee (see Schedule of Rates) provided she has met minimum production requirements for AR or ST
under ADGA rules. Certificates are not issued for does issued *M on the basis or progeny or on bucks.
2. ADVANCED REGISTRY VOLUME
a. An automatic *M designation is granted any ADGA registered doe that has qualified for Advanced Registry on
the basis of milk, butterfat or protein without application or fee.
b. An ADGA registered buck shall be entitled to an automatic +B (AR) designation without application or fee if:
(1) He has three Advanced Registry daughters from three different dams. At least two of the dams must be
registered or recorded with ADGA or;
(2) He has two Advanced Registry sons that are Advanced Registry Sires.
c. An ADGA registered buck shall be entitled to an automatic ++B (AR) designation without application fee if:
(1) He has three Advanced Registry daughters from three different dams and two Advanced Registry Sire sons.
3. STAR VOLUME DOES
a. A *M designation shall be awarded to those does meeting minimum requirements under ADGA rules, as follows:
(1) On the basis of meeting minimum DHIR production requirements as defined in Section E, including a minimum
DCR of 75, an appropriate VT, and documentation of the qualifying completed lactation record.
(2) On the basis of earning 18 or more points at a recognized Milking Competition conducted under rules
approved by the Board of Directors or
(3) On the basis of AGS Advanced Registry or Canadian R.O.P. certificate (original of which to be lent to ADGA
office for verification) where production meets ADGA minimum requirements in 305 days or less. (British Goat
Society records are also accepted.)
b. An ADGA-registered or recorded doe shall be entitled to an automatic *M designation without application or fee
(with no Star certificate issued):
(1) On the basis of three qualifying ST Does or Advanced Registry daughters, or
(2) On the basis of two +B sons (ST) or 2 AR sons, or
(3) On the basis of one AR son and one +B son (ST), or
(4) On the basis of one AR son and two AR and/or *M daughters, or
(5) On the basis of one +B son (ST) and two AR and/or *M daughters.
4. STAR VOLUME BUCKS
a. An ADGA-registered buck shall be entitled to an automatic *B designation without application or fee if:
(1) His dam is either an Advanced Registry doe that has qualified on both milk and butterfat requirements, or a
ST Doe, and his sire is an Advanced Registry Sire, a Star Buck or a +B (ST), or
(2) His dam is either an Advanced Registry doe that has qualified on both milk and butterfat requirements, or a
ST Doe, and his sire's dam is an Advanced Registry doe that has qualified on both milk and butterfat
requirements, or a Star Milker.
b. An ADGA-registered buck shall be entitled to a +B (ST) designation without application or fee if:
(1) He has three *M daughters from three different dams. At least two of the dams must be registered or recorded
with ADGA, or
(2) He has two +B sons (ST), or
(3) He has one AR son and one +B son (ST), or
(4) He has one AR son and two AR and/or *M daughters, or
(5) He has one +B son (ST) and two AR and/or *M daughters.
c. An ADGA-registered buck shall be entitled to a ++B designation without application or fee by qualifying in any
of the ways listed in "b" except the way in which he earned his first plus. (++ must be earned on the basis of both
sons and daughters.)
REGARDING ADGA LINEAR APPRAISAL SCORES:
LINEAR APPRAISAL SCORING Animals will be given category designations for General Appearance, Dairy
Character, Body Capacity and Mammary System (not in bucks) and a numerical Final Score. Final Scores in the
Poor category will receive only the "P" designation. The following standards apply to both the Final Score and
the Category designations:
1. EXCELLENT 90 points or more
2. VERY GOOD 85 to 89 points
3. GOOD PLUS 80 to 84 points
4. ACCEPTABLE 70 to 79 points
5. FAIR 60 to 69 points
6. POOR 59 points or lower