Pedigree Acronyms Explained
This shows the common ADGA/AGS Performance (milk) and Show pedigree acronyms that permanently become a part of the goats' name:
GCH or ARMCH
GRAND CHAMPION - Same as a CH but also means the goat has earned its milk star (*M or *D). Some goats are shown in both registries and earn the title for both AGS and ADGA.
CH or MCH
CHAMPION - A goat must win Grand Champion of a show that has at least 10 does of breed 3 times to earn their permanent Champion status.
*M or *D
STAR MILKER - A doe who has been on milk test and that has met the minimum requirements for milk production set by ADGA and/or AGS. A doe can also earn her stars without being on milk test if she has 3 daughters who earn their *M/D; 3 bucks who earn their +B/S through their daughters; or 2 *M/D daughters and 1 +B/S son The number preceding a doe's star represents the number of consecutive generations of qualifying does.
+B or +S
PLUS BUCK - Pluses on bucks are earned by virtue of offspring meeting ADGA requirements (buck needs at least 3 *M/D daughters from different does; at least 2 +B/S sons; or has 2 *M/D daughters and 1 +B/S son).
*B or *S
STAR BUCK - Stars on bucks are earned by virtue of parents with production records meeting ADGA minimums (Dam has earned her *M or *D and Sire has either *B/S or +B/S).
SUPERIOR GENETICS - This designation is earned through milk production testing. 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 GENETICS PERMANENT GRAND CHAMPION - A goat that has earned their Superior Genetics designation and is a permanent Champion from showing.
This list is in reference to pedigree lineage, going back 4 generations and relates to the goat's pedigree you are viewing:
SIRE'S SIRE - The goat's paternal grandsire (grandfather)
SIRE'S DAM - The goat's paternal granddam (grandmother)
SIRE'S SIRE'S SIRE - The goat's great grandsire (or, sire's paternal grandsire)
SIRE'S SIRE'S DAM - The goat's great granddam (or, sire's paternal granddam)
SIRE'S DAM'S SIRE - The goat's great grandsire (or, sire's maternal grandsire)
SIRE'S DAM'S DAM - The goat's great granddam (or, sire's maternal granddam)
SIRE - The goat's father
DAM'S SIRE - The goat's maternal grandsire (grandfather)
DAM'S DAM - The goat's maternal granddam (grandmother)
DAM - The goat's mother
DAM'S DAM'S DAM - The goat's great granddam (or, dam's maternal granddam)
DAM'S DAM'S SIRE - The goat's great grandsire (or, dam's maternal grandsire)
DAM'S SIRE'S DAM - The goat's great granddam (or, dam's paternal granddam)
DAM'S SIRE'S SIRE - The goat's great grandsire (or, dam's paternal grandsire)
And so on... you get the idea!
These are in reference to individual show wins (these titles do not become a permanent part of the animals' name unless the before mentioned criteria mentioned above is met):
GRAND CHAMPION - To be named GCH, the goat must first win 1st place for their class of same breed (for example; winner of Nigerian Dwarf 3 yr old Milkers) and then go on and compete against all the winners of the other classes/same breed (all ages come together) to take Grand Champion of the Nigerian Dwarfs. If a goat only wins their class then they are 1st place in their class, not "Grand Champion" for the show.
RESERVE CHAMPION - 2nd place win behind Grand Champion
BEST OF BREED
BEST OF BREED UDDER
BEST DOE IN SHOW
BEST UDDER IN SHOW
*UPDATED 2022 (ADGA revised a Category Designation)
This list is in reference to Linear Appraisal scoring. Animals will be scored by an ADGA trained official based on conformation in the following categories (and are listed in this order): General Appearance, Dairy Character, Body Capacity and Mammary System (not in bucks); followed by a numerical Final Score. Adult animals can be scored Excellent (E) with young stock being designated Extremely Correct (EC) for similar quality. 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:
EXCELLENT - Final score of 90 points and above
VERY GOOD - Final score of 85-89 points
GOOD PLUS - Final score of 80-84 points
GOOD - Final score of 70-79 points (*formerly "A" for "Acceptable")
FAIR - Final score of 60-69 points
POOR - Final score of 59 points or lower