Rules and Regulation-

  1. Regular, junior, and non-member members are eligible to register goats with the United States Meat Goat Association. terminated members of the Association shall not be entitled to the privileges of registration. It is the responsibility of the person who seeks to register a goat to be aware of all applicable requirements for such transactions at the time the submittal or request is made.
  2. The submission of an application or the request for USMGA services is an agreement by the individual to pay all related fees in preparation and/ or processing the request.
    a) Fees shall be established from time to time by the director of the USMGA, and shall be published by the USMGA under the news tab.
    b) No service of any kind will be processed unless the appropriate fees are submitted.
    c) The acceptance of payment, including cashing of a check or the processing of a credit card payment for any fee shall not be deemed to acknowledge that the material is in proper order.
    d) Incomplete requests or applications that are submitted without funds can be assessed fees for staff time to research and process the stated request.
    e) In the case of registration applications submitted where multiple owners qualify as the First Owner as defined in Rule#4, where any of those owners is a non-member, applicable non-member rates will apply to that transaction.
  3. General
    a) All monies received are applied to the appropriate owner transaction number. Monies received without a designated owner transaction number shall have a transaction number assigned. All owners with monies owed over ninety (90) days shall be placed on administrative hold, curtailing any further business transactions until the balance due is paid. Any owner(s) with monies due in excess of ninety (90) days shall receive written notice that their rights and privileges have been denied and that the fact of such denial may be published. Those wishing to object may submit a written request to the Executive Committee.
    b) The individual submitting work is responsible for supplying all required information. All supporting documentation will be returned to the applicant as incomplete or with an RFI (Request for more information). The applicant may resubmit the work with the necessary supporting documentation or may cancel the transaction and incur a $5 cancellation fee. All work returned to the applicant and not resubmitted within 90 days will be cancelled and subject to the cancellation fee.
    c) All USMGA applications and reports, and all rights, privileges, and activities relating in any way to the USMGA, are in all respects subject to the Rules and Regulations of the USMGA.
    d) All USMGA requirements for signature(s) of owner(s) or lessee(s) shall refer to the personal signature(s) on file with the USMGA or the encrypted digital / electronic signature, e.g.; /s/ (Typewritten Name of E-Filer).
    e) In any case where these Rules and Regulations require the personal signature / electronic equivalent of a particular person, the Director may waive such requirement after being satisfied that such person cannot or unreasonably refuses or neglects to provide such signature.
    f) The Rules and Regulations in effect at the time of submission of application for services, entry or other participation in USMGA programs will apply to each transaction.
    g) These Rules and Regulations are subject to change by the Director of the United States Meat Goat Association, at any time without notice.
  4. Applicant for registration must be the first owner of the kid. The dam must be officially entered on the records of the Association under the exact same name as the first owner’s membership on the date of birth of the kid unless a lessee has been designated on that date, except in cases of embryo kids as provided for.
  5. The breeder of an animal is the owner or lessee of record of a kid’s dam on the date of service.
  6. The record of animal registrations of the Association shall be known as the United States Meat Goat Herd Book. The methods in which the records are kept are vested with the Director of the USMGA.
    a) The United States Meat Goat Herd Book is made up of three (3) herd books:
    (i) Registered Full-blooded
    (ii) Registered Percentage
    (iii) Registered Commercial
    b) The herd book(s) are divided into categories in order to show a proper record of breeding.
  7. Registered full bloods must be registered as a full blood with another organization prior to submitting a registration request to the USMGA or must be the result of breeding goats already registered through the USMGA.
    a) Registered percentage goats must be registered as a percentage with another organization prior to submitting a registration request to the USMGA or must be the result of breeding goats already registered through the USMGA.
    b) Any breed or cross breed of goat is eligible to be registered as commercial through the USMGA.
  8. A complete application for registration must be submitted to the USMGA office, along with any required additional forms, signatures and payment of all applicable fees. Current forms are available from the USMGA office or on the USMGA website:
    a) Applications for registration will include the following:
    1) Animal’s requested name (see naming rules and requirements).
    2) Registration number and name of sire if applicable.
    3) Registration number and name dam, if applicable.
    4) Sex of the animal.
    5) Date of birth.
    6) How many in birth.
    7) Type of mating: natural, artificial insemination, or embryo transfer.
    8) Horn information.
    9) Animal’s tattoos (see tattoo policy). All animals are recommended to be tattooed at the time of application for registration.
    10) External identification, if any. Note: This is not a form of permanent identification. To be eligible for USMGA shows and performance testing goats must have permanent identification in the form of tattoos.
    11) Breeder’s information.
    12) Transfer information, if applicable.
    13) Specify herd book for which the animal is eligible:
    i. Registered Full-blooded
    ii. Registered Percentage
    iii. Registered Commercial
    b) Applications for registration must be typed or legibly written on current ABGA forms. Or through an electronic form on our website.
    c) Whenever an application for registration is incomplete or on non-USMGA forms, and the applicant has failed to provide all of the information required by the Association’s Rules within 90 days of the date the Association receives the application, such application shall be considered null and void. An application shall be considered incomplete if not accompanied by the required fee.
    d) In the event that the sire of an animal to be registered was not registered in the name of the owner or lessee of record of the dam at time of service, the owner or lessee of record of the sire must fill in and sign a Service Memo, giving name and registration number of the buck and date of service. If the dam was pasture-bred and the exact date of breeding is not known, the word “pasture” may be inserted in lieu of a date.
    e) Every Registration Certificate is based on the representations contained in the Application for Registration and/or Certificate of Transfer. If an animal has been registered or transferred through error, misrepresentation or fraud, such Registration Certificate is VOID, together with any registration or transfer of progeny. The United States Meat Goat Association assumes no liability for damages arising from such entry or transfer.
    f) It is strongly recommended that unsound or unworthy animals not be presented for registration
    g) USMGA reserves the right to request further documentation to confirm an animal’s eligibility for entry.
    h) In the event of a conflict, USMGA records shall control. Appeals may be addressed to the Director of the USMGA.
  9. Members and non-members who wish to tattoo their animals shall select a unique herd prefix. The unique herd prefix can be submitted with the new membership application or by legible written letter to the USMGA office. The herd prefix can be a word or words, or a series of numbers and/or letters that are unique and not assigned to other individuals. Once assigned, the prefix is used for animal identification by tattooing the herd prefix in the right ear of each animal registered by the applicant. Junior members may utilize the herd prefix assigned to an adult member residing in the same household and serving as their agent. The herd prefix must meet the following requirements:
    a) No herd prefix can be more than 5 numbers or letters.
    b) no herd prefix may contain spaces or special characters.
    c) Each herd prefix must be unique and not assigned to other individuals.
    d) No herd prefix will be assigned that utilizes one letter followed by a number or series of numbers (example: D4 or R278).
    e) Once assigned, the herd prefix and tattoo sequence cannot be changed.
    f) An USMGA herd prefix may be reassigned in the case of court order, inheritance, or sale of herd prefix by submitting a completed USMGA Name & Herd Prefix Transfer Form and appropriate fee to the USMGA office.
  10. Members may also apply for assignment of a unique herd name to be used in the naming of an animal. The herd name can be submitted with the new member application or by written letter to the USMGA office along with filing the appropriate fee. The herd name must meet the following requirements:
    a) A herd name may or may not be the same as the herd prefix.
    b) Only members of the Association may reserve a herd name.
    c) Each membership is limited to one active herd name at a given time.
    d) Once assigned, the herd name cannot be changed.
    e) Herd names are limited to a set of letters and/or numbers not to exceed 32 characters.
    f) Herd name and animal ID (name or ID number) may not exceed 32 characters
    g) An USMGA Herd Name that is no longer being used may be purchased by submitting a completed USMGA Name & Herd Prefix Transfer Form and appropriate fee to the USMGA office.
  11. Animal names consist of two parts. The first part of an animal name is the applicant’s herd prefix or the applicant’s herd name. The second part of the animal name is the actual name of the animal as provided by the applicant.
    a) Example 1: XCDFG Billy Twin M172. The member prefix is XCDFG and the applicant requested name of the animal is Billy Twin M172.
    b) Example 2: Clear View Billy Twin M172. The herd name is Clear View and the applicant requested name of the animal is Billy Twin M172.
    c) Herd names are available by completing the herd name section of an USMGA membership form and paying the herd name fee.
    d) Each animal to be registered must have a name, limited to 32 letters, numbers and spaces. All letters must be in English and all numerals must be in Arabic. Joint letters or other unusual marks or symbols will not be accepted. If a herd name is included in the name of an animal to be registered, it shall be the duty of the applicant to determine the correctness of such name before assigning it. The Association reserves the right to refuse a name request.
    e) The assigned herd prefix or herd name of the applicant shall be the first part of the registered name of the goat. The breeder of an offspring is the registered owner of the doe at the date of conception.
    f) If a doe is sold to a new owner during pregnancy, all offspring of that mating shall be given the herd prefix or herd name of the applicant for registration of the offspring
    g) In naming an animal, care must be taken to avoid including another person’s herd name/prefix as part of the chosen name. Using another person’s herd name/prefix may be considered an infringement upon that person’s registered herd name/prefix unless this is agreed to by that breeder. The use of another person’s registered herd name/prefix could result in misrepresentation of an animal’s pedigree.
    h) Once an animal has been officially registered and named with USMGA, the original herd name or prefix cannot be changed. Other name changes must have written approval by the original applicant for registration. This type of name change will not be allowed if the animal has offspring registered with the association at the time of the request.
  12. Tattoo Policy
    a) applicants eligible are assigned a unique tattoo sequence. USMGA has a policy for assigned tattoo sequences. Assigned tattoo sequences are protected, with their use restricted to the applicant they are assigned to or those individuals duly authorized to use that assigned tattoo sequence. Members are required to use the sequence assigned to their membership number. They may not use a sequence assigned to someone else.
    b) When filling out the application for registration, state on the application the tattoo exactly as it appears on the animal. Do not show tattoo information on the application that has not actually been tattooed on the animal.
    c) If a mistake in tattooing has occurred, what is actually tattooed on the animal must be reported on the application for registration. In some cases, additional numbers or letters may need to be added to the animal, in order for the tattoos to be unique to that animal.
    d) The applicant’s tattoo shall be tattooed in the right ear of all animals submitted for registration.
    e) If a doe is sold to a new owner during pregnancy, offspring resulting from that pregnancy shall have the herd prefix of the owner of the doe at kidding tattooed in the right ear of each offspring submitted for registration. The name of the animal will have the herd prefix or herd name of the applicant as part of the animal’s name on the Certificate of Registration.
    f) It is recommended that the left ear of all animals submitted for registration shall be tattooed with a letter to indicate the year the animal was born, followed by a serial number to designate the order of birth. The recommended year letters for USMGA are the same as the ABGA which is as follows:
    i. 1993: E
    ii. 1994: F
    iii. 1995: G
    iv. 1996: H
    v. 1997: J
    vi. 1998: K
    vii. 1999: L
    viii. 2000: M
    ix. 2001: N
    x. 2002: P
    xi. 2003: R
    xii. 2004: S
    xiii. 2005: T
    xiv. 2006: V
    xv. 2007: W
    xvi. 2008: X
    xvii. 2009: Y
    xviii 2010: Z
    xix. 2011: A
    xx. 2012: B
    xxi. 2013: C
    xxii. 2014: D
    xxiii 2015: E
    xxiv. 2016: F
    xxv. 2017: G
    xxvi. 2018: H
    xxvii 2019: J
    xxviii 2020: K
    xxix. The letters I, O, Q, and U are not used.
    g) No animal shall be registered by USMGA with the same tattoo (combination of right and left ear tattoos) within a 22-year period.
    h) Tattoos are important, not only for positive, permanent individual identification, but also for identification of animals who participate in the various USMGA programs, such as shows, and performance (gain) testing, In addition, the USDA Scrapie Eradication program and US Animal Identification program recognize registry tattoos as permanent identification for both programs.
    i) Animals submitted for registration in the USMGA that list a tattoo sequence already assigned within the USMGA registry will require the following:
    a. The applicant will be required to re-tattoo the animal’s right ear with their USMGA assigned prefix.
    b. The registration certificate will reflect that the animal has been re-tattooed.
    j) If an animal requires re-tattooing, the applicant will return registration certificate to the USMGA noting all characters as they appear on the animal. The registration certificate will be reissued to reflect that the animal has been re-tattooed in accordance with Rule#
    k) Permanently implanted microchip identification will be accepted by USMGA as official identification in addition to, or in lieu of, tattoos. The owner is responsible for providing the appropriate scanning device to read any microchip used for identification purposes.
  13. The owner of an USMGA registered animal may lease that animal to another breeder by completing a lease document. In the case of a partnership doe lease, or a lease to more than one person, the lessees may divide the ownership of the resulting offspring, and each may use their individual herd prefix to name the offspring in their ownership. All lessees will be recorded as the breeder of any offspring conceived during the lease period. When leases of bucks are in effect, the lessee(s) is authorized to sign service memos for offspring conceived during the lease period.
    a) An USMGA lease form or acceptable lease document must be submitted to the USMGA office for the lessee to register goats or sign for buck services.
    b) Registration and transfers of offspring from leased parent(s) are subjected to current registration and transfer requirements and fees.
  14. When a recorded goat is sold, it must be transferred to the buyer and a transfer recorded with the USMGA before its progeny can be registered. The original Registration Certificate, properly signed by the owner(s) of record, must be returned to the USMGA for a transfer to be recorded. The owner(s) of record at the time of sale has the responsibility for completing an USMGA transfer in its entirety.
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Disciplinary Action-
Failure to follow rules can result in bans from shows and performance testing as well as fees and membership removal