Welcome to the official KGBA Evaluation Program!
The KGBA is thrilled to announce the reintroduction of a KGBA herd evaluation service for our members!
Many years ago, the KGBA was lucky enough to have renowned judge, author, and goat evaluator Harvey Considine agree to help us create an evaluation program for the Kinder breed. Harvey worked closely with KGBA members for many years, developing a Kinder scorecard used by Kinder goat breeders and as a guide for those judging Kinder goats in the show ring. The herd evaluations and scorecard were invaluable in improving Kinder goats as a breed, helping to judge them fairly in the show ring, and helping individuals choose and breed goats more responsibly.
Unfortunately, Harvey did all evaluations himself and the service was lost to us when he passed away. Over the last few years, the association has been working tirelessly to reintroduce the evaluation program, and we are excited to begin the year with two qualified evaluators ready to visit your farms!
In order to make evaluations more cost effective and therefore more attainable to our members, the association will be subsidizing the cost of travel for our evaluators, meaning that the cost to our members will only be $10 per goat with a 5 head minimum. Priority will be based in part on the number of goats signed up to be evaluated in each area, so consider working with others in surrounding areas to sign up for multiple farms or to plan a large group evaluation at a single location. Our evaluators will also happily do evaluations on site before, during, or after shows, so please contact us as soon as possible if you are planning on holding shows in the future. Traveling longer distances becomes much more valuable to many if they can bring their entire herds to a show, spend the morning showing, get their herd evaluated in the afternoon, and go home with ribbons, scorecards, and a plan for herd improvement!
I really hope that people take advantage of this opportunity. I knew that evaluations would be valuable, but had no idea just how beneficial they would be until I had my own goats evaluated and the scorecards spread out on my table. Looking at them, it made it easy to decide who to keep, who to cull, and who to breed to whom.
If you are interested, just send us an email at email@example.com, and we will work with you to arrange a convenient time for evaluations. Contact us even if you only have two goats and don’t know anyone else nearby with Kinders; we will happily do whatever we can to help you get your goats evaluated. You never know… you may have Kinders or an evaluator living just down the road!
The KGBA evaluation program was designed to help breeders evaluate their individual animals based on traits that affect the structural and functional durability of their animals. Our evaluators score each goat based on how closely they adhere to the KGBA breed standard, which could be considered the prototype for the “perfect Kinder goat.” Each structural and functional areas (head, shoulder assembly, front legs, back legs, feet, back, rump, and udder texture) is evaluated as Excellent (Outstanding for young/dry does), Very Good, Average, Below Average, or Poor. The evaluation form also includes room for the evaluator to note comments and/or defects.
Upon completion of evaluations, each goat will receive individual scores for three sections – General Appearance, Kinder Character and Mammary System. These scores are then compiled to give a total score ranging from 0-100. Because it is not possible to accurately score an udder on young unfreshened stock or dry does, the highest final score they are able to achieve is 80. This is reflected as “outstanding” in order to acknowledge their future potential, dependent on udder quality. Numerical scores are compiled in their respective categories, after which the goat is given a letter that rates each of the three sections and the goat as a whole.
The designated letters translate to the following rating system:
E = Excellent (does in milk and adult bucks)
O = Outstanding (dry / junior does)
V = Very Good
A = Average
B = Below Average
P = Poor
Our evaluators will have a limited time to evaluate your goats. In order to allow for a smooth, timely evaluation process, please prepare for your evaluator’s visit by doing the following:
- Prepare an area for evaluations to be done. This should be a well-lit area on level ground free of tall grass/mud that would impede the evaluator’s ability to assess levelness, feet, etc. It is best if this area is covered for shade and rain protection, but a covered area is not a requirement.
- Ideally, there will be a table and/or chair for the evaluator’s use. They will bring their own equipment, but having a platform/table to write on and somewhere to sit will make their job easier.
- Goats should have collars on, be penned near the evaluation area, and be easily caught. If possible, have someone available to help you swap goats between evaluations.
- Does in milk should have full to mostly full udders. This will allow your evaluator to accurately assess attachments, capacity, and other important udder qualities.
- Know the age and milk production of each of your goats. Evaluators will ask these questions, and well as when the doe last freshened, how many kids she had, if she kids easily, etc. Answer as honestly as possible – these evaluations are meant to help you improve your herd, not a competition.
- Get your goats used to being touched and handled. We understand that most goats will be nervous and a bit jumpy when faced with new people and situations, but a goat that is wild/ dangerous or unable to be touched by our evaluators will not be scored.
- Have goats clean and in good weight for their evaluations. Have their feet trimmed and if possible, their udders clipped. This will allow the evaluator to assess your goats at their best.
- Do not question the evaluator while they are assessing a goat. Owners may answer direct questions asked by their evaluator, but they may not question or comment on an individual goat’s evaluation until it is complete, at which time you may feel free to ask questions. If an owner argues with or questions the evaluator during an evaluation, the evaluation may be deemed invalid. Evaluations are final once signed by the evaluator.
- Have fun! Remember – there is no such thing as a perfect goat. Our goal in evaluating your herd is not to tell you whether a goat is good or bad, but to give you another tool with which to make breeding, buying, and selling decisions. Assessing your Kinders’ individual strengths and weaknesses will help you make more informed breeding choices and should offer insight into overall trends in your herd, allowing for more focused and consistent improvement in your herd and ultimately in the Kinder breed as a whole.
Thank you for participating in the Kinder Goat Breeders Association Evaluation Program!