We offer two types of testing to the tri-state area (Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico) for your herd: owner sampler, test type 40, and DHIR official testing, test type 20. You or your tester complete the test day (record milk weights and collect samples) and ship them to one of our labs. We enter the data and analyze your samples. Results are then sent over to the DRPC to complete processing. From there the data is matched to the doe and then submitted to the CDCB.
3 Steps to Get You Started Testing
To become an owner/sampler tester or to certify a friend/neighbor. (If you were already certified, you will need to send us a copy of your certificate.) You will need to follow these instructions to test your goats and become certified. There is no fee for the certification and once you are certified, that does not expire unless you go over a 1 year period of not testing. Only then do we require you to retake the test.
We will start you through the quick tester training for owner sampler or to register a tester for your area. Please email us here to request a copy of the training guide. Then you can click here for the certification test.
You will need to get you a scale to test with. The scale must be approved by the Quality Certification Services in order for your tests to be official. We have scales that we can sell you. They are $35 plus $8 to calibrate plus shipping. Your scale will need to be calibrated each year. If you would like to purchase your own, you can take a look at the approved devices at this website.
Now it is time for us to send your sample vials, paperwork, and scale/meters to begin testing your goats. Once you receive the package you can begin testing your does.
For official testing you will need to test your herd monthly even if you dry off your entire herd. In that case, you will continue to send us your monthly paperwork listing if there are any changes etc. You can have no less than 8 tests in one year but 10-12 is preferred.
Note: Once a year you will need to complete a verification test required by the ADGA. This cannot be completed by your regular tester but can be completed by anyone who is not financially involved in your dairy.
Before your first test, you will receive these forms in your package. After your initial test, you will receive your forms in the mail from your records processing company; these are sent to you separate from the box the lab will ship back to you. The forms will show your doe data on them, ready to fill out for the next test.
AMERICAN DAIRY GOAT ASSOCIATION
Before you begin testing, you will want to register your does and bucks with the ADGA. You can also find out more information about the performance programs, dairy goat shows, and pedigrees.
MINIATURE DAIRY GOAT ASSOCIATION
If you have a miniature breed of goats you may consider also registering with the MDGA. On their website you can become a member, register you does and bucks, performance program information and dairy goat shows.
COUNCIL ON DAIRY CATTLE BREEDING
When you choose to test your herd officially, your data is ultimately sent to the CDCB after your records have been processed. You can log in to their website to see your doe records. Registration is free.