GOAT TESTING

We offer two types of testing to the tri-state area 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
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Step One
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. Watch these series of videos that explain the paperwork.  Once you have watched the videos we will send you the test.
Click here for the certification test.
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Step Two
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.
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Step Three

Now it is time for you to send us your sample vials, paperwork, and scale/meters to begin testing your goats. Once you receive the package we will send you with the listed items 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 me your monthly paperwork listing if there are any changes etc. You can have no less than 10 tests in one year but 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.

 

FORMS

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.

BARN SHEET

Use this page to fill out your milk weight input and status changes.

HERD DATA SHEET

Use this page to fill out your milking times and new or transfer does.

MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT

This must be filled out and signed to begin official testing.

 

QUICK LINKS

 

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.

Texas DHIA

Phone (806) 651-8750

Mon - Fri:  8am - 5pm
Sat - Sun:  Closed

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