The AKGA PTP was suspended in 2015 to allow more focus on new farm data based programs. These include the NSIP Kid Plan and the MGGES at TSU and the GHIP at KSU. The Kikos listed below accumulated the points shown during 2012-14 inclusive. The information below is left for those interested to review.
Certificates in recognition of their participation in the 2013 AKGA Performance Testing Program and the outstanding performance of their bucks in independent meat goat tests were awarded to PJ Murphy of Wood, Field and Stream, LLC for High Point Buck and for High Point Sire. Wes Pinneo of B Bar W was awarded recognition for Reserve High Point Buck.
AKGA Performance Test Program (AKGA PTP)
The “AKGA Performance Test Program” would be comprised of 2 connected performance recording elements.
The performance of the buck on the performance test will determine the credit he receives (Performance-tested Buck Identifier) and the credit (AKGA Performance Program Breed Points) his relatives would receive.
Part 1. The Performance-Tested Buck Identifier (Performance Buck ID)
Part 2. The AKGA Performance Program Breed Points System. (AKGA Breed Points)
Part 1. Performance-Tested Buck Identifier (Performance Buck ID)
This would be for performance-tested bucks only.
This would be a combination of letters and numbers to clearly show how the tested buck graded in the 3 categories that the AKGA Performance Test Program (PTP) is focused on at this time. Average daily Gain, Fecal Egg Count and Rib Eye Area
It will take 5 spaces to show what type of feed was used in the test and how the goat graded in the 3 traits of primary interest. (Example to follow below)
Performance-Tested Buck ID would be issued only after the buck is fully registered (including DNA).
The following is an example for explanation purposes.
This is a sample buck identifier:
ZZZ Fred FO975
ADG is the first number and has the qualifier of two letters to denote type of feed system used – highlighted in Red
FO – Forage Only
FS – Forage supplemented
FL – Feedlot/Confined
As previously outlined, the Performance-Tested Traits Graded are:
1. Average daily Gain - ADG
2. Fecal Egg Count -FEC
3. Rib Eye Area - REA
First Digit is the ADG Grade
Second Digit is the FEC Grade
Third Digit is the REA Grade
The performance-tested bucks receive grades ranging from 9 to 1 in each of the 3 categories.
Goats below 20 percent (0-19%) get 1 point for that trait
Goats in 20 to 29% bracket receive 2 points for that trait
Goats in 30 to 39% bracket receive 3 points for that trait
Goats in 40 to 49% bracket receive 4 points for that trait.
Goats in 50 to 59% bracket receive 5 points for that trait.
Goats in 60 to 69% bracket receive 6 points for that trait.
Goats in 70 to 79% bracket receive 7 points for that trait.
Goats in 80 to 89% bracket receive 8 points for that trait.
Goats in 90 to 100% bracket receive 9 points for that trait.
If trait is not evaluated N (Not available) appears in that space
So our example Buck’s information can be quickly taken from his Performance Test Program Buck Identifier (FO975)
ZZZ Fred FO975
ZZZ – AKGA Herd Prefix/Farm
Goat Name - Fred
FO -Forage only test
First digit – 9 (ADG = 90-100% )
Second Digit – 7 (FEC = in 70-79%)
Third Digit – 5 (Loin = in 50-59%)
The performance buck i.d. will appear on the registered buck's AKGA certificate as part of his name and will need to be included on the registration application when filling in the buck's name. This would be a one-in–a-life-time test result and so the AKGA Performance Test Buck Identifier would remain the same from that point on.
This Performance-Tested buck Identifier would be separate from the AKGA Performance Program Breed Points (Breed Points). The buck would, however, receive credit toward his AKGA Performance Program Breed points from these grades. This is how the AKGA Breed Points would be calculated. Using the grade values from the tested bucks.
The digit/grade numerical value, from the Performance Test Buck Identifier, would be the number of breed points used as the starting value of the bucks own individual Performance Program Breed Points total. This is to give credit to bucks, who have demonstrated through the rigors of a test that they possess the measured traits themselves. NOTE: Other non-tested bucks can accumulate points through their progeny participating in tests.
So using our example buck ZZZ Fred FO975:
ZZZ Fred would have a starting value in his AKGA Breed Points account of:
21 Total Breed Points.
9 ADG, plus 7 FEC plus 5 REA equals 21 Points
For explanation of how relatives of ZZZ Fred would receive credit for his excellent performance, please see below “AKGA Breed Points”.
Part 2. AKGA Performance Program Breed Points System. (AKGA Breed Points)
This is how the performance of the bucks on the Central Performance Tests would earn credit in the form of breed points for their immediate family.
This would be a points system where AKGA Kiko goats accumulate points based on the performance of relatives that have completed central performance tests and who have completed the process of becoming registered and received their “Buck ID”.
The sires (bucks) and dams (does) Breed Points will be constantly changing depending on when their relatives qualify for a Buck ID. These sires and dams would have a figure (AKGA Breed Points), which can be looked up on the AKGA PTP web page, which keeps tally of their AKGA Breed Points. This figure would be updated annually and high performing Breeders and all Individual Goats earning points that year will be recognized at the Annual Meeting and in AKGA publicity.
To determine how many breed points the tested bucks’ relatives would receive, and the weighted system dependant on those grade points earned by the tested buck, the following methodology is employed. See explanation below:
Sires would receive the performance-tested progenys’ grade points MINUS 5 points in each of the 3 categories.
Progeny at 60% and above, add value to total Breed Points eg ADG Grade 7 – Sire points would be 7 minus 5 = 2 breed points to that sire’s total Breed Points for that ADG performance of his son.
Dams receive Performance tested progenys’ grade points MINUS 4 in each of the 3 categories
Progeny at 50% and above would add value to their dam’s total Breed Points. Example tested buck gets a grade of 5 on FEC. That would mean his dam receives 5 minus 4 = 1 point for his performance.
Grand Dam and Grand Sire
Grand Parents receive grade points MINUS 7 in each of the 3 categories.
This means that only extremely high performers of 80% plus add value to the total Breed Points of their grand parents. This will help possibly identify individuals whose sons and daughters subsequently go on to produce exceptional animals.
Performance-Tested Bucks’ Female Siblings:
Full Sisters (Same parents)– receive Performance Tested Full Sibling’s grade points MINUS 4 in each of the 3 categories. Breeders need to identify Full Siblings at nomination time on nomination form.
The full sibling receives points only when their full brother grades average or above.
Breed Points: Levels of Recognition
Sires/Bucks would be considered “Performance Proven” in an INDIVIDUAL TRAIT (eg ADG etc) category at 48 Breed Points earned in that trait category.
Dams/Does would be considered “Performance Proven” in an INDIVIDUAL TRAIT category at 16 Breed Points.
Once an animal has earned “Performance Proven” status in 2 of the 3 trait categories, the goat will need to be judged structurally sound and certified as such by an approved conformation judge. Once certified, the goat would receive the title of AKGA Kiko Elite Sire or AKGA Kiko Elite Doe.
A list of approved judges will be published once final arrangements are made.
The AKGA has a list of sanctioned tests. This lists Meat Goat Performance Tests with an established relationship with the AKGA Performance Committee for the purpose of inclusion in the AKGA PTP.
Sanctioned Tests List:
Langston University, Oklahoma
Western Maryland University, Maryland
Eastern Oklahoma State, Oklahoma
San Angelo, Texas
Pennsylvania Dept of Agriculture, Pennsylvania
To be sanctioned, a test must:
- Be run scientifically, independently and transparently
- Data must be easily accessed, downloaded and printed from the internet by consignors and the general public for no charge.
- The test officials have be willing to express a willingness to work with the AKGA in its attempts to verify the identities of AKGA Performance Test Program eligible bucks.
- Adequately monitor performance by taking measurements of no less than 2 of the traits that make up the Test Performance grades. That is A. ADG B. FEC C. Rib Eye Area
- Be a minimum of 60 days long
Eligibility of Bucks
From Jan 1 2013, Bucks must be nominated before the 15th day from the commencement of the AKGA sanctioned test.
The Identification Information required is;
Federal Scrapie Program Herd number and Tag number of each goat. (Unique National Number)
- The Test Tag Number or Test Identification
- Sire AKGA registered Name and AKGA Registration Number
- Dam AKGA registered name and AKGA Registration Number
- Have an already implanted microchip number submitted with nomination form.
- (Some bucks will be scanned randomly by test officials at drop off time at test site.)
Breeder and Buck Eligibility Criteria
As with all other breed performance programs, Breeders/Owners and the buck must meet certain criteria. These criteria are subject to change for future years.
A. Buck Breeder/Owner must be an AKGA Member.
B. The buck must be registered or be eligible to be registered with the AKGA as a Purebred (includes NZs)
C. Buck must be a minimum of 40 lbs at start of test.
D. Nomination forms must be completely filled in and received by Performance Committee chair before the 15th day of the test.
All concepts and ideas here within are the property of the AKGA and cannot be used by other bodies without express written consent of the Board of Directors of the AKGA.