Herd Book

What is the Herd Book and database?

The Herd Book is a database that holds the pedigree records of the Breeder member stock.

Members are responsible for keeping correct pedigree records.

Regular members do not have access to the pedigree records in the database.

Breeder members yearly dues are $40.00 per farm/ranch – household. Breeder members have access to the pedigree records of the database.

A breeder may have one herd-book number and have multiple breeds within the database. Each breed is separated in a table for ease in searching and adding pedigree data. The pedigree database is accessible by breeder members of the society. All pedigree data is read format only. Members may print their own pedigree certificates from home. ‘Stud’ stock, that is inspected for production purposes and to follow the standard, will receive a permanent stud number in the ‘Stud’ Herd Book, assigned by the Meat Goat Society.

The Meat Goat Society ‘Stud’ Herd Book consists of stock listed in the breeder member data base that has been inspected by two ‘judges’ approved by the Meat Goat Society. Judges approved may be American Meat Goat (ABGA) judges, Australian, and South African accredited judges and inspectors approved by the Meat Goat Society. ‘Stud’ stock will receive a permanent sealed certificate from the Meat Goat Society. Cost is $10.00 per certificate.

Flock stock may also receive a regular certificate marked ‘Flock’. This provides a pedigree that is certified by the Meat Goat Society, showing the animal has been inspected. Cost is $10.00 per certificate.

Judges may be certified by taking the Boer Goat Course offered by the Meat Goat Society each year and the free exam. One Junior and two Senior exams, then a final exam is required. Details are on the information page.

June 2-4, 2021 Boer Goat Course, Sedalia, MO. Judges and inspectors: John & Jackie Edwards of EGGS, Stephenville, Texas. The Edwards were highly successful as Boer goat breeders and retired to start raising Dorpers, with great success also. We are confident in their knowledge and ability to teach others how to select stock and what to look for. We are grateful to have them and look forward to a wonderful time.  Join us and sign up today.

There is a one time fee of $100.00 to purchase a Herd Book ‘Stud’ Number.

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What is a database, table, and record?




The Meat Goat Society uses a relational database.  A database is essentially a collection of organized information, and a relational database is a type of database that uses relationships. 

This type of database defines database relationships in the form of tables. It is also called Relational DBMS, which is the most popular DBMS type in the market. Database example of the RDBMS system include MySQL, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server database.

A table contains a list of items of the same type—like people, ideas, or objects. Each base needs at least one table, and this base is tracking different types of meat goats so the base is divided into multiple tables.

Each ‘client’ Breeder Member in the Meat Goat Society has a herd book number to track their pedigree herd book information.  The information contained in the table and is a client’s herd book, farm/ranch name, and general contact information, is kept up to date by the breeder member.

Each row that you see in the grid is called a record. Each record is an individual goat in a table and could be any different breed, designated by the breeder.

Each member is a client and has a herd number.  Under that herd number the member may record any breed they choose, that is available in the database.  This is for record keeping purposes.  In this record the owner may record information under the record of each individual animal

This is a database for the producer that is interested in raising Boer goats as a community.  This effort is for breeders that want to help others learn how to follow the standard of the Boer goat and the variations of the colour coat in the Boer goat family, like the Kalahari Red, Dapple, Black, Chroma, and Savanna.  The white body, dark headed stock follows the traditional Boer goat in coat colour standards.  We recognize the variations and feel that the breeders with colour coats should be able to compare those animals and be recognized and rewarded.  ‘Show’ or ‘evaluation’, the same thing takes place in an arena.  A breeder brings their best stock to be evaluated by a judge.  The way an evaluation takes place for the Meat Goat Society, is a little different than a regular show.  Handlers are provided instead of exhibitors leading their stock around the arena.  Stock is presented as natural as they can be.  Cleaning and clipping the animal is acceptable.

Other breeds are included in the Meat Goat Society for members so they may create a pedigree with multiple breeds and retain the pedigree information on the certificate.  The purpose of the additional breeds listed in the data base isn’t to take place of the registry a breeder already uses.  It is an opportunity to keep pedigree records in one table for composite stock.  A composite animal is a cross bred animal that does not fit the standard of any other breed and/or is a combination of multiple breeds.

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