Australian Miniature Grading System

The Australian Miniature Goat grading up process was set (Feb 2000) using height standards similar to the Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association (America) and adopted by the MGBA for the continued development of the Australian Miniature Goat breed. Creation of the Australian Miniature Goat using set standards is attainable. Standards were created and modified with the help of many reputable Foundation Breeders to promote the development of the Breed. The aim was to create standards that any knowledgeable person could easily follow, using animals that were not unobtainable and to develop a grading system similar to other accepted livestock grading up systems that would continually support a breeding program in which each new generation would meet the steadily reducing height requirements.

ELIGIBILITY

The Australian Miniature Goat is a height breed. Any goat of unknown / unregistered parentage meeting the height requirements is eligible to enter the breed and be used in the production of the Australian Miniature Goat. Angora, Boer, Kalahari, Cashmere, Bush Goat, Dairy breeds and crosses free from disqualifying Australian Miniature Goat breed faults can enter the register as Australian Miniature Goats when they meet height and Grade D requirements. (see below)

GRADING SYSTEM

HERDBOOK PUREBRED​

  • Animal must conform to the characteristics of the Australian Miniature Goat breed.
  • Animal must have two registered (minimum Purebred) parents to qualify as Herdbook Purebred.
  • Does must not exceed 57cm, Bucks and Wethers must not exceed 60cm.
  • Height verified by Qualified/Certified MGBA measurer(s)

PUREBRED

  • Animal must conform to the characteristics of the Australian Miniature Goat breed.
  • Animal must have two registered (minimum Grade A) parents to qualify as Purebred.
  • Does must not exceed 57cm, Bucks and Wethers must not exceed 60cm.
  • Height verified by Qualified/Certified MGBA measurer(s).
  • Graded at 3 years of age.

GRADE A

  • Animal must conform to the characteristics of the Australian Miniature Goat breed.
  • Animal must have two registered (minimum Grade B) parents.
  • Does must not exceed 58.5cm, Bucks and Wethers must not exceed 61cm.
  • Bucks must be height verified by Qualified/Certified MGBA measurer
  • Graded at 3 years of age.

GRADE B

  • Animal must conform to the characteristics of the Australian Miniature Goat breed.
  • Animal must have two registered (minimum Grade C) parents.
  • Does must not exceed 59.7cm, Bucks and Wethers must not exceed 62.2cm.
  • Graded at 3 years of age.

GRADE C

  • Does must have at least one registered (minimum Grade D) parent.
  • Bucks must have two registered (minimum Grade D) parents.
  • Does must not exceed 61cm, Bucks and Wethers must not exceed 63.5cm.
  • Graded at 3 years of age.

GRADE D

  • Does must not exceed 63.5cm, with or without recorded parentage.
  • Bucks and Wethers must not exceed 63.5cm and must have one registered miniature parent.
  • Graded at 3 years of age.

OVER HEIGHT

Over height animals may be used in the development of the miniature breed with their progeny being eligible for inclusion in the lower grades provided such progeny meet the height requirements for the breed.

UNDER HEIGHT

Adults bucks 53.3cm and under and adult does 46cm and under are to be height verified by or under the direction of a Certified MGBA measurer to be considered for registration.