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  • What are Arapawa goats used for?
    Arapawa goats are currently a dual-purpose goat used for meat and dairy. There are currently no known milk stats for the breed but there is hope to have milk tested in the future. A few breeders have pulled the winter fiber produced by the Arapawa when it is shed and has been used to spin with other livestock fibers. It has been said to be incredibly soft, there is not a lot there to use on its own. Arapawa are used at zoos, museums, and public farms in educational programs to help promote the breed.
  • How can I get started raising Arapawa goats?
    We appreciate your interest in raising Arapawa goats! Feel free to visit our Classifieds as this has our most up-to-date information on available stocks. If you want to find goats that may be closer to you, visit the Breeders Directory and see if you can be placed on the breeder's waitlist. We offer an Associate Membership for those who want to support the breed. With an Associate Membership, you get similar access as the Owner Membership and get to interact with other breeders!
  • Do all bucks get the cool horns?
    One of the famous things about the Arapawa goats is that the bucks horns will swoop and curl out. Most of the bucks will get these cool horns, though it takes a few years for them to completely mature and grow out.
  • What testing is recommended when purchasing Arapawa?
    Depending on your farm's biosecurity you may want more or less testing than what the AGBA recommends, this is just a recommendation and not a must! The AGBA recommends testing for CAE, CL, and Johnes when purchasing new goats, Arapawa or otherwise, when bringing them into your herd. OR purchase from a closed herd that has documentation of herd health. The buyer should be prepared to pay extra for those tests, it is at the discretion of the owner on how that is handled and priced.
  • When should I register my goats?
    It is recommended by the Association that kids should be registered around 6 months of age or prior to being sold. Goats being registered should have their tattoo information assigned to them and have a good photo for the registration application. It is the responsibility of the breeder to register the goat kids. When purchasing from another breeder, they must submit the registration application to the registrar.
  • What permanent form of ID is accepted?
    The only form of permanent ID accepted by the AGBA are tattoos. Goats should be tattooed with the appropriate herd prefix and individual tattoo when being registered and absolutely before sale to another breeder. Tags and microchips are not accepted as a permanent form of ID by the AGBA but are allowed to be used as a secondary ID.
  • What type of photo works for registrations?
    Photos for registrations should be a landscape photo of the side of the goat. If there are any special markings on one of the sides of the goat, that is the preferred side to be photographed.
  • How long does it take to register or transfer registered goats?
    The goal is to have registrations and transfers done within a month of receiving the application or transfer. Feel free to reach out to the registrar after a month time to check in and see where your application or transfer is in the queue!
  • Are there any disqualifications that would keep a goat from being registered?
    There are a few things that would disqualify a goat from being put into the registry, even if their parents are registered. If there are any concerns that your goat may be disqualified from the registry, please reach out to the registration for help. Disqualification includes but are not limited to: Wattles Blue eyes (eyes may be blue at birth but should change by the time they are 2 months old) Bent or twisted facial expression Divided or uneven scrotum One testicle or undescended testicle Hermaphrodite
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