Member Services

AGF actively supports scientific research that benefits goat industry stakeholders and provides information to goat producers and the general public that help promote the industry and create a better understanding among the general public of what animal agriculture is all about. In addition to keeping goat industry professionals and stakeholders informed about programs, government decisions and events that impact the goat industry, AGF offers services to Individual and Affiliate members free of charge.  Members are asked for their opinions about government plans that affect their operations.  Members can also make requests to congress through the AGF delegation that visits Washington, DC each spring. Members can express interest in being part of the delegation.  Members can attend AGF meetings and serve on AGF Committees.  Members also provide input for the Sheep and Goat Sector meetings with USDA and other government agencies. Whenever AGF receives a survey request from universities, the government, USDA or other groups, members are given the access to the survey in order to respond.  Members also have access to the Members Page of the website where they can view minutes of past meetings, internal memos, plans for future activities and other AGF information.  To view the page members need to contact the office using their email of record when they joined for the password.

Free "Breeds of Goats" poster: Any member who renews or any new member who joins during 2022 will receive a free "Breeds of Goats" poster. All members who renewed or joined for 2022 early will also receive a poster.
  • Opportunities to add opinions and needs to national surveys that determine how federal money is spent (money that comes from the taxes goat producers pay).
  • Opportunities to help find, initiate and support research that is beneficial to their operations.READ MORE

All 2022 members will receive a $10.00 discount off a subscription to the Goat Journal magazine.
Any members who renewed or signed up early for 2022 will also receive a free poster.
FREE Internet Marketing Program for Goats and Goat Products
Showcase your Goats and/or Goat Products here on this site and drive buyers to your sales page on your site. Sign up and you will be contacted with information on how to get this done. Click on the AGF/ logo sign up.

Excel-based Record Keeping, Production, Information & Performance Management Tool
Meets Scrapie ID & Recordkeeping Requirements

The original GHIP program was developed by Dr. Ken Andries, past President of AGF and member of the AGF Advisory Council. Dr. Andries is Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, at Kentucky State University. The GHIP-AGF program has been modified and enhanced by AGF and Dr. Andries for easier input of data and use by producers. Items were added to meet the recordkeeping requirements for the Mandatory Scrapie Eradication Program. AGF-GHIP is free to all AGF Individual and Affiliate Members and will be personalized to each producer for ease of use. The program can be made available on paper also, if requested.
The Herd Data sheet is where information is entered.

Information for breeding does and bucks can be transferred from the Treatment Record to the Herd Data Sheet in the "Goat Comments" column to become part of the permanent record.
Before being sent to the Member this sheet will be adjusted to only show those weaning days they wish to collect weights for.

Producers have the option of keeping the data, or of recording data and sending it in to be evaluated by Dr. Andries, who will perform adjustments and return summary sheets to the producer. All files sent in to be summarized go directly to Dr. Andries and the information is not shared with anyone else, besides the producer. Those Summary Sheets will include:

  • Birth and weaning weight adjusted for type of birth/rearing, sec, and age of dam
  • Weaning weight adjusted to a 90 day standard
  • Birth and weaning weight performance ratio
  • Dam summary showing number of kids born/weaned, and total actual and adjusted birth and weaning weight for each doe.
  • If sire ID has been provided, a sire summary with average actual and adjusted birth and weaning weights for each sire used and number of kids he sired at birth and weaning.

Over time information on overall averages and ranges will be provided to help the producer evaluate their herd.