WELCOME TO AFGO
WELCOME TO THE AMERICAN FAINTING GOAT ORGANIZATION (REGISTRY)
PRESERVING THE HISTORICALLY CORRECT GOATS THE WAY GOD MADE THEM
NOT THE WAY MAN HAS TRIED TO CHANGE THEM!
KEEPING HISTORY ALIVE WITH ONE CONSISTENT LOOK
THE MOST INTERACTIVE SITE THAT YOU WILL FIND ANYWHERE!
PICTURES,VIDEOS, SOUNDS, & VOICE MEMO’S
GENETICS MAKES THEM DIFFERENT.
AFGO PERSERVES THEM.
Welcome to the American Fainting Goat Organization (Registry). We are also referred to as “AFGO”. We are a family owned and operated Fainting Goat Registry dedicated to preserving and enhancing the historically correct Fainting goat as they were in the beginning. We even kept their name the same! Our goal is to register only goats that are historically correct! Our goal is to have a single common look that is consistent throughout the breed. Our goal is to maintain the strong genetics that create the Faint-Ability of the breed. The push today is for bigger meatier goats that mature faster. As breeders actively breed to “improve” their herds to follow this trend; the historically correct Fainting goats are being pushed right out of the gene pool. They could find themselves back on the endangered list if more breeders don’t breed for the historically correct goats. We evaluate each goat prior to registration. If the goat passes all the requirements it is then certified to be historically correct by AFGO. The evaluation process.
Around 1980 the Fainting goats were listed on the endangered/critical list published by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy “ALBC”. The breed has since been gaining attention and the numbers have increased. Because of this, the breed has now been removed from the endangered list and placed on the recovering list. I think it is important for us to realize why the numbers have increased. Many goats are currently being registered by other registries that do not match the breed standard and that are not historically correct. These goats were all included in the numbers that the ALBC uses. This is why AFGO feels that the numbers are not totally correct and still has some concern about the breed becoming endangered again. Again the push today is for bigger, meatier goats that mature faster. While this may help to strengthen other breeds and create new breeds, we must realize that overuse of crossbreeding and/or breeding away from the breed type would once again threaten the survival of the historically correct Fainting goat.
Many have asked us “how is AFGO different than the other registries?” Well it is really very simple. Our primary focus is and always has been on the historically correct Fainting goat breed. At AFGO we feel that without a registry dedicated solely to these goats they will be lost. At AFGO we feel that it is time to move the breed into a direction that will encourage more historically correct bred goats. This means that breeders will begin to breed once again towards the breed type and not so much for their own personal preferences. To help accomplish this AFGO has initiated a breed standard to follow. All breeds must have a breed standard to inform breeders, judges, and others what the breed should look like. Picture a poodle dog; you can tell it is a poodle by looking at it. It has one consistent look no matter what size poodle you are looking at. This is why the standard must be precise. It must include traits that will define the breed. It must be followed. Any deviation will harm the breed. This sadly is happening already as several goats have been registered by others that don’t meet the standard. A breed standard is different than a breed description. A standard not only will describe the looks and traits of the animal but it will also define characteristics that are not acceptable in the breed. Having a breed description alone is not enough to ensure that the goats remain historically correct. You must be willing to acknowledge what is NOT acceptable. AFGO is the first registry to recognize this breed as a formal breed. Being a formal breed will help to ensure that the breed remains historically correct. Even though AFGO considerers the Fainting goat breed to be a formal breed we have allowed for the varieties found in the breed due to the fact that they began as a land-race breed. All goats must match the breed standard in order to be registered! We insist on one consistent look. AFGO wants to ensure that all goats registered with them have a level of Faint-Ability. This is what the breed is known for and what made it popular so many years ago. If it doesn’t faint it is not a Fainting goat. We will strive to ensure that the Fainting goat breed remains strong. We will try to keep the breed as close to its original traits, characteristics, and size as possible. Much of our information comes from the breeders themselves so we rely on their honesty. For more information about the traits and characteristics you can refer to our breed standard.
While AFGO is leading the way to maintain a consist look; other registries are trying to do the same. Breeders everywhere are seeing problems and noticing the different looks. Breeders are becoming aware of the breeds movement away from the traditional breed type and are voicing their disappointment. This has made some registries rethink things. Some are starting to close the herd books. The hope here is to start seeing a more consistent look over the years. The problem is that at this point it may almost be too little too late with the amount of goats that have already been registered that are not historically correct. IF this can be achieved it will take many years to accomplish. AFGO has already achieved this because from the beginning we have only registered one consistent look. We have only registered goats that have demonstrated at least some level of Faint-Ability. Even if others are able to get a consistent look, it may not be the look of the original historically correct Fainting goats. This is because in order to get historically correct goats you must start and breed only historically correct goats. You cannot have others that don’t match the standard included in your gene pool.
AFGO BELIEVES IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN AN OPEN HERD BOOK. THERE ARE STILL MANY GOATS THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN REGISTERED THAT MEET THE BREED STANDARD AND THEY MAINTAIN THAT HIGH LEVEL OF FAINT-ABILITY THAT THE BUYERS WANT. AFGO BELIEVES THAT IF ONLY THE CORRECT GOATS ARE REGISTERED FROM THE START, THAN AN OPEN HERD BOOK WILL NOT BE A PROBLEM.
THE HISTORY OF THE FAINTING GOATS (A MUST READ ARITCLE IF YOU PLAN TO HELP PRESERVE THE BREED)
AFGO is built on Christian beliefs and values. We are proud of this fact and we do not try to hide it. If this is offensive to you, then I am sorry, but you may need to find another registry more suited to your needs.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Psalms 150:6
LEARN MORE ABOUT AFGO AND THE BREED BY CLICKING ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS!
There are several ways in which to contact AFGO.
Call us @ 936-201-0907
Join us online at FaceBook. Search for American Fainting Goat Organization open chat!
Drop us a line: AMERICAN FAINTING GOAT ORGANIZATION 780 Cassidy Dr. Hemphill Tx, 75948
I hope you will consider registering your goats with us and helping to preserve this fantastic breed and have some fun while doing it.
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