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 heritage Fainting goat as they were in the beginning. We even kept their name the same! We are geared to the pet owners and breeders, as well as, the show breeders. 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. We are all about fun and preserving the heritiage breed. To ensure that the goat is historically correct, 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.
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 do not focus on the meat goat like the Myotonic groups do.
Around 1980 the Fainting goats were listed on the endangered/critical list
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 such as the Myotonic goats, 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.
We are designed to help the pet owner, the pet breeders and those interested in showing. We are a small breed in size. We are a breed that matures slow. Both of these qualities are great for our purposes, but no good for the meat breeders.
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. You must also be willing to acknowledge what is NOT acceptable. Picture a poodle dog; you can tell it is a poodle by looking at it. It has one consistent look. 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.
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.
As of November 1, 2016 we have a revision to our standard. Please read the following:
The American Fainting Goat Organization “AFGO” has been in operation for a little more than 5 years now. We have over 2000 goats in our data base. We are currently at a steady growth. We have seen many different goats and pedigrees throughout the years. Our number one goal is to ensure that the breed stays a heritage goat that is historically correct. We feel that up to this point we have done this to the best of our ability; however, we think we need to make a few adjustments. We believe that the breed has grown much more in height over the recent years and this is a concern to us. Throughout history it has been well documented that the breed ranged between 17”-25” in height. The breed has seen changes that may account for some of the increased heights that we encounter today. We have better nutrition, and herd management, as well as better medical knowledge. AFGO feels these things have played a role in the increasing heights, but, still the breed continues to grow. In order to keep the original and traditional breed true to their unique ancestors, we have decided to put a height limit into place. We will no longer be accepting any goat above 27” at maturity. We feel the average buck consistently is around 25-26.5” in height while the doe is around 23-24.5” in height. Miniatures remain under 24” for bucks and 22” for does. AFGO feels that this will not affect any of our currently registered goats. AFGO also feels strongly that will help to ensure the breeds’ future. Thanks for support. Debbie & Jack Cassidy-owners of AFGO.
7. 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 HISTORICALLY 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 OR TEXT 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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