These are the North American Packgoat Association’s (NAPgA’s) suggested Breeder’s Code of Ethics. This is living document which is open to editing and updating as needed.
Breeder’s Code of Ethics
- Maintain records for breeding, kidding, vaccination, identification, disease testing, sales, veterinary care, etc.
- Participate in and follow requirements of federal USDA Scrapies program
- Maintain a list of past buyers and their contact information per Scrapies requirements
- Permanently identify each kid with an ear tag, tattoo or microchip prior to it leaving your property.
- Maintain a disease free herd CAE/CL/Johnes and disclose testing frequency and results
- Show and explain disease test results to buyers
- Inform buyers if one of the above diseases shows up in the herd after potentially infected animals are sold
- Stay informed about Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae and disclose herd testing status
- Disclose vaccination protocol
- Disclose coccidia prevention protocol
- Disclose feeding protocol
- Willing to help buyers connect with the best goat for their purposes
- Honest and upfront about potential flaws (conformation, attitude, hooves, etc.) or potential incompatibilities of particular goats in their herd
- NAPgA Member
- Inform buyers of packgoat resources, including NAPgA membership
- Be willing to mentor and offer guidance and advice on goat care or point buyer to others who can help
- Maintain a professional and courteous attitude toward other breeders, other goat breeds, etc. even if these are not packgoat-specific breeders or if goats are not specially bred as packgoats
- Provide a written contract for sale disclosing all terms of the purchase agreement: goat name, description, identification, deposit, price, refund policy, pick-up timeframe, etc.