Breeders Code of Ethics

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

Herd Health

  • 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.