2023 CGS Yearbook

Yes, a very exciting 2023 CGS Yearbook has been in the planning stages and now we are more than ready to go!

This publication will be a very valuable means of promoting your herd and breeding program and genetic value of your animals!

This summary will include a presentation of production award winners for 2022 and will also highlight winners of Permanent Championships in the showring in 2022 and winners of other CGS awards for individual animals plus informative and educational articles regarding CGS program and services. In essence an overflowing cornucopia of information on the CGS breeds of goats in Canada.   

Please see the information re advertising rates below.

Please also note that the appropriate amount of HST or GST for your province must be added over and above  payment for the ad.

We look forward to hearing from you regarding reservations for and payment for ads by DECEMBER 1, 2022 and receiving your ad copy by DECEMBER 15, 2022!

Be part of and get ready for an epic publication!

Advertising Rates LINK

Booking Starts for 2023 Activities

2023 will be here before we know it!
Thus, GGS is thrilled to announce the CGS East and West National Shows for 2023!!!
K DAYS at Edmonton, Alberta. JULY 21 to 23, 2023
ROYAL AGRICULTURAL WINTER FAIR at Toronto, Ontario November 4, 2023 show day!

These shows are high profile dairy goats events!
If you’d like more details please contact CGS at info@goats.ca and we’ll gladly put you in touch with the organizers!
On to 2023!


  • The CGS Eastern Judges Licensing Conference will take place in mid-October in the Hamilton, Ontario region.

The Judges Licensing Conferences (JLCs) allow current judges to retain their status or to advance to a higher level of status. They also offer an opportunity for new people to acquire their first license as a judge. Furthermore any CGS member who wishes to learn more about evaluation of animals and the process of judging can audit the conference and gain a valuable education.

Here are details about the 2022 Eastern JLC:   


Logistical information as provided by the organizers. Ed Cavanagh is the Coordinator for this conference.  

Dates: Friday, October 14th, Saturday, October 15th and Sunday October 16th.

Start times will be 10am.

Friday (all day), Saturday AM –  Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Road South, Jerseyville, Ontario.

Saturday (PM) and Sunday Howcroft Farms, c/o Grant Howley, 406 Mines Road in Caledonia, Ontario

  • Friday will be a review of the program.
  • Saturday AM will be the written portion of the exam.
  • Saturday PM will be hands on judging practice.
  • Sunday AM will be the oral portion of the exam.

Tanya McCarthy’s cell is: 905-920-3987 in case anyone has challenges finding the sites.

For current Licensed Judges to participate the renewal of your CGS Licensing fee will need to be paid to the Canadian Goat Society via either etransfer to info@goats.ca or by cheque paid to

Canadian Goat Society and mailed to P.O. Box 31084 Willow West, Guelph, Ontario N1H 8K1.

Renewals are $150.00 plus the appropriate sales tax in your province. In Ontario the HST is $19.50 making a total of  $169.50.

Once renewed your fee for the conference is paid along with your license fee to judge CGS sanctioned shows being renewed for 2023 and 2024. You will also have to renew your CGS membership each year and participate in the 2022 JLC as outlined below.

Fees for auditing the JLC are $75.00 per person plus appropriate sales tax in your province. Payment can be made by etransfer to info@goats.ca or to the address above by cheque.  


Should you have any questions about logistics please contact CGS at info@goats.ca or 226-332-3166 



With regard to expectations for attendance please see the following paragraphs from the CGS Judges Licensing Conference Policies and Procedures Manual found on the CGS website at www.goats.ca

AUDITOR – An individual who attends the Judges Licensing Conference but does not intend to become a judge. The Auditor can write the exam and attend the second day of training to practice with live animals. Time permitting, the Auditor can do placings and give reasons on the third day.

Should an Auditor choose to become a Licensed Judge Candidate during the JLC, they should discuss it with the Coordinator. Ø An Auditor, wishing to be eligible to become a Candidate must pay the full Judging JLC fees prior to writing the test on day 2 and are required to complete all classes.

CGS Apprentice Judge – Attending their first conference Ø Are eligible to judge sanctioned shows, which are not designated as National Shows.

An apprentice judge is defined as follows: A Candidate who achieves a score of 70 to 75 % or above on both, the written Exam, Placings, Presentation and Accuracy.

A Candidate who achieves a score of 70 to 75 % or above on both the written exam and placing/oral classes and is attending their first conference will be an Apprentice Judge for the first two years of their licensing tenure. – NOT eligible to judge National Shows – Extensions are not allowed.

CGS Full Judge

  • A full judge is one who achieves a score of 75% or more on the written exam, placings, presentation and accuracy at their 2nd or subsequent JLC.
  • No extensions will be allowed.
  • During this period, if extenuating circumstances make it impossible to attend a training conference, your accumulated years will not be cancelled providing you attend the next conference, not to exceed more than 2 years from the missed conference. During this period your license will not be considered renewed and will be temporarily suspended until successful completion of the next licensing conference
  • Full judges can judge a CGS National show.

CGS Senior Judge  A Senior Judge is defined as one who has held a CGS Full Judges License for a minimum period of 8 years, having judged in the eight year time frame a minimum of 8 sanctioned shows and who has successfully passed at least four previous JLC’S as a fully licensed judge.

  • Apprentice Judges are not included in the total number of years as a full judge.
  • Senior Judges are required to apply for and attend a Licensing conference every two years to review and participate in the last two days of the JLC.
  • Senior Judges must remit the licensing fee by the deadline required.
  • Open Book Test must be completed during the JLC. Ø Senior Judges may apply in writing for an extension of a license under extenuating circumstances, in which case the Board of Directors will review the information and make a decision whether an extension is warranted. If an extension is not granted, the senior judge will not lose their tenure unless a period of 4 years or 2 consecutive JLC’S have been missed.
  • Senior Judge must still have sent in their application and paid required fees by the deadline. (Example: If missed in 2017 you must attend 2023)
  • Senior judges can judge a CGS National show

CGS Advanced Judge:

An Advanced Judge is considered to be a Senior Judge with 16 years of seniority completed (8 years Full and 8 years Senior). They must have judged a minimum of 12 sanctioned shows before moving to Advance Judge Status. Completed at this Status means, at senior status they must have fulfilled their duty by attending the regular scheduled JLC’s

  • Must attend at least ONE JLC in FIVE years. Ø They must assist at any JLCs attended. Ø The Licensing Fee as set by CGS plus HST/GST must still be remitted every two years by the deadline required.
  • Advanced judges can judge a CGS National show.

The following resources, in addition to the already mentioned Policies and Procedures Manual for JLCs are found on the CGS website at www.goats.ca in the SHOWS section.  LINK

  • CGS Show Rules Booklet
  • Scorecards for Bucks and Does
  • Showmanship Card
  • CGS Judges Manual.

One of CGS’ goals is to increase the number of licensed judges.

For some a great starting place is auditing a JLC. The fee to audit a JLC is $75.00 plus appropriate tax in province of residence.

Please encourage attendance as auditors or full participants by anyone you regard as a prospective candidate.   

Should you have questions regarding accommodations during the JLC please contact Tanya McCarthy at longears@yahoo.ca or Ed Cavanagh at bakersroad61@aol.com.

As noted other questions and notifications of attendance are welcomed at CGS.  info@goats.ca .

The 2022 CGS West National Goat Show is less than a month away!!

Time is running out to get your entries in. Check out the prize book HERE.

Entries are due August 5th by 4pm at the fair office.

It’s a 3 day event starting with a Youth Show on Friday, August 26, the long awaited 2022 West National on Saturday, August 27 and on Sunday, August 28, a sanctioned show.

We have many amazing prizes including:

  • 10 bags of goat text donated by Ritchie Smith Feeds valued at $200.
  • Felco Hoof Trimmers donated by Wool Growers $100.
  • 20kg bag of Milk Replacer & 700gr Bag of Colostrum donated by Star Gro Products $150.
  • 20 litres Teat dip and dip cup by De Laval
  • 3 $50. Gift certificates donated by Livestock Pharmacy $150.
  • 5 halters & lead ropes donated by Livestock Pharmacy

And so much more!

Don’t forget to check out our auction that closes July 29. (rules on the Facebook page

And what you’ve all been hoping to be the winning bidder on….The Milk Stand! The milk stand
is part of our auction and will be available to bid on until 7PM Saturday, August 27. Many
thanks to fellow breeders Aimee & Rob Sauve from Lone Rock Nigerians for donating this
fantastic stand to the West National. Save room in your truck for this!!

Heads Up!! There’s another show opportunity! The weekend following the WN, the VIGA is
hosting a sanctioned show at the Saanich Fair on the southern tip of the island The Prize Book
is available at https://saanichfair.ca/2022-catalogue/

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact any one of us:
Chairperson: Ted Brooks at breesa16@aol.com
Show Secretary: Jaki Ayton at jakiayton@shaw.ca
VIGA President: Angela Forster at obcfarm@shaw.ca

The theme for the fair is “Better Together” Let’s brighten up our stalls.

On behalf of the Vancouver Island Goat Association, we look forward to meeting you and making this a most memorable event.


This meeting took place on July 12th and was held via Zoom.

Present: Sandy Howell, President; Chris Grab; Arnold Steeves, Tanya McCarthy, Jonathan Dugdale.

Regrets: Raynald Dube; Susan Frazer.


After reviewing the agenda and minutes of the previous Board meeting attention turned to a review of CGS finances. The association has a significant amount of money in its regular operating bank accounts, partially due to the fact that classification work had just started the week before the meeting and so classification expenses to that point were minimal. In addition income from registry work processed at CLRC has been very strong and their a tight controls on expenses.  The association has also been able to rebuild reserves over the past year.            


Staff were asked to contact Holstein Canada regarding the devices that that company uses for collecting classification data.


Processing of results from one day milk testing was up to date at the time of the meeting and a wave of show results was expected at meeting time.


Their was discussion about development of an expanded program to certify classifiers. A review of scheduling for classification work, that had just started at the time of the meeting, was presented.


Ongoing work on registry matters was reviewed and discussed and plans made for next steps in the work with a target of maintaining integrity of the herd book and completing individual projects. The association has mechanisms to assist both sellers and buyers with completing registry work. CGS works regularly with staff of CLRC who process our registry work to assist members with questions and challenges with registrations, transfers and related work.


-Dates for the 2023 Annual General Meeting in British Columbia have been narrowed down to February 18th or the 25th.


-A report was received that staff at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are working on a document providing guidance to breed associations like CGs re content of by-laws and what topics must be addressed in by-laws and how to address them.


The Board reviewed applications for the hosting of CGS West and East National Shows in 2023. Via motions the Board accepted the application to hold the 2023 West National Show in Edmonton, Alberta during K Days in July and an application from the Royal Agricultural Winter fair to host the 2023 East National in November of next year.


The next regularly scheduled Board meeting will take place in mid-September.


The meeting took place on June 13, 2022 via Zoom.

Six board members, Sandy Howell, Chris Grab, Susan Frazer, Tanya  McCarthy, Jonathan Dugdale and Arnold Steeves. Regrets were received from Raynald Dube.  


Topics discussed and motions made and passed during the meeting included:


  • A report of an upcoming meeting of classifiers and trainees at Howcroft Farm in Ontario took place. The goals of the meeting would be to have classifiers work together with the classification program and on evaluation of animals so that consistency in evaluations was constantly improving. As part of the discussion regarding classification a request was made to determine if enough data had been collected on research traits thurl placement and locomotion for them to be considered as official traits, part of calculation of final scores. This request would be made to the company responsible for creation of genetic evaluations, the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement (CCSI). In addition CCSI staff would be asked about a question which had arisen about prospects for introduction of genetic evaluations for Nigerian Dwarf goats.     
  • A motion was made and carried to add directors Chris Grab and Tanya McCarthy as additional administrators for the CGS Facebook page.
  • The matter of an ongoing review of CGS by-laws was discussed. Notice was provided that the Animal Registration Officer at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada had indicated that he was creating guidelines for associations on appropriate content and wording for by-laws and also guidance on what topics were more appropriate for inclusion in association’s policies and procedures documents. The CGS President indicated she would contact the ARO for an update on progress on this valuable work.
  • A motion was made and carried that the 2023 Annual General Meeting of CGS be held in British Columbia.  Likely time frame for the meeting would be February.
  • The Board approved a motion supporting the presentation of an award in memory of the late Keith Van Camp of Blackstock, Ontario. The award will be known as the Honourable Mention award. The Judge will select a doe that best displays a combination of exceptional dairy strength and overall correct conformation. The award is sponsored by Mr. Van Camp’s family.
  • A report of a small ruminant industry meeting with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on import regulation changes with regard to scrapie disease, held earlier on the day of the meeting was provided and received.
  • CGS has consistently working with members and buyers and sellers of goats to ensure that proper processes are being followed regarding registration and transfer of ownership of animals in alignment with CGS by-laws and the animal pedigree act. This work has been undertaken to ensure the integrity of the CGS herd book. During the meeting steps to collect information in specific cases to aid ongoing investigations were taken.








The May meeting of the CGS Board was held via Zoom with all Board members participating.

Highlights included:

  • A report from Chris Grab on the Western Judges Licensing Conference (JLC) held in mid-May near Edmonton, Alberta. Fourteen embers participated with ten auditing and four previously licensed judges in the group. Three advanced level judges from Western Canada participated as part of maintaining their status as judges. The panel consisted of Ed Cavanagh, as Coordinator, and Eugenia Carnegie and Lorraine Keeping. Alex Cripps, Chris Grab, Callum McLeod and Shannon Skulmoski were the four previously licensed judges adding longevity to their licenses. The CGS Board has thanked Chris and her associates in Alberta for their finesse in organizing a successful conference. The Board also appreciated the dedication of the panel. The Can
  • The report of the Western JLC was a starting point for an extensive discussion of current processes for JLCs and how JLCs could look in the future. A working group to conduct a full review of review of the policies, processes and procedures for JLCs has been established and will be at work in advance of 2024 JLCS.
  • The Board approved plans for an Eastern JLC to be held in the Ancaster/Caledonia area of Ontario from October 14 to 16, this year. Further details will be forth coming for currently licensed judges and those who would like to participate as aspiring apprentices or auditors.
  • CGS by-laws include processes for work of a  Pedigree Committee. This committee can address status of registrations, transfers and membership. The committee had been tasked with addressing delayed transfers and registration work. Their decisions were reviewed by the Board and added to minutes of the meeting.
  • The Board then discussed the need for more education on proper and timely processing of registry work by sellers and buyers to be in line with the by-laws of CGS and the Animal Pedigree Act. An education program with regard to the requirements in this documents will be instituted.   
  • The Board received a report of plans for a June meeting of classifiers and trainees for the CGS classification program. As follow up action to this meeting planning for 2022 classification work will continue at an advanced pace.
  • In order to obtain best returns on funds in CGS bank accounts the Board approved a further expansion of CGS investments in term GICs. This decision based on careful analysis of needs for immediate access to funds and gaining optimal benefit from all funds.