CGS Memberships are at the Highest Level Since 2002!

Yes, you read that headline correctly!

CGS memberships to the end of August 20210 are 12% higher than the same period in 2020 and already 6.5% higher than all of 2020!!!

In addition the total is second highest in the past two decades! Call that growth!

And more 2021 year to date stats compared to 2020 YTD:

  • New members up 22%!!
  • Herd name registrations are up 16%!
  • Transfers are up 14% over 2020!

Registrations are surging upward after a dip earlier in the year!   

Stay tuned and THANKS to all CGS members and clients who are part of this remarkable growth and revival!


OMAFRA Goat Genetic Improvement Webinar Series

The Goat Genetic Improvement Webinar Series was held on July 20th to 29th, as part of a webinar series presented by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Below are the supporting materials included. 

Webinar Recordings:

Heritage Livestock Canada in partnership CGS and the Animal Genetics Resource Centre undertake a project to establish genetic diversity of registered purebreds

Heritage Livestock Canada in partnership with the Canadian Goat Society and the Animal Genetics Resource Centre (AnGRC) are undertaking a project to establish the genetic diversity of registered purebreds, within the following breeds : Angora, Oberhasli, Toggenburg, Nubian, Alpine, Saanen, LaMancha and Nigerian Dwarf.
Producers are asked to collect hair samples from differing dam lines within their herds (for example a dam line, not dam/daughter). The study will be used by HLC to focus on specific breeds and by CGS to gain valuable, fact based information on genetic diversity within our breeds as genomic testing of goats expands.
Samples may be sent to:
Rebecca Lange: Angora, LaMancha
Callum McLeod: Nubian/Saanen/Toggenburg
Sandy Howell: Alpine/Oberhasli/Nigerian Dwarf
If there are any specific questions, please direct those to Rebecca Lange.
Contact information

Director Elections: Alberta (1) & Ontario (2)

Ballots for the Election of two Directors from Ontario and one from Alberta went into the mail Friday.

Please disregard and destroy the first mailing of ballots.

The materials for the second round of ballots was presented to the leadership of CGS for review of content and they also consulted on the process of balloting.

If you have any questions please contact your elected representative on the CGS Board.
Ballots must be returned to arrive by August 31, 2021.

CGS Registry Work Year to Date (End of July 2021)

Breaking news that will have you breaking out in smiles!
Thanks to Jack, an IT whiz at CLRC we now have access to activity levels for CGS registry work to the end of July 2021.
Crunching data for comparison to 2020 year to date (YTD) stats has been a great joy!
Here’s the lowdown:
Registrations: Down 19.3% YTD!
Where, oh where is the good news in this?
Well a very few months ago registrations were down well over 30% compared to the same period last year. So, we’re gaining!
Our tabs on income on our bank account at Ottawa and comments from the CGS registry team at CLRC indicate that work is flowing in at a great rate and being processed at a good clip now too!
UNITS: Overall we are down 5% from the YTD stats in 2020 and no surprise given the drop in registration processing in early 2021. Thankfully it is less of a drop than it has been in recent months! Heading the right way, recently!
TRANSFERS: On the other hand this aspect of our business is up over 7% from 2020. Quite the feat given that 2020 was a year of strong growth in transfer numbers!
MEMBERSHIPS: Again, growth city! Up 11.7% over 2020 YTD. With only 7 months in we have exceeded the 2020 year end total by a few percent and 14 memberships!!! That’s right higher than all of last year, already!
Not surprisingly we have racked up the third best year in the last two decades and are within kissing distance of the second best year in the last two decades!! Whooweee!
Up 26% , yes, over a quarter, well over 100!
Closing in on the total for all of 2020!
Herd names up 15.7% and tattoo combo registrations up 14.4% YTD!
And both over 100!
Looking forward to continued growth!

OMAFRA Webinar on Genetic Improvement Programs

Recently the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs sponsored a series of four webinars on goat topics with a particular emphasis on genetic improvement.

CGS will eventually have access to recordings of these webinars.   

Herewith we present copies of two presentations that were presented in one of the four webinars.

The presenters in this webinar were Brian Sullivan, Manager of the Canadian Center for Swine Improvement (CCSI) and Callum McLeod, CGS Director. CCSI is responsible for working with CCSI to manage genetic evaluations for dairy goats in Canada.

Both of these people went to a lot of work to create their presentations.

Please enjoy and profit from studying these presentations and if you have questions or comments please direct them to National directors of CGS or the CGS office.

We’ll let you know when the recordings are accessible!

CGS Classification Presentation OMAFRA

OMAFRA Presentation Canadian Dairy Goat Genetic Evaluation Program

Nominations for Director Elections

CGS is thrilled by the amount of interest that openings for nominations for positions on the CGS Board has stimulated! More than 100 nominations were received for four open positions.


Here are the candidates who were nominated for the positions:



Chris Grab
Callum McLeod 

ONTARIO (two positions)
Edward Cavanagh
Jonathan Dugdale
Steve Hunter
Tanya McCarthy

Arnold Steeles



Details re: the actual election process will be released in coming days.
Democracy in action!

Consultation on proposed changes to Feeds Regulations

(le français suit)

Dear Stakeholder / Cher Intervenant,

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is pleased to announce that we have published the proposed Feeds Regulations, 2022 in Canada Gazette, Part 1. We have launched a 90-day public consultation from June 12 to September 10, 2021, to gather feedback from stakeholders.

Why is it necessary to make changes to the current Feeds Regulations?

The last comprehensive review of the Feeds Regulations took place in 1983. Regulatory changes are needed to keep pace with changes in innovation, risk management, international standards, science and technology and to develop a modernized risk- and outcome-based regulatory framework for feeds.

Proposed amendments to the Feeds Regulations include new requirements for hazard analysis, preventive controls, traceability, record-keeping, and licencing. These changes will better align with international regulatory frameworks and best practices. This will enable CFIA and regulated sectors to better understand and manage risks that livestock feeds pose to animal health, human health and the environment.

What are the impacts to industry?

During this consultation we are seeking feedback from the public, academia, other government departments, organizations or individuals with an interest in livestock feeds in Canada. These changes are proposed and have not come into effect.

We want to hear from you!

We encourage you to review the proposal and connect with us should you have any questions regarding the proposed regulatory package.

You can participate in this consultation in different ways:

  1. Read the proposed regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I and submit your comments using the online regulatory consultation system
  2. Read the proposed documents incorporated by reference
  3. Read the fact sheets and guidance documents to better understand the proposed regulations
  4. Join a webinar

For further information, please contact:

Laura Scott

Animal Feed and Veterinary Biologics Division

Canadian Food Inspection Agency


Your feedback is important to us. We encourage you to share this message with interested parties.

Many thanks,


L’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments (ACIA) a le plaisir d’annoncer que nous avons publié le projet de Règlement sur les aliments du bétail, 2022 dans la Gazette du Canada, Partie 1. Nous avons lancé une consultation publique de 90 jours, du 12 juin au 10 septembre 2021, afin de recueillir les commentaires des intervenants.

Pourquoi est-il nécessaire d’apporter des modifications au Règlement sur les aliments du bétail ?

Le dernier examen approfondi du Règlement sur les aliments du bétail remonte à 1983. La réglementation actuelle se concentre sur les produits (par exemple, l’enregistrement, les normes et l’étiquetage) avec peu ou pas d’exigences qui s’appliquent aux processus (par exemple, les normes de fabrication et la tenue de registres). Des modifications réglementaires sont nécessaires pour suivre le rythme des changements touchant l’innovation, la gestion des risques, les normes internationales, la science et la technologie.

Les modifications proposées au Règlement sur les aliments du bétail sont nécessaires pour établir un cadre de sécurité pour les aliments du bétail qui comprend une analyse des dangers, des contrôles préventifs, la traçabilité, des exigences accrues en matière de tenue de registres et l’octroi de licences. Ces modifications permettront une plus grande harmonisation avec les cadres réglementaires internationaux et les meilleures pratiques. L’ACIA et les secteurs réglementés pourront ainsi mieux comprendre et gérer les risques que les aliments du bétail posent pour la santé animale, la santé humaine et l’environnement. 

Quelles sont les répercussions sur l’industrie ?

Au cours de cette consultation, nous cherchons à obtenir les commentaires du public, du milieu universitaire, d’autres ministères, d’organisations ou de personnes ayant un intérêt dans les aliments pour animaux au Canada. Ces changements sont proposés et ne sont pas encore entrés en vigueur.

Nous voulons avoir de vos nouvelles !

Nous vous encourageons à examiner la proposition et à nous contacter si vous avez des questions concernant le paquet réglementaire proposé.

Vous pouvez participer à cette consultation de différentes façons :

  1. Lisez le règlement proposé dans la Gazette du Canada, partie I et présentez vos commentaires à l’aide du système de consultation réglementaire en ligne
  2. Lisez les documents proposés incorporés par renvoi
  3. Lisez les feuillets d’information et les documents d’orientation pour mieux comprendre le règlement proposé
  4. Inscrivez-vous à un webinaire

Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter :

Laura Scott

Division des aliments pour animaux et des produits biologiques vétérinaires

Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments

Courriel :

Vos commentaires sont importants pour nous. Nous vous encourageons à partager ce message avec les parties intéressées. 


David Svab
Animal Feed and Veterinary Biologics Division
Canadian Food Inspection Agency / Government of Canada / Tel: 613-773-7809 / Mob: 613-203-4006
Division des aliments pour animaux et des produits biologiques vétérinaires
Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments / Gouvernement du Canada / Tél. : 613-773-7809 / Mob : 613-203-4006