We began raising registered kikos in 2011. For those new to kikos, that year doesn’t hold much meaning. If you have been involved for awhile, you know that was the year the National Kiko Registry (NKR) came into existence. We knew NOTHING about the history of the registration groups, and did not care. We set out to buy good goats. We took our search to the internet, grabbed our check book, checked the air in the tires and hit the road. By total chance we ended up at two farms who were registering their goats with the NKR. The first registration papers that found their way to our mailbox were from NKR. We bred goats and registered with NKR. As time went by, we realized that there were DNA sharing issues between NKR and the American Kiko Goat Association. We continued with the registry that has been serving our needs. And we made friends, we bought and raised good goats and had excellent opportunities for which we are thankful.
Fast-forward to the final week of 2018. The AKGA and the NKR have reached an agreement to share DNA. To keep this relatively short, I will skip the intricate details of previous retesting, sire verified, grandsires and granddams and various rules that apply. Having been strong supporters of the NKR for years we were faced with a choice, to dual register or not? It was time for the ledger pad and the column headings PROS and CONS. After a few days the list was short on both sides and we realized the only true “con” was the extra cost of getting the extra certificate.
In the fall of 2019, to celebrate the ongoing agreement between the registries, the AKGA announces from October to December 31, 2019, all animals that qualify for dual registration would receive FREE AKGA certificates. There went my only reservation. So let’s focus on WHY we now have two registration certificates on our goats.
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What about the costs going forward? You now have goats that are either NKR registered or AKGA registered and you would like to have their offspring certified with both registries or with a single registry. What are your expenses?
Registration without dual certificates
The NKR currently charges $12 for registration, $35 for the DNA test, and $10 for the transfer, for a total of $57.
The AKGA charges $40 for the registration and NKR will charge $12 for a total cost of $52 per goat.
Goats registered with the NKR and then dual registered with AKGA:
The NKR currently charges $47 for the registration and AKGA charges $8 for a total cost of $55 per goat.
It is also worth noting that when you sell a goat that has been dual registered, it will cost $20 to provide the new owner with both certificates, or you can transfer one certificate if the new owner does not want or need the other registration. A review of the costs of registrations would not be complete without mentioning the cost of membership fees and client fees. Currently the NKR charges a $25 client fee. The AKGA charges $50 annually for a membership fee.
What do the AKGA and NKR provide for its members/clients?
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