Welcome to the Website of the EGBA.
Membership fees - Individual £12; Family £14; Junior £6.
The EGBA is a registered charity which aims to promote and preserve the English Goat.
The English Goat is a specific breed of goat that was once common in the UK but was in danger of being lost for ever due to cross breeding with other imported breeds.
The Association was originally formed from a group of enthusiasts who felt that the gene pool should be preserved.
Many of the early members had come across individual animals which were strikingly different from the popular breeds. Apart from the distinctive and attractive appearance, these goats seemed 'more at ease with nature'. They seemed to be particularly hardy, not over-bred for producing excessive amounts of milk, and did not require such high levels of expensive concentrate feed.
The Association sought to find similar animals from across the country and set in place a breeding programme which
since 1978 has generated a well established core of pedigree English Goats that breed true to type.
The Aims of the EGBA are:
To preserve and improve the standard of English goats by breeding:
To encourage the use, appreciation, well-being and protection of the English goat:
To publish and maintain a Herd Book.
The EGBA produces a bi-monthly magazine - The JEM - containing articles, pictures, reports of activities and shows, letters, notices, news and advertisements.
When available, the EGBA produce a
digital Picture Post for email members
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of one or two farm animals as pets must
comply with animal identification and
movement legislation. The land on which
such pet animals are kept must have a
CPH number (County/Parish/Holding)
obtained from the Rural Payments Agency
(RPA). For keepers who keep the
animals as pets and do not take part in
any of the schemes administered by the
RPA for which they make payment,
registration can be completed over the
phone by calling the RPA customer
registration helpline: 0845 603 7777.
EGBA annual membership fees:
Males up to 1 yr and females up to 2 yr
Transfer £3 per goat;
Any late registration application
submitted after the age limit
1 year for males and 2 years for
females, shall be subject to a surcharge
of £10 to cover extra administration.
This will not apply to potential
Grade E goats with no registered
(Updated January 2013)
The Name of the Association shall
be the “English Goat Breeders
The object of the Association
shall be to preserve and improve the
standard of English goats in general
breeding and to encourage the use,
appreciation, well-being and protection
of the English goat.
furtherance of the above object, but no
further or otherwise, the Association
shall have the following powers:
To form and publish a herd book
for the registration of pedigrees and
detailed descriptions of English goats
which shall be called the “English Goat
To institute and/or take part in
shows of breeding stock.
To examine and approve all males
which are to be used for the breeding of
To pass all goats intended for
registration by the Association.
To promote and encourage the
keeping of English goats.
There shall be a Chairman,
Secretary and Treasurer who retire
annually, but be eligible for
The management of the affairs of
the Association shall be conducted by a
Council of nine (9) members.
Five (5) to form a quorum.
Three of whom are to retire
annually, but be eligible for
The Chairman, Secretary and
Treasurer and the Council shall be
elected by the Association in general
No member of the Council shall
receive remuneration for services
rendered to the Association apart from
reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.
The Chairman, Secretary and
Treasurer shall be full members of the
Council, except they may be paid
The Registrar is not an
elected office, but appointed by
Area Representatives, Registrar,
Editor, Show Secretary, Technical
Advisor; if not members of the Council
shall be ex-officio members of the
Council without voting
The Chairman shall be Chairman of
the Council and all sub-committees.
In the absence of the Chairman
from the Annual General Meeting or any
meeting of the Council or
sub-committees, the Chairman for that
meeting shall be elected by the members
Election of Officers and Council
Nominations for Chairman,
Secretary, Treasurer and Council members
shall be submitted to the Secretary at
least thirty (30) days before the AGM in
writing and duly signed by the nominee,
proposer and seconder.
A list of nominees, proposers and
seconders will be sent to all members
together with a voting paper, if
necessary, and a notice of the date,
time and place of the AGM.
The voting paper must be returned
to the Secretary at least three (3) days
before the AGM in a sealed envelope
marked ‘election’, or the envelope
placed in the ballot box at the AGM
prior to the meeting.
Envelopes sent to the Secretary
NOT marked ‘election’ may be opened and
Two (2) scrutineers will be
appointed by the Chairman at the AGM to
open the ballot box, count the votes and
report to him the results.
The Council shall have power to
appoint sub-committees from their
members to deal with such business of
the Association as may be delegated to
them, either financially, or by way of
report to the said Council respectively,
as the said Council may decide and may
co-opt any persons who may assist that
Such casual vacancies as may from
time to time occur on the Council shall
be filled by co-option by the said
Council. Those filling Council vacancies
by co-option shall serve for the
remainder of the term due to be served
by the member they are replacing and
then be eligible to stand for
The AGM of the Association shall
be held at such places as the Council
shall determine and shall be held during
the months of May, June or July.
A Special General Meeting shall
be summoned by the Secretary on the
requisition in writing of any five (5)
members of the Association.
Not less than three (3) weeks
notice shall be given to the time and
place of any Special General Meeting and
such notice shall be accompanied by a
précis of the reasons for calling it and
the names of the people demanding it.
The annual subscription rates for
the Individual, Family and Junior
Members shall be due on 1st January each
and shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting and
applicable from January 1st.
The fees for the Registration of
a goat or a Herd Prefix, and for
Transfer, shall be determined at the
Annual General Meeting and applicable
from January 1st.
The financial year of the
Association shall follow the government
tax year and end on the April 5th.
The membership subscription shall
be due on or before their election and
the annual membership shall be for the
then current year and thereafter shall
be due and payable on January 1st.
The membership of any member who
has not paid their annual subscription
by 5th April automatically
Money paid to the Association may
be via cash, cheque, bankers order or
No person shall spend any money
on behalf of the Association nor pledge
credit of the Association unless the
purpose of such expenditure has been
approved by the Council and so minuted,
except for expenditure in emergencies
between Council meetings and up to the
limit of £100, when the approval of any
two officers of the Association has
first been obtained.
The Association Inspectors shall
be appointed by Council.
Any two members of the
Association may nominate in writing a
person for appointment as Inspector.
Such nominations may be made to
the Secretary at any time, but the final
appointment shall be made by the
People nominated for the
appointment as Inspectors shall serve a
probationary period, during which time
they will accompany an approved
Inspector to 10 inspections. A record
card will be made out for each
inspection for return to the secretary.
The Council will finally decide
on the appointment.
The duties of the Inspectors are
to be as follows:
to inspect animals that require
inspection before they can be certified
for entry in the Herd Book, and to sign
the prescribed form of certificate if
and when satisfied:
b) that the animal is
apparently free from hereditary
unsoundness or any unsoundness which in
their opinion shall disqualify it for
c) that the animal is of the
correct type and of sufficient merit.
Inspection is to be made on authority of
the Secretary or the Registrar.
Inspectors must not inspect their
own goats except on the express
authority of the Council.
The minimum age for Inspection
shall be two months of age.
Bought in goats with no previous
EGBA record can be registered if passed
inspection, using the owner’s Herd
Prefix as a suffix.
unusual circumstances where a goat for
inspection is inaccessible to an
Inspector, the owner may request the
registration is put before the Council
for their consideration providing they
follow the required regulations of extra
photographs and a video.
All entire males shall be
re-inspected at two years of age.
If turned down their later
progeny would be refused registration.
A declaration of sire ownership
or a certificate of service signed by
the sire’s owner, showing sire, dam and
date of mating, are required when
34. AI kids
are accepted for registration.
MALE goats who do not have BOTH
sire and dam registered in the EGBA Herd
Book shall not be eligible for
registration as of 01/09/1998.
ALL MALES to be inspected
by one inspector, who may be accompanied
by a Probationary Inspector and the
certificate to be signed by the
Inspector(s) and MUST be accompanied by
two (2) photographs showing both the
left and right side, also signed by the
Inspector(s) before submitted for
For entry into Grade E, D and C
of the Herd Book, FEMALES to be
inspected by one inspector, who may
be accompanied by a Probationary
Inspector and the certificate to be
signed by the Inspector(s) and MUST be
accompanied by two (2) photographs
showing both the left and right side,
also signed by the Inspector(s) before
submitted for registration.
For entry into Grade B and A of
the Herd Book FEMALES to be
certified by the breeder to comply with
paragraphs 26 b), 26 c) and paragraph 40
of the Constitution in the form of a
signed Declaration which MUST be
accompanied by two (2) photographs
showing both the left and right side,
also signed by the breeder.
The Registrar retains the right
to refer applications to the Council for
Should any such Declaration be
found to be falsely made then the
Council may refuse to allow registration
of any offspring of the goat concerned.
Breeders may ask for a second
An Inspection may be requested in
the case of 36 c) above if the
Breeder/Purchaser requires a second
No goat can be registered that is
deemed to be suffering from hereditary
unsoundness, or such unsoundness as
shall in the opinion of the Inspector(s)
disqualify it from registration.
The Inspector(s) when in doubt
may call in a Veterinary Surgeon whose
decision shall be final, or the owner
may call in at his/her own expense a
Veterinary Surgeon, but such a
Veterinary Surgeon shall be approved by
the Inspector(s). If the Veterinary
Surgeon’s opinion is given against the
owner, he/she will be liable for the fee
otherwise the Association will be
All goats must have a
Ear Identification Mark in
either or both ears.
Government Agency (eg DEFRA)
identification rules apply.
The first number consists of a
Herd Number which is
issued by a Government Agency to the
holding on which the goat was born. The
second number is the goat’s
Individual Number and is
allocated by the breeder. An ear tag is
of a pattern approved by the Government
Agency. An ear tag may be replaced by a
tattoo in the ears.
Goat names are to be no longer
than 25 characters (including Prefix and
name and spaces).
43. The seller is responsible for sending the registration
card and fee to the Registrar for
Transfer of Ownership.
44. The owner is the last named person on a registration card
and responsible for the registration of
any progeny born while in their
Alteration to these Rules shall
receive the assent of two thirds of the
members voting at an Annual General
Meeting or a Special General Meeting.
A resolution for the alteration
of the Rules must be received by the
Secretary of the Association at least
twenty-one (21) days before the meeting
at which the Resolution is to be brought
At least fourteen (14) days
notice of such a meeting must be given
by the Secretary to the membership and
must include notice of the proposed
Any member unable to attend the
Annual General Meeting or Special
General Meeting may invest his/her vote
in the form of a proxy to be lodged with
the Chairman, or through a named member.
Said form of proxy to be lodged
with the Chairman before the start of
the Annual General Meeting or Special
Provided that no alteration be
made to Clause 2, Clause 46 or this
clause until the approval in writing of
the Charity Commissioners or other
authority having charitable jurisdiction
shall have been obtained, and no
alteration shall be made which would
have the effect of causing the
Association to cease to be a Charity in
The Association may be dissolved
by a Resolution passed by two thirds
majority of those present and voting at
a Special General Meeting convened for
the purpose, of which twenty-one (21)
days notice shall be given to the
Such Resolution may give
instructions for the disposal of any
assets held by or in the name of the
Association provided that if any
property remains after the satisfaction
of all debts and liabilities such
property shall not be paid to or
distributed among the members of the
Association, but shall be given or
transferred to such other charitable
institutions having objects similar to
some or all of the objects of the
Association, as the Association shall
decide, and in so far as effect cannot
be given to this provision then to some
other charitable purpose.