English Goat Breeders Association


    Welcome to the Website of the EGBA.

Annual 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 only.

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Decisions: 2013


Keepers 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.


1.   EGBA annual membership fees:   Individual £12;           Family £14;                 Junior £6;

2.   Registration fees:              Males up to 1 yr and females up to 2 yr   -   £5 per goat;                  

Herd Prefix £10.                     Transfer £3 per goat;

3.   Any late registration application submitted after the age limit ie. 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 offspring.

                                                                    Constitution: (Updated January 2013)

                                                                            The Association:

1.   The Name of the Association shall be the “English Goat Breeders Association”.

2.   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.

In furtherance of the above object, but no further or otherwise, the Association shall have the following powers:

a)  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 Herd Book”.

b)  To institute and/or take part in shows of breeding stock.

c)  To examine and approve all males which are to be used for the breeding of English goats.

d)  To pass all goats intended for registration by the Association.

e)   To promote and encourage the keeping of English goats.

3.   There shall be a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer who retire annually, but be eligible for re-election.

4.   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 re-election.

5.   The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and the Council shall be elected by the Association in general meeting.

6.   No member of the Council shall receive remuneration for services rendered to the Association apart from reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.

7.   The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer shall be full members of the Council, except they may be paid officers.

8.   The Registrar is not an elected office, but appointed by Council.

9.   Area Representatives, Registrar, Editor, Show Secretary, Technical Advisor; if not members of the Council shall be ex-officio members of the Council without voting rights.

10.   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 present.


Election of Officers and Council

11.    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. 

12.    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 deemed invalid.  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.

13.   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 sub-committee.

14.   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 re-election.

15.   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.

16.   A Special General Meeting shall be summoned by the Secretary on the requisition in writing of any five (5) members of the Association.

17.   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.


Financial Arrangements:

18.   The annual subscription rates for the Individual, Family and Junior Members shall be due on 1st January each year and shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting and applicable from January 1st.

19.   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.

20.   The financial year of the Association shall follow the government tax year and end on the April 5th. 

21.    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 lapses.

22.    Money paid to the Association may be via cash, cheque, bankers order or bankers transfer.

23.    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.



25.  a)  The Association Inspectors shall be appointed by Council.

       b)  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 Council.

       c)   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.

26.  The duties of the Inspectors are to be as follows:

       a)  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 registration.

       c) that the animal is of the correct type and of sufficient merit.

27.   Every Inspection is to be made on authority of the Secretary or the Registrar.

28.   Inspectors must not inspect their own goats except on the express authority of the Council.

29.   The minimum age for Inspection shall be two months of age.

30.   Bought in goats with no previous EGBA record can be registered if passed inspection, using the owner’s Herd Prefix as a suffix.

31.   In 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.

32.   All entire males shall be re-inspected at two years of age.  If turned down their later progeny would be refused registration.



33.   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 registering goats.

34.   AI kids are accepted for registration.

35.   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.

36 a)  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 registration.

      b)  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.

      c)  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.

37.   The Registrar retains the right to refer applications to the Council for approval.  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.

38.   Breeders may ask for a second opinion.

39.   An Inspection may be requested in the case of 36 c) above if the Breeder/Purchaser requires a second opinion.

40.   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 liable.

41.   All goats must have a permanent Ear Identification Mark in either or both ears. Government Agency (eg DEFRA) identification rules apply. The first number consists of a six digit Herd Numberwhich is issued by a Government Agency to the holding on which the goat was born. The second number is the goat’s Individual Numberand 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.

42.   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 ownership.



45.   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 forward.  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 alteration.  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 General Meeting.  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 Law.

46.   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 members.  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.



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