BATH & DISTRICT MILK RECORDING CLUB
“We would like to ask the BGS to consider the options regarding check weighs as discussed by the milk recording members at the meeting convened by Agnes in February 2016, particularly only requiring a check weigh from a prompt by Agnes and using designated milk recording checkers where individuals do not have their own” NOT CARRIED
GOLDEN GUERNSEY GOAT SOCIETY
“The minimum yield in a milking competition is removed, so that no goat FAILS. That all proteins, butterfats and time points are published and total points calculated for each goat which completes both am and pm milking in a milking competition. This is to encourage exhibitors to enter the milking competition, and to stop the embarrassment of having FAIL published in their results. After all the hard work of taking part, FAIL is rather harsh, and deters exhibitors when we should be encouraging them” CARRIED
THE NORTHERN ENGLAND GOAT CLUB
“The Northern England Goat Club urge the BGS to campaign for realistic compensation for goats culled as a result of TB testing.” CARRIED
THE SCOTTISH GOATKEEPERS’ FEDERATION
“The time between milkings at milking trials varies considerably. This can therefore greatly affect the butterfat percentages, which in turn, can impact on the qualification for * and Q* awards. The Scottish Goatkeepers’ Federation requests that the criteria be changed whereby the points are calculated as per current regulations EXCEPT the butterfat percentages for * and Q* awards (3.25% and 4% respectively) be taken as an average of the two milkings instead of at each milking” NOT CARRIED
THE WORCESTERSHIRE GOAT SOCIETY
“That the BGS clarify with DEFRA using the expertise of the BGUS to establish the integrity and suitability of the current BTB test being used for goats and where necessary provide support and funding for the development of a Caprine specific test.
This will ensure the validity of test results especially in areas where rare breed numbers could be dangerously reduced.
To engage and negotiate with DEFRA to agree more suitable compensation rates in light of differing goat industry applications, especially in pedigree breed lines and commercial food production areas.” CARRIED