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Registered Nigerian dwarf question

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I purchased two twin nigerian dwarf females and i have their paperwork, but the man i purchased them from didnt specify which goat has what tattoo in their ear. So how do i go about lookinh at the tattoo markings in the goays ear , u used a flashlight but didnt see anything , help please.
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The tattoo should be clearly visible otherwise he probably didn't tattoo them and only assigned them numbers.
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If you didn't see the tattoo with the flashlight, the person who bred the goat's sold them with registrations, but did not tattoo. Animals should never be registered unless their tattoos are in place. Alas, a lot of breeders do this. They send off registered animals with blank ears all the time.

 

So now, it is up to you to either take them back to the breeder for the tattoos to get put in (they have the pliers, herd sequence for one ear, and should have the letter for the year and additional numbers for the other ear) OR purchase the equipment and numbers + letters to do it yourself.

 

An animal who can be registered should not leave their birth property without the tattoos. Mine never will. Buyers should not have to deal with that. The time and equipment to properly identify animals is just part of keeping registered stock.

 

Herd tattoos go in the right ear, year letter and birth number (of ALL goats born that year to that farm, not that doe) go in the other. Since you have the paperwork, at least you know the tattoos. Their twins, so they have the same mother and father, easy. One gets one set of paperwork, the other the other. Appropriate tattoos are placed corresponding to paperwork. The birth number will be one different, more than likely, with the girls.

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My backyard flock: Five Araucana girls, two Araucana boys, and seven Magpie ducks.

 

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post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the info guys , im a first time registered goat buyer, i guess i will see if i can get someone to do it for me and ill send in the paper work . I know now to check and see .
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Did you shine the flashlight on the front of the ear or from the back? If you shone it from the back so the light shines through the ear and you can't see anything,  the tattoo isn't there. It helps if you do this in the dark.

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I shined in the back and front and didnt see anything, i will try in the dark tonight and see if that makes a diffrence
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Thats not a good sign. Even if it is there, it serves no good if you can't see it. Its purpose is gone if you can't see it. Either he didn't do it or he didn't do a very good job at it. If you can't see it, I would say he didn't do it, as opposed to it being there but too faint to read. 

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I dnt think he has done it , so ill just get someone to do it for me .
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