NAPgA Best Management Practices (BMP’S)
The BMP document is a living document which is open to editing and updating as needed.
NAPgA created the BMP’s to establish responsible common-sense guidelines for goatpacking. They are not intended to be overly restrictive or to discourage packgoat use in any way or in any location.
NAPgA will use best available science as a guide in which to measure and develop the BMP’s to address wildlife and other resource concerns.
BMP#1: Individually Identify Your Packgoats
Each packgoat shall be individually identified. Each goat shall have a collar with a tag attached to it containing, at a minimum, the current owner’s name and phone number.
Packgoats may be identified with a tattoo or microchip which is specific to each individual goat in conjunction with a collar.
Tattoos containing the individual packgoat’s Scrapie Herd Number & ID or an official Scrapie ear tag may be used in conjunction with a collar.
All packgoats shall be under direct human supervision at all times. They shall be on leads or have leads attached to their collar/halter.
In camp all packgoats shall be in direct sight or tethered in some fashion (picketing, high lining, etc.).
All packgoats shall be tethered at night within 30 feet of humans and bells will be attached to their collars.
Goatpackers shall minimize packgoat contact with wildlife.
BMP#4: Lost Packgoat
If a packgoat becomes lost every effort will be exhausted to locate and recover it. If the owner is unable to locate and recover the lost packgoat the following agencies shall be contacted by telephone as soon as possible.
Information given should include a detailed description of the packgoat (size; color; ears erect, hanging or none, horned or not), any equipment they are carrying and the last known location. A photograph of the packgoat, if possible.
*Last revised on 10/1/2018