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What Is "CODI/PCI", You Ask?
(a lot of fiction vs. a few facts)
by
Keith Smith

Some folks, even some who are selling CODI/PCI goats, seem to have received some wrong information - perhaps from the folks they bought them from.

CODI/PCI is an acronym for the combination of Camilids Of Delaware, Inc. and Pet Center International, the folks who, as agent for breeder Jurgen Shultz, obtained clearance for and imported a load of live Boer goats into the USA from South Africa.

There is no single "herd prefix" for CODI/PCI Boer goats.

As examples:
1. The herd prefix of the first CODI/PCI doe that I purchased in 1995 was "JJR1" (That prefix has since been reassigned to another breeder).
Her offspring, also full codi, had the herd prefix "KLS" of KLS Boer Goats (me). Their offspring have the herd prefix of whoever their owner was at the time of their birth or, as shown in #2 below, at the time it was assigned.
2. Bull Dog *Ennobled* bred by "PAT" (Ash Creek Boer Goats) had herd prefix "CJR" (Circle R Boer Goats).
3. Bull Dog's grandfather, Tsjaka *Ennobled*, bred by J. G. Van Wijk in South Africa, had no herd prefix - just the live import identification TX630534 I. His name started with "NBBG" (Natural Bridge Boer Goats).

A recent email prompted me to do a very brief search of the Internet for breeders who were marketing their goats as "CODI/PCI". Here's some interesting mis-information I found.

  • Sometimes correct: "Real" CODI/PCI goats will have "994" somewhere in their pedigree.
    That may be true but registration certificates only go back 4 or 5 generations. We are now over eleven generations away from the original Jurgen Shultz "994" imports. Just how many generations can fit on a pedigree so that the "994" ancestors show up?
    Fact: The sire/dam of the CODI/PCI goats were designated as, but not tattooed, "994/..." because they came through Jurgen Schulz's South African stud #994.
    Fact: All of the CODI/PCI animals received tattoos starting with the characters "TX63" on the flank as part of their importation and quarantine processing. The only place the TX63... numbers appear on registration papers is as the tattoo number or as their name. Some TX63... tattoo numbers on registration certificates were replaced by US herd prefixes and unique herd ID numbers. I can't find my copies of the "old" and "re-issued" certificate - you'll just have to trust me on this one.
  • Fiction: The CODI/PCI goats were imported in 1996.
    Fact: The date of birth of the first codi doe I purchased is 07/30/1995. She was born in quarantine in the good ol' US of A. She was registered with the ABGA on November 11, 1995. Tsjaka was registered with the ABGA on October 4th, 1995.
  • Fiction: CODI/PCI indicates a specific South African breeding line.
    Fact: The acronym does not designate any particular SA bloodline or SA breeder. The goats in that shipment originated from multiple SA studs and, because they had to have ancestors for ABGA registration, their ancestors were designated "994/..." in reference to Jurgen Schulz's SA stud number.
    Fact: The ancestors of the "994" goats came from various SA breeders and were designated as "(studded)" in the ABGA registry. Speculation: This may be the point in time when the ABGA started using the designation "(studded)" to indicate a South African goat that was declared to be Boer based on the fact that it was born on a BGBSA "stud". The minutes of the meeting where that was decided seem to be missing from the set I was given when I was appointed Chair of the Rules For Registry Committee..
  • Fiction: The herd prefix for CODI/PCI goats is "TX994" or "994".
    Fact: There is no ABGA herd prefix "TX994" or "994".

One must be very careful when purchasing Boer goat stock based on the statements of the seller. There are many pending court suits in this totally unregulated industry and fraud is almost impossible to prove.

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