Monday, March 24, 2008

Got bucks?

Male goats of any breed or breed cross (approximately 3 to 5 months of age and weighing between 35 and 70 lbs.) are being sought for the 2008 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat goat Performance Test to be held June 7 through October 4 at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville, Maryland.

Goats from the 2007 testDue to the addition of a slaughter component, sale, and field day, it is expected that this year's test will fill up early.The nomination period is April 1 through May 15.

A $20 per goat deposit needs to accompany the nomination form. An additional $55 will be due when the goats are delivered to the test site. There will be a $25 fee for goats that are slaughtered to collect carcass data. A maximum of five goats may be consigned per farm. Two may be selected for slaughter.

While on test, the goats will be evaluated for growth performance, parasite resistance, and carcass merit -- while consuming a pasture-only diet. The top 20 goats will be eligible to sell at the Performance-Tested Buck and Invitational Doe Sale on October 4 at the Washington County Agricultural Center.

Consigners to the test may nominate up to five doe kids (for each goat they have in the test) for the doe portion of the sale. Does should be contemporaries of the male goats on test. A field day will be held in conjunction with the sale. The test, field day, and sale are all sponsored by University of Maryland Cooperative Extension.

2008 Guidelines and Protocol