Saturday, October 10, 2009

Strong demand for tested bucks

The 2nd annual Western Maryland Goat Field Day & Sale was held Saturday, October 3rd at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Boonsboro, MD. The event was well-attended by over 100 people.

As part of the day's activities, the 11 top-performing bucks from the 2009 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test were offered for sale via silent auction. The sale also included does.

The top-performing buck of the test was a purebred Kiko consigned by Craig Adams from Litchfield, Illinois. It was purchased for $750 by Luke Miller from Huntington, Indiana. The other buck that met the gold standards of performance was a purebred Kiko consigned by John Smith from Petersburg, Virginia. It sold to Craig Adams for $825.

Top-selling buck (L-R): P.J. Murphy, buyer; and Craig Adams, consigner
The top-selling buck of the sale was a purebred Kiko consigned by Craig Adams. It was purchased by Wood Field Farm of Pittstown, New Jersey for $1,050. The nine performance-tested bucks sold for an average price of $514.

Nineteen Kiko and Boer does sold for an average price of $269. The top-selling doe was a purebred Kiko consigned by John Smith. It sold for $575. Smith sold another purebred Kiko doe for $525. The buyer of both of the top-selling does was Wood Field Farm.

The awards for top-performing buck and best consignment of bucks (best 3) were presented to Craig Adams. John Smith was in close contention for both awards. Jeanne Dietz-Band received an award for having the top-performing Maryland buck. Her buck was amongst the top 11.

A field day and skillathon were held in conjunction with the performance-tested buck and doe sale.

View pictures and data of 11 top-performing bucks

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