Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nomination period for 2011 goat test

The nomination period for the 2011 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test opens on Friday, April 1 and closes on May 15.  All nominations received by May 15 will be treated the same.

There is a $20 per goat nomination fee. A balance of $65 per goat will be due upon delivery to the test site. It is not necessary to identify individual goats on the nomination form.

Bucks from the 2010 test

Goats must be delivered to the test site on Friday or Saturday, June 3 or 4. If nominations exceed test capacity, preference will be given to Maryland residents and previous consigners.

Producers from any state may consign up to five goats, of any breed or cross, to the test.  Eligible male goats must have been born between December 15, 2010, and March 20, 2011, and weigh between 35 and 70 lbs. upon delivery to the test site.

The test is best-suited to meat goat producers who raise their goats predominantly on pasture and/or who want their goats evaluated for parasite resistance and resilience. The test is an excellent source of commercial bucks.

Test guidelines and protocol
Nomination form

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