Friday, July 29, 2011

Annual Goat Field Day & Sale

The 4th Annual Western Maryland Goat Field Day and Sale will be held Saturday, September, 24, 2011, 9 a .m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Boonsboro, Maryland.

Current top-performing buck
Savanna x Spanish
The top-performing bucks from the 2011 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test will be offered for sale via silent auction. The sale will also include a private treaty sale of does. The bidding period for the goats is 12 pm to 2 pm.

The field day will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Dr. Ken Turner, a research animal scientist from USDA ARS’s Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center in Beckley, WV, will be the speaker. Dr. Turner’s research emphasis is on low-input, forage-based livestock production.

The field day will also include a Junior Goat Skillathon for youth ages 8 to 18. Youth from any county or state may compete according to their age on January 1, 2011. Participants will be tested on all aspects of the goat industry: meat, dairy, and fiber.

For additional information about the goat sale, field day, or skillathon, contact Susan Schoenian at (301) 432-2767 ext. 343 or or visit the web site at

As the date gets closer, pictures and information about the sale animals will be available at the web site.

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