Monday, April 2, 2012

Goat test nomination period open

The nomination period for the 2012 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test is officially open. Nominations will be accepted until May 15.

Goat producers from any state may consign up to five goats to the test, along with two extra goats for a study comparing pen and pasture-raised goats. Eligible goats must have been born between December 20, 2011, and March 20, 2012, and weigh between 35 and 70 lbs. upon delivery to the test site on June 2.

Bucks from the 2010 test

All documents pertinent to the goat test may be downloaded from the blog at Nomination packets are also available upon request.  Contact Pam Thomas at or (301) 432-2767 x315 to request a nomination packet.

The Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test was established in 2006 at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research & Education Center (in Keedysville).

While on test, the goats are evaluated for growth, parasite resistance, and parasite resilience. They are also evaluated for carcass merit and structural and reproductive soundness.  The top-performing bucks are eligible to sell.

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