Monday, June 4, 2012

49 bucks begin pasture test

49 bucks started the 2012 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test on Saturday, June 2. The test is conducted by University of Maryland Extension and is held at the Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville.

The 49 bucks represent various breeds and breed crosses, though the dominant genetic type is Kiko. The bucks were consigned by 13 meat goat producers from 7 states, including Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. This year's test welcomes five new consigners.

90 percent of the bucks are Kiko or Kiko cross

While on test, the bucks will be handled bi-weekly and evaluated for growth, parasite resistance (fecal egg counts), and parasite resilience (FAMACHA scores). Those meeting Gold, Silver, and Bronze standards for each of the criteria will be eligible to sell via auction on Saturday, September 15. The buck sale will be held at the test site.

To follow the progress of this year's test, be sure to visit the blog at

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