Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Buck sale on September 15

The top-performing bucks from the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test will be offered for sale (via auction) on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 1 p.m. The sale will be held at the University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville, Maryland.

Only bucks meeting Gold, Silver, and Bronze standards of performance for growth, parasite resistance (fecal egg counts), and parasite resilience (FAMACHA© scores) will be eligible to sell. The bucks will also have been evaluated for reproductive soundness and structural correctness and have ultrasound carcass data.

Kiko buck at the start of this year's test
You can follow the progress of this year’s buck test (and pick out a buck to buy), by visiting the blog at http://mdgoattest.blogspot.com. For additional information about the test and sale, contact Susan Schoenian at (301) 432-2767 x343 or sschoen@umd.edu.

Ninety-percent of the bucks in this year’s test are Kiko or Kiko-influenced. It is the 7th year of the only pasture small ruminant performance test in North America.

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