Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Buy a resistant buck

Parasite resistance, quantified by fecal egg counts (FECs), is an animal's ability to prevent (or minimize) worm infection. Parasite resilience, quantified by packed cell volume (PCV, and FAMACHA© scores) is the ability of the animal to produce and thrive, despite worm infection.

Potential breeding males should excel in both parasite resistance and resilience. The Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test was established in 2006 to identify meat-type bucks that demonstrate both resistance and resilience to internal parasites.

#28 is currently meeting the standards for parasite resistance and resilience.

On Saturday, September 15, the top-performing bucks from the 2012 test will be offered for sale. The sale will be held at the University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville. It will begin at 1 p.m.

Only those bucks which meet Gold, Silver, or Bronze standards of performance for parasite resistance and resilience (and growth) will be eligible to sell. Visit the blog to learn more about the qualifying bucks and test:  http://mdgoattest.blogspot.com.

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