Friday, April 18, 2014

Accepting Nominations for 2014 Goat Test

The nomination period for the 2014 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test is open. The deadline to receive nominations is May 15. All nominations received by the deadline will be treated equally. It is not necessary to designate specific goats at the time of nomination.

Any breed is accepted.
The purpose of the test is to evaluate the performance of meat goat bucklings consuming a pasture-only diet, with natural exposure to gastro-intestinal parasites, primarily Haemonchus contortus. Bucks meeting Gold, Silver, or Bronze Standards of Performance for growth, parasite resistance, and parasite resilience and minimum standards for structural corrrectness and reproductive soundness are eligible for the sale.

The test is open to any goat breeder from any state with any breed of goat. Eligible male goats must have been born between December 15, 2013, and March 15, 2014, and weigh between 35 and 70 lbs. upon delivery to the test site on Friday, May 30.

The goats most likely to perform well in the test are those that have not been fed for maximum gain and those that have had previous exposure to gastro-intestinal parasites (especially Haemonchus contortus). Deworming suppresses the animal's natural ability to develop immunity to parasites.

Questions about this year's test should be directed to Susan Schoenian at (301) 432-2767 x343 or Nomination packets can be requested (by mail) by contacting Pam Thomas at x315 or

Letter to consignors
Guidelines and protocol
Nomination Form

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