Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Goat Twilight Tour & Tasting

The second annual Goat Twilight Tour & Tasting will be held on Thursday, July 31, from 5:30 p.m. to dark, at the University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville.

In addition to wagon tours of the goat test facility and research program, there will be an opportunity to taste recipes prepared with goat meat (chevon). The recipes will be prepared by a local chef.

Goat tasting at last year's event

Pre-registration (free) is required. To pre-register, contact Pam Thomas at 301-432-2767 x315 or pthomas@umd.edu. The deadline for registration is July 21.

The Western Maryland Research & Education is the location of the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test. This year, there are 77 bucks (mostly Kiko) on test. The tour will also showcase the Center’s pen vs. pasture study, a four-year project in which the performance and carcass characteristics of pen-fed and pasture-raised goats are being compared.

The Twilight Tour & Tasting is sponsored by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, which funds the pen vs. pasture study.

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