Friday, June 6, 2014

Western Maryland Buck Test Underway

Seventy-seven bucklings started the 2014 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test. The bucks were consigned by 23 producers from 13 states. 79 bucks had been accepted for the test. 101 had been originally nominated.

Almost all the bucks are Kiko. There are a few crosses and one Boer buck. After a short adjustment period, starting weights were determined on June 5-6 The bucks ranged in weight from 35.2 to 69.2 lbs. and averaged averaged 47.3 ± 7.3 lbs. The median starting weight was 45.9 lbs.

77 bucks are in the test
The bucks will consume a pasture only diet for 84 days. Final weights will be determined August 28 and 29. While on test, the bucks will be evaluated for growth, parasite resistance, and parasite resilience, and other traits. Gold, Silver, and Bronze-performing bucks will be sold at the Bluegrass Performance Invitational on September 6 in Frankfort, Kentucky.

This is the 9th year of the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test which is conducted at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville, Maryland.

You can follow the progress of the test by going to the blog at

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