Friday, September 25, 2015

Buy a Performance Tested Buck

Most of the bucks in this year's Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test are for sale via private treaty. Some of the top-performers will be sold next year (as yearlings) at the Bluegrass Performance Invitational in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Top-performing buck as of day 70
After a 12-day adjustment period, the test began on June 26. The last data will be collected on October 2. While on test, the bucks are evaluated for growth (average daily gain), parasite resistance (fecal egg counts), and parasite resilience (FAMACHA© scores and need for deworming). Carcass muscling (rib eye area) is determined by ultrasound. The bucks are also evaluated for reproductive soundness (teats and testicles) and structural correctness (feet, legs, hooves, and teeth). The top-ten bucks will be identified after all of the data is received and analyzed.

Visit the Goat Test blog (or web page) to find a buck that meets your breeding goals. A list of consignors (with contact info) can be downloaded from the blog (right hand column) or web page.!goattest/cbev

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