Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 Goat Performance & Carcass Contest

The 2016 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test will feature a Goat Performance & Carcass Contest. The purpose of the contest is to collect performance and carcass data from meat goats fed a moderate energy diet and to recognize producers whose goats excel in performance and carcass merit.

Jeff Semler
The contest is open to all consignors. Consignors must have a least one goat in the test in order to enter a goat in the contest. Contest goats must have a litter mate or half-sib in the test. There is no cost to enter. The test will cover the cost of feed, health care, slaughter, and data collection. A minimum of 10 goats and a maximum of 15 is needed to hold the contest.

The criteria for contest goats is the same as test goats. The contest goats will be housed in a zero-grazing pen with ample room for exercise and social interaction. They will be fed hay and grain: approximately 2 lbs. per head per day of a mixed alfalfa-grass hay and 1 lb. per head per day day of whole barley. They will be harvested to collect carcass data.

Goat Performance & Carcass Contest Procedures

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