Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nominate Goats to Maryland Test

Nomination packets for the 2016 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test will be mailed in early April. Packets will be mailed to 2014 and 2015 consignors. Packets can be mailed to anyone else, upon request. To request a nomination packet, contact Pam Thomas at or (301) 432-2767 x315.

The test is open to goat breeders from any state. A producer may consign up to five male goats to the test. Goats may be of any breed or breed cross, with or without registration papers or eligibility. They must have been born between January 1 and March 15 of this year, and weigh between 40 and 70 lbs. upon delivery to the test site on June 24. After a 13-day adjustment period, the test will span 84 days, from July 7 to September 29.While on test, the goats will be evaluated for growth, parasite resistance, and parasite resilience. At the conclusion of the test, the top 10 bucks will be recognized.

This year's test will also include a performance and carcass contest. Anyone who consigns at least one goat is eligible to enter a goat in the carcass contest. Those who consign five goats to the test and have a goat in the carcass contest will receive a discount of $20 per test goat. There is no cost to enter the carcass contest. The age, weight, and health requirements for the contest goats is the same as the test goats.

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