Thursday, September 11, 2014

Recap of 2014 Buck Test

This was 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.

The purpose of the test is to evaluate the post-weaning performance of meat goat bucklings consuming a pasture diet, with natural exposure to internal parasites, primarily the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus).

Two top-performing bucks:  California-bound
While on test, the bucks are evaluated for growth, parasite resistance, and parasite resilience. They are also scanned to determine their rib eye muscling and evaluated for reproductive soundness and structural correctness.

Read the recap of 2014 buck Test

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