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Annual Goat Field Day set for Oct. 2 at Ag Center

August 10, 2010

The third annual Western Maryland Goat Field Day and Sale will be Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65).

Bucks from the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test that meet gold, silver and bronze standards for growth, parasite resistance and parasite resilience, and minimum standards for reproductive and structural soundness will be offered for sale.

The sale will also include an invitational doe sale.

All of the goats will be sold by silent auction. The bidding period will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The field day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

Paul Kuber, a research animal scientist from Ohio State University, will be the featured speaker.

Kuber will demonstrate cuts from a goat carcass, talk about potential grading standards and prepare products for tasting.

Running concurrent to the field day will be a skillathon for those ages 8 to 18. In the skillathon, youth will be tested about their knowledge of meat, dairy and fiber goats.

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Registration for the skillathon is due by Sept. 24.

For additional information, call Susan Schoenian at 301-432-2767, ext. 343, e-mail sschoen@umd.edu">sschoen@umd.edu or go to http://md goattest.blogspot.com.

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