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Goat field day, sale is scheduled for Sept. 24

September 15, 2011

The fourth annual Western Maryland Goat Field Day and Sale will be Saturday, Sept., 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

The top-performing bucks from the 2011 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test will be offered for sale by silent auction. The sale also will include a private treaty sale of does. The bidding period for the goats is from noon to 2 p.m.

The field day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

Ken Turner, a research animal scientist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center in Beckley, W.Va., will be the speaker. Turner's research emphasis is on low-input, forage-based livestock production.

The field day also will include a Junior Goat Skillathon for those ages 8 to 18. Youths from any county or state can compete according to their age as of Jan. 1, 2011. Participants will be tested on all aspects of the goat industry, including meat, dairy and fiber.

For more information, call Susan Schoenian at 301-432-2767, ext. 343, send an email to sschoen@umd.edu or go to http://mdgoattest.blogspot.com.

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