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Nominations sought for meat goat performance test

April 19, 2012

Nominations are sought for the 2012 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test.

The test is open to goat breeders from any state, who may consign up to five male goats to the test. Eligible goats of any breed or breed cross must have been born between Dec. 20, 2011, and March 20, and weigh between 35 and 70 pounds upon delivery to the test site on June 2.

During the test, the goats will be managed as a single group on pasture and evaluated biweekly for growth, parasite resistance and parasite resilience.

Ultrasound carcass data will also be collected. The top-performing bucks will be eligible to sell at a sale Sept. 15. The testing program is also looking for 15 genetically similar pairs of bucks to use in a study to compare pen vs. pasture-raised goats.

The same data will be collected on these bucks, but they will all be harvested to collect carcass data.

Nomination packets can be requested from Pam Thomas at pthomas@umd.edu or call 301-432-2767, ext. 343. Documents can be downloaded at http://mdgoat test.blogspot.com. The nomination period will continue through May 15.

For more information, send an email to sschoen@umd.edu.

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