Thursday, May 14, 2015

Two Weeks Until Nomination Period Ends

The nomination period for the 2015 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Test will end in approximately two weeks, on June 1.  So far, 41 bucks have been nominated. 

It is not necessary to identify specific bucks at the time of nomination. All nominations received by the nomination deadline will be treated equally. Unless prior arrangements are made, bucks should be delivered to the test site on Friday, June 26. Health papers and official scrapie ID are required.

Nomination checks ($20/buck) should be made payable to the MPWV Meat Goat Producers Association, a co-sponsor of this year's test.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Test Site Update

Preparations are being made for the 2015 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test, which will begin on June 26.

Sheep have been brought to the site to graze the cool season grass paddocks. The sheep grazing has two purposes:  to control spring forage growth and to "seed" the pastures with infective worm larvae. Unlike the past few years, the goats will not begin the test on the contaminated cool season grass paddocks. They will start the test on the "clean' warm season annual grasses and legumes. The goats will not graze the cool season grass paddocks until around August 20. 

After grazing by the sheep, the cool season grass paddocks will have almost a 60-day rest period. This should be sufficient time for plant regrowth and die-off of worms eggs and infective larvae. According to research conducted at Langston University (Oklahoma), it take about 60 days of rest for a highly-contaminated pasture to become a lowly-contaminated pasture.

Hopefully, enough worm larvae will remain to provide a significant parasite challenge to the test bucks. On the other hand, this year's pastures won't be as contaminated as those in the past, which should allow the goats a better opportunity to express their genetic potential for growth.


A feed bin has been added to the test site. Soy hull pellets will be purchased in bulk and be stored in the bin. While on the test, the bucks will be fed soy hull pellets daily, at a rate of approximately 1.5% of their body weight or 0.75 lbs. per head  per day. Fecal samples from last  year's goats showed the all-pasture diet to be deficient in energy; thus, the need for (energy) supplementation. From a nutritional standpoint, soy hulls complement a pasture (or forage) diet better than cereal grains (starch).

The hoop house's second cover was destroyed during winter storms and will need replaced (again!).


35 Bucks Nominated

So far, thirty-five bucks have been nominated to the 2015 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance. Nominations have been received from nine breeders, representing seven states. There are three new consignors and six returning consignors. Most of the bucks are Kiko.

State
No. consignors
No. bucks
Alabama
1
4
Delaware
1
5
Illinois
1
3
Kentucky
3
12
New Jersey
1
5
Tennessee
1
3
Vermont
1
3
Totals
9
35

The nomination deadline is June 1.  All nominations received by the deadline will be treated equally. Bucks must be delivered to the test site on Friday, June 26, unless prior arrangements are made to drop them off early.

Nomination checks should be written to the MPWV Meat Goat Producers Association, the co-sponsor of this year's 10th anniversary test.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ACSRPC Web Site Resigned

The web site of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC) has been redesigned. You can view the new web site at either www.acsrpc.org or www.wormx.info.

The Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test follows the recommendations of the consortium. The consortium was formed in response to the critical state of the small ruminant industry associated with the emergence of anthelmintic resistant worms. It is a group of scientists, veterinarians, and extension specialists.

You should consider the consortium's web site to be your definitive source of information on internal parasite control in small ruminants.

www.acsrpc.org
www.wormx.info

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring 2015 Wild & Woolly

The Spring 2015 issue of Wild & Woolly is now available.

Via HTML at http://www.sheepandgoat.com/news/Spring2015.html.
Via PDF at http://www.sheepandgoat.com/news/PDF/spring2015.pdf.
Via ISSUU at http://issuu.com/mdsheepgoat/docs/spring2015.

This issue contains an article on the 10th Anniversary of the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test.

Mailed copies of the newsletter are available for $10 per year. Send your check (payable to the University of Maryland) to Sheep & Goat Newsletter, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD  21756.

Subscribe to the newsletter listserv to receive an e-mail when a new issue of the newsletter has been published. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to listserv@listserv.umd.edu. In the body of the message, write subscribe sheepandgoatnews.

Doe Consignments Due April 30

The 2015 Bluegrass Performance Invitational will be held September 4 and 5 at Lakeview Park in Frankfort, Kentucky. All consignors to the 2015 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test are eligible to consign does  to the sale.

If you are interested in being a consignor to this year's sale, please go the website and review the sale rules for complete details . Consignment sheets must be postmarked by April 30th to qualify for the sale. For additional information, contact Jarred Dennison at (502) 395-0237 or Jarred@jdranchkikos.com.

www.bluegrassperformanceinvitational.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Nomination Period Open

The nomination period is now open for the 2015 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test. It will extend until June 1. All nominations received by the deadline will be treated equally. Nominations have already been received for 8 goats.

The test is open to goat producers in any state, who may consign up to five male goats, of any breed or breed cross (with or without registration eligibility) to the test. The goats must have been born between January 1 and March 15, 2015. They must weigh between 40 and 70 lbs. upon delivery to the test site on June 26. Health papers are required.

Kiko buck with parasite resistance.
While on test, the goats will be evaluated for growth performance, parasite resistance, and parasite resilience. They will also be evaluated for structural correctness and reproductive soundness and be scanned to determine the size of their longissimus dorsi (rib eye) muslce. The ten top-performing bucks will be recognized.

After a 12-day adjustment period, the goats will be evaluated for 84 days. The test will conclude on October 2. While on test, they will be managed as a single herd. They will be rotationally grazed, among six ~ 2acre paddocks, composed of various cool and warm season perennial and annual plants. They will be supplemented with pelleted soybean hulls on a daily basis, 0.75 lbs. per day or approximately 1.5% of body weight.

The first half of the test (day 1-42) will served as a "growth challenge." The goats will graze "clean" warm season grasses and legumes. The second half of the test (day 42-84) will serve as a "parasite challenge." The goats will graze cool season grass paddocks that have been pre-contaminated with infective worm larvae (by sheep).

2015 Guidelines and Protocol
Nomination Form