Thursday, March 20, 2008

Get your nominations in early

Get your nominations in early for the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test, to be held June 7 through October 4, 2008, at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville, Maryland.

The nomination period is April 1 through May 15. Due to the addition of a slaughter component, sale, and field day, it is expected that this year's test will fill up early.

Goats from 2008 testMale goats of any breed or breed cross, approximately 3 to 5 months of age and weighing between 35 and 70 lbs. are being sought for the test which will measure growth performance, parasite resistance, and carcass merit.

A $20 per goat deposit needs to accompany the nomination form. An additional $55 will be due when the goats are delivered to the test site. There will be a $25 fee for goats that are slaughtered to collect carcass data. A maximum of five goats may be consigned per farm. Two may be selected for slaughter.

The top 20 goats will be eligible to sell at the Performance-Tested Buck and Invitational Doe Sale on October 4 at the Washington County Agricultural Center. Consigners to the test may nominate up to five does per goat in the test for the doe sale. Does should be contemporaries of the male goats on test.

A field day will be held in conjunction with the sale. All events are sponsored by University of Maryland Cooperative Extension.

2008 Guidelines and Protocol