Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Doe consignments sought

Consigners to the 2008 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test are eligible to consign doe kids to the 1st Western Maryland Performance-Tested Buck and Invitational Doe Sale and Field Day, to be held Saturday, October 4, 2008, 2 p.m., at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Boonsboro, Maryland.

Consigners may nominate up to 5 doe kids for each buck they have on test. Any breed or breed cross is eligible to sell. Registration papers are not required. However, the does should be contemporaries to the buck on test. They are required to be half-sibs. In other words, they must share a common parent (usually sire) with the bucks on test.

Kiko x Boer buckDoes must be under one year of age (have all of their baby or milk teeth). They must weigh at least 35 lbs and have been weaned for at least two weeks. They must have received two vaccinations for Clostridium perfringins type C & D. Does that do not meet minimum standards for growth, health, and structural and reproductive soundness will not be accepted for the sale.

Because this is a sale of performance-tested goats, does will be required to have birth and weight data. With the information provided on the nomination forms, adjusted weaning weights will be calculated for all of the goats in the sale.

The health requirements are the same as was required for the bucks on test. Does must have proper USDA scrapie identification. They must arrive with a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI, health papers) based on the requirements of the state of Maryland and a “Livestock Exhibitor’s Self-Certification of Animal Health.”

The consignment form (2 consignments per page) can be filled out online and printed -- or printed and filled out by hand. Unfortunately, the form cannot be saved and e-mailed.

A couple of the bucksCompleted consignment forms should be mailed or faxed to Susan Schoenian, Western Maryland Research & Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD 21756, fax (301) 432-4089. The deadline for consignments is Wednesday, September 17. A nomination fee (non-refundable) of $10 per doe must be included.

There will be a floor price of $200 for does in the sale; $300 for bucks. A sales commission (probably 10%) will be assessed on proceeds above the floor price (does only). Private treaty sales will be prohibited, as this will undermine the sale.

Questions pertaining to the sale and field day should be directed to Susan Schoenian at (301) 432-2767 x343 or sschoen@umd.edu or other members of the goat test committee.

Please help us promote this 1st Western Maryland Performance-Tested Buck and Invitational Doe Sale and Field Day.

Download doe consignment form