Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Top Performing Buck

The last blog entry failed to report the top performing buck in the test. So far, the top performing buck is a "buckskin" Kiko consigned by John Smith from Virginia.

For the first five weigh periods, this buck has gained 0.08, 0.333, 0.214, 0.571 and 0.286 lbs. per day for a 70-day average of 0.304 lbs. (138 g) per day.

Bucks on testThe buck has not had a FAMACHA© score greater than 2. He has not required deworming. Twice the buck's fecal egg count has been below 100 epg.

At the end of the test, the top 20 bucks will be determined by evaluating growth performance (ADG), parasite resistance (fecal egg counts), and parasite resilience (FAMACHA© scores and number of anthelmintic treatments).

To be eligible to sell, top performing bucks must also meet minimum standards for structural correctness and reproductive soundness. A committee will evaulate the goats for structural correctness: feet, legs, shoulders, pasterns, etc.

Ultrasound carcass data, number and structure of teats, and scrotal circumference and splits will also be reported.