Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nomination period opens April 1

Nominations for the 2009 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test will be accepted April 1st through May 15. Male goats of any breed or breed cross are eligible. Goat breeders from any state may consign up to five goats.

goat from 2007 testThe test will be conducted from June 6 until October 3. A field day and sale will be held on Saturday, October 3 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Boonsboro, MD. Bucks meeting minimum standards for growth, parasite resistance, and resilience will be eligible to sell. Consigners to the test may also nominate does to the sale.

A nomination form and other pertinent documents may be downloaded from the test's web site at For information about the test and/or to request a nomination packet, contact Susan Schoenian at (301) 432-2767 ext. 343 or or Pam Thomas at ext. 315 or

The test is most suitable for meat goat producers who raise their kids mostly on pasture or browse, with little or no grain supplementation. It is recommended that the goats be adapted to a pasture diet before starting the test.

Download 2009 guidelines and protocol
Download nomination form