Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thirty-four does consigned to sale

Thirty-four meat goat does have been consigned to the Western Maryland Goat Sale & Field Day to be held Saturday, October 3, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Boonsboro, Maryland.

top-performing buck consigned by Craig Adams (IL)The thirty-four does include twenty-five fullblood, percentage and crossbred Kikos and nine fullblood and percentage Boers. There are four yearling does and 30 doe kids. Doe consigners include ALL Boer Goats (MD), Losch's Riverview Farm Boer Goats (PA), Caprine Genetics (VA), Cheyview Acres (KY), Cedar Creek Farm (DE), and Don & Jenny Smith (VA).

Pictures and data from the top-performing bucks (as of September 10) can be viewed on the web. A portion of their back was clipped in order to ultrasound them. The bucks will be worked for the last time on September 26. It's possible some of these bucks will not make the sale due to fecal egg count data or other reasons for disqualification.

Top-performing buck consigned by Merritt Burke (DE)In order to be eligible to sell, a buck must meet Gold, Silver, or Bronze standards of performance for growth, parasite resistance (fecal egg coungs), and parasite resilience (FAMACHA scores and anthelmintic treatments), and minimum standards for reproductive soundness and structural correctness.

All of the goats will be sold via silent auction. In a silent auction, bidding is done on paper. The goats are not paraded through a sale ring. A silent auction gives bidders more time to consider their purchases. The bidding period will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The person with the highest bid at 2 p.m. gets the goat.

View doe consignments
Download doe sale catalog
Top-performing bucks (as of 9/10)