Thursday, August 8, 2013

Good Gains

The goats gained over 0.3 lbs. per day during the past two weeks. Gain ranged from -2.2 to 9.9 lbs. and averaged 4.3 + 2.3 lbs. The median gain was 4.4 lbs. (2 kg).  Average daily gain ranged from -0.157 to 0.707 lbs. per day and averaged 0.310 + 0.162 lbs. (140 + 73 g) per day. The median ADG was 0.314 lbs. (142 g) per day.

Only five goats failed to gain weight during the past two weeks. For the period, the top-gaining buck was #343 (Murphy, NJ).  Seven additional bucks gained over a half pound per day:  #303 (Adams, IL), #313 (Barnes, KY), #324 (Burke, DE), #339 (Murphy, NJ), #351 (Pinneo, KS), #375 (Weber, IL), and #385 (Zink, IN).

For the first 56 days of the test, ADG is ranging from -0.109 to 0.334 lbs. per day and averaging 0.117 + 0.086 lbs. (53 + 39 g) per day. The median 56-d ADG is 0.123 lbs. (56 g) per day. Only five goats have failed to gain weight during the first 56 days of the test.

As of day 56, the top-gaining goat in the test is #375, a New Zealand Kiko buck, consigned by Weber (IL). Weber has a second buck that is gaining 0.3 lbs. per day (#376).  Other top gainers include #303 (C. Adams), #306 (D. Adams), #343 (Murphy), #351 (Pinneo), #381 (Zink), and #388 (Burke).

FAMACHA© scores ranged from 1 to 3 and averaged 2.1 + 0.5, compared to 2.6 two weeks ago. No goats required deworming.  Body condition, coat condition, dag, and fecal consistency scores remained relatively unchanged.

The goats have been grazing four acres of forage sorghum for the past four weeks and there is still plenty of grass left to graze. While this has given the goats a much-needed break from parasites, it has also allowed the eight acres of cool season grass pastures to re-grow to more desirable heights. In addition, the longer these pastures rest, the more worm larvae will die off. While they are far from clean, the parasite risk should be less than it was in the early part of the test.

The weather has been very favorable, in the low to mid 80's for the past several weeks, with lower than usual humidity. Recent rainfall should provide a boost to the cool season grasses. Temperatures are expected to increase, but not to the levels experienced earlier in the test.

Weighing goats

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