Sunday, September 22, 2013

Award Winners

For the second year in a row, Sam Burke from Delaware had the top-performing buck in the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test. The top buck had an average daily gain of 0.190 lbs. per day, was not dewormed throughout the test, had an average fecal egg count of  944 epg, and never had an egg count above 1,500 epg.

Top-performing and most resistant buck
Sam (L) and Laurence (R) Burke

Burke's top-performing buck was also given the award for being the most parasite resistant buck in the test. This year's parasite resistance award was given to the buck with best combination of data for both parasite resistance and parasite resilience. Among the bucks that were not dewormed (n=6), the Burke buck had the lowest average fecal egg count.

John Weber from Illinois received the award for having the buck with the highest average daily gain (ADG). Weber's buck gained 0.236 lbs. per day, giving it an ADG ratio of 323 percent. This is extraordinary gain given the conditions of this year's test. In fact, all four bucks in the Weber consignment were among the top-ten percent in ADG.

Top-gaining buck
John Weber

The top-consignor award is given to the consignor with the top three bucks in the test. This year it was a tie, and the award was split between two consigners:  Kendall and Dana Barnes from Kentucky and John Weber.  Among the two consignments, the Barnes bucks were more parasite resistant whereas the Weber bucks had higher rate-of-gain. The six goats had similar data for parasite resilience and other traits.

Top consigners
Kendall (L) and Dana Barnes (C) and John Weber (R)

The Barnes's were top consignors in the 2008 test, whereas Weber is a first-time consignor.

Congratulations to all of the award winners in this year's Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test.