Friday, March 14, 2014

Nomination Packets Mailed

Nomination packets for the 2014 Western  Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test will be mailed today to all previous consignors (from 2012 and 2013). Packets can be mailed to other interested persons upon request. Contact Pam Thomas at or (301) 432-2767 ext. 315 to request a nomination packet.

Nomination packets contain the following documents:
  • 2014 letter to consignors
  • 2014 nomination form
  • 2014 Guidelines and Protocol
  • Sample Maryland CVI
  • Maryland Health Requirements
  • Maryland Animal Health Rejection Policy
  • Buck information sheets (n=5)
  • Kidding codes
  • Kidding data sheets (n=3)
Consignors should familiarize themselves with the 2014 Guidelines and Protocol. Several changes have been implemented for the 2014 test. 

The nomination form and nomination fee ($20/goat) are due May 15.  It is not necessary to identify specific bucks on the nomination form -- only the number of bucks consigned. Consignors need to sign the nomination form to release the University of Maryland from any liability.

The nomination period is April 1 through May 15. All nominations received by the deadline will be treated equally. If nominations exceed the carrying capacity of the test, preference will be given to Maryland residents and past consignors. Fifteen of the test slots will be utilized by the pasture group of goats in the pen vs. pasture study.

All bucks are required to health papers in order to be admitted to the test. A certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) is required. Maryland residents require an intrastate CVI, whereas out-of-state consignors require an interstate CVI. Health papers should be brought with the goats to the test site on May 30.

Per the Maryland Department of Agriculture, consignors are also required to complete the Livestock Exhibitor's Self-Certification of Animal Health. This form is due the day the bucks are delivered to the test site.

A buck information sheet needs to fill out for each buck that is consigned to the test, e.g. five bucks, five forms. These forms are due the day the bucks are delivered to the test site.

2014 will be the 9th year of the test.

New for this year's test:  consignors are being asked to provide on-farm performance data for the kids born on their farm, at least those kids in the same contemporary (management) group as the consigned bucks. Kidding data sheets should be filled out and returned with the nomination form.The data will be processed by Dr. Ken Andries at Kentucky State University.

All of the documents contained in the nomination packet may also be downloaded from this blog. Scroll down the left hand column to find the links to the documents.

If you have questions about the test, be sure to contact Susan Schoenian at or (301) 432-2767 x343.