Thursday, September 3, 2015

Day 56

For the past two weeks, gain ranged from -4.0 to 10.2 lbs. and averaged 1.3 + 2.5 lbs. The median gain was 1.2 lbs. ADG ranged from -0.286 to 0.729 lbs. per day and averaged 0.091 + 0.175 lbs. per day. The median gain was 0.086 lbs. per day. The large standard deviation (almost twice the mean) is indicative of a wide variation in weight gain.

The reduced gains for this weigh period may be attributed to lesser quality and quantity of forage (it has been very dry) and increased parasite loads, as evidenced by high egg counts and worsening FAMACHA© scores.

For the period, the top-gaining goat was 527, a Purebred Kiko buck consigned by Jarred Dennison (KY). Wes Pinneo (KS) also had a buck that gained over 0.5 lbs. per day (562). For the first 56 days of the test, ADG ranged from 0.043 to 0.371 lbs. per day and averaged 0.177 + 0.090 lbs. per day. The median ADG was 0.179 lbs. (or 81.2 g) per day.

As of day-56, the top-gaining buck is 551, a 94% Kiko buck consigned by Waldo Nelson (MD).  Seven additional bucks have gained more than 0.30 lbs. (or 136 g) per day:  539 (Majancsik, KY), 554 and 555 (Nelson), 558 (Peters, NC), 584 (Weber, IL), 586 (Whelan, KY), and 592 (Wilborn, AL).

FAMACHA© scores increased significantly (almost a half score), from 1.86 on August 20 to 2.29. On September 3, FAMACHA© scores ranged from 1 to 4 and averaged 2.29 + 0.65. The median FAMACHA© score was still 2.

Nine goats were dewormed with levamisole (Prohibit® @ 3 ml/50 lbs).  Three required deworming based on FAMACHA© scores (of 4), whereas the other six were dewormed because they had FAMACHA© scores of 3, plus one or more additional risk factors, such as weight loss and high fecal egg count(s).

Body condition, coat condition, and dag scores remained relatively the same, whereas fecal consistency scores increased from 1.4 to 2.1, indicating softer feces (not generally diarrhea).

Because of the lack of rainfall and forage regrowth, the goats currently have access to more than six acres of pasture:  2 acres of ungrazed cool season grasses; 2 acres of annuals, previously grazed, with some regrowth of sunn hemp; approximately 2.5 acres of silvopasture, mostly cool season grasses with some browse. The goats are currently consuming 1 lbs. of soy hull pellets per head per day.

While the forage is not as lush as it was in the first half of the test, it is still ample.

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