Monday, August 8, 2016

Contest Goats, Day-28

For the first 28 days, performance varied considerably among the 15 contest goats. The standard deviation for gain and ADG was almost three times the averages. Gain varied from -8.5 to 17 lbs. and averaged 2.6 ± 7.2 lbs. The median was 3.0 lbs.

ADG ranged from -0.315 to 0.630 lbs. per day and averaged 0.095 ± 0.268 lbs. per day. The median ADG was 0.111 lbs. per day. Five of the goats lost weight during the first 28 days of the contest. It is difficult to explain.

In contrast, the contest goats gained an average of 6.9 lbs. during the 13-day adjustment period.  For the first 28 days, the contest goats had a slightly lower ADG than the test goats. 

The contest goats are consuming about 1 pound of barley per head per day. The test goats are consuming 0.75 lbs. of barley per head per day. Both groups have free choice forage.

Download contest 28-day report