The nomination period for the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test is April 15 through June 1. Any goat producer may nominate up to five male goats, of any breed or breed cross, with or without registration eligibility. Eligible goats must have been born between January 1 and March 15, 2015, and weigh between 40 and 70 lbs. upon delivery to the test site on June 26.
This is the 10th year of the Maryland test. It was established in 2006 to evaluate the post-weaning performance of meat-type bucklings consuming a pasture-based diet, with natural exposure to internal parasites. While on test, goats are evaluated for growth, parasite resistance, and parasite resilience.
The 10 top-performing bucks will be recognized.
For more information or to consign, visit the meat goat test blog at http://mdgoattest.blogspot.com. All documents pertinent to the test can be downloaded from the blog. Contact Pam Thomas at (301) 432-2767 x315 or email@example.com to have a nomination packet mailed to you. All nominations received by the deadline will be treated equally.