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Forage-Based Meat Goat Buck Test
Eastern Oklahoma State College, in partnership with Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, is home to the Oklahoma Forage-Basked Meat Goat Buck Test. Goat producers seeing ways to better manage their operations in ever more challenging production conditions can enroll their genetics in the popular test.
Weights, FAMACHA© scores, and fecal egg counts will be taken on a scheduled basis once the test period begins. Results will be posted after test results are logged. View the 2013 test results.
To identify individual bucks as well as their sires and dams that carry genetics expressing economically important traits in commercial meat goat production. Additionally, this test will allow breeders to compare genetics within their herd to make better management decisions as to herd lines that will produce profitable progeny for future herds. This test will also provide valuable information for all goat producers and the public.
Nominations due: Friday, June 13, 2014
Check-in: Friday, June 27, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Warm-up: June 27- July 7, 2014
Test Period: July 8, 2014 - September 25, 2014
Field Day and Awards: September 26, 2014
An entry fee of $25 per buck will be required to secure a position within the test. A final fee of $100 per buck will be required at check in. The $125 entry fee will cover feed supplementation, medication, wormer, routine veterinarian services and other test costs. Checks should be made payable to Eastern Oklahoma State College.
This year’s test is limited to 50 head of goats with a maximum of 3 head enrolled from any one ranch or producer. If fewer than 50 head are enrolled than more animals will be allowed from producers wanting to enroll more than 3 head.
Upon check-in, producers must provide the following sire and dam information for each entrant to the best of their capacity:
- Sire Name/Number
- Sire Registration Number (if registered)
- Sire Birthdate
- Dam Name/Number
- Dam Registration Number (if registered)
- Dam Birthdate
- WW Ratio
Entry Requirements, Test Protocol, Results and Educational Information
2014 EOSC Pasture-Based Meat Goat Buck Test Nomination Form (pdf)
Staff and Contact Information
Technical Advisory Committee
Test Agronomist- Chris Rice, OCES Southeast District Agronomist
Test Nutritionist- Brian Freking, OCES Southeast District Livestock Specialist
Test Veterinarian - Dr. Dustin Hulsey, 918.471.8767
Test Manager - Barney Howard, 918.448.2191
Test Extension Educator - Tony Johnson, 918.465.3349