EOSC farm conducts 2015 forage-based meat goat buck test
WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 12, 2015) – Eastern Oklahoma State College, in partnership with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, recently conducted the 2015 Oklahoma Forage-Based Meat Goat Buck Test. This is the third year EOSC has hosted this event.
Lead by farm manager Barney Howard, the objective of the buck test is to identify individual bucks, as well as their sires and dams, which carry genetics expressing economically important traits in commercial meat goat production. Additionally, the test allows breeders to compare genetics within their herd to make better management decisions as to herd lines that will produce profitable progeny for future herds.
Participants from across the nation came to the Wilburton campus to learn how their bucks performed during the three-month test that began June 26. Weights, FAMACHA scores and fecal egg counts were taken on a scheduled basis during the test period. The test concluded with a Field Day and awards ceremony on Sept. 25. Awards were given to the bucks with the highest average daily (weight) gain, the lowest fecal egg count, and to the Top Herdsman Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion.
Kraig Stemme earned Top Herdsman Grand Champion. His top three goats had the highest average daily (weight) gain at .38 pounds and a 766 average fecal egg count. Steve Simmons received Top Herdsman Reserve Grand Champion. His top three goats had an average daily gain of .31 pounds and the lowest average fecal egg count, at 49.
For more information about the test, please visit eosc.edu or call Barney Howard at 918.448.2191.
Kraig Stemme (left) receives Top Herdsman Grand Champion at the 2015 Meat Goat Buck Test.
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Simmons receive Top Herdsman Reserve Grand Champion at the 2015 Meat Goat Buck Test.