EOSC farm concludes 2016 Forage-Based Meat Goat Buck Test with Field Day
WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 19, 2016) – Eastern Oklahoma State College, in partnership with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the National Kiko Association, recently conducted the 2016 Oklahoma Forage-Based Meat Goat Buck Test. This is the fourth year Eastern has hosted this event.
Led 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 desirable traits in commercial meat goat production. The test also allows producers to compare genetics within their herd to make better management decisions as to herd lines that will produce profitable offspring for future herds. Weights, FAMACHA scores and fecal egg counts of the 49 head of goats entered were taken on a regular basis during the test period.
The test concluded with a Field Day and awards ceremony Sept. 30. Participants from across the nation came to the Wilburton campus to learn how their bucks performed during the 84-day test that began July 5. Certificates of Performance were awarded to the producers of the best-performing 10 goats. Awards were also given to the Top Herdsman Grand Champion, the Top Herdsman Reserve Grand Champion and to the producer with the second-lowest fecal egg count. To be considered a Top Herdsman, producers must have enrolled at least three goats that had not been dewormed, exhibited average daily weight gain (ADG) in the top percentile and had low fecal egg counts (FEC).
Dewey and Addie Short were named Top Herdsman Grand Champions. Their top three goats had the highest ADG at .325 pounds and the lowest FEC at 145. They were presented with a plaque, Grand Champion ribbon and two $100 checks from the National Kiko Association for having the highest ADG and lowest FEC. Dennis and Darla Higgins were named Top Herdsman Reserve Grand Champions. Their top three goats had the second highest ADG, at .299 pounds, and an FEC of 558. They were presented with a plaque, Reserve Grand Champion ribbon and a $50 check from the Association for having the second highest ADG. Jim Hicks won Reserve Grand Champion FEC with the second lowest at 272. He was presented with a $50 check.
For more information about the test, please visit eosc.edu/goatbucktest or call Barney Howard at 918.448.2191.
Meat goat producers Dewey and Addie Short were named Top Herdsman Grand Champion at the 2016 Meat Goat Buck Test Field Day.
Producers Dennis and Darla Higgins were named Top Herdsman Reserve Grand Champions at the Field Day at the conclusion of the 2016 Meat Goat Buck Test.
The Shorts were presented with a $100 check from the National Kiko Association for having the goat with the highest average daily weight gain during the Test.
The Shorts were also awarded a $100 check from the Association for their goat exhibiting the lowest FEC during the Test.
The Higgins were presented with a $50 check from the Association for their goat having the second highest average daily weight gain during the Test.
Meat Goat Buck Test participant Jim Hicks was presented with a $50 check from the Association for his goat having the second lowest fecal egg count during the Test.