EOSC Farm concludes 2018 Forage-Based Meat Goat Buck Test with Field Day
WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 4, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service recently conducted the 2018 Oklahoma Forage-Based Meat Goat Buck Test. This is the sixth year Eastern has hosted this event.
The objective of the 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 53 head of goats entered were taken on a regular basis throughout the test.
The test concluded with a Field Day and awards ceremony on Sept. 21. Participants from across Oklahoma and 13 other states came to the Wilburton campus to learn how their bucks performed during the 80-day test that began June 29. In addition to naming the Top Herdsman Grand Champion and Top Herdsman Reserve Grand Champion, plaques and certificates were awarded in a variety of categories.
Lisa Harrison of Texas was named the Champion ADG for the highest average daily weight gain of .431 pounds. Reserve Champion ADG was presented to Kraig Stemme of Texas. Their goat gained an average of .338 pounds per day during the test.
Producers of the goats with the lowest fecal egg counts (FEC) were also recognized. Dwight Elmore of Kansas was named Champion FEC with an average count of 16.7. William Chapman of Georgia and James Sanders of Oklahoma were named Reserve Co-Champion FEC as their goats tied at 25.
For his buck averaging the highest ADG and the lowest FEC, Lisa Harrison was named Champion Herdsman, while Kraig Stemme earned Reserve Champion Herdsman. Both were presented with champion certificates and ribbons.
Visit eosc.edu/goatbucktest for more information about the test including entry requirements and test protocol.
Champion Herdsman - Lisa Harrison of Texas
Reserve Champion Herdsman - Kraig Stemme of Texas
Champion Average Daily Gain - Lisa Harrison of Texas
Reserve Champion Average Daily Gain - Kraig Stemme of Texas
Champion Low Fecal Egg Count - Dwight Elmore of Kansas
Reserve Co-Champion Low Fecal Egg Count - William Chapman of Georgia
Reserve Co-Champion Low Fecal Egg Count - James Sanders of Oklahoma