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Oklahoma Forage-Based Meat Goat Buck Test Rules, Regulations and Protocol

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Entry Requirements

  1. A producer group will consist of up to 3 bucks maximum that were born between January 1, 2014 and March 31, 2014. All breeds and crossbreds are accepted.

  2. To be considered for the Herdsman Award you must have a group of 3 bucks.

  3. Producers must provide Birth Date and Weaning Date to verify.

  4. Bucks must weigh a minimum of 35 lbs at check-in.

  5. Bucks must be weaned 30 days prior to entry, had a minimum of 1 de-worming and 1 CDT vaccination 4 weeks prior to entry, and have their feet trimmed. No exceptions.

  6. Bucks must be tagged with a scrapie compliant tag from their state of origin. No exceptions.

  7. All out of state bucks must be accompanied by an official inter-state health certificate and in compliance with all Oklahoma shipment requirements. For information: Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, and (405) 522-6142.

  8. 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.

  9. Producers will be responsible for all vet fees incurred in the case of treatment for serious injury, disease or necropsy (in the case of death).

Test Protocol

  1. Bucks will be given a thorough examination by a veterinarian at check-in. Goats showing signs of sore mouth, CL, foot rot or other communicable disease will not be allowed to enter the test. 

  2. Bucks will receive a CDT vaccine, worming, fecal test, FAMACHA score and an ear tag with test ID at the time of check-in.

  3. Bucks will be wormed with two or three different classes of wormer at the time of check-in. A second Fecal Egg Count will be conducted 10 days after check-in.

  4. Bucks that do not show a 90% reduction in there egg count after the initial worming will not be allowed to enter the test.

  5. Bucks that display symptoms of disease or illness during the test will be held in quarantine (on forage) until it is determined by the Test Manager or the Test Veterinarian that they may re-enter the general population or must leave the test.

  6. Low performing bucks may need to be removed from the test. This decision will be made by the Test Manager in consultation with the producer.

  7. Every effort will be made to accommodate the producer if a buck must leave the test.

  8. In the case of death, a full necropsy will be performed by the On-Site Veterinarian at the expense of the owner.

  9. Sufficient forage will be provided for the bucks to perform up to their genetic potential. A feed supplement containing protein, vitamins, minerals and other additive ingredients will be provided as needed to maximize the utilization of forage.

  10. Bucks that score a 4 or 5 on the FAMACHA scale and a confirmed high FEC during the test will be de-wormed and devalued from herdsman contention.

  11. Dewormer product(s) of choice will be determined by the Test Veterinarian, however, if resistant animals fail to respond to a second deworming they will be assigned to a copper bolus treatment.
  12. All decisions made by the Test Manager, Test Veterinarian and On-Site Veterinarian will be final.

  13. Weights, FAMACHA Scores and Fecal Egg Counts will be taken every 17 days with the results posted within 3 days on http://oklagoats.okstate.edu/ and on EOSC's website.

  14. Every attempt will be made to Ultra sound for Loin eye area and measure Scrotal Circumference by EOSC and test staff.

Results

  1. Buck ranking within the test will be classified by Average Daily Gain and Fecal Egg Count.

  2. To compete for Grand Champion Herdsman, each producer must enter 3 or more bucks. This award will be determined by the average of the top 3 bucks for each producer in Average Daily Gain and Fecal Egg Count.

Educational Information

  1. A summary sheet containing all data collected for the bucks will be supplied to each producer. A test summary with forage, weather and other important information will also be distributed.

  2. A Field Day will be held at the test site on September 26, 2014 to view the bucks, tour the forage test and discuss performance on forage for the meat goat industry.

  3. All test data and results will be made public.