Goat Buck Test to conclude with Field Day Sept. 27


WILBURTON, OK (Sept. 16, 2013) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will conclude its Oklahoma Forage-Based Meat Goat Buck Test with a Field Day event on Friday, Sept. 27 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

Participants from across the nation will come to the Wilburton campus to learn how their bucks performed during a three-month test period that began June 27. The test was completed in partnership with the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service.

The Field Day program will include several speakers, the awards presentation and lunch. Dave Sparks, DVM will speak about parasite resistance, while EOSC student Chelsea Hofegartner and OSU Extension Agronomist Chris Rice will present the forage results. OSU Extension Agriculture Economist J.J. Jones will present “What is a Buck Worth?” Finally, OSU Extension Livestock Specialist Brian Freking and EOSC Farm Manager Barney Howard will conclude the event with the nutrition results and awards presentations.

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. This test also provides valuable information for all goat producers and the public. The test was open to bucks of all breeds born between Jan. 1 and March 31 of 2013.

Weights, FAMACA scores and fecal egg counts were taken on a scheduled basis during the test period. Awards will be given to the bucks with the highest average daily gain, the lowest fecal egg count and the top herdsman.

This is the first year for Eastern to host the Goat Buck Test. The Kerr Center near Poteau had previously hosted the test for six years. For information about the test or the Field Day event, contact Barney Howard at 918-448-2191.

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