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Forage-Based Meat Goat Buck Test

Eastern Oklahoma State College, in partnership with Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, is home to the Oklahoma Forage-Basked Meat Goat Buck Test. Goat producers seeing ways to better manage their operations in ever more challenging production conditions can enroll their genetics in the popular test.

Objective

To identify individual bucks as well as their sires and dams that carry genetics expressing economically important traits in commercial meat goat production. Additionally, this test will allow 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 will also provide valuable information for all goat producers and the public.

Dates

The 11th annual Oklahoma Forage-Based Meat Goat Buck Test is scheduled for July 3 to September 26, 2017. Important dates for the test include:

Weaning Deadline: May 24, 2017

Nominations Open: May 1 to June 5, 2017

Check-In: June 23, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Warm-Up: June 23 through July 3, 2017

Test Period: July 3 to September 26, 2017

Field Day and Awards: September 29, 2017

Enrollment Limits

2017 Entry Form (pdf)

Email verification with nomination form, plus $50 per head enrollment fee will reserve your spot in the test. Maximum of 54 head of total goats from all producers. Three head per producer limit unless spots still available.

Entry fee of $50 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 $150 entry fee will cover feed supplementation, medication, wormer, routine veterinarian services and other test costs.

Check-In Procedures

Upon check-in, producers must provide the following sire and dam information for each entrant to the best of their capacity:

  • Sire Name/Number
  • Sire Registration Number (if registered)
  • Sire Birthdate
  • Dam Name/Number
  • Dam Registration Number (if registered)
  • Dam Birthdate
  • WW Ratio

Additional Information

Entry Requirements, Test Protocol, Results and Educational Information (pdf)

Staff and Contact Information

Technical Advisory Committee
Test Advisor - Barry Whitworth, DVM, OCES Area Food/Animal Quality and Health Specialist
Test Nutritionist - Brian Freking, OCES Southeast District Livestock Specialist

Test Staff
Test Veterinarian - Dr. Dustin Hulsey, 918.471.8767
Test Manager - Barney Howard, 918.448.2191
Test Extension Educator - Tony Johnson, 918.465.3349