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West Coast Meat Goat Performance Test
Press Release by
Jan Carlson

The first annual meat goat performance test is scheduled to begin this spring at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) in Davis, California.

The test will follow a similar format as tests held at Langston University and Angelo State University, with one exception. The UC Davis test is open to wether goats as well as bucks. A breeder may submit a group of three wethers, all from the same sire. The wethers will be on test following the same format as the bucks but will be processed at the end of the trial and carcass data will be gathered. The wethers will be indexed as a separate group, with carcass traits included. The test is open to any meat type bucks or wethers (3 wethers from the same sire - will be DNA verified) born between December 1, 2004 and March 1, 2005.

Entry deadline for the test is April 23, 2005 and the entry fee is $120.00/head.

Goats will be accepted for the test on May 6-7, and will be pre-conditioned for 1 week before the start of the test. Start date is May 15, 2005. Goats will be fed for a total of 84 days (12 weeks), two mid-weights are taken every 4 weeks (June 12th and July 10th), and they are weighed off test on August 5th. Goats must be picked up on August 6 or 7, 2005.

This test is sanctioned the American Meat Goat Association and bucks completing this test may qualify for ABGA ennoblement points. Awards will be given to high-performing animals.

Complete information and entry forms will be availableat
http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/events/meatgoattest.
If you would like information mailed to you, please e-mail Jan Carlson jlcarlson@ucdavis.edu, or Jolene Berg jmbberg@ucdavis.edu, or phone 530-752-6792.


 

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