The 2005 Kentucky Buck Performance Test will be an 84-day performance trial scheduled to run from September 3 through November 26, 2005. The test will be conducted in a newly renovated facility at Western Kentucky University's research farm under the guidance of WKU, the Mammoth Cave Goat Association, and a steering committee consisting of representatives from Kentucky's regional universities, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Goat Producers Association, and goat producers from across the state.
Bucks must be entered for the test no later than August 5, 2005. Registered and non-registered buck kids weighing between 40 and 100 pounds are eligible for the performance test and will arrive at the Western Kentucky University Research Farm on Saturday, August 20, 2005. Entry fee is $100. Average daily gain will be measured every 28 days in addition to a one time scrotal circumference and loin eye measurement.
Bucks performing at or above average for average daily gain during the test period will be offered for sale to the public on Friday evening, December 2, 2005 at the L.D. Brown Agriculture Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky in conjunction with the Kentucky Goat Producers Association 2005 Annual Meeting.
Complete test information and entry forms can be obtained by contacting Tess Caudill with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at (502) 564-4983 or Tess.Caudill@ky.gov.