Goat producers seeking ways to better manage their operations in ever more challenging production conditions should consider enrolling their genetics in the forage-based meat goat buck test to be held this summer at the Eastern Oklahoma State College Farm in Wilburton, Okla. The 2013 test is limited to 42 head of goats with a maximum of 3 head enrolled from any one ranch or producer. If fewer than 42 head are enrolled then more animals will be allowed from producers wanting to enroll more than 3 head.
• Nominations due: Friday, June 14, 2013
• Check-in: Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Warm-up: June 27- July 8, 2013
• Test Period: July 8, 2013 - September 26, 2013
• Field Day and Awards: September 27, 2013
An enrollment form, entry requirements, test protocol and other information is available at www.eosc.edu/goatbucktest or by calling Barney Howard at 918-448-2191. The registration deadline is June 14. There is a $25 non-refundable fee required for each goat nominated. An additional $100 per goal will be due at the animal check in on June 27.
Checks should be made payable to Eastern Oklahoma State College. A buck information sheet must be filled out for each buck consigned to the test and provide with the enrollment form. Health papers and a signed copy of the self-certification of animal health must also accompany the goats on June 27.