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Oklahoma Forage Based Buck Test

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Inc.
In partnership with
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

Rules, Regulations and Protocol

Objective:
facebookTo 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.

Buck and Ram test information

New This Year

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

Dates:

Nominations due: Friday, June 15
Check-in: Thursday, June 21, 2012 1pm-5pm
Warm-up: June 22, 2012- July 1, 2012
Test Period: July 2, 2012- September 19, 2012
Field Day & Awards: September 22, 2012

Entry Requirements:

  1. A producer group will consist of 1 or more bucks that were born between January 1, 2012 and March 31, 2012. All breeds and crossbreds are accepted.
  2. To be considered for the Herdsman Award you must have a group of 3 or more bucks.
  3. Producers must provide Birth Date and Weaning Date to verify.
  4. Bucks must weigh a minimum of 35 lbs at check-in.
  5. Bucks must be weaned 30 days prior to entry, had a minimum of 1 de-worming and 1 CDT vaccination 4 weeks prior to entry, and have their feet trimmed. No exceptions.
  6. Bucks must be tagged with a scrapie tag from their state of origin. No exceptions.
  7. All out of state bucks must be accompanied by an official inter-state health certificate and in compliance with all Oklahoma shipment requirements.  For information: Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, and (405) 522-6142.
  8. Entry fee of $120 per buck will be required to secure a position within the test. The entry fee will cover feed supplementation, medication, wormer, routine veterinarian services and other test costs.
  9. Producers will be responsible for all vet fees incurred in the case of treatment for serious injury, disease or necropsy (in the case of death).

Test Protocol:

  1. Bucks will be given a thorough examination by a veterinarian at check-in. Goats showing signs of sore mouth, CL, foot rot or other communicable disease will not be allowed to enter the test.
  2. Bucks will receive a CDT vaccine, worming, fecal test, FAMACHA score and an ear tag with test ID at the time of check-in.
  3. Bucks will be wormed with two or three different classes of wormer at the time of check-in. A second Fecal Egg Count will be conducted 10 days after check-in.
  4. Bucks that do not show a 90% reduction in there egg count after the initial worming will not be allowed to enter the test.
  5. Bucks that display symptoms of disease or illness during the test will be held in quarantine (on forage) until it is determined by the Test Manager or the Test Veterinarian that they may re-enter the general population or must leave the test.
  6. Low performing bucks may need to be removed from the test. This decision will be made by the Test Manager in consultation with the producer.
  7. Every effort will be made to accommodate the producer if a buck must leave the test.
  8. In the case of death, a full necropsy will be performed by the On-Site Veterinarian at the expense of the owner. 
  9. Sufficient forage will be provided for the bucks to perform up to their genetic potential. A feed supplement containing protein, vitamins, minerals and other additive ingredients will be provided as needed to maximize the utilization of forage.
  10. Bucks that score a 4 or 5 on the FAMACHA scale during the test will be de-wormed and disqualified.
  11. All decisions made by the Test Manager, Test Veterinarian and On-Site Veterinarian will be final.
  12. Weights, FAMACHA Scores and Fecal Egg Counts will be taken every 17 days with the results posted within 3 days on www.kerrcenter.com.
  13. Ultra sounding for Loin eye area will be provided by Reproductive Enterprises Inc.

Results:

  1. Buck ranking within the test will be classified by Average Daily Gain and Fecal Egg Count.
  2. To compete for Grand Champion Herdsman, each producer must enter 3 or more bucks. This award will be determined by the average of the top 3 bucks for each producer in Average Daily Gain and Fecal Egg Count.

Educational Information

  1. A summary sheet containing all data collected for the bucks will be supplied to each producer. A test summary with forage, weather and other important information will also be distributed.
  2. A Field Day will be held at the test site on September 22, 2012 to view the bucks, tour the forage test and discuss performance on forage for the meat goat industry.
  3. All test data and results will be made public.

Technical Advisory Committee
Test Agronomist- Chris Rice, OCES Southeast District Agronomist
Test Nutritionist- Brian Freking, LeFlore County Educator

Test Staff
Test Veterinarian- Ann Wells, DVM and Kerr Center Programs Director
Test Manager- Mary Penick, Kerr Center Livestock Specialist
Test Assistant - Erin Campbell-Craven

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