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Meat Goats at the Kerr Center (2007 – 2012)

Each year from 2007-2012, the Kerr Center teamed up with the OSU Cooperative Extension Service to conduct the Oklahoma Forage-Based Buck Test (formerly the Oklahoma Meat Goat Forage Performance Test). The summer of 2012 was the sixth and final year for the test.

A series of free reports detail the results from each test year.

Another free report summarizes the findings of the first five years’ data from the buck test. It documents the changes made to test protocols over time to fine-tune the buck test as a tool for herd improvement. It also describes the relationships between the bucks’ performance and external factors such as weather and parasite loads.

The rationale behind the Oklahoma Forage-Based Buck Test was to identify individual bucks with favorable genetics for commercial meat goat production.

Eastern Oklahoma State College has continued to run the Oklahoma Forage-Based Buck Test.

Goat Publications

Selection Procedures for Meat Goat Breeding Programs

This presentation by David Sparks, D.V.M., from the Oklahoma Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, discusses the selection of breeding stock in meat goat operations. It covers goal setting, importance of buck genetics, performance data, on-farm…

Reproduction and the Bottom Line

This presentation discusses the management of goat reproduction to maximize profits.

Parasite Control: The Value of Multi-species and Rotational Grazing

This presentation covers ways to use grazing rotations and stocking of multiple livestock species to manage parasites in meat goats.

Oklahoma Forage-Based Buck Test Summary Report: First Five Years (2007-2011)

This is a report summarizing the results of the first five years (2007-2011) of the meat goat “buck test.”

Multiple Species Grazing in Oklahoma

This is a presentation by David Sparks, D.V.M., from the 2008 Future Farms conference. It makes an economic case for adding goats to existing cattle operations, and addresses diet, predator control, fencing, and parasite management.

Managing Goats for Herd Health

This presentation describes a holistic approach to goat health management, and includes a list of related resources.

Integrated Parasite Management for Your Goats

This is a presentation from a 2011 meat goat field day, covering in detail the biology of the barber pole worm as well as various approaches to managing this meat goat parasite.

Home-Built Goat-Working Pens Diagram

This is a diagram, from a 2010 workshop at the Linda and Dave Sparks farm, of the low-cost pens that the Sparks built for working their meat goats.

Goat Health Management Materials List

This list of goat health products used in the Kerr Center’s goat program includes notes on use and suppliers.

Forages: What Goats Like and What They Don’t

This presentation describes goats’ feeding behavior and dietary requirements, with an emphasis on managing goats on pasture.

Forage Strategies for Small Acreages

This presentation by Chris Rice, from the Oklahoma Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, discusses the management of forage for grazing animals on the small acreages typical of many Oklahoma farms. It uses the example of…

Electric Fence for Small Ruminants

This NRCS fact sheet was used as a handout in the Oklahoma Beginning Farmer & Rancher program.

Dewormers and Dewormer Resistance; Introduction to Eye Scores

This is a presentation by David Sparks, D.V.M., from a 2011 meat goat field day, covering the growing problem of dewormer resistance in the barber pole worm, and a monitoring-based strategy for managing this meat…

Brush Control with Goats

This is a report on a five-year project that evaluated goats as an alternative to chemical and mechanical means of brush control. It covers fencing, facilities, breeds, stocking rate, animal management, and predators, along with…

Birthing Kit for Goats

This is a list of materials to have on hand during goat kidding.

2012 Oklahoma Forage-Based Buck Test Report

This is a report summarizing the results of the 2011 meat goat “buck test.”

2011 Oklahoma Forage-Based Buck Test Report

This is a report summarizing the results of the 2011 meat goat “buck test.”

2010 Commercial Meat Goat Forage Performance (Buck) Test Report

This is a report summarizing the results of the 2010 meat goat “buck test.”

2009 Commercial Meat Goat Forage Performance (Buck) Test Report

This is a report summarizing the results of the 2009 meat goat “buck test.”

2008 Commercial Meat Goat Forage Performance (Buck) Test Report

This is a report summarizing the results of the 2008 meat goat “buck test.”

2007 Commercial Meat Goat Forage Performance (Buck) Test Report

This is a report summarizing the results of the 2007 meat goat “buck test.”

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