|Ingredient||Percentage (as fed)|
|Pellet Partner (binder)||5.00%|
|Trace mineral salt||0.50%|
The crude protein content of the ration is 16% with 2.5% fat, 20.4% fiber and 60.6% TDN. Calcium phosphorus and sodium levels are .74%, .37% and 1.07%, respectively. Zinc concentration is 33.04 ppm, copper is 17.15 ppm and selenium is .21 ppm. In 2003, competitive bids were sought for the buck-test feed and Bluebonnet Feeds of Ardmore, OK was awarded the contract to supply feed for the buck performance test for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and Stillwater Milling in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
In early 2000, the Oklahoma performance test was designated by the American Boer Goat Association Board of Directors as an ABGA Approved Performance Test. Qualified fullblood or purebred Boer bucks will be eligible to earn points towards entry into the "Ennobled Herd Book".Candidate bucks must pass a pre‑performance test inspection conducted by one (1) or more ABGA approved breeders.
Ten (10) points will be awarded a Boer buck who shows an average daily weight gain (ADG) in the top five percent (5%) of the animals on test. Five (5) points will be awarded a Boer buck who shows an average daily weight gain (ADG) in the next fifteen percent (15%) of the animals on test.All bucks must gain at least three‑tenths (.3) pounds per day to be awarded any points.
In 2003, the Oklahoma buck performance test was sanctioned by the International Boer Goat Association, Inc.
The official performance test started on June 23 after the adjustment period was finished. Weights at the beginning of the test averaged 55 lbs with a range of 19 to 91 lbs. Weights at the end of the test averaged 99 lbs with a range of 57 to 138 lbs. Weight gain for the test averaged 43 lbs with a range of 18 to 60 lbs.
For the test, the bucks gained on averaged 0.51 lbs/day with a range of 0.21 lbs/day to 0.71 lbs/day.
For the test, the bucks consumed an average of 295 lbs of feed with a range of 169 to 423 lbs.
For the test, the bucks averaged a feed efficiency of 7.04 (feed efficiency is defined as the number of lbs. of feed needed for one lbs. of gain), with a range of 4.85 to 14.84.
The average loin eye area as determined by ultrasonography was 1.7 square inches with a range of 1.0 to 2.4 square inches and the average left rear leg circumference was 14.2 inches with a range of 11.0 to 18.0 inches.
For 2010, the index was calculated using the following parameters:
30% on efficiency (units of feed per units of gain)
30% on average daily gain
20% on area of longissimus muscle (loin) at the first lumbar site as measured by real time ultrasound adjusted by the goat's metabolic body weight:
20% circumference around the widest part of the right rear leg as measured with a tailor's tape adjusted by the goat's metabolic body weight:
The adjustment to metabolic body weight gives lighter weight goats a fair comparison of muscling to heavier goats.
The deviation from the average of the parameters measured from the goats in the performance test was used in the index calculation. Thus, the average index score for bucks on-test was 100%.Bucks that are above average have indexes above 100% and those below average have index scores below 100%.
The Oklahoma Meat Goat Association and the Agricultural Research and Extension Program at Langston University congratulate:
Also, deserving congratulations are:
The Buck Test supervisor wishes to acknowledge Dr. Lionel Dawson of Oklahoma State University for his contributions as the admitting and on-call veterinarian, Ms. Amanda Manley for her management and oversight of the day-to-day activities, Mr. Jerry Hayes and Mr. Erick Loetz of Langston University for aid and supervision, Mr. Les Hutchens and his associates at Reproductive Enterprises, Inc. for conducting the ultrasound measurements for the loin eye area, and Stillwater Milling for custom mixing the feed.
2010 Buck Performance Test supervised by Dr. Terry A. Gipson
Report prepared by Dr. Terry A. Gipson, Goat Extension Specialist, Langston University.
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