Angora goat test to begin Dec. 6 with delivery of animals to AgriLife Research station at Sonora

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu

SONORA – The 2018 Texas A&M AgriLife Angora Goat Performance Test is set to begin with delivery of the bucks on Dec. 6 to the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station at Sonora.

The station is 28 miles south of Sonora on U.S. Highway 55, between Sonora and Rocksprings.

“This testing program is meant to identify superior Angora bucks that can thrive in a range environment and produce a high-value fleece,” said Dr. Reid Redden, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo and the test’s coordinator.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Angora Goat Performance test begins in December. Nick Garza, Texas A&M AgriLife Research senior research associate at Sonora, counts Angora bucks as they return to pasture during a previous performance test. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Reid Redden)

Redden said the test will be conducted on native pasture so the animals’ performance can be measured in an environment that more closely tests each animal’s fitness to thrive under the region’s typical ranching practices.

The test schedule dates are:

– Dec. 6, delivery and initial weighing of the animals.

– Feb. 20, initial shearing.

– May 1, second weighing.

– July 17, final weighing and shearing, completing the 147-day test.

A deposit of $100 per buck at the start of the test will be collected when animals are delivered to the station, Redden said.

“The fee covers the shearing, fiber analysis, pasturage, labor, feed, ear tags and miscellaneous supplies,” he said.

“The bucks will be checked less frequently than they would be in a feedlot test,” Redden said. “Consequently, Texas A&M AgriLife and its staff assumes no liability for death losses, injuries, or associated veterinary costs.”  

Test entry forms and other information can be found at: http://sanangelo.tamu.edu/performance-tests/angora/ .

For more information, contact Redden at 325-653-4576 or reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu .

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