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of goat shows, but none of us are rarely, if ever, evaluated for the ‘correctness’ of our selections/placings. As a consequence, I view goat shows as primarily social events and avenues for selling the pret- tiest goats to the gullible for the highest prices, then or later, to those who do not require performance-testing as a selection perk. Producers of milk, beef, pork, lamb and poultry routinely expect to be able to choose among production-tested sires and confidently buy/use them to upgrade their herds/flocks. The great majority of meat goat producers, however, do not, for whatever reasons, require their sire prospects to be production-tested.

They just go and look and make a decision on the premise that the best-looking animal will improve the genetic quality of their herd. This is an exercise in futility (gambling). In such circumstances, the price of the goat exchange is whatever the buyer and seller agree to; nothing else matters.

In non-caprine animals, performance-tested animals typically command noticeably higher prices than non-tested animals because of their known genetic potential. I speculate (but confidently) that meat goat owners could increase their breeder prices appreciably if they so tested, but they rarely make the effort to take litter weights (adjusted by litter numbers, sexes and weights).

Perhaps they think that the current, and projected, shortage of such stock and, accordingly, the current record high prices for both slaughter and breeding stock are such that the modest time and effort needed for performance-testing is just not worth it? On the other hand, I think they are missing a grand opportunity for increasing en- terprise profitability. Que sera, sera, y’all.

Concluding note on this topic… I expect to receive soon from Australia a newly developed computer app that purports to be of use

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