South Barn In 1997, Langston University and the Oklahoma Meat Goat Association established the Meat Buck Performance Test. The performance test takes place in the south barn of the Langston University's research farm.
Check-in Oklahoma Meat Goat Association members Mr. Richard Williams and Ms. Luann Hansen staff the registration desk and assist a producer through check-in.
Check-in Farm crew prepare the check-in area. A buck is weighed, eartagged, deliced, dewormed and run through a foot-bath before he is assigned to a pen
Calan Feeders There are 6 pens inside the south barn and each pen is equipped with nine Calan feeders. Thus, a maximum of nine bucks are assigned to each pen. Each 20'×60' pen has an overhead garage door which divides the pen into an 20'×20' inside area and an 20'×40' outside run. In the case of good weather the doors are opened wide and in case of inclement weather, they are partially lowered or completely closed.
Buck with Transponder The Calan feeders are opened electronically by a transponder that the buck wears on a collar. Only the buck with the correct "key" may open his feeder and eat. Leftover feed is removed from the feeder and weighed every morning. New feed is weighed and placed in the feeder. Therefore, it is possible to calculate the exact amount of feed that each buck is consuming. The bucks are weighed weekly. Feed efficiency can be calculated using the amount of feed consumed that week divided by the
Buck eating from Calan Feeder This buck is enjoying a meal from his feeder. Usually, it takes about 5 to 10 days before the bucks are comfortable eating from their feeders
Bucks Learning about Calan Feeder These young bucks are learning about their feeders.