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Sheep Update

Livestock Update, June 2000

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Specialist, Sheep, Virginia Tech

Virginia-North Carolina Wool Pool Delivery Dates Set
The Virginia-North Carolina Wool Pool will be consigning wool to Mid-States Wool Growers Cooperative Association based in Canal Winchester, Ohio. All wool will be sold on grade and yield basis for each producer. Producers are encouraged to package, handle and store their wool in an appropriate manner in order to maximize the value of their wool clip. Following is a list of local pool delivery dates, and locations where wool will be picked up by Mid-States:

June 12                     Lexington, Va.
June 13Staunton, Va.
June 19Monterey, Va.
June 21Unionville, Va.
June 26Asheville, N..C.
June 27Sparta, N.C.
June 29Wytheville, Va.
July 5Williamston, N.C.
July 6Albemarle, N.C.
July 10Farmville, Va.
July 13Christiansburg, Va.
July 17Berryville, Va.
July 19Lebanon, Va.
July 20Tazewell, Va.

For more information regarding specific times and locations, contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension Office or Scott Greiner, Virginia Tech, phone 540-231-9159.

Virginia Ram Lamb Performance Test Begins
A total of 77 rams from 20 Virginia consignors were delivered May 2 to the Virginia Sheep Evaluation Station located at the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Steeles Tavern, VA. Breeds of rams consigned include: 35 Dorset (both fall and winter born), 9 Hampshire, and 33 Suffolk. After a two-week adjustment period, performance will be measured over a 63-day gain test. At the completion of the test, rams will be evaluated for muscle, structural soundness, and type as well as evaluated for reproductive soundness. The top 60 eligible rams will sell at the station on Saturday, August 26. For information please contact Scott Greiner, phone 540-231-9159.

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