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2004 Virginia Ram Lamb Performance Test

Livestock Update, March 2004

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Sheep, VA Tech

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2004 Virginia Ram Lamb Performance Test to be conducted at the Virginia Sheep Evaluation Station located at the Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Steeles Tavern. The test is open to sheep breeders in Virginia, and both registered and crossbred rams may be tested. Rams will be delivered to the test station May 4, and after a two week adjustment period, will be placed on gain test for 63 days. In addition to measurement of growth performance, rams will be evaluated for carcass traits with ultrasound during the test, and DNA genotyping will be conducted for spider syndrome and scrapie resistance. Eligible rams will sell on August 28. In 2003, 40 rams sold for an average of $349. Rams born September 1, 2003 to February 29, 2004 are eligible. For rules and regulations, as well as entry forms contact Scott Greiner at 540-231-9163.

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