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Sheep Update

Livestock Update, September 2005

Scott P. Greiner Extension Animal Scientist- Sheep, Virginia Tech

30th Annual Virginia Performance Tested Ram Lamb Sale Results
The 30th Annual Virginia Performance Tested Ram Lamb Sale was held at the Virginia Sheep Evaluation Station near Steeles Tavern on Saturday, August 27. A total of 46 rams sold for an average price of $325. Top-selling ram was a Katahdin ram consigned by Moccasin Bend Katahdins, Zane and Mae Parks of Nicholsville, VA which sold for $625. Rams sold to buyers in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. Sale results by breed were as follows:

  Sale Average
12 Fall Dorsets $351
3 Winter Dorsets $227
4 Hampshires $238
3 Katahdins $517
1 Crossbred $210
23 Suffolks $319
46 Total Rams $325

The Virginia Ram Lamb Performance Test is sponsored by the Virginia Sheep Producer's Association. Information on the 2006 test and sale may be attained from Scott Greiner, Extension Sheep Specialist, Virginia Tech, phone 540-231-9163 or email

Virginia Fall Bred Ewe Sale will be October 29
The 2005 Virginia Sheep Producer's Association Fall Bred Ewe Sale will be held Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 PM at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg. Yearling ewes and ewe lambs, along with mature ewes will be sold. All yearling and mature ewes will be sold as guaranteed pregnant. Breeds offered will include Suffolk, Hampshire, Dorset, and crossbreds including wether dams. For a sale catalog or more information contact Corey Childs at 540-955-4633.

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