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Sheep Update

Livestock Update, September 2006

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Sheep, Virginia Tech

31st Annual Virginia Performance Tested Ram Lamb Sale Results
The 31st Annual Virginia Performance Tested Ram Lamb Sale was held at the Virginia Sheep Evaluation Station near Steeles Tavern on Saturday, August 26.  A total of 34 rams sold for an average price of $324.  Top-selling ram was a Winter Dorset ram consigned by Mutton Bust’n Farm of Berryville, VA which sold for $520.  Rams sold to buyers in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  Sale results by breed were as follows:

Sale Average
4 Fall Dorsets
5 Winter Dorsets
3 Fall Katahdins
3 Winter Katahdins
19 Suffolks
34 Total Rams

The Virginia Ram Lamb Performance Test is sponsored by the Virginia Sheep Producer’s Association.  Information on the 2007 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 28

The 2006 Virginia Sheep Producer’s Association Fall Bred Ewe Sale will be held Saturday, October 28 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


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