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Sheep Update

Livestock Update, March 2009

Scott P. Greiner, Ph.D., Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Consignment Information Available for 2009 Virginia Ram Lamb Performance Test
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2009 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. Rams will be delivered to the test station May 5, and after a two week adjustment period, will be performance tested 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 29, 2009. Rams born September 1, 2008 to February 28, 2009 are eligible. For rules and regulations, as well as entry forms contact Scott Greiner at 540-231-9163.

Virginia Performance Ram Lamb Test and Sale Expense Summary 2006-2008

  2008 2007 2006
Test Costs
Feed $87.81 $61.42 $53.11
Yardage $8.00 $8.00 $8.00
Codon 171/Spider Genotyping $16.00 $11.00 $22.00
Vet/Medical $2.57 $0.87 $0.51
Misc. $3.85 $3.30 $4.16
Total Test Costs $118.23 $84.59 $87.78
Sale Costs
Shearing $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
Advertising, auctioneer, mailings, etc. $4.84 $9.23 $10.16
Registration Transfer $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
VA Check-off $0.50 $0.50 $0.50
Total Sale Expenses $15.34 $19.83 $20.66
Average Sale Price $275.17 $302.04 $323.82
Total Test & Sale Expenses $133.57 $104.42 $108.44
Average Net to Consignor $141.60 $197.62 $215.38

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