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Sheep Update: Virginia Ram Lamb Performance Test Begins

Livestock Update, June 1999

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Sheep, Virginia Tech

A total of 50 rams from 14 Virginia consignors were delivered May 4 to the Virginia Sheep Evaluation Station located at the Shenandoah Valley Research and Extension Center in Steeles Tavern, Va. Breeds of rams consigned include: 21 Dorset (both fall and winter born), 10 Hampshire, and 19 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. Eligible rams will sell at the station on Saturday, August 28. For information please contact Scott Greiner, phone (540) 231-9159.

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