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Sheep Update: 1999 Virginia Ram Lamb Performance Test and Sale

Livestock Update, August 1999

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Sheep, Virginia Tech

The Virginia Performance Tested Ram Lamb Sale will be held at the Virginia Sheep Evaluation Station near Steeles Tavern on Saturday, August 28, starting at 1:00 p.m. The barn will be open to buyers beginning at 9:00 a.m. The rams recently completed a 63-day gain test with the following performance results:

 Test ADGOff-Test WDA
15 Fall Dorsets.64.70
6 Winter Dorsets.72.80
19 Suffolks1.021.05
10 Hampshires.981.01
50 Total Rams.86.91

Approximately 45 rams will be offered for sale. All rams sold will be evaluated for structural and reproductive soundness, and will be sold as guaranteed breeders. The Virginia Sheep Evaluation Station is located at the Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Research and Extension Center, .5 mile east of I-81 at Exit 205. For sale information and a catalog, contact Scott Greiner, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech (0306), Blacksburg, VA 24061, phone (540) 231-9159.

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