Pennsylvania’s 28th Performance Tested Ram Lamb and Meat Goat Buck Sale produced record-breaking results. The sale was held on Aug. 5 at the Samuel E. Hayes Jr. Livestock Evaluation Center. This year’s sale averaged $372 per animal for 126 rams, meat goat bucks and invitational ewes and does.
The sale produced the highest total average for the Ram and Meat Goat Testing Program in its 28-year existence, thanks to improved genetics in both the sheep and meat goat industries.The 40 tested rams sold for a record-setting average of $404. A ram consigned by Kelly Vorac of Jefferson, MD, topped the ram sale, selling to Airlic Farm of Rising Sun, MD, for $950.
Twenty-three full-blood Boer bucks averaged $561 per head. Starting the sale was the high-indexing buck, a consignment from Victor S. Martin of Ephrata, PA. This top-performing buck sold for $1,100. The high-selling buck in the sale, at $1,200, was a consignment from Curtis Charles of Lancaster, PA. This buck sold to Potomac State College of Keyser, WV.
For more information about Pennsylvania’s performance testing programs and sales, contact Glenn Eberly at 814-238-2527 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Livestock Evaluation Center, visit the Center’s Web site at www.agriculture.state.pa.us/lec.