Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hair sheep ram test in Virginia

Virginia Tech is initiating a ram performance test (for hair sheep) at the Southwest Ag Research & Extension Center (AREC) in Glade Spring, Virginia. The test is designed to quantify growth and parasite resistance in rams.

While on test, the rams will have continuous access to high-quality fescue pasture and be supplemented daily with a concentrate ration at a rate of 3% of their body weight.

The test is open to breeders from any state. A minimum of 3 rams and a maximum of 10 may be consigned. Registered rams of any hair sheep breed are eligible for the 70-day test. They must have been born between December 15, 2011, and March 15, 2012, and weigh at least 40 lbs. upon delivery to the test site on June 5.  Nominations are due May 10.

For more information, contact Dr. Scott Greiner at (540) 231-9159 or Lee Wright at (276) 944-2200 or visit

Virginia Tech's Southwest AREC

The Southwest Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center has recently become one of the key sites for hair sheep research at Virginia Tech.

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