Tuesday, August 5, 2014

VA Performance Tested Ram Lamb Sale

The 39th Annual Virginia Performance Tested Ram Lamb Sale and Replacement Ewe Lamb Sale will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the Virginia Sheep Evaluation Station in Steele's Tavern, Virginia.

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A Sheep Field Day will be held in conjunction with the sale. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. Topics include breeding season management strategies, ram care and nutrition, lamb marketing, and animal health and scrapie program update. Lunch will be available on site.

The Performance Tested Ram Sale, followed by the Ewe Lamb Sale, will begin at 1 p.m. Ram lambs offered through the Virginia Performance Tested Ram Lamb Sale have recently completed a 63-day gain test, which provided a high plane of nutrition. To prepare the rams for breeding season and prevent excess fat deposition, rams have been limit-fed a grain ration and had unlimited access to pasture since completion of the test (July 15).

More information is available at the Virginia Tech Sheep Extension web site and Virginia Sheep Producers Association web site.

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