Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Upcoming Events in Virginia

August 29
Sheep Field Day & 40th Annual Virginia Performance Tested Ram Lamb and Replacement Ewe Lamb Sale, Steele's Tavern, Virginia

The field day will start at 10:30 a.m. Field day topics will include selection for parasite resistance, fall lamb management, lamb marketing, and sheep health.  The sale will start at 1 p .m. Eighty rams of various breeds were evaluated in the 2015 test.

September 5
16th Annual Virginia Tech Sheep Center Production Sale
Virginia Tech Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena, Blacksburg, Virginia

Rams and ewes from Virginia Tech's registered Suffolk and Dorset flocks will sell. The Suffolk flock has been selected for growth and carcass composition. The Dorset flock is maintained primarily as a fall-lambing flock, with emphasis on maternal ability, growth, and moderate size. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. For the first time, sale-day internet bidding will be available at

September 26
2015 Virginia Tech Southwest AREC Ram Test Annual Field Day & Ram Sale
Southwest AREC, Glade Spring, Virginia

The field day begins at 10:30 a.m. Field day topics will include flock health and management, parasite management, and test data summary.  The sale starts at 1 p..m  One hundred and nine rams are being evaluated in this year's test. Approximately 30 rams from the top end will be sold. A portion of the rams will be from NSIP flocks and have EBVs. 

November 6-7
Sheep Management Basics Workshop
Virginia Tech Jack Copenhaver Sheep Center, Blacksburg, Virginia

This workshop is designed for individuals with a limited amount of experience in the care and management of sheep. Special emphasis will be placed on the management practices required during and around the time of lambing. Participants will get hands-on experience with a group of ewes that will be lambing during the two-day workshop. This workshop is limited to a maximum of 25 participants.

For more information about any of these events, visit the Virginia Tech Sheep Extension web site at

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