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Sheep Extension: Virginia Tech Southwest AREC Ram Test

We are excited to share with you the details of this year's Virginia Tech's Southwest Ag Research and Extension Center Ram Test. We had a highly successful inaugural year in 2012, which continues each year, with strong participation from breeders around the region. This program is unique and created with much discussion and interest across the industry. Through the forage-based ram performance test, designed specifically to quantify growth and parasite resistance in rams. 

The 2017 Virginia Tech Southwest AREC Ram Test program is set to begin on Tuesday, May 30 with delivery. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Southwest Virginia AREC Ram Test program. Please see rules and information below. The 2017 SW AREC Ram Test Sale and Field Day are set for Friday, September 22.

The program purpose is:

  1. To provide a standardized post-weaning performance evaluation of growth and parasite resistance that will furnish records which will be useful to the consignor's breeding program.
  2. To serve as an educational tool for the sheep industry.

2017 Southwest AREC Sheep Field Day and Ram Test Sale - A sheep field day and educational program will be held at the Southwest AREC on Friday, Sept 22. Katahdin rams participating in the forage-based ram test at the AREC will be offered for sale.

For more information, please contact Lee Wright - 276-944-2200 or Dr. Scott Greiner - 540-231-9159

2017 Dates
Nomination Deadline May 1
Ram Delivery Tuesday, May 30
Acclimation Period (3 weeks) May 30  - June 19
Start Test June 20
14-day Interim Date July 4
28-day Interim Date July 18
42-day Interim Date August 1
56-day Interim Date August 15
Off-test (70 days) August 29
Field Day Friday, September 22


Scott Greiner
Extension Sheep Specialist 
(540) 231-9159