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Copenhaver Sheep Center

The 18th Annual Virginia Tech Production Sale is scheduled for September 2nd at 10:00 AM. Please see below for more information.
The Virginia Tech Sheep Center plays a vital role in the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the Department of Animal Science and Poultry Sciences and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The center currently maintains three flocks for these purposes- registered Suffolk and Dorset flocks, and a flock of hair sheep (St. Croix , Barbados Blackbelly, and various crosses).
    Student with sheep

Lambing seasons that span from September through April are conducive to the large number of classes and students that the center serves. Students in both the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences as well as Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine are extensive users of the facilities and sheep, gaining valuable hands-on livestock experience as well as production management training through a wide range of courses. Additionally, the center hosts several Extension workshops, youth events, and industry activities annually.

Current research efforts at the center are focused on the genetics of out-of-season breeding, evaluation of hair sheep, parasite resistance, and ultrasonic evaluation of body composition.

The Virginia Tech Sheep Center is located on Plantation Road, across Rt. 460 from the main campus. Visitors welcome!

The 18th Annual Virginia Tech Production Sale is scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd at 10:00 AM. Please visit the Production Sale Page for a downloadable catalog and more information.

Copenhaver Sheep Center      
Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg , VA 24061
Sheep barn: (540) 231-6988  
Campus:  (540) 231-9159


Scott Greiner
Extension Sheep Specialist 
(540) 231-9159

David Notter
Animal Breeding and Genetics
(540) 231-5135