Virginia Tech's Southwest Ag Research and Extension Center Ram Test was initiated in 2012, and is the only program in the U.S. evaluating rams through a forage-based performance test designed specifically to evaluate post-weaning growth and parasite resistance. The test provides a mechanism for which ram lambs can be evaluated among rams from other flocks in a common environment, with the top end of the rams offered for sale at the conclusion of the program. Since inception, the program has had strong participation from breeders across the country, as well as sent rams to multiple states through the sale. This program is unique and created much interest across the industry.

The 2020 Virginia Tech Southwest AREC Ram Test program is set to begin in late May with delivery. Please see the information below. The annual Southwest AREC Ram Test Sale and Field Day will be hosted Friday, September 18, 2020.

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.

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

2020 SWAREC Ram Test Dates

2020 Dates
Nomination Deadline May 1
Ram Delivery Tuesday, May 26
Acclimation Period (3 weeks)                     May 26 - June 16
Start Test June 16
14-day Interim Date June 30
28-day Interim Date July 14
42-day Interim Date July 28
56-day Interim Date August 11
Off-Test (70 days) August 25
Sale & Field Day  Friday, September 18