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 2019 Virginia Tech Southwest AREC Ram Test program is set to begin on Tuesday, May 28 with delivery. We will be accepting nominations for the 2019 Southwest Virginia AREC Ram Test program next spring. Please see the information below. The 2019 SW AREC Ram Test Sale and Field Day are set for Friday, September 20.
- 2019 Virginia Tech Southwest AREC Ram Test
- Nominations are due MAY 1st.
The program purpose is:
- 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.
- To serve as an educational tool for the sheep industry.
- 2019 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 20. Katahdin rams participating in the forage-based ram test at the AREC will be offered for sale.
- Article on Impact of the Program
- 42-day Virginia Tech SWAREC Ram Test Report
2019 SWAREC Ram Test Dates
|Nomination Deadline||May 1|
|Ram Delivery||Tuesday, May 28|
|Acclimation Period (3 weeks)||May 29 - June 18|
|Start Test||June 18|
|14-day Interim Date||July 2|
|28-day Interim Date||July 16|
|42-day Interim Date||July 30|
|56-day Interim Date||August 13|
|Off-Test (70 days)||August 27|
|Sale & Field Day||Friday, September 20|