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Virginia Ram Test Program

The Ram Lamb Test is held at the Virginia Sheep Evaluation Center on the Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Research and Extension Center in Steeles Tavern, VA. This program is sponsored by the Virginia Sheep Producers Association and the VSPA Seedstock Council. The Virginia Ram Test is among the oldest, most continuously operated ram evaluation programs in the U.S., with the program existing at the current location since the mid-1970s.

2020 Ram Test Sale Catalog-updated 8/24/2020

2020 Ram Test Sale Order-8/24/2020

2020 Virginia Ram Test-Ram Videos

The 2020 Virginia Ram Test Sale is set for Saturday, August 29th.

The program purpose is:

  1. To provide a standard, impartial postweaning performance test that will furnish records which will be useful to the consignor's breeding program;
  2. To provide a source of and market for performance tested rams;
  3. To serve as an educational tool for the sheep industry.

2020 Virginia Ram Lamb Performance Test Dates

2020 Dates
Nomination Deadline April 5
Ram Delivery Monday, May 4
Start Test May 18 & 19
21-day Interim Weight                                                June 9
35-day Interim Weight June 23
49-day Interim Weight July 7
Off-test (63 days) July 20 & 21
Sale & Field Day Saturday, August 29

The Virginia Performance Ram Lamb Test Sale will host a Ewe Lamb Sale, immediately following the ram sale. Please see the 2020 Ewe Sale Rules for more information and consignment details. Consignments are open to members in good standing with the Virginia Sheep Producers Association and the Virginia Sheep Seedstock Council.