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.
The 2020 Virginia Ram Test Sale and Field Day is set for Saturday, August 29th.
The program purpose is:
- To provide a standard, impartial postweaning performance test that will furnish records which will be useful to the consignor's breeding program;
- To provide a source of and market for performance tested rams;
- To serve as an educational tool for the sheep industry.
2020 Virginia Ram Lamb Performance Test 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 and Field Day 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.