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).
The Virginia Tech lambing season spans 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.
Directions to The Copenhaver Sheep Center
- I-81 to Exit 118 B
- Rt. 460 W bypass
- From Rt. 460 bypass take Prices Fork Exit
- Turn left on Plantation Road
The Copenhaver Sheep Center is home to three flocks of sheep- registerd Suffolks and Dorsets, and a flock of hair sheep. These breeds and their crosses are representative of the sheep industry in the Commonwealth, and compliment each other for addressing the teaching, research, and extension missions of the Center.
- Virginia Tech Dorset Flock
- Virginia Tech Hair Sheep Flock
- Virginia Tech Suffolk Flock
21st Annual Virginia Tech Production Sale
Saturday, September 5, 2020
**Our 2020 Annual Sale will be held exclusively online at Livestockbuyer.com (no live, in-person sale on campus in 2020). Sheep will be available for viewing on campus- call us to arrange. Sheep can be picked up following the sale, and we will work with buyers on transportation.
Sale closes on Saturday, September 5, 2020
(sale will be open for bidding starting September 2)
Sale hosted by www.livestockbuyer.com
Here is a list of Dorset and Suffolk rams being developed from which our sale group will be selected: 2020 VT Sale Ram List-6-18-2020.
Sale Catalog and Videos Coming Soon!
Copenhaver Sheep Center
Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences
Blacksburg , VA 24061
Sheep barn: (540) 231-6988
Campus: (540) 231-9159