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Copenhaver Sheep Center

Copenhaver sheep center

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.

Name E-mail Phone Number Position/Area of Interest
Scott Greiner (540) 231-9159 Extension Sheep Specialist
David Notter (540) 231-5135 Animal Breeding and Genetics
Emily Williams
(540) 231-6988
Agricultural Supervisor

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

22nd Annual Virginia Tech Production Sale
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

**Our 2021 Annual Sale will be held exclusively online at (no live, in-person sale on campus in 2021).

2021 VT Production Sale Catalog- 9/3/2021

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 at 7:00PM on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

(sale will be open for bidding starting September 4)

Sale hosted by

Dorset Ram Videos

Suffolk Ram Videos

Dorset Ewe Videos

Suffolk Ewe Videos

Current research efforts at the center are focused on the genetics of out-of-season breeding, evaluation of hair sheep, parasite resistance, and ultrasonic evaluation of body composition.

Copenhaver Sheep Center
Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg , VA 24061
Sheep barn: (540) 231-6988  
Campus:  (540) 231-9159