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Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Sheep Field Day, Performance Tested Ram Lamb Sale and Replacement Ewe Lamb Sale is August 28

A full day of sheep activities are planned for Saturday, August 28 at the Virginia Sheep Evaluation Station near Steeles Tavern, Virginia.  At 10:30 a.m., a Sheep Field Day with educational programs will be held.  Topics and speakers include: Reproductive Management Using CIDRs- Dr. Allen Strecker, Blue Ridge Animal Clinic; Teff as a Forage Crop- Jason Carter, Augusta VCE; Fall/Winter Forage and Feeding Strategies- Dr. Mark McCann, Virginia Tech; and Lamb Market Outlook- Mike Carpenter, VDACS.  The 35th Annual Performance Tested Ram Lamb Sale will begin at 1:00 p.m.  The top end of the fifty-five Suffolk, Dorset, Hampshire, Katahdin, White Dorper, North Country Cheviot and crossbred rams being evaluated on the 63-day test will be sold.  All rams sold will be evaluated for structural and reproductive soundness and will be sold as guaranteed breeders.  Complete performance information will be available, including ultrasound measurements for carcass traits.  Following the ram sale, the Virginia Sheep Producers Replacement Ewe Lamb Sale will be held. A select group of 30 ewe lambs ready to breed will be offered.  The Virginia Sheep Evaluation Station is located at the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 0.5 mile east of I-81 at Exit 205 (just south of Staunton, VA).  For sale information and a catalog, contact Scott Greiner, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, phone (540)231-9163 or email  Current information is also available on the Virginia Tech Sheep Extension and Education website at


Virginia Tech Sheep Center to Host 11th Annual Production Sale September 4

The 11th Annual Virginia Tech Sheep Center Production Sale will be held Saturday, September 4 at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena on the campus of Virginia Tech.  The sale offering will include Suffolk and Dorset ram lambs, along with Suffolk and Dorset ewe lambs.  Complete performance data including EPDs and carcass ultrasound records are available.  Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the sheep teaching, extension, and research missions of the Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences.  Sale details and catalog are available on the web at  For additional information contact Dr. Scott Greiner, phone 540-231-9159 or email


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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Alan L. Grant, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.


August 11, 2010

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