2021 West Virginia Small Ruminant Evaluation

NOTE: Drop off is MAY 22nd!

We are proud and honored to be a place where producers feel comfortable in sending their animals
for performance testing and plan to continue to meet your needs well into the future. To that aim, this year we will be evaluating bucks for parasite resistance using what we call an artificial challenge of the parasitic worm Haemonchus contortus. This year we will have the capacity to test up to 150 bucks in our facility.

To ensure accurate testing of bucks for parasite resistance it is imperative that bucks come to us with
prior exposure to parasites. This can be accomplished though exposure to common pastures where parasites are known to exist. As parasitic environments vary, I urge you to get your young bucks out on pasture ASAP to make sure they arrive with prior parasite exposure. Details of the infection and how that will work can be found in the attached 2021 Test Guidelines.

Delivery day will be May 22nd deliveries will ONLY be accepted that day! At arrival, please make sure that your bucks have a certificate of veterinary inspection and weight at least 40 lbs. If animals arrive without CVI they will not be allowed off the trailer. Any bucks that weigh less than 40 lbs will not be allowed into the test and must return to their home farm. A weight allowance will be applied to bucks traveling from out-of-state (see attached guidelines).

Buck test nomination forms will be due by May 3 to ensure a place for your bucks on this year’s test. There is a $25 nomination fee per buck that is due with your nomination. These fees are used to purchase RFID tags and initial feed required to be in place before arrival of your bucks. Finally, a fee of
$125/buck will be due upon delivery which covers all costs of test including, feed, veterinary treatment,
fecal egg counts, data analysis and awards. There will not be a post-test charge, our fees cover all animal needs and are critical for us to maintain our facility and provide your animals with the best possible care.

We look forward to receiving your nomination forms and seeing your bucks in May!

Important Dates:
Nomination forms due May 3, 2021
Delivery day May 22, 2021
On-Test June 7, 2021
21-day report June 28, 2021
42-day report July 19, 2021
Off-Test August 9, 2021
Pick-up August 13 – August 16, 2021

The event is finished.


May 22 2021


West Virginia University Animal Science Farm
191 Animal Science Farm Rd, Morgantown, WV 26506


Scott Bowdridge
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