UW’s Laramie Research and Extension Center to Host Ram Test Field Day April 13

people looking at sheep in a pen
People attending the 2023 field day view rams at the Laramie Research and Extension Center, where UW’s annual ram test takes place. (UW Photo)

The University of Wyoming’s annual ram test will conclude with a public field day Saturday, April 13, at the Laramie Research and Extension Center.

The event, which begins at 11 a.m., will present results from the 140-day performance test and how test results can be used to make selection decisions. Lunch, provided by Wyoming Wool Initiative, will be served at noon. Starting at 1 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to view the tested rams and participate in a silent auction.

“We have conducted this central performance test since 1961, and improvement in ram quality over this time has been remarkable,” says Whit Stewart, UW Extension sheep specialist. “There are only two of these central performance ram tests left in the nation, and we are proud it has endured.”

Ram performance is evaluated based on growth performance, feed conversion efficiency and muscling as well as wool traits, including weight, fineness, length and clean yield. Rams that perform in the top 30 percent of the test are eligible for the Certified Rambouillet Index and Wyoming Certified Index.

This year, 90 rams from 21 ranches in three U.S. states and Canada were entered in the test.

“Aside from the decision-making tool it provides to producers, it is an important partnership with the Wyoming Wool Growers Association and individual producers in our region,” Stewart says.

The test also provides key learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in UW’s Sheep Program, Stewart adds. In addition to gaining hands-on experience in production agriculture, students help gather performance data throughout the test and conduct genomic research.

To RSVP for the field day, call Stewart at (307) 766-5374 or email whit.stewart@uwyo.edu by Sunday, April 7.

About University of Wyoming Extension

Since 1914, UW Extension has provided lifelong learning opportunities to Wyoming citizens across the state. With roots in agricultural education, UW Extension supports rural communities facing contemporary challenges and changes. UW Extension brings the university’s resources to each of the state’s 23 counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation. To learn more about UW Extension, visit www.uwyo.edu/uwe or call (307) 766-5124.

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