Thursday, March 13, 2014

West Virginia Buck Performance Test

West Virginia University conducts a ram and buck performance test at its Reymann Memorial Farm near Wardensville. Up to 60 rams and 30 bucks will be accepted for the 2014 test.

Bucks of any breed are eligible for the program. Bucks from recognized breeds must be registered and registration papers must be furnished by July 30. Crossbred bucks, including percentages, will also be accepted.

Bucks must be born between January 1 and February 28, 2014. Preference will be given to West Virginia cooperators, but out-of-state consignments will be accepted, if space allows.

Completed nomination forms and fees are due May 1. The estimated testing cost is $100 per animal, and it is due at the time of delivery to the test site. Bucks must be delivered to the test site on May 14.  The test will run from May 28 to July 30. A sale will be held on August 30.

The West Virginia test uses the GrowSafe system to record residual feed intake and determine feed efficiency.

Download letter to consignors
Download consignment form
Download guidelines