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Evaluating ram lambs for parasite resistance

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Virginia Tech's Southwest Agriculture Research and Extension Center Ram Test is the only program in the U.S. evaluating rams through a forage-based performance test designed specifically to evaluate post-weaning growth and parasite resistance. 
The Southwest a reg is located in late spring. Presented today is delivery day for our orange base rank test. When we started this test in 2012, it has really taken off beyond any of our expectations. We monitor these grams that come in for legal aid counts, which is an indicator of parasite resistance. We also gave him on a, predominantly a grass based diet, but they are supplemented with some dry. We won't see how these lamp perform under somewhat natural conditions. Raising, picking up more larva and a baking themselves. So we can monitor these ramps to see which ones are more parasite resistant. That's a huge problem in washington history. So if we can find my age that are more parasite resistant than they can pass those traits on to their offspring and an offer those benefits to producers. This year we've got 32 containers with a 128 grams, and they've come from as far as Florida and Georgia from the South, but Missouri to the West. This is actually not than anywhere else in the United States. Most producers are saying stop producers. They're raising animals to sell as breeding stock. The benefits that this test has to offer is fine. Those animals that do have those Gracian parasite resistance traits. This way they can identify those animals within their walk and know which bloodlines or are being more productive. The barberpole worm that we're actually monitoring with this test is probably the most significant parasite portion for us because they suck the blood from that animal, they cause anemia. So if we can track and isolate those animals that are resistant to that worm population, we're actually doing the sheep industry is huge, right.