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Building a lineage

Promoting performance testing of Bucks in West Virginia and in the United States, the Small Ruminant Evaluation Program serves as an educational tool for the industry.


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 200 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, we 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 2024 Test Guidelines. 

2024 Buck Test Guidelines

We will only be allowing deliveries on May 24. NO bucks will be accepted before that date or after that date.