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The SD SheepGrowers Association will be holding their 77th annual convention September 26-27, 2014 in Brookings, SD.  Our two-day event will feature a bus tour and SDSU Meat Lab & arena activities on Friday, followed by the "Experience Lamb" event that you won't want to miss.  Area chefs will be show-casing their talents and the versatility of lamb.  Our social event will be held at the beautiful McCrory Gardens Visitor Center this year.

A special MIWW "Challenge" contest will feature SDSU Wool Project fabric remnants and yarn.  Items created will be auctioned at the Friday evening "Experience Lamb" social event ~ and will offer a chance to bid on unique wool items and support the SDSU Wool Project scholarship fund at the same time.

On Saturday, convention attendees will hear from industry leaders on current issues in the sheep industry, on-going research and promotional activities, as well as participate in the annual business meeting.  The SD Master Lamb Producer Luncheon will hi-light producers from across the state who excel in their area of the sheep industry.  The evening banquet will feature state finals of the Make It With Wool contest, as well as the ever-popular auction which raises funds for promotional activities.  There will be an on-going trade show, a new "Fleece-to-Shawl" contest and hands-on wool activities in the convention lobby.

Producers can also take advantage of a special "bonus tour" on Sunday morning to the Larry & Susan Holler operation just north of Brookings ~ and learn more about their special lambs and the implications for both human disease treatment and sheep production.

The convention will be held at the Days Inn, and room reservations may be made by calling 605-692-9471. Be sure to ask for the SDSGA block for special rates.  Rooms are also being held for the convention at the Staurolite Inn (692-3111).  Reserve your rooms early!

Request your registration form and the 2014 Convention brochure by emailing us at sdsheepgrowers@yahoo.com.

Thursday, August 29th -- The SD Sheep Growers will be providing lamb samples at the SD State Fair in Huron in the Value-Added tent.

Friday, August 30st and Saturday, August 31st -- The SD Sheep Growers will be providing lamb "appetizer" samples (cracker & "lamb-tastic" spread) in the Wine Paviliion.  

Please call Lynn & Dianne Perry if you would assist with either of the lamb promotional activities at the fair.  Their contact number is 605-546-2190.

Also at the SD State Fair -- Friday, August 30st at 4:00 pm in the Women's Building Auditorium -- Pendleton wool awards for the "Sew Your Own" contest.

2011 Trapper of the Year Award
          Merrill Nelson
2011 Shepherd's Award
       Peter Orwick
2010 Trapper of the Year
     Brad Baumgartner
2010 Shepherd's Award
    Dr. Craig Hanson

Fiber, yarn, fleece, jewelry, felted items, soaps & lotions, hand spindles, spinning wheels, beads, bags, essential oils, santa claus sculptures, embroidered & hand knit items, classes & demonstrations, fleece & fiber judging, sheep dog trials, and concessions. 

Sponsored by the SD Sheep Growers Association

Classes and Demonstrations:

Sculpting with Polymer Clay - Saturday, 9:00-6:00   $50, Bring 1# of Super Sculpty                      Barb Urhig 605-456-2802

Felted Soap - Saturday, 1:00-2:00 or 3:00-4:00     $10, supplies included                                      Joyce Payton 605-343-2547

Hand Weaving on Loom - Friday 10:00-2:00 or Saturday 10:00-2:00    $25, bring a table loom         Doris Benoit  307-896-6105

Drop Spindle Spinning - Friday 3:00-4:00 or Saturday 3:00-4:00     $10, bring a drop spindle; fiber will be provided or $15 for spindle kit                                                                                        Joy Kammerer 605-923-1535

Beginning Wheel Spinning              Join us in the Spinning Circle and/or sign up on our list for future instructions.

Fleece Preparation & Fiber Dying with a Microwave - Free demonstrations Friday 1:00-2:30 or Saturday 10:00-11:30                                                                                                            JoAnne Stackhouse  605-347-3461

For more information & entry forms:  https://www.facebook.com/ArtInBarnFleeceFiberFestival

BHSS Sheep Shearing Contest - Jan 2010

The Sheep Shearing Contest at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, SD was a great success - with shearing demonstrations, stiff competition, and a huge crowd of spectators.  Shearing with hand clippers was demonstrated and showed just how far sheep shearing has advanced to the modern machines of today.  Over 40 kids eagerly lined up to take a turn cranking on a hand-cranked machine while it was being demonstrated. 

Judges for the event were Wayne Alderman of Spearfish, SD; Gary Babb of Newell, SD; Kerry Johnstone of Casper, WY; Max Matthews of Bison, SD; Larry Praeger of Belle Fourche, SD; and Stewart and Namoi Reid of Wolf Point, MT.  Kevin Hickman of Humansville, MO provided the contest trailer, and the sheep were provided by Chris Veal of Meadow, SD.

Results from the competition:

Beginners Division - 1. Clint Hahn, Hammond, MT; 2. Robby Johnson, Lemmon, SD; 3. Kyle Hoogendoorn, Rock Rapids, IA; 4. Ben Daniels, Brookings, SD.  Best Pen - Ben Daniels

Intermediate Division - 1. Mike Schuldt, Chinook, MT; 2. Rindy Harkness, Riverton, WY; 3. Laramie Opstedahl, Owanka, SD; 4. Lance McTaggart, Newell, SD.  Best Pen - Laramie Opstedahl

Professional Division - 1. Loren Opstedahl, Piedmont, SD; 2. Tony Troendle, Black Hawk, SD; 3. Alex Moser, Iowa; 4. Don Metheral, Glen Huron, Ontario; 5. Hilary Gietzen, Minot, ND; 6. Mark Hoogendoorn, Rock Rapids, IA; 7. Mike Hagens, Mandan, ND; 8. Joe Kroneberg, Bison, SD.  Best Pen - Loren Opstedahl.  Fastest Time - Tony Troendle with an 83 second average on 10 head.

Sheep Shearing Schools

The annual sheep shearing schools are held at South Dakota State University and also at the Hettinger Research Center. Professional sheep shearers provide instruction, assisted by SDSU Extension Sheep Specialist Jeff Held and area producers.  The instruction fee includes a course handbook and DVD.  New educational materials developed by the American Wool Council - Sheep Shearing Task Force are also used in the training event.

Topics included professional shearing pattern, equipment maintenance and repair, and wool handling and preparation.  Faculty, staff and student employees are instrumental in facilitating the event. 

The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association’s Wool Committee and the American Wool Council sponsor the school with cooperation from the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service.