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The Emerging Shepherds of the SD SheepGrowers Association have decorated a Christmas tree at the SD Capital building in Pierre. 

Everyone is encouraged to stop by the Capital and look for the tree on the west wing, near the rotunda.  This is the first year for decorating a tree, and the Emerging Shepherds group is excited about making this a tradition.  If you have a sheep or wool related decoration you would like to display on the tree, you are encouraged to add it to the tree when you come to visit.  The Capital building is open from 8 am to 10 pm daily during the Christmas Holiday season. 

The Emerging Shepherds strive to encourage growth within the sheep industry by creating education, leadership and management opportunities. 
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The SD SheepGrowers Association will be holding their 76th annual convention September 27-28, 2013 in Brookings, SD.  Our two-day event will feature a bus tour and SDSU Sheep Unit activities on Friday, followed by the "Taste of Lamb" event that you won't want to miss.  Area chefs will be show-casing their talents and the versatility of lamb.  The event will feature the presentation of the new SDSU "Signature Wool Project" by Dr. Barry Dunn.

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.

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 Super 8 (692-6920) and at the Staurolite Inn (692-3111).  Reserve your rooms early!

Contact Patty at sdsheepgrowers@yahoo.com for an Annual Convention brochure and registration form. 

See the Convention page for a complete agenda.

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.