The SD SheepGrowers Association will be holding their 78th annual convention September 25-26, 2015 in the beautiful Black Hills of SD. Our two-day event will feature an exciting bus tour that you won't want to miss ~ details will be coming soon.
Date TBA -- The SD Sheep Growers will be providing lamb samples at the SD State Fair in Huron in the Value-Added tent.
Past Winners of the "Trapper of the Year" award and the "Shepherd's Award"
Art in the Barn is an annual Fleece, fiber, arts & crafts Festival held on the Friday and Saturday of Father's Day weekend in June. The event features 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 in part by the SD Sheep Growers Association
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.