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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. 

The special MIWW "Challenge" contest will continue in 2015.  Contestants will create unique items which feature SDSU Wool Project fabric remnants and yarn.  Items created will be auctioned during the convention  ~ 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, "Fleece and Fiber Fun" and hands-on wool activities in the convention lobby.

The main convention will be held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City ~ see the info and links below.   Be sure to ask for the SDSGA block for special rates.  Reserve your rooms early!

Best Western Ramkota Hotel
2111 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 343-8550

The convention registration form is available by downloading from the "Annual Convention" page of our website, or you may request your registration form and the 2015 Convention brochure by emailing us at sdsheepgrowers@yahoo.com.  Anyone interested in the MIWW contest or the special MIWW challenge may also request more information thru our email or our FaceBook page.

Thursday, Sept 3rd -- Lynn & Dianne Perry, representing the SD Sheep Growers, will be providing lamb "appetizer" samples at the SD State Fair in Huron in the Value-Added tent (west of the Education Building).  The always tasty "Lamb-tastic Spread" on crackers will be served from 10:00 to 4:00.  Stop by!

Friday, Sept 4th -- Dianne Perry, representing the Kingsbury Sheep Auxiliary, will be presenting Pendleton wool to the top sewers in the youngest 2 classes of the Sew Your Own contest.  The style show will be held in the Women's Building Auditorium on Friday, Sept 4th at 3:30 pm.

You will also want to come to the "Lamb Lead-In" contest -- Sunday, Sept 6th at noon in the Open Class Sheep Barn.  It's one of the most popular shows at the Fair!


Past Winners of the "Trapper of the Year" award and the "Shepherd's Award"

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

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.

For more information (vendors, artists, classes, etc) contact Barb Uhrig at 605-456-2802.

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. 

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.