BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension, South Dakota Sheep Growers Association (SDSGA) and industry partners are hosting Sheep Day at the Black Hills Stock Show on Jan. 31 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Kjerstad Event Center, Rapid City (915 Centre St).

“Our goal is to provide a complete sheep industry experience for all attendees. Whether or not they are sheep producers will not matter,” said David Ollila, SDSU Extension sheep field specialist.

Ollila explained that because 20 percent of all sheep in the United States are raised in the Northern Plains states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska, there is a long tradition of sheep production among ranch families in this region. And, a lot of the sheep industry’s infrastructure can be found in these states, including: sheep producers, professional sheep shearers, sheep dog trainers, wool warehouses, livestock auctions marketing lamb, feedlots and some small wool mills and lamb harvesting plants.

Sheep Day Activities

  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. National Sheep Shearing Championships.
  • 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. North American Sheep Dog Trials.
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. National Wool Handlers Championships.

Additional opportunities

Throughout the day, the following opportunities will be available:

  • SDSGA Directors will provide membership and sheep industry information.
  • Demonstration of the Optical Fiber Diameter Analysis Technology (OFDA) and its applications within the Wool Industry – Dr. Christopher Schauer, North Dakota State University.
  • SDSGA Make It With Wool participants will model fashions made from wool fabric and provide contest information.
  • Spinner’s Circle providing lessons on hand spinning.
  • Wool combing machine demonstrations.
  • Two lamb entrées will be on the concessionaire’s menu at the Kjerstad Event Center.
  • Numerous sheep industry related booths will be on hand.
  • Retailers promoting and selling wool and lamb products.
  • Lamb appetizers will be available to taste through a grant from the American Lamb Board and SDSGA.
  • Pregnancy testing with ultrasound technology demonstration by veterinarian Sammi Hanson.
  • Loin eye ultrasound technology demonstration by Lisa Surber, executive secretary of South Dakota Sheep Growers.

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