Maryland Sheep Breeders Association
The Maryland Sheep Breeders Association (MSBA) is an active organization that organizes several annual events: the Maryland Shearing School (early spring) and the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival (May); as well as a range of sheep, wool, and lamb promotional and educational activities; a scholarship fund; and an annual members’ dinner in October.
President: Jeffrey White
Vice President: Andrew Keller
Treasurer: Colleen Histon
Secretary: Carolann McConaughy
Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Chairperson
Emily Chamelin Hickman
Anyone with an interest in sheep and sheep-related topics, products, markets, or activities is welcome to join the MSBA. You don’t need to own or breed sheep or even reside in Maryland. If you want to join a community that shares a passion for this amazing and useful animal, its related products, businesses, or activities, MSBA would be happy to have you. Whether you are a farmer, shepherd, spinner, knitter, dyer, chef, student, or animal lover; or a sheep, wool, dairy or agriculture-related business; or just interested in learning about any of these – you are welcome to the MSBA community and resources!
As a member you will:
- Join an active and friendly community of shepherds and others
- Support the core activities of the MSBA
- Receive the quarterly Maryland Sheep News, MSBA’s informative newsletter
- Receive regular publications from the American Sheep Industry Association
- Receive priority consideration for enrollment in the Maryland Shearing School (applicable only if you own sheep), and your family members will be given priority consideration for the annual MSBA scholarship
- Receive free admission to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
- Be mailed a free copy of the Festival catalog
- Pay a reduced commission on any fleeces consigned for sale at the Festival’s Fleece Show & Sale (membership must be current as of April 1)
- Be able to promote your farm or business through a free profile page on the MSBA website, marylandsheepbreeders.org.
Annual membership dues are $25. The membership year runs from October through September. Dues received before June 1, 2020 will be recorded as paid through September 30, 2020. Dues for new memberships received on or after June 1 (or new memberships purchased at the 2020 Sheep & Wool Festival) will be recorded as paid through September 30, 2021.
Dedicated to promoting sheep, goats, lambs, and sheep & goat related activities in Maryland. All are welcome to join. Members are from eight Maryland counties, plus a few members from out of state. There are even spinners and weavers who do not own any sheep or goats.