Maryland Sheep Breeders Association

www.marylandsheepbreeders.org

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is the flagship event of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association (MSBA). The association also organizes the annual MSBA Shearing School in early spring as well as a range of sheep, wool, and lamb promotional and educational activities; a scholarship fund; and an annual members’ dinner.

Officers

President: Steve Breeding
Vice President: Emily Chamelin
Treasurer: Colleen Histon
Secretary: Carolann McConaughy

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Lee Langstaff, Co-Chair
Jeff White, Co-Chair
Gwen Handler, Chairman Emeritus

2024 Directors

Chris Dehne
Susan Schoenian
Penny Sica
Kate Warner

2025 Directors

Amanda Cather
Kenneth Farrell
Laura Kefauver
Nancy Starkey

2026 Directors

Sarah Capmbell
Ollie King
Lee Langstaff
Naveed Malik

Membership

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 Maryland Sheep News, an informative newsletter that is emailed to all MSBA members three times a year
  • 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
  • Receive a free copy of the Festival catalog by mail
  • Pay a reduced commission on any fleeces consigned for sale at the Festival’s Fleece Show & Sale (membership must be current as of April 27)
  • 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, 2024 will be recorded as paid through September 30, 2024. Dues for new memberships received on or after June 1 will be recorded as paid through September 30, 2025.

County Associations

Frederick County Sheep Breeders

Kristan Latham, President

Dedicated to all things related to sheep and goats. Offering a variety of opportunities to our members, and educational and community experiences to those interested in learning more about the sheep and goats we raise. Membership is not limited to Frederick County residents. Find us at www.fredericksheepbreeders.com and on Facebook @Frederick County Sheep Breeders.

Registration for 2024 Fiber Arts Seminars Opening Soon

Registration will open on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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Online entries are now being accepted for our 2024 Sheep Shows at sheepandwool.fairwire.com/. The featured breed this year is Cotswold.Entry forms and rules and regulations are also available for download from our website:Rules and Regulations - sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/MSWF-2024-Exhibitor-Letter.pdfEntry Form - sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/MSWF-2024-Sheep-Show-Entry-Form.pdfOnline entry will be available through April 1st, 2024. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than April 1st, 2024. A $25.00 late fee will be assessed to all entries postmarked after April 1st (if space is available). NO entries will be accepted after April 10th.Photo courtesy of American Cotswold Record Association.#mdsw #mdsw2024 #sheepshows #featuredbreed #cotswoldsheep ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder -- Registration will open tomorrow, Saturday, February 17, at www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool. Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.These are in-person classes. They are held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland, and several nearby locations. We are offering 55 classes in all; subjects include crochet, dyeing, felting, fiber preparation, knitting, spinning, and weaving. Complete details of the classes can be downloaded from sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/MSWF-2024-Fiber-Arts-Seminars-Corrected.pdf (this link is also available on our website).Many classes fill quickly, so don't miss out!#mdsw #mdsw2024 #fiberartseminars #yarnlove #dyeing #felting #fiberprep #colortheory #spinning #handspinning #knitting #crochet #weaving ... See MoreSee Less
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