Sheep Breeds Display

A rare opportunity to view over thirty different breeds of sheep in one place. Breeders will explain in their presentations the characteristics of the breed, advantages and disadvantages of the breed, and other pertinent information. Awards are given on the basis of attractiveness of presentation in the categories of Dual-Purpose Sheep, Hair Breeds, Meat Sheep, Minor Breeds, and Wool Sheep.

Criteria for Sheep Breeds Display Evaluation:

Sheep – 10 points  Sheep must be in the pen at the time of judging unless they are being shown in one of the sheep shows at the Festival. They should be good representatives of their breed and in proper fleece for the season.  Meat breeds may be slick shorn.

Educational Value – 50 points  Information about the breed of sheep should be included in the display.  It should include origin of the breed, the breed’s primary purpose, and other information of interest to the general public.

Handout Material – 10 points  Handouts should be available.

General Appearance – 30 points  The display should be attractive and relatively clean.  Clean water must be available to the animals at all times. Bedding in the pen should also be clean.

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2020 Catalog Cover Artist

Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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Since we weren't able to have a Breed Display Barn this year, some of you might be interested in this webinar that the American Sheep Industry Association recently sponsored.

"In this webinar we explore the amazing diversity of heritage sheep breeds found in America and how many are making a remarkable comeback as interest grows in small scale shepherding and in natural fiber arts. We discuss the decades long effort to bring rare sheep back from the brink of extinction and current efforts to develop new markets for their products. Learn about the conservation work and then listen to experiences of several rare breed sheep farmers as they recount the journey they have undertaken with their amazing sheep breeds"
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Attention please! We ended up with a small quantity of 2020 merchandise left over from our virtual festival order. This includes short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, sling bags, backpacks, posters, note cards and enamel pins. Sorry, no mugs, and not all sizes are available in the shirts and sweatshirts.

You can view these items at www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/, but because of the limited quantities you CANNOT ORDER THEM ONLINE. All items will be sold by telephone order ONLY on a first come, first served basis. Orders will be accepted by Sheepman Supply at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. I repeat, orders will be accepted by TELEPHONE ONLY at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

This may be your last chance to get 2020 Festival merchandise!
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