Sheep

 

Sheep Information can be found here to help you with participation in the 4-H/FFA Sheep Project.  Events will be posted in the workshops section as well as details for the annual lamb identification and weigh in information for the Green County Fair.  If you have any questions regarding the sheep project, contact Mark Mayer, Green County UW-Extension Ag Agent at 608-328-9440 or by email at mark.mayer@ces.uwex.edu .


Green County Market Lamb Identification and Weigh In

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017,  ~  9:00-11:00 a.m.    ~  Green County Fairgrounds, Monroe, WI  Showbarn

An identification program for all market lambs to be exhibited at the 2017 Green County Fair will be conducted on Saturday, April 22nd,  at the Green County Fairgrounds in Monroe.  Lambs will be weighed and identified between 9-11AM in the south end of the Showbarn.  Only lambs that are identified on this date will be eligible for exhibition in the market lamb classes and to sell at the Green County Fair Meat Animal Auction.

All market lambs that will be shown at the Green County Fair will be weighed and given RFID ear tags.  Each exhibitor can identify a maximum of 5 lambs.  Market lambs being identified for the Green County Fair can weigh no more than 105 pounds at the weigh-in on April 22nd.  There is no minimum weight.  However, it is suggested that lambs weigh at least 50 pounds or more in order to make the 110 pound minimum weight at fair time that is needed to sell in the auction.

Since the market lambs will be tagged with official USDA tags they will no longer need to have scrapie tags at the fair.  However, exhibitors are reminded that all breeding sheep will still be required to have a USDA Scrapie tag before the animals are allowed onto the fairgrounds this summer.  The only exception to this is for breeding animals that have breed registration papers and a breed tattoo.  If sheep exhibitors plan to exhibit breeding stock they can order their own free scrapie tags by calling 1-866-873-2824.  These tags should be ordered early since it usually takes several weeks before they are received from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Only Green County Fair market lambs need to be pre-identified at this weigh-in on the 22nd.  Animals that will exhibited in the sheep breeding show classes at the fair are not required to attend the weigh-in.  Market lambs for the Wisconsin State Fair will also not be identified at the Green County weigh-in.  Wisconsin State Fair requires that all lambs be self-identified by the exhibitors.

Auction record books and other show information will also be distributed to exhibitors at the identification day.  Contact Mark Mayer, UW-Extension Dairy and Livestock Agent, at 608-328-9440 for more information.


Sheep Resources

American Sheep Industry                                                                     Equity Livestock Sales Coop
US Sheep Breeders Online Directory                                                Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill
Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative                                             Sheep! Magazine
List of Sheep Breeds-Wikipedia


Green County Sheep Producers

This organization supports and sponsors youth in various sheep areas through trophy and award sponsorships.  Contact Evelyn Crooks at 608-897-2041 for more information