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- All entries and consignments must be in place at their assigned times.
- The Black Sheep Gathering, Inc., is not responsible for damage or loss while on the Fairgrounds.
- All decisions of the Black Sheep Gathering Committee are final.
- ALL sheep and goats must have Scrapie Identification as required by the USDA. For information, contact Barbara
Palermo toll free 1-866-873-2824.
- NO DOGS allowed in any building.
- Animals may not be housed in the parking lot in trucks or trailers. All animals housed in the barns must be accompanied by a completed entry form and are subject to entry and
show or sale fees.
Please Read All Rules carefully prior to filling out entry forms. Livestock rules will be strictly enforced.
Livestock Consignments & Show
- 2016 Pen Assignments
- Fees: $8 for each sheep or goat to be shown or sold.
- Farmer’s Market Pens will be allowed in the Livestock barn for a fee of $75. See entry forms. (Fees and request are to be submitted with your livestock entry.) Only farm-raised and -produced goods are allowed to be sold. Each booth must be reserved by the exhibitor whose items will be sold. Only exhibitors with two or more animals may reserve Farmer’s Market Booth space. Each booth will receive one pen space. Exhibitors who do not reserve and pay for a farm display pen or farmers’ market pen will be asked to take down any displays in their assigned animal pens.
- Cashmere goats and Pygora goats will be allowed one pen each, through their respective associations, to exhibit and sell animals. These pens will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to space limitations we are not able to accommodate other livestock. Sorry.
- All animals, show and exhibit alike, must be in place by 8am, Friday, June 24, 2016.
- Sales will be by private treaty.
- Release time: 4pm, Sunday, June 26, 2016. Any exceptions must be cleared with a Black Sheep Gathering committee worker. All animals must be removed from the grounds by 6pm.
- Awards: Ribbons awarded to 6th place. Prizes awarded for Champion and Reserve Champion male and female of each lot.
- All sheep will be judged 60% on wool, 40% on conformation. THE LENGTH OF WOOL SHOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO SHOW OFF THE QUALITY OF THE FLEECE FOR EACH PARTICULAR BREED. IT IS REC- OMMENDED THAT FINE WOOL SHEEP HAVE 1½ INCHES OF WOOL, MEDIUM WOOL SHEEP 2 INCHES AND LONG WOOL SHEEP 3 INCHES.BELLY SHEARING OR DEFUZZING OF BELLIES IS NOT ALLOWED. All sheep must have been sheared within the last 365 days.
- ALL sheep entered must be registered with their appropriate association. Proper registration is required for show participation. If exhibitor’s breed association does not allow animals to be registered until a certain age, then exhibitor must bring a certificate from the association stating that the entered animal is eligible for registration. If exhibitor’s breed association allows registration of the animals that are brought to the show, then they must be registered. No exceptions to this rule.You may fill in “pending” under registration number on entry form. However, animals must be registered upon arrival at the show; registration certificates will be inspected upon check-in. Ear tags with Scrapie numbers are required
- Animals entered in the show or sale must have been legally transferred into the exhibitors’ name at least 30 days prior to the show. An exhibitor is defined as a farm or an individual. Two people using the same farm name are still one exhibitor. Ani- mals must be properly registered in the exhibitors’ name, which must also be the owner’s name stated on the registration papers. An exception to this rule is junior exhibitors who should enter under their individual name regardless of farm name.
- White Angora goats will be judged according to the American Angora Goat Breeder’s Association Standards. Colored Angora goats will be judged according to CAGBA Standards. To boost entries, we have opened the Registered White Angora Goat Show to include animals registered with ANY association, allowing color factor white goats to enter.
- Each lot needs 5 or more exhibitors and a minimum of 20 ani- mals entered to qualify for a separate lot. Any lot without the required numbers will be combined with another division at the discretion of the sheep show coordinator. Exhibitors with the required numbers may request a separate division but must do so by April 1, 2016.
- Individual animals may be shown in ONLY one lot, including Junior Show lots. An exhibitor may enter only two sheep or goats per class. (See above for exceptions to this rule.) Each class must have at least two exhibitors and three animals entered or it may be deleted. (Entries in deleted classes will be moved to other classes. Entries will not be returned once accepted.)
- All animals must be sound and healthy and free of external parasites. Show and sale entries must be under two years of age except for Angora goat does and bucks entered in the aged doe and aged buck classes. The Black Sheep Gathering com- mittee reserves the right to require the removal of any animal judged unhealthy or unfit to be displayed. This includes ani- mals not sheared in the last 365 days or any animal whose fleece is deemed unfit for exhibit.
- All sheep and goats coming from out of state are required to have health certificates.
- All exhibitors must keep their pens and barn aisles clean and provide a sufficient amount of clean bedding in each animal pen. Exhibitors who do not maintain clean, bright-looking pens may be refused future entry. In an effort to provide an enjoyable display for the public, please keep aisles swept, water buckets clean, and sheep looking tidy. Keep personal items in sight to a minimum. Se-up and use of fitting stands in the barn aisles are not allowed.
- Every effort will be made to give exhibitors the number of pens requested; exhibitors may receive fewer pens than requested due to limited space. If space allows, there will be communal tack pens made available. Aisles must be kept clear, and feed and equipment stored in trailers or assigned areas. No fitting in aisles is permitted. Every effort will be made to pen exhibitors with others of their breed and with requested exhibitors; however, such placement cannot be guaranteed. Those desiring specific barn placement should enter early.
- Exhibitors must provide their own water buckets and feed. Straw may be purchased with your entry.
- Please identify animals for sale in some easily recognizable way.
- ANIMALS ENTERED FOR SALE OR EXHIBIT ONLY CANNOT EXCEED 25% OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ANIMAL ENTRIES FROM ONE FARM.
- Farm Display Pen (FDP): If you wish to put up a table or an elaborate display, you need to order a FDP ahead of time. You will find this on your Livestock Show Goat or Sheep Entry Form. Displays may not intrude into the aisle. The cost is $25. It is the size of one animal pen. The FDP pen may contain up to 2 sheep or 3 goats, tables, chairs, large signs or items, examples of farm products, etc.; however, NO SALES of farm products other than animals are allowed in the barn unless exhibitors order a Farmer’s Market Pen. FDPs are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis AFTER all animal spaces are secured. FDP pens must be paid for at time of animal entry
- Farmer’s Market Pen (FMP): Farm sales pens will be available to those showing animals for $75/farm sales pen, on a space-available basis. It is the size of one animal pen. Exhibitors must sell only value-added farm products and farm products. Displays may not intrude into the aisle. Sales of products, other than animals, can only be made from a Farmer’s Market Pen. FMPs are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis AFTER all animal spaces are secured. Please include $75 with your entries and designate this on your Livestock Show Goat or Sheep Entry Form. No sales of raw fleece or mohair allowed in your Farmer’s Market Pen.
- No raw wool or mohair fleeces may be sold on the grounds except through the Wool and Mohair Show and Sale.
- Junior Sheep Show — 9am Sunday, June 26. This show is open to anyone up to 18 years of age and all breeds of sheep, both white and colored. All sheep entered must be registered with their appro- priate association to the actual junior exhibitor who will be show- ing the sheep. Junior exhibitors may have the assistance of other youth ages 18 and under if they have more than one entry per class. All General Rules and Livestock Rules apply.
- Junior Showmanship classes are open to all junior exhibitors under age 18. Exhibitors need not own their showmanship ani- mal, nor does it have to be registered in their name. Senior exhibitors may enter an extra animal to be shown by a junior exhibitor. Please list the Junior’s name and age on your entry. Junior showmanship may be entered until 9am on show day for no fee.
|BLACK SHEEP CUP
Best Young Flock of Show
Winners of each lot to compete. This is a perennial trophy donated by the Black Sheep Newsletter.
Best Sheep of Show Champions from each lot to compete. This is a perennial trophy in Glen’s memory donated by the Black Sheep Newsletter.
Dr. Geof Ruppert
Your judge for the 2016 Black Sheep Gathering is Dr. Geof
Ruppert. His involvement with sheep began in 1976 with a starter
flock of Corriedales, chosen in part because of his mother’s interest
in the fiber arts. Along the way, he participated in judging
livestock through 4-H, where he was on the Maryland State judging
team. After completing undergraduate studies and vet school
at Virginia Tech, Geof began judging county fairs, mostly in
New England. Dr. Ruppert has also judged the National Junior
Corriedale show and the New England Sheep sale as well as the
National Merino sale, held in conjunction with the New York
Sheep and Wool Festival.
Over the years his Corriedale flock has endured, and he has
added a separate flock of Cormos to explore the finer end of the
After meeting with Corriedale breeders from around the world
at the 2000 World Corriedale Congress, Geof realized that
American Corriedale wool quality could be improved by introducing
Australian Corriedales to his flock. Since 2001, the
Ruppert’s have been pursuing an artificial insemination program
using Australian rams that reach back to the very roots of the
In 2014 the American Corriedale Association held its 100th
year anniversary celebration. Ruppert’s Corriedales participated
in the National Show with just one ram entry, winning Best
Fleece overall and best headed Corriedale. Today, Geof divides
his time between his sheep and his companion animal practice,
but he sneaks off to Australia every chance he gets to learn more
about that most amazing and versatile fiber … wool!
- Registered Navajo-Churro.
- Registered Shetland.
Registered Colored Lincoln.
Registered White Lincoln.
White Registered Long, Medium and Fine Wool Breeds.
BlueFaced Leicester (white and natural colored, 2 white and 2 natural colored allowed per exhibitor, per class).
NCWGA Primitive breeds.
NCWGA Registered Long/Coarse Wool (48 and lower).
NCWGA Registered Medium Wool (50-58).
NCWGA Registered Fine Wool (60 and finer).
Natural Colored Romeldale/CVM.
- Award: The Northwestern Shetland Sheep Breeders Tro- phy for the Best Young Breeders Flock of Shetland Sheep.
Reg. Natural Colored Wool Breeds — non-NCWGA flocks.
Registered Natural Colored Wool Breeds from non-NCWGA flocks
Registered White Romney.
Registered Colored Romney.
- Award: Romeldale/CVM Award for Best Romeldale in Show and Romeldale/CVM Fleece.
Sunday — Junior Sheep Show — See Livestock Rule 17
Registered Long/Coarse Wool (48 and lower).
Registered Medium/Fine Wool (50 and finer).
Junior Showmanship (Jr. ages 5-10, Int. ages 11-14, Sr. ages 15-18).
- Yearling Ram — less than 24 months old.
- Ram Lamb — born December 15, 2015 - April 15, 2016.
- Pair of Ram Lambs — owned by exhibitor. Must be shown in class 2.
- Yearling Ewe — less than 24 months old.
- Ewe Lamb — born December 15, 2015 - April 15, 2016.
- Pair of Ewe Lambs — owned by exhibitor. Must be shown in class 5.
- Breeders Young Flock — 1 ram lamb, 2 ewe lambs owned by exhibitor. Must have been shown in classes 2 and 5.
BLACK SHEEP CUP
Best Young Flock of Show: Winners of each lot to compete. This is a perennial trophy donated by the Black Sheep Newsletter.
GLEN EIDMAN MEMORIAL TROPHY
Best Sheep of Show: Champions from each lot to compete. This is a perennial trophy in Glen’s memory donated by the Black Sheep Gathering organization.
ANGORA GOAT CUP
A champion goat, colored or white, will be chosen for this award. This cup is a perennial trophy and is donated by the Black Sheep Newsletter
Angora Goat Division
Round Mountain, California
Stan Sours has been breeding both white and natural colored
Angora goats for 26 years and a number of champion, reserve
champion and place winning goats have come from his farm. At
Ferncrest Farm in Round Mountain, California, Stan and his wife
Judy produce and market quality Angora goats, fleeces, rovings,
yarns, pelts and spinning supplies throughout the United States
and Canada. Stan brings a small scale farm perspective to the
ring. Stan was a member of the Colored Angora Goat Record
and was a founding member of the Colored Angora Goat Breeders
Association (CAGBA). He is a certified inspector, inspector
trainer and past president of CAGBA. Stan has judged several
Angora goat shows including the Antelope Valley Fair,
Lancaster, California; the California State Fair, Sacramento,
California; the Nevada, State Fair, Reno, Nevada; the Oregon
Flock and Fiber Festival, Canby, Oregon; the Estes Park Wool
Market, Estes Park, Colorado; and EAGMAs (Eastern Angora
Goat and Mohair Association) Angora goat shows at the
Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival, Berryville, Virginia.
P. Registered Angora Goats—must be registered with the American Angora Goat Breeder’s Association.
Q. Natural Colored Angora Goats—must be registered or recorded with CAGBA or ACGBA.
ANGORA GOAT CLASS:
- Junior Buck Kids—born February 15 - April 1, 2016.
- Senior Buck Kids—born January 1 - February 14, 2016.
- Pair Buck Kids—bred and owned by exhibitor. Must be shown in class 1 and 2.
- Yearling Bucks—less than 24 months old.
- Aged Bucks—2 years and older.
- Junior Doe Kids—born February 15 - April 1, 2016.
- Senior Doe Kids—born January 1 - February 14, 2016.
- Pair Doe Kids—bred and owned by exhibitor. Must be shown in class 6 and 7.
- Yearling Does—less than 24 months old.
- Aged Does—2 and 3 years old.
- Aged Does—4 years and older.
- Breeders Young Flock—1 buck kid, 2 doe kids—bred and owned by exhibitor. Must have been shown in classes 1 or 2 and 6 or 7.
- Best Fleece—judge’s choice.