Black Sheep Gathering
The deadline has passed for submitting Workshop Proposals for 2018. Thank you for your submissions.


Judge: Scott Culver • Corvallis, Oregon

Hello, my name is Scott Culver. I am a second generation sheep- herder. My father, Morris Culver, introduced me to the Romney sheep business at an early age. As a child, I shadowed my father, helping with the general care of the sheep as well as assisting during the lambing season. I was active in both 4-H and Future Farmers of America representing our local chapter at both the state and national level. I attended Oregon State University where I majored in Vocational Education; after which, I was hired at a school in Oregon to teach vocational agriculture. After a short stint with teaching, I decided I wanted to go back to school to obtain my Master's Degree in Agriculture. Currently, and for almost 30 years, I am employed by the United States Department of Agriculture with a focus on the grass seed industry.

For the past 10 years, and with the help of my family, I have owned and operated Culver Family Farm where we take pride in keeping the legacy of my father alive. My daughter, Ashley Roles, her husband, Arron, and I are involved in raising, breeding, and showing our Romney sheep; both White and Natural Colored. I have held a number of offices in the Oregon Romney Breeders Association along with being a Board Member for several years in the American Romney Breeders Association. Currently, I am the Open Class Sheep Superintendent for our local county fair. One of the other things I love is being a local 4-H leader in Benton County. I help educate kids on how to raise healthy sheep as well as pro- mote the long-wool sheep industry. Culver Family Farms strongly believes in educating the public and we have developed promotional material about long-wool sheep and presented them to both 4-H members and community members. We are deeply involved in both the breeding stock and top quality spinning fleeces across the United States. We work hard to ensure that the Romney breed re- mains true to his breed standards.

I am honored to provide this additional background when I have been given an opportunity to judge sheep shows. My judging journey's has taken me as far away as the North Carolina State Fair wool breeds and to judge the Regional Romney Show at the Ever- green State Fair in Washington State. I have also presented a booth at Mother Earth News Fair for several years dealing with wool sheep. These shows, along with many other smaller shows across the North- west, have afforded me a greater sense of awareness and knowledge in the different types of wool breeds. Thank you for giving me this opportunity; it is truly an honor and privilege to be tasked with judging this year's Black Sheep Gathering.

  1. Registered Navajo-Churro.
  2. Registered Shetland.
    • Award: The Northwestern Shetland Sheep Breeders Trophy for the Best Young Breeders Flock of Shetland Sheep.
  3. Registered Jacob.
  4. Registered Colored Lincoln.
  5. Registered White Lincoln.
  6. White Registered Long, Medium and Fine Wool Breeds.
  7. Teeswater.
  8. Gotland.
  9. BlueFaced Leicester (white and natural colored, 2 white and 2 natural colored allowed per exhibitor, per class).
  10. NCWGA Primitive breeds.
  11. NCWGA Registered Long/Coarse Wool (48 and lower).
  12. NCWGA Registered Medium Wool (50-58).
  13. NCWGA Registered Fine Wool (60 and finer).
  14. Natural Colored Romeldale/CVM.
    • Award: Romeldale/CVM Award for Best Romeldale in Show and Romeldale/CVM Fleece.
  15. Reg. Natural Colored Wool Breeds — non-NCWGA flocks.
  16. Omitted letter.
  17. Omitted letter.
  18. Registered Natural Colored Wool Breeds from non-NCWGA flocks
  19. Registered White Romney.
  20. Registered Colored Romney.
  21. Omitted letter.
  22. Omitted letter.
  23. Omitted letter.
  24. Sunday — Junior Sheep Show — See Livestock Rule 17

  25. Registered Long/Coarse Wool (48 and lower).
  26. Registered Medium/Fine Wool (50 and finer).
  27. Junior Showmanship (Jr. ages 5-10, Int. ages 11-14, Sr. ages 15-18).


  1. Yearling Ram — less than 24 months old.
  2. Ram Lamb — born December 15, 2016 - April 15, 2017.
  3. Pair of Ram Lambs — owned by exhibitor. Must be shown in class 2.
  4. Yearling Ewe — less than 24 months old.
  5. Ewe Lamb — born December 15, 2016 - April 15, 2017.
  6. Pair of Ewe Lambs — owned by exhibitor. Must be shown in class 5.

  8. Breeders Young Flock — 1 ram lamb, 2 ewe lambs owned by exhibitor. Must have been shown in classes 2 and 5.


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 Gathering organization.


Promote your farm and support the BSG by donating your lamb or goat for the 2017 Black Sheep Gathering Potluck.


Judge: Scott Culver
Corvallis, Oregon

Hello, my name is Scott Culver. I am a second generation sheep- herder. My father, Morris Culver, introduced me to the Romney sheep business at an early age. Read More.


Judge: Dr. Fred Speck
Kerrville, Texas

Dr. Fred Speck is a 5th generation Texas Angora goat producer. His grandfather gave him eight registered angora does and one buck to start his own herd when he was eight years old. Read More.


Judge: Judith MacKenzie
Forks, Washington

Judith MacKenzie has worked as a textile artist for many years. As a spinner, dyer and weaver, she has traveled and worked throughout North America and abroad. Read More.


Judge: Melissa Harris
Surprise Valley, California

Melissa Harris has been involved in fiber arts for 30+ years. She learned to knit from her Welsh Grandmother and later became interested in spinning and dyeing in the late 1970s. Read More.