Sheep Conference will provide hands on
learning experiences, as well as opportunities to meet and make new sheep
friends from across the state. The location for Sheep Conference is the
Hyder-Burks Sale Arena on the Tennessee Tech campus in Cookeville. Parents and
volunteer leaders are welcome and encouraged to attend. Sheep Conference is especially beneficial to
younger 4-Her’s getting started with their sheep project.
Sheep Conference will be conducted in
two parts. For the older, more experienced project members (grades 8-12), a
special Friday (May 29) evening training session is planned for you. The
general theme for this training is Quality Assurance. Youth will learn about
quality assurance concepts and the importance of quality assurance as a food
During Saturday's Sheep Conference
schedule, 4-Hers will have the opportunity to receive training in showmanship,
grooming, nutrition and health by Steve Edwards, a nationally known sheep
producer and judge. Steve has conducted
showmanship and fitting workshops in the southeast. Tennessee Farmer’s Cooperative nutrition
experts will be on hand to discuss feeding your lambs. Magen Shedden will be conducting a grooming
demonstration for those interested in fitting wool for lambs shown in the
wool. Youth will have the opportunity to
participate in a mock showmanship class; so it is desirable to bring a lamb from home. However,
there will be a few lambs on hand for those that cannot bring a sheep. Also, each participant will have the
opportunity to make a rope halter for their project.
We will continue to have skillathon
training, table top exhibits, Shepherds Quiz and Quiz Bowl. The quiz bowl will
have four teams selected based on their combined Shepherd's Quiz score. A team
consists of three (3) members from the 7-12 grades. To encourage county
participation, a team with all three members from the same county will be awarded
10 points to start the quiz bowl.
Table top exhibits (a display board
about your sheep project or sheep related topic) will be evaluated by age group
for more details). Awards will be given!
The quiz bowl will have four teams
selected based on their combined Shepherd's Quiz score. A team consists of
three (3) members from the 7-12 grades. To encourage county participation, a
team with all three members from the same county will be awarded 10 points to
start the quiz bowl.
2015 Tennessee 4-H Sheep Conference
4-H and FFA members, leaders and parents. This is a family
conference, designed for the benefit of 4-H members and their families.
Hyder-Burks Arena is located in Cookeville at 2390
Gainesboro Grade. Take Exit 286 from I-40 onto Willow (Hwy 135 N). Go 3.3 miles
and turn left on 12th Street (Hwy 290 W). Go 2.2 miles and look for the large
arena on the left. A map is available from the Hyder-Burks Web site at www.tntech.edu/hyderburks/.
Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, 2015
To help 4-H members and parents learn more about the 4-H
sheep project and activities.
The registration fee is $10 per person and payable upon
Please see the EASY
pre-registration information below. Lodging is on your own.
Senior 4-H Sheep Conference
(For 8-12 graders as of January 1, 2015)
Friday, May 29, 2015
Hyder-Burks Sale Arena, Cookeville
and Program Orientation
Orientation for Saturday