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Tennessee 4-H Sheep Conference

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 producer.

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 (See 4h.tennessee.edu/sheepconf/exhibits.htm 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.

What???

2015 Tennessee 4-H Sheep Conference

Who???

4-H and FFA members, leaders and parents. This is a family conference, designed for the benefit of 4-H members and their families.

 

Where???

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/.

 

When???

Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, 2015

 

Why??

To help 4-H members and parents learn more about the 4-H sheep project and activities.

Cost???

The registration fee is $10 per person and payable upon arrival.

Pre-Registration???

Please see the EASY pre-registration information below. Lodging is on your own.

Tentative Schedule

Senior 4-H Sheep Conference
(For 8-12 graders as of January 1, 2015)
Friday, May 29, 2015
Hyder-Burks Sale Arena, Cookeville

6:00 p.m.

Registration

6:30 p.m.

Welcome and Program Orientation

6:40 p.m.

Quality Assurance Training

9:00 p.m.

Orientation for Saturday

9:30 p.m.

Adjourn