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Tennessee Junior Sheep Producers Fleece Show

There will again be a fleece show for 4-H and FFA members at the 2015 Tennessee Junior Sheep Exposition in Cookeville. Prize money will be provided by Tennessee Sheep Producers Association and the American Sheep Industry Association through its Wool Outreach Program.

There will be a fleece class for each breed of sheep which has at least three fleeces entered. There will also be a class for fleeces from crossbred sheep. Breeds which have fewer than three entries will be in an “Other Breeds” class. Members may enter two fleeces in each breed class. Each fleece must be from a ewe greater than one year of age. The ewe must have been a part of the exhibitor’s home flock. Each fleece must be rolled and tied with paper or cotton twine or displayed in a clear plastic bag. Cash awards will be provided in each class as well as awards for champion and reserve champion overall.

Purposes of this activity are to increase awareness of the importance of wool, encourage producers to shear and package wool properly, help youth identify the desirable characteristics of a wool fleece and to recognize young people for producing a quality product.

Fleeces will be received on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon (central time) at the Hyder-Burks Arena at Tennessee Technological University. For additional infomraiton, contact Ben Powell by phone at 615-237-0300 or by email at

Steve Sutton

Extension Specialist