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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.