2021 Scholarship Winner Announced

The MSBA scholarship of $1,000 for 2021 was awarded to Ms. Lynne Thomas from Fallston, Maryland.

Lynn is an MSBA member who is attending WVU majoring in Agriculture and Extension education with minors in agribusiness management, horticulture, and food science and technology. Her career goal is to become an agri-science teacher and FFA advisor. Lynn has been involved with sheep since she was a toddler growing up on her great-grandparents farm. She began her own flock when she received ewe lamb through the YCP in 2016. Since then she has helped to promote sheep and wool through showing her sheep and several years of participating in MIWW. Throughout her involvement in 4-H, FFA, and leadership positions in school Lynn has consistently worked to share her knowledge and appreciation for sheep, wool, and agriculture. She clearly is a deserving applicant.

Interview with Erika Sanko from ASI and our regional representative Jimmy Parker

Our feature presentation from our annual meeting is now available for viewing.  Jeff White (MSBA president) and Patty Sanville (our ASI representative) spoke with  Erika Sanko from ASI and our regional representative Jimmy Parker.  We spoke about ASI’s role in getting sheep producers access to vaccines that have been available in other countries and the benefits ASI provides to members.  Take it a look, I think you will find it informative and worth your time.

Shearing School Cancelled

Due to COVID-19, the annual shearing school scheduled for March 12-13 has been cancelled.

Shearing School Registration Open

The dates for the MSBA 2021 Sheep Shearing School have been announced. This annual shearing school (for beginners) will be held March 12-13 at the Dale Lehman farm in Washington County. Participation is limited to 15 people. The registration deadline is February 1, 2021.

Click here for more details and registration information.

2020 Garden State Sheep Breeders’ annual fleece show going virtual

A message from the Garden State Sheep Breeders


The Garden State Sheep Breeders’ annual fleece show is going virtual this year, and you’re invited to create a free listing on our website to offer your skirted 2020 fleeces for sale. These business card-style listings will feature your name and/or farm name with contact information, such as your phone number, website, Facebook page, or Etsy store. While you won’t be able to list individual fleeces for sale, you may wish to note breeds or colors you do have available and whether you participate in The Livestock Conservancy’s Shave ‘Em To Save ‘Em program.  

Please visit www.NJSheep.net and click on the “Fiber Farmers – Sign Up To Be Listed in the Virtual Fleece Sale!” link on our home page. You will be taken to an easy-to-complete form that will walk you through some suggested information to list. Listings will be posted every few days, and we will be promoting this sale on our social media pages. We encourage you to do the same!

Note that any sales generated will be between you and your buyers. Garden State Sheep Breeders charges no fee for this listing but is providing it as a way to support all involved in our vibrant fiber community.

If you have any questions, please direct your inquiries to .