About Membership

Who Can Join?

Anyone with an interest in sheep and sheep-related topics, products, markets, or activities is welcome to join the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association. You don’t need to own or breed sheep or even reside in Maryland. If you want to join a community that shares a passion for this amazing and useful animal, its related products, businesses, or activities, MSBA would be happy to have you. Whether you are a farmer, shepherd, spinner, knitter, dyer, chef, student, animal lover, or sheep, wool, dairy or agriculture-related business, or interested in learning about any of these – you are welcome to the MSBA community and resources!

Member Benefits

Your own profile page on the MSBA website to promote your farm or business.Get online exposure and connect with customers and other sheep producers.
A chance to have your page featured in the Member Spotlight on our Home page.Every two weeks, we will randomly select a member’s page to highlight here.
A flock 175 strong and growing.Network with an active and friendly community of over 175 members who are interested in the same thing you are – namely, sheep!
Activities and events to enrich your life as a producer.As a member it's easy to stay involved with the MSBA community by attending our fun and informative events.
Regular publications from the American Sheep Industry Association.The Sheep Industry News is a monthly publication of the American Sheep Industry Association. Each month, relevant stories about the industry are brought to our members.
The Maryland Sheep News.This informative newsletter is emailed to all MSBA members three times a year.
Free admission to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and a free Festival catalog by mail. Members receive free admission to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and are automatically mailed a copy of the Festival catalog free of charge.
A reduced commission on any fleeces consigned for sale at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fleece Show & Sale.Members pay a 10% commission, instead of the usual 20%.
Promotional activities to raise awareness of lamb and wool.From the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival to Lamb Day at the Maryland State Fair, we work to keep lamb and wool in the public eye.
Scholarship benefitPriority consideration for Maryland Shearing School and MSBA ScholarshipMSBA members who own sheep will receive priority consideration for enrollment in the Maryland Shearing School; all MSBA members and their families will be given priority consideration for the annual MSBA scholarship.