Judge: Zane Bone • College Station, Texas
I am a 4th generation sheep and goat raiser from the Texas Hill Country. My father was a state winning sheep and goat vocational agricultural teacher; my mom was also from a ranching background. My mom’s brother was one of the best known sheep and goat 4-H agents this state has ever had. My grandfather ran a working cattle, horse, sheep and goat ranch for a family estate for 40 years. It was no wonder I ended up liking sheep and goats. I was involved in 4-H and FFA as a youth, and I judged wool and mohair up until attending college at Texas A&M University where I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agronomy. Growing up on the ranch, I’ve had my own Rambouillet sheep and Angora goat herds. It was through this diversity that I found my true love for sheep and goats; I work to design breeding programs with different goals in mind.
In the past few years I’ve been invited to judge at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, the Mountain State Fair in Asheville North Carolina and the Maryland State Fair. It has been a true blessing that I have found to be very rewarding and refreshing. Being involved in these shows has awoken a new desire to see sheep through a different lens again. Who knows? Upon the completion of my children’s show careers, we may just give fiber a new whirl. I think I am again catching the bug you all have.
Every show I am asked to judge has been an honor and brings great rewards. It has been so refreshing to see sheep showing as it was intended, both educational and a time of fellowship. Fiber festivals have renewed my hope that exhibition can be about more than a ribbon; it can be about the love of sheep and the acceptance of the diversity sheep can bring. Each breed fascinates me in different ways. I so look forward to judging the Black Sheep Gathering and seeing what the West Coast has to offer. Thanks in advance and may all of you have safe travels and outstanding lamb crops.
Showmanship Instructor: Maria Rooney
Maria Rooney has been the owner-operator of Silver Creek Lambscapes since 1986, a progressive sheep operation in Northwest Oregon that currently runs 300 head of New Zealand Coopworth, white and natural colored Romney, and Horned Dorset Ewes. Rooney’s philosophy encompasses proactive management, high quality genetics, and rigorous selection standards to achieve a balanced, productive sheep.
Rooney has for many years utilized in her flock artificial insemination from New Zealand using top quality rams for wool quality, vigor, and growth rate. Rooney actively shows her breeding stock across the country at Maryland, Reno, Big E, NAILE, BSG and Oregon State Fairs. She has won many supreme flock and national champion awards for her leading show flock. Rooney has served on many breed association boards and is currently president of the North American Romney Association and the Oregon Purebred Sheep Breeders Association.
- Registered Navajo-Churro.
- Registered Shetland.
- Award: The Northwestern Shetland Sheep Breeders Trophy for the Best Young Breeders Flock of Shetland Sheep.
- Award: Romeldale/CVM Award for Best Romeldale in Show and Romeldale/CVM Fleece.
Sunday — Junior Sheep Show — See Livestock Rule 17
- Yearling Ram — less than 24 months old.
- Ram Lamb — born December 15, 2017 - April 15, 2018.
- Pair of Ram Lambs — owned by exhibitor. Must be shown in class 2.
- Yearling Ewe — less than 24 months old.
- Ewe Lamb — born December 15, 2017 - April 15, 2018.
- Pair of Ewe Lambs — owned by exhibitor. Must be shown in class 5.
- Breeders Young Flock — 1 ram lamb, 2 ewe lambs owned by exhibitor. Must have been shown in classes 2 and 5.
BLACK SHEEP CUP
Best Young Flock of Show: Winners of each lot to compete. This is a perennial trophy donated by the Black Sheep Newsletter.
GLEN EIDMAN MEMORIAL TROPHY
Best Sheep of Show: Champions from each lot to compete. This is a perennial trophy in Glen’s memory donated by the Black Sheep Gathering organization.
Promote your farm and support the BSG by donating your lamb or goat for the 2018 Black Sheep Gathering Potluck.