Annual Producer Symposium
This one-day program is open to all sheep producers provides an educational opportunity for producers, educators and other professionals in sheep and related agribusiness industries. Youth are an important segment of the sheep industry and are invited to attend as well. The programs feature excellent speakers on a variety of topics, and commercial exhibitors are often present.

The ISA Annual Meeting is also held in conjunction with the Symposium. During the annual meeting, new officers/directors are elected and important items for ISA members are discussed.

Field Days
ISA Field Days deal with several aspects of sheep production and management, offering participants the opportunity to visit a successful sheep farming operation dedicated to sheep production in a profitable way. Sheep farmers and anyone interested in sheep management are cordially invited to attend.

Indiana Sheep Industry Directory
This online resource connects anyone interested in the sheep industry with Indiana producers, shearers, guardian or herding animal suppliers and others involved in related agribusinesses. [ CLICK HERE ]

Make it With Wool

The Make it With Wool competition is an initiative of the American Sheep Industry association (ASI), which annually awards $1000 and $2000 to winners at the national competition. Open to anyone interested in sewing and fashion design using wool or wool blend fabrics, knitted, crocheted or woven clothing or accessories, the Indiana Sheep Association sponsors the state competition for junior and senior contestants, with the top entries representing Indiana in the national competition. Entries are judged on garment style, design, presentation and creativity.

Make it With Wool Contest Date Announced - August 6, 2017

The 2017 Indiana Make It with Wool Contest will be held at the Indiana State Fair on Sunday, August 6, 2017.  The contest, sponsored by the Indiana Sheep Association, will be held in the Home and Family Arts Building on the Indiana State Fairgrounds with registration beginning at 9:00 am and judging at 9:30 am.  Entrants will then participate in a fashion show at 2:00 pm on the 6th.   Placing & winners will be announced at this time.

Contestants may compete in one of four age categories:  Preteen – 12 and under, Junior – 13 through 16, Senior – 17 through 24, and Adult – over 24.  Juniors, Seniors, and Adults may enter:  One-piece outfit:  dress, jumper, outerwear jacket, coat or cape.  Two-piece outfit:  coat, jacket, cape, blouse/shirt, vest or sweater with dress, jumper, skirt, pants or shorts.  Ensemble (3 or more garments worn together at one time):  coat, jacket, cape, blouse/shirt, vest and/or sweater with dress, jumper, skirt, pants or shorts.  Preteens may enter dress, jumper, skirt, pants, shorts, vest, sweater, blouse/shirt, jacket or a combination of garments.  

All entries must be made from 100% wool or wool blend (minimum 60% wool or specialty wool fiber) for each fashion fabric or yarn used. Wool samples are tested by an out of state lab prior to the contest. The testing and results are handled by the state director Robyn Heine. Please send 3x3 wool swatches to her at 1265 Governors Lane, Zionsville, IN 46077 for testing. Specialty wool fibers include mohair, cashmere, alpaca, camel, llama and vicuna.  To be eligible, a garment must have been completed after January 1, 2017.

Deadline for entry is July 1, 2017. Entry form will be available in late March/early April. Watch the Indiana Make It With Wool Facebook page or National Make It With Wool website for this year’s entry form.

Please encourage sewing enthusiasts in your counties to consider this contest.  A 4-H project garment that complies with the wool contest rules also may be entered in the contest.  Arrangements have been made for garments chosen for the 4-H sewing exhibit at the State Fair to be released temporarily for entry in this contest on the 6th.  

For more information, check out the Indiana Make it With Wool Facebook page, or reach out the state director, Robyn Heine at – 317/873-5125.

Make It With Wool Winners

Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School
The Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School is made possible with major support from the American Lamb Board, National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, American Sheep Industry Association and numerous fund donors. This annual national program is open to participants 20 years of age or older interested in learning techniques to improve their sheep industry business operations and profitability. Enrollment in the school is strictly limited and applications are typically due in March or April. ISA encourages Indiana producers to apply for participation each year. If an Indiana producer is selected to attend, ISA may offer a scholarship for the registration fee (about $200), which typically covers meals and lodging on an assigned double occupancy basis. Participants are responsible for the cost of their own travel to and from the school location.

2015 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School is to be held June 21-24 in Denver, Colorado.

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