The Western South Dakota Sheep Growers Association was formed in 1937 by sheep producers in an effort to eradicate scabies in sheep. With their efforts successful, the organization continued and became a member of the National Wool Growers Association in 1940. In 1979, a statewide organization was formed and called the South Dakota SheepGrowers Association.
SD Sheep Growers Association
Membership in the SD SheepGrowers Association is open to anyone with an interest in the sheep industry. Annual dues provide membership in both the SDSGA and the American Sheep Industry. As a member, you will also receive the monthly "Sheep Industry News" magazine.
Full Membership -- Dues are $50 per year for active sheep producers.
Associate Membership -- A $75/yr non-voting Associate Membership is available for persons or businesses affiliated with the sheep industry, but not directly involved in raising sheep.
Youth Membership -- Non-voting youth memberships are also available for $5/year. Youth programs supported by the SDSGA include Shearing Schools, 4-H Market Lamb Rate-of-Gain project, Lamb-to-Finish contest, MIWW, youth mentorship programs, and special youth breed shows at the SD State Fair.
The SD SheepGrowers Association is the trade association for sheep producers of South Dakota, representing both farm flocks and range operations. SD is the 6th largest producer of lamb and wool in the United States.
The SDSGA is a state member of the American Sheep Industry.
The SDSGA focuses on lamb and fiber promotion on a state-wide basis, and also on educational events to keep members and the public updated on issues affecting the sheep industry.