Fairbault Woolen Mill Tour ~ leaving 7:00 am
from the Brookings Days Inn.

We will enjoy some entertaining speakers & videos during the ride over & back, and our highlight will be to see the historic Faribault Woolen Mill. You will get to see first hand where the SDSU Signature Wool blankets and scarves were created from SD wool ~ from clean wool to finished product ~ with the mill in full production mode!

Tour participants will each receive discount coupons to use in the mill store.  Enjoy refreshments, lunch & fun during the trip.

“Night at the Museum” ~ 5:30 pm. South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum

Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of lamb appetizers, assorted goodies, and  social time at the SD Agricultural Heritage Museum. The current displays are: “The Unspun Tale: Sheep in SD” and “Barley to Barrel: Science and History of Brewing in SD”. The family-friendly social will also feature activities for the younger crowd. Unique hand-crafted wool items using SDSU Wool Project fabric or yarn will be on display during the social ~ and everyone will have a chance to bid on them during the evening auction. All proceeds from the challenge auction will be donated to the SDSU Signature Wool Project scholarship fund!

Check out the SDSU/SDSGA Signature Wool Challenge contest and be one of the fiber artists to hand-craft an item for the auction. Complete rules and entry blank are on the MIWW page. 

Saturday - Sept 30, 2017

80th SDSGA Annual Convention

Friday - Sept 29, 2017

Join us on a “bonus tour” Sunday morning to the Larry & Susan Holler operation just north of Brookings ~ and see a first-hand demonstration of the Shearwell Data system for animal identification & management.  You can enjoy coffee and goodies before you say goodbye and head home!

NEW ~ Shepherd's Shuffle 5K & Fun Run
Join us early Saturday morning for our first ever SDSGA Convention race! Enter the 5K Run, 1 mile Fun Run/Walk or the 3 mile Relay ~ free t-shirts and “Farm to Feet” wool running socks for the first 150 registered. The 1st place male and female in the 5K will each receive a “sock drawer makeover” valued at over $200 complements of Farm to Feet socks. Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD project. Easy registration on-line at or print off the entry page here.

SD State Finals
The SD state finals for the “Make It With Wool” contest will be held on Saturday during the SDSGA convention ~ off-site this year at the Mission Coffeehouse at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. We are excited to offer an afternoon workshop with Designer Joi: “Wool ~ A Touch of Style”. Participants will learn special techniques for working with wool fabric & fitting. Everyone will go home with a fantastic swag bag, and one lucky person will win a fantastic grand prize drawing! 

MIWW judging will be held during the morning, lunch & workshop in the afternoon, and MIWW winners & prizes announced at the evening banquet.

 “Fleece to Shawl” Contest
Teams will be working from 9 am to 5 pm to complete a shawl from SD wool. Each shawl will be auctioned on Saturday night prior to the banquet at the social hour. Area fiber guilds will host fun “hands-on” wool activities
for both kids and adults during the morning.​

Convention Schedule

  • Official welcome to Brookings and SDSU 
  • Peter Orwick, Exec. Director, American Sheep Industry, will cover current issues and sheep industry updates.
  • Dale Thorne, American Lamb Board, will review current promotions.
  • Benny Cox, Vice-President, ASI, will be highlighting the history and  effect of changing market demographics on the sheep industry.
  • Lisa Webster, owner of North Star Sheep Farm in Maine will talk about promotion of sheep from farm to table in their operation.
  • The SD Master Lamb Producer Luncheon will highlight the award winning sheep operations for 2017 .
  • Dan Persons from Shearwell Data with sheep ID management.
  • Danci Baker speaking on farm transition planning.
  • The business meeting will also be held in the afternoon, and producers and convention attendees are encouraged to take part. New directors will be elected, issues in the sheep industry addressed, and educational and promotional activities will be planned for the coming year.

*We will have an on-going trade show on Saturday, and opportunities for producers to network with others and meet with industry leaders from the region.

Contact Information

   The Days Inn Hotel & Convention Center in

   Brookings, SD will be the main location for the

   2017 SDSGA Annual Convention.

   Days Inn - 692-9471 (40 rooms/$99.00 - until 9/8)
   Ask for the SDSGA block when reserving your room.
   There are many other motels very close to the

   convention site, with variable rates too ~ reserve

   early for best choices.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

SD Sheep Growers Association

     MARY HELD ~ 605-690-7032
     PATTY DEZEEUW ~ 605-690-5639
     IDA MARIE SNORTELAND ~ 605-642-5123
     ANN HANSEN ~ 605-695-2250
     PATTY DEZEEUW ~ 605-690-5639
     SUSAN HOLLER ~ 605-695-9478

     MINA DOERNER ~ 605-651-9530
     RUFUS DEZEEUW ~ 605-690-8269
     DR. JEFF HELD ~ 605-690-7033

 Complete convention schedule & registration forms

    - see links above.
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  or South Dakota Sheep Growers Association