2018 Festival Information
Sue Watson the Judge FFSSA Show
Sue Watson has agreed to judge our FFSSA show at the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival in June 2018. Here's a little bit about sue:
I bought my first Shetland Sheep in 1996 from Jean Curtis (Willowcroft): three katmogets that started my love affair with that pattern. I had great fun showing these ewes and breeding my own lambs using rams from Jean and from Gilly and Maurice Wakeling (Pretty Oak). Since then, we moved farms, bought more sheep and bred more sheep ending up with a flock of about 150, which were divided into 4 breeding groups: white, grey katmogets, fawn katmogets and Ag Greys. We sent the wool away for processing in three colours: white, fawn and grey, which we had made into knitting wool and woven into throws and scarves. I am an enthusiastic, but fairly bad, hand spinner! Lambs not good enough for the breeding flock were sold 'in kit form' in meat boxes, and skins were also tanned and sold. We continued to show, with some success, and helped to start numerous new flocks wild breeding stock. It is always a huge pleasure to see the progeny of these do well for their new owners. During my time with the Shetland Sheep Society I have been on the Committee, been Shows Secretary, an Inspector and Judge, and also a member of the Judges and Inspectors Panel.
Tim, my partner, and I also breed Beef Shorthorn cattle and keep Suffolk Punch working horses alongside the 'day job' which is a 14,000 bird free range egg business. Oh, and in our 'spare time' we are building a house!
Here is Sue judging a show in the U.K. Awarding the winners.