The Meat Sheep Alliance of Florida
The Meat Sheep Alliance of Florida was organized to promote the sheep industry in Florida, to provide information and education to its members, and to the general public, regarding the production of sheep. We meet twice a year for educational programs, to socialize, and to share ideas. The MSA Junior Showmen Points show circuit is part of the commitment to provide educational opportunities for youth interested in the sheep industry of Florida.
The Meat Sheep Alliance of Florida Junior Showmen membership entitles its Junior Members to be eligible for additional scholarships by participating in its sheep shows, festivals, educational events, and other sheep programs it sponsors. Participation in these events accumulates points that can be redeemed annually in cash prizes and other gifts at the annual Fall meeting of the Meat Sheep Alliance of Florida. Membership is open to youth under the age of 27. To register for membership, complete an application at any MSA event or online at www.floridasheep.com (click the Sheep Show tab).
The Meat Sheep Alliance Junior Showmen Membership
- To collect, record and preserve the records of junior sheep competitions within the state of Florida from one year to the next while maintaining a summary of the results.
- To provide beneficial services for its members that enhance and encourage junior sheep ownership and participation.
- To develop educational programs, material and curriculum that will position it as a leading resource organization in the junior sheep industry within Florida.
- To generate growth of MSA Junior Showmen membership via marketing, promotion, and advertising of the Meat Sheep Alliance of Florida, the state association of the American Sheep Industry.
BREEDING SHOW DIVISIONS:
S1. Haired Meat Sheep Breeds – Barbados, Katahdin, Dorper, St. Croix, other haired breeds or breeds that are 75% or more hair/cross.
S2. Division Wool Cross Breeds – Any crosses between Blackface Wool and Whiteface Wool, or other wool breed mixes that are less than 75% black face, white face, rare breed or other breed classifications.
S3. Division Wool/Hair Cross Breeds – Any crosses between a wool breed and a hair breed that are less than 75% wool or hair breeds.
S4. Black Face/Natural Colored Wool Breeds – Hampshire, Oxford, Shropshire, Suffolk, and any other sheep with 75% or more of these crosses who present with all blackface characteristics.
*Natural colored verified animals and white bodied black face will be in separate classes but still compete for champion & reserve S4 division.
S5. White Face Wool Breeds – Southdown, Dorset, Columbia, any White Face breed, and any other sheep with 75% or more of these crosses who present with all whiteface characteristics.
S6. Rare/FL Heritage Wool Breeds– Florida Native, Florida Cracker, Gulf Coast Native, Jacob, Romanov, Baby Doll Southdown, Tunis, Texel, St. Augustine, or other small to medium framed breeds not classified with the S1, S2, S3, S4 or S5 Divisions.
*Rare Breeds and FL Heritage Breeds (FL Cracker & St. Augustine) will be in separate classes but still compete for champion & reserve S6 division.
*If there is less than 6 animals in a division then the division may be combined with another the following show year/season or removed. If there are 6 or more animals presented for a potential separate division it may be considered to create a separate division for the following season.
MARKET SHOW DIVISIONS:
S7. Wool Breed Commercial Meat Lambs – Market Wether or Ewe Lambs under the age of 18 months.*Ewe lambs shown in the market meat show(S7) will not accumulate points if shown in the breeding divisions S1 through S6. (MSA reserves the right to mouth lambs)
S8. Hair Breed Commercial Meat Lambs – Market Wether, or Ewe Lambs under the age of 18 months. *Ewe lambs shown in the market meat show(S8) will not accumulate points if shown in the breeding divisions S1 through S6. (MSA reserves the right to mouth lambs)
Classes are based on the animal DOB for each show and are subject to mouthing.
*All Wethers, along with Ewes & Rams born January 1, 2016 or after will be required to
weigh-in if a scale is available. This will determine a class break, if there is too large of a class.
C0. Ewe Lambs Born in 2017*
C1. Ewe Lambs Born May 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
C2. Ewe Lambs Born March 1, 2016 – April 30, 2016
C3. Ewe Lambs Born January 1, 2016 – February 29, 2016
C4. Yearling Ewes Born January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015
C5. 2 Year Old Ewes Born January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014
C6. Aged Ewes born On or Before December 31, 2013
C7. Ram Lambs Born in 2017*
C8. Ram Lambs Born May 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
C9. Ram Lambs Born March 1, 2016 – April 30, 2016
C10. Ram Lambs Born January 1, 2016 – February 29, 2016
C11. Yearling Rams Born January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015
C12. 2 Year Old Rams Born January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014
C13. Aged Rams born On or Before December 31, 2013
– Classed by weight if a scale is available :
C14. Market Prospect Wool Breed Commercial Meat Lamb Show (Under 18 months of age)
C15. Market Prospect Hair Breed Commercial Meat Lamb Show (Under 18 months of age)
*All animals will need to be viewed and verified that they are in the correct division. Verification will only need to be done once on the animal for the show-year, however if a new animal is added for a later show, it will need to be verified for the correct division. (Ex: A White Face Ewe Tag #12345 is verified at the first show, will not need to be viewed at the remaining MSA Shows during the show-year through April.)