2017 Contest Results

Breed Display

Waiting for results to be reported, contact Shelly Nussbaum

Fleece Show

2017 Fleece Show Results

Sheep Shows

Babydoll Classic  (No show in 2017) Commercial Grade
 Hampshire Jacob Meat (Open)
 Romney, White Romney, Natural Colored Shetland
 Wool-Fine & Medium Wool-Long

Shepherd’s Lead

Waiting for results to be reported, contact Shelly Nussbaum

Skein Contest

Contact North Country Spinners.

Updated: 15-Sep-2017

3 Scottish Blackface Sheep Looking for a Home

I am moving from Coopersburg PA to Oregon and cannot take my 3 Scottish Blackface Sheep. They will be 3 years old in the spring and are in excellent health. Can you you help me find a good home for them? They are siblings, very friendly and gentle for scotties.

Thank you – Laurie Walsh-Rumsey

Contact info: lauriewalsh53@gmail.com

Funding Opportunities for Farmers (River Talk at Musconetcong Watershed Association’s River Resource Center 10 Maple Ave., Asbury, NJ 08802)

The Musconetcong Watershed Association will be holding their third ‘River Talk’ of 2016: Funding Opportunities for Farmers-Financial and Technical Assistance for owners for Cropland, Livestock & Horses presented by Christian Bench from North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development. Mr. Bench will discuss unique funding opportunities that are available to farmers and landowners in the Musconetcong Watershed that promote the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs). We will take a look back at successful projects implemented by NJRC&D, NRCS and their partner agencies. We will conclude the evening with a discussion on area-wide success with the use of Cover Crops and cost share opportunities available.

This ‘River Talk’ will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Musconetcong Watershed Association’s River Resource Center (10 Maple Ave., Asbury, NJ 08802) This program is free. Seating is limited so please register by calling 908-537-7060 or email kyle@musconetcong.org. Light refreshments will be served.

Source: http://northjerseyrcd.org/announcements/march23rivertalk/

Working Dog Liability Insurance Available (ASI)

Working Dog Liability Insurance is for livestock producers who use guardian dogs to protect their  livestock from predators or other risks and herding dogs to assist in the management of their flock.

Frequently, producers have no liability protection from incidents related to guardian and herding dogs as most farm and ranch insurance policies exclude working dogs or dogs that “may show aggressive tendencies.” Livestock producers can be at risk for liability claims, such as dog bites, property loss or damage caused by working dogs. Even if your dog does what it is trained and supposed to do, if a third party is harmed, the livestock or dog owner could be liable.

WDLI was created by and for the livestock industry to assist with these claims. It provides $50,000 of liability per incident and $100,000 annual aggregate.

The coverage is only available to members of a state sheep association (GSSB is an ASI State Sheep Assoc.)  and is sold by the agency and insurance company owned by the sheep industry – Food and Fiber Risk Mangers and Bear Lake Insurance Company.

Additional information is available at www.workingdogliabilityinsurance.comor by emailing Burdell Johnson at bjohnson@fafrm.com.

About Us

The Garden State Sheep Breeders is a non-profit, educational organization promoting sheep and wool products in New Jersey. We regularly hold educational and business meetings, sponsor awards at events where sheep and wool products are featured, and host an annual sheep and fiber festival.


Most of our members have small flocks and are hobby farmers. Many sell breeding stock, wool products, and handmade craft items. Membership dues:

$5/year Assoc. Member (ages 10-18)
$15/year Single Member
$20/year Family Membership.
See the membership form for more information.


Our meetings feature speakers talking on a variety of sheep related subjects. Recent topics have been on lambing, pasture management, color sheep genetics and making cheese from sheep’s milk.

Meetings are open to the public. In 2016 they will be hosted by members. The dates and locations will be listed on our Yahoo and Facebook sites and on this site.

Board of Directors

President Eunice Bench (2015-2016)
Vice President Sue Posbergh (2015-2016)
Secretary Kevin Melvin (2015-2016)
Treasurer Reni Melvin (2015-2016)
Trustee Judi Lehrhaupt (2015-2017)
Trustee Andrea Holladay (2013-2015)
Trustee Shelley Nussbaum (2014-2015)
Trustee Jennifer Elgrim (2014-2016)
Trustee Royal Unziker (2014-2016)

Contact Information


Garden State Sheep Breeders
P.O. Box Flemington, NJ 08822-0914

Join our Yahoo group, OR catch up with us on Facebook to keep up to date on meetings, share and learn from others.