Wild and Woolly


Luke Parr, of Mason City, Ill., works on shearing one of his Hampshire ewes at the Midwest Stud Ram Show and Sale hosted at the Missouri State Fairgrounds June 22-27. The week-long event will see participants from across the United States. “This event is the largest Stud Ram show in the United States,” Mark Wolfe, executive director for the Missouri State Fair, said. “The sale typically is a million dollar plus event, ” Wolfe added. Parr and his wife Heidi have been coming to the event for the last 12 years. The couple has a flock of 40 old ewes and several lambs they raise on their farm. They brought 16 ewes to the show this year.

Zack Kendrick shears a three-and-a-half month-old Suffex and Hampshire cross early Monday morning in the bright sunshine outside the Sheep Pavilion at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Rex Cole and his son Kolby Cole, owners of the sheep, are seen in the background. The Coles, from Oklahoma, have been attending the event for 25 years. “Zack is one of the best groomers anywhere,” Rex Cole said. “He can show you how it’s done.” Kendrick is from Arkansas and was hired by the Coles to shear and groom their sheep for the event.

Brothers Jerrod and Dylan Noher work on carding a Dorset sheep they brought to the Midwest Stud and Ram Show and Sale hosted at the Missouri State Fairgrounds June 22-27. The trip from their home in Erwin South Dakota, took more than nine hours. They have been attending the event for 12 years. “We brought 32 sheep this year,” Dylan said. “It’s 31 too many,” his brother Jerod said with a laugh.

Zeke Jeffrey, from Cheyenne, Wyoming, bathes an eight-month-old black lamb early Monday morning before the heat of the day sets in. “I get to wash them,” Jeffrey said. “My dad does all the shearing.” “This is a great event for Pettis County and the State Fairgrounds,” Executive Director for the Missouri State Fair Mark Wolfe said. “It really is a unique and one of a kind event.”

Luke Parr, of Mason City, Ill., works on shearing one of his Hampshire ewes at the Midwest Stud Ram Show and Sale hosted at the Missouri State Fairgrounds June 22-27. The week-long event will see participants from across the United States. “This event is the largest Stud Ram show in the United States,” Mark Wolfe, executive director for the Missouri State Fair, said. “The sale typically is a million dollar plus event, ” Wolfe added. Parr and his wife Heidi have been coming to the event for the last 12 years. The couple has a flock of 40 old ewes and several lambs they raise on their farm. They brought 16 ewes to the show this year.

Zack Kendrick shears a three-and-a-half month-old Suffex and Hampshire cross early Monday morning in the bright sunshine outside the Sheep Pavilion at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Rex Cole and his son Kolby Cole, owners of the sheep, are seen in the background. The Coles, from Oklahoma, have been attending the event for 25 years. “Zack is one of the best groomers anywhere,” Rex Cole said. “He can show you how it’s done.” Kendrick is from Arkansas and was hired by the Coles to shear and groom their sheep for the event.

Brothers Jerrod and Dylan Noher work on carding a Dorset sheep they brought to the Midwest Stud and Ram Show and Sale hosted at the Missouri State Fairgrounds June 22-27. The trip from their home in Erwin South Dakota, took more than nine hours. They have been attending the event for 12 years. “We brought 32 sheep this year,” Dylan said. “It’s 31 too many,” his brother Jerod said with a laugh.

Zeke Jeffrey, from Cheyenne, Wyoming, bathes an eight-month-old black lamb early Monday morning before the heat of the day sets in. “I get to wash them,” Jeffrey said. “My dad does all the shearing.” “This is a great event for Pettis County and the State Fairgrounds,” Executive Director for the Missouri State Fair Mark Wolfe said. “It really is a unique and one of a kind event.”

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