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September 6-8, 2019

Pen of Three Carcass Competition

Indoor Arena
Entry Deadline – August 15

Supported by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op

How It Works

  • Exhibitors enter pens of 3 lambs at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.
  • Lambs are judged in the pens - 9:00 am Sunday.
  • A single lamb is selected by the judges for the carcass part of the show.
  • The carcass lamb is harvested and purchased by the UW-Madison Meats Lab.
  • Remaining two lambs sell at auction at Equity Johnson Creek September 10. NOTE: If less than        four pens of lambs are entered, all lambs will be harvested.
  • Placings will be announced 1:00 p.m. Sunday in the Activity Center.
  • Carcass awards will be made at the annual Arlington Sheep Day -


  • Click on the RESERVE A PEN* button. (A new tab will open at Showorks. All registrations/payments are handled by ShoWorks. Membership in the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op required.)
  • Once at ShoWorks, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT (user name and password) – as an “exhibitor” – even if you have entered/registered in previous years.
  • . Find the type of entry/order you wish to place.
  • ORDER - Once you have an entry in your shopping cart, you can save your progress and return at a later time. Returning users can sign in with user name and password.
  • PAYMENT - No saved registrations can be guaranteed unless payment is made. Payment must be made by credit card at the end of the registration process through our secure online system.
  • When you are finished registering, you’ll receive an email confirmation.
  • PRINT YOUR ORDER in case your email confirmation does not go through.

* Current Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op membership is required. If you are not currently a member, you may join online using the WSBC Membership option in ShoWorks.

1. Reserve Pens Online - Pen reservations accepted until pen limit reached. Entry Fees: - $25 per pen of 3 animals for current Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op members, $50 per pen of 3 for non-members. If you do not have access to a computer, contact the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op Office at 608 868-2505 (evenings after 5:00). Entries accepted on a first-come basis until 10 pens are filled based on online entry. Limit – 1 pen of 3 per person making entry.
Only those sheep for which pen fees have been paid will be permitted to be penned. No in-transit sheep. Entry fees do not include admission to the Festival. Admission is charged at the gates Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check catalog schedule for gate hours. Daily admission is $8 per person, kids 8 and under FREE. Weekend passes at $15 per person may be purchased at the Gate. Sheep exhibitors receive gate passes at the discretion of the sheep show superintendent.
2. Eligibility: The WSBC Carcass Competition is open to wether or ewe lambs, commercial or purebred. The average weight of a pen of three lambs at entry must be between 115 and 175 pounds per lamb. Lambs must have between 3/8 inch and 1 inch of fleece by festival. No muzzles, drenching, cold water baths, ice wraps, blanketing, patch shearing, coloring, or fitting permitted. Lambs may not be tied in the pen.
3. Health Certificates:NOTE: Sheep originating from outside Wisconsin must be accompanied by a currently valid certificate of veterinary inspection for interstate movement, to be submitted at check-in. Sheep showing any symptoms of contagious or infectious disease will not be permitted to be unloaded, shown or exhibited. All sheep entries must comply with USDA scrapie regulations and programs and must be identified with official, individual scrapie identification.
4.         Disease symptoms: Any evidence of sore mouth, ringworm, foot rot, pink eye, wool fungus or any other contagious diseases will eliminate all entries transported by that exhibitor, which will then not be permitted to unload or show.
5.         Drug Withdrawal: Persons entering sheep in the Carcass Competition will be responsible for observing the required and/or recommended withdrawal times for any and all feed additives, antibiotics, dewormers, vaccines or any compounds fed to the lambs they have entered into this competition. Any evidence to the contrary uncovered at any stage of this competition may result in immediate or eventual disqualification of the lambs and/or carcasses and may cause an exhibitor to be banned from future competitions or the forfeiture of any and all premiums or payments. (See Statement of Liability)
6. Inspection: All sheep subject to inspection prior to unloading.
7. Identification: All lambs entered must have birth dates recorded upon arrival. All sheep entries must comply with USDA scrapie regulations and programs and must be identified with official, individual scrapie identification.
8. All Pens Assigned:  Pens will be assigned by show Superintendent.
Due to limited available penning, tack pens may not be allowed. Please plan accordingly.
Pen cards will be provided.
9. Feeding/care: Feeding and care of lambs until they leave the grounds for harvesting is solely the responsibility of the exhibitor. Shavings will be provided as bedding.
10.Judging: Lambs will judged in their respective pens on Sunday morning by a panel of judges.
11. Carcass Lamb: A single lamb from each pen of three will be selected by the panel of judges to be harvested, and the meat purchased, by the University of Wisconsin Meats Lab. Carcass data will be taken by University of Wisconsin-Madison Meats Lab staff and faculty and carcasses placed by standard and established indexing criteria. NOTE: If less than four pens of lambs are entered, all lambs will be harvested.
12. Market Lambs: The remaining two lambs in each pen of three will be transported to Equity Co-op at Johnson Creek.
13. Payment for Lambs: Payment for all lambs will be made by purchaser directly to the exhibitor and address on the entry.
14. Contest Results: Live placings will be announced at 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the Activity Center. Carcass contest results will be announced in the Fall Issue of the Wisconsin Shepherd and awards presented at the annual Arlington Sheep Day-Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op Annual Meeting in Arlington, Wisconsin.
15. Awards: Premium payout to 10th place. A traveling trophy and $200 will be presented to the top live placing pen at the annual Arlington Sheep Day. A $200 Award will be presented to the exhibitor of the top placing carcass lamb. A $100 bonus will be added if the top placing carcass lamb is part of the first place live placing pen.
16. Right to Use Data: The Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op reserves the right to record, photograph or otherwise utilize and/or share data and information from any and all Carcass Competition entries for programming, publications or presentations.
17. Transportation: Transportation of lambs to either Equity Co-op in Johnson Creek or to the UW-Madison Meats Lab will be provided by Carcass  Competition committee members unless any disqualification shall cause an exhibitor to be required to remove his/her entries from the festival grounds.
18. Liability: All Festival regulations shall apply.

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