College students compete in Wool Judging Competition

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Black Hills Stock Show Wool Judging Contest took place Friday at the fine arts building of the Kjerstad.

Wool Judging 1College students from South Dakota and surrounding states assessed the wool fleeces for various qualities.

“There’s no such thing as good wool and bad wool necessarily,” explains Jaelyn Quintana, SDSU Sheep Field Specialist. “Every wool in the industry has its place. But really what we’re looking for is where that wool fits into the industry. And so part of what the students are scored on is that they can fit or match the wool with each of those criteria.”

Criteria included how fine the wool is, the amount of clean wool in the fleece, brightness, and strength. Not only is is helpful to sort the fleeces, the practice of wool judging can offer valuable experiences.

“Being able to evaluate wool is not something that’s super widespread across the industry so being able to use wool judging as an aspect to build some of the soft skills in college skills, like how to orally articulate yourself, quick decision making skills, and stuff like that is a great way to be able to do that,” adds Dylan Laverell, Assistant Coach of the U. Wyo. Wool Judging Team.

The Wool Judging Banquet kicks off the final day of the stock show and rodeo, beginning Saturday at 8 a.m., followed by the Simmental Show back at The Monument at 9 a.m.

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