This is not a comprehensive post about fleece judging; I just want to share with you one of the things I've done in the last couple of weeks - observing fleece judging! Let's call it a photo essay. A friend invited me to join her at the National Western Stock Show, and I learned a lot. However, most of it would be more applicable to someone raising sheep, which I'm not, so it is hard to quantify what I learned - and repeat it accurately. It was very fun, though! One of the competition assistants surveys the entries One of the judges evaluates the micron count Pulling out pieces of fleece for a closer look A collegiate team getting a lesson on what to look for in a prize fleece Detail of crimp and dirt Judge explaining the difference between these two locks Have you tried something new or learned something new this year??