Emily Rogers is a 16-year-old junior at Neosho High School. She lives near Goodman and is a member of the Neosho High School Future Farmers of America. As a Future Farmer, she raises sheep and this year she is showing them at the Newton County Fair.

Emily Rogers is a 16-year-old junior at Neosho High School. She lives near Goodman and is a member of the Neosho High School Future Farmers of America. As a Future Farmer, she raises sheep and this year she is showing them at the Newton County Fair.
Although wool is not as important as it once was, it is still used in such things as airplane seats as wool is naturally fire retardant. Lamb continues to be a specialty meat, especially in the Eastern United States.    
Emily had a short answer on why she raises sheep, “They are a good hobby.”
This year she brought a ewe named Frog and two wethers named Smokey and Bandit to the fair.
Emily took time to explain what she does to prepare her sheep for showing in the ring. She first washes the sheep, then blow dries the wool, and finishes by shearing the animal so the wool is very short and manageable. She also leaves some long hair on the bottom portion of the legs for the showing.
Emily says that sheep are shown by placing them in the correct position. She uses her own hands to get the position right. Emily demonstrated how to show the sheep by stepping into the pen and posing with Frog, her favorite sheep. She demonstrated how the sheep is positioned and held as still as possible for the final judging.
Although Emily showed sheep at the Newton County Fair, she plans on being on the Neosho FFA poultry team this fall. She was a part of the team last year and noted they placed ninth in state competition. The top eight teams went to nationals. She has high hopes of making the national cut next year.
But for now, she is a sheep showman.