FFSSA Mission: To produce, preserve, and promote fine fleece Shetland sheep that adhere
to the 1927 Shetland breed standard as clarified by the SSS Appendix A.
Please join us as a member of the Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association
Several membership tiers are available
Senior Member (voting) - member has proven to be pursuing the mission and purpose of the association as follows:
Have a majority of purebred registered Shetland sheep in their flock that meet the criteria in the FFSSA grading chart.
All breeding rams used by the breeder must micron according to grades 1 or 2 as described by the chart, as deemed by submission of micron data to FFSSA and/or one flock inspection by one or more of the FFSSA representatives, unless there is an exception allowed by FFSSA. Micron testing at this membership level is done on sheep through 3 years of age.
Be actively breeding pure Shetland sheep that meet the criteria of FFSSA grades 1-3.
Junior Member (non-voting) - for members who are less than 18 years of age that have Shetlands and are following the Senior member qualifications.
Associate Member (non-voting) with registry privileges - members who are interested in the goals of the organization but do not have enough sheep (a majority and all breeding rams) to qualify for senior or junior membership. May submit fees to have registry privileges with sheep being micron tested through 5 years old at this memberhip level. May be upgraded to Senior with additional dues and passing qualifications in any given year.
Associate Member (non-voting) - members who are interested in the goals of the organization but do not have sheep or do not have enough sheep (a majority and all breeding rams) to qualify for senior or junior membership. May be upgraded to Senior with additional dues and passing qualifications in any given year.
See Membership Application for additional details about each membership tier.
There are two ways that you can submit a new membership application:
Fill out the application, and if you have current mid-side micron data, submit both the application and the data via US mail or email to the FFSSA/GLM Registry.
If you don't have micron data and/or are not sure how to do the sampling and testing, contact the Membership Chairperson or your Regional Representative for assistance. He/she will answer your questions and help you with any sampling or testing problems you may have. When your membership status has been determined by FFSSA (ie: Junior, Senior or Associate), you will be notified by your Regional Representative and the appropriate fee can be paid via US mail or on the FFSSA website using PayPal.
All our Regional Representatives are here to help you with the application, sampling, and micron testing processes. We are here to answer questions, educate you about fine fleece Shetland sheep, promote your flock and products, and work with you to achieve your flock goals.
All applications are sent to the FFSSA/GLM Registry
19508 Tiller Trail Hwy
Days Creek, OR 97429
Testing Facilities to send fleece samples for micron data:
Texas A& M
Texas A & M AgriLife Research Center
7887 U.S. Highway 87N
San Angelo, TX 76901
Phone: 325-653-4576 ♦ Extension Fax: 325-655-7791 ♦ Research Fax: 325-658-4364
FFSSA Membership Chair
W 7505 Highway 11
Monroe, WI 53566