Nicole Cooke | Democrat Jessica Miniter, left, helps her friend Rachael Gately, of Connecticut, present her Texel yearling ram during the Midwest Stud Ram Sale at the sheep pavilion on the Missouri State Fairgrounds on Monday. Gately went on to win national champion in the Texel category for both ewe and ram. The sale runs through Saturday.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Hunter Miller, 12, of Estelline, S.D., clips the legs of one of his family’s Southdown sheep at the sheep pavilion on Monday. Miller said he usually helps groom the animals before they are shown by his family’s farm, Valleyview Farms.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Sarah Para, of Massachusetts, grooms her Corriedale to prepare it for sale at the Midwest Stud Ram Sale on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. This is the 100th anniversary of the Corriedale being in the United States, and Para has five of them to sell this week. “Hopefully they all sell,” Para said.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Yearling ewes from Riverwood Farms in Powell, Ohio, are seen in the front pen at the Sheep Pavilion during the first day of the Midwest Stud Ram Sale. The pavilion pens were full of several different breeds from all over the country.