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.
FFSSA is composed of serious breeders who are striving to preserve, protect, promote, and breed Shetland sheep that adhere to the 1927 Shetland sheep breed standard as clarified by Appendix A and in accordance with the below FFSSA Grading Chart.
Benefits of joining FFSSA for Senior members include promotion by advertising, breeder’s listings on the FFSSA website, inclusion of qualified sheep in the FFSSA registry, general advertising by FFSSA in various publications, and education about Fine Fleece Shetland sheep characteristics.
Benefits for Junior members are inclusion of qualified sheep in the FFSSA registry, education about Fine Fleece Shetland sheep characteristics, and mentoring.
Benefits for Associate members include education about Fine Fleece Shetland sheep characteristics and mentoring plus inclusion of qualified sheep in the FFSSA registry for “Associate with Registry Privileges” members.
Potential members will agree to and sign the membership application, submit any required information, and allow the inspection/s of their flocks by any appointed FFSSA representative, if appropriate.
To determine qualified FFSSA sheep, full mid-side micron data is submitted to FFSSA, unless the sheep have been visually inspected by FFSSA inspectors. Untested sheep, but passed by FFSSA inspection, will be graded no better than grade 2. Only sheep that are micron tested may be included in grade 1 category.
Definitive FFSSA Shetland Sheep Criteria:
Rams: Adult breeding rams must grade out in grades 1-2 to be qualified for FFSSA breeding. See the chart for further specifications. In addition, breeding rams may be required to have front, rear, and side photos plus fleece samples submitted to FFSSA. Breeding rams should have good conformation and either have good horns or be polled.
Ewes: Adult ewes must grade out in grades 1-3 to be an FFSSA qualified sheep. Check the chart for further specifications. Photo and fleece submissions may be required. Ewes should have good conformation
Artificial Insemination (AI) Rams: Any newly imported AI rams must be of a grade 1 or 2 category as deemed by FFSSA. See FFSSA AI Policies and Procedures for more information.
Non-FFSSA sheep: Any sheep with mid-side fleece above 32.01 microns or a CV over 30% is not an FFSSA qualified sheep.