Due to unanticipated problems with the online entry option for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, the deadline for mailing entries has been extended to April 10th. The sale catalog will be out soon, so watch for futurity entries!
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The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival (May 5th-7th) will once again be having an All-Breeds Show and Sale. Yearling ewes, fall ewe lambs and spring ewe lambs of any registered breed of sheep may be entered. Again this year, they are offering sellers the option of selling a ram lamb or yearling ram with every two ewes sold. Beginning this year, the festival is waiving the sponsor’s surcharge of 2% of the gross price that had previously been deducted from the seller’s check. For entry information, visit the Banner Sale Management website. The entry deadline is March 15.
Again this year, the pre-sale show will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and the sale will be at 6:00 p.m on Saturday. This is a great opportunity to expand your flock. A complete sale catalog will be available at www.bannersheepmagazine.com as well as in the April issue of The Banner Sheep Magazine.
Know of any youth who are interested in raising heritage sheep breeds? The Youth Conservationist Program (YCP) can help them get started! The YCP is a way to enable youth to experience the joys and responsibilities of conserving heritage wool breeds of sheep, and a chance to raise heritage breeds that may not be common in their area. Yearling ewes are donated from breeders who are willing to mentor the recipient and help them establish their own flock. Recipients are expected to fulfill the requirements of the YCP by promoting their particular breed of sheep and using the wool from their own animal. The donors and recipients meet at the festival for the presentation and exchange of ownership of the ewe. In 2016, 15 registered ewes were awarded to 15 aspiring young shepherds.
Youth interested in applying for the 2017 Youth Conservationist Program need to be between 9 and 18 years old. If selected, youth must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on the Sunday of the event. They must agree to exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2017 at:
1. a county fair or local sheep show; and
2. the State Fair in the state where the recipient lives.
They must also agree to breed the ewe to a registered ram in the fall of 2017, and must agree to either use the ewe’s fleece to personally make a woolen item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter, or weaver. Finally, they must submit a one-to-two page report, with pictures to the donor breeder by April 30, 2018.
Applications from interested youth must be postmarked by April 1, 2017. In the application/essay the youth should describe themselves, their experience with animals, explain their interest in sheep, and answer the question: “Why would I like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep?” The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length. The application must include address, phone and, if available, email address. The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a particular breed or any of the breeds available. Each applicant must also include a “letter of recommendation” from his or her 4-H Advisor, FFA Advisor, Veterinarian, Teacher, or Clergy.
Interested young people should contact Elaine Ashcraft for an updated list of breeds available, and then submit their letter of application/essay to: Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58, Coshocton, Ohio 43812 or by email: email@example.com.
The NAILE Open Lincoln show took place on Thursday, November 17th. Results for the Lincoln show have already been posted.
Congratulations to the following winners:
White Lincoln Show
Champion Ram- Beverly Boersma, IL
Reserve Champion Ram- Rader Lincolns, IL
Best Ram Fleece- Aluson Ungar, OH
Champion Ewe- Rader Lincolns, IL
Reserve Champion Ewe- Rader Lincolns, IL
Best Ewe Fleece- Diane Klingelhofer, MD
Premier Exhibitor- Rader Lincolns, IL
Natural Colored Lincoln Show
Champion Ram- Mindy Reid, MO
Reserve Champion Ram- Diane Klingelhofer, MD
Best Ram Fleece- Diane Klingelhofer, MD
Champion Ewe- Mindy Reid, MO
Reserve Champion Ewe- Deborah Vanderwende, DE
Best Ewe Fleece- Deborah Vanderwende, DE
Premier Exhibitor- Mindy Reid, MO
Thank you to our NAILE Junior Show Sponsors. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Ketcham’s Sheep Equipment: Sponsor for All Participants in the Junior Show with show buckets
Kristie Lincolns of Prineville, Oregon: Sponsor for all Participants with embroidered halters
Wyncrest Farms of Houstonia, Mo: Sponsor for all Participants with embroidered halters
Champion Black Ewe: Wyncrest Farms, Houstonia, Mo
Reserve Champion Black Ewe: Wind Valley Farm, Oakham, MA
Champion Black Ram: Kay Stadeli, Gardner, KS
Reserve Champion: Creek Rd Farm, Day Family : Greenfield, IN
Black Pair Ewe lambs : Kruse Farms, Effingham, IL
Black Young Flock: Sando Farms, Rob Sando, Arcanum, OH
White Champion Ewe: Beverly Boersma, Murphysburo, IL
Reserve Champion White Ewe: Kay Stadeli, Gardner, KS
Champion White Ram : Creek Rd Farms, Day Family, Greenfield, IN
Reserve Champion White Ram: Kruse Farms, Effingham, IL
White Pair Ewe Lambs: David Hammer Family, Cuba City, WI
White Young Flock : Sando Farms, Rob Sando, Arcanum, OH