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Exhibitors continue to support breeding sheep shows at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Over 20 different breeds and exhibitors from as far away as Virginia came to Jefferson to be a part of the 2010 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Open breeding sheep show, which saw Circle J Southdowns, Rio, WI take home Supreme Champion Ram in the meats breed division with Circle J 10-MA2, a spring ram lamb born 2/19/2010. Supreme Ewe honors in the meat breed division of the open show went to Gary Klug and his Highland Hampshires flock from Denmark, WI with a winter ewe lamb born 1/16/2010. In the wool breeds division, the James Lein Family from Arlington, IA took Supreme Champion Ram with the Champion Corriedale fall born ram Lein 287, born 10/03/2009. The Baumer Family from Mindoro, WI and their Hi-

“Mr. Mischief” took home the top money at the recent Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Photo Contest. Exhibited by Elizabeth Bower, Kenosha, WI, the entry earned a $50 gift certificate from Woodman’s Markets, Janesville. See page 4 for more details. Way C Columbia flock took home Supreme Ewe honors with HiWay C 93, a yearling ewe born 1/08/2009. The judges were impressed with the sheep, but even more impressed with the youth during the Junior breeding sheep show. In the meat breeds division, Supreme Champion Ram honors went to Lauren Ace with her yearling Suffolk ram entry and Jenna Langer nabbed the

Open Show Champion Targhee Ram and Reserve Supreme Champion Ram, Wool Breeds, shown by A&J Nevens Livestock, Lodi, WI.

Supreme Champion Ewe award with her Champion Southdown yearling ewe entry. Haley Yunker exhibited the Supreme champion Ram in the Wool breeds division with her yearling Lincoln Ram and Alec Baumer followed with his yearling Columbia ewe entry to take home Supreme Champion ewe honors.

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Make It With Wool Winners The Wisconsin Make It With Wool Contest was held during the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival at Jefferson Fair Park in Jefferson. Carol Battenberg of Johnson Creek, Wisconsin Director of Make It With Wool, coordinated the event. Contestants competed for top prizes in the four garment divisions – Preteen, Junior, Senior and Adult. Garments must have been constructed during the contest year and made of wool or wool blend fabrics, wool yarn or specialty fibers such as mohair and alpaca. Judging was done by three panels of judges who spoke with each contestant individually and then judged the construction of the garments. Judges were Sue Haviland, Lake Mills; Judith Detert-Moriarty, Janesville; Mary Jo Harris, Madison and Ruth Schriefer, Mineral Point. Quilts and Novelty items were judged by Francette Hamilton, Evansville, and Virginia Lienhard, Madison. Knitted and crocheted garments and novelty items were judged

by Judith Detert-Moriarty and Mary Jo Harris. A style show, coordinated by Becky Mehringer, Cambridge, was held during the afternoon. The Style Show featured all contestants modeling their unique and skillfully crafted garments before an appreciative audience. Winners in all categories were announced and prizes presented. All garment contestants received Pendleton wool and a variety of prizes, which included sewing notions, books, yarn, handdyed wool and gift certificates from businesses throughout Wisconsin. Junior and Senior winners Jessica Alf and Sara Sybesma will travel to the national competition in Reno, Nevada in January, 2011. Adult winner Cherie Norquay will prepare a video featuring her garment and submit it to a national panel of judges. This year’s adult contest will be held in Wisconsin in December and coordinated by Wisconsin MIWW Director Carol Battenberg. The top adult winner

will receive a trip to the national contest in Reno. The major sponsor of the Make It With Wool contest is the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative. Jefferson County Agri-Business and Watertown Agri-Business clubs also provide support to Make It With Wool along with numerous businesses and organizations throughout Wisconsin. Anyone interested in learning more about the Wisconsin Make It With Wool contest may contact MIWW State Director Carol Battenberg at batten2@ The 2011 Make It With Wool competition will be held September 10, 2011 during the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival at Jefferson Fair Park in Jefferson. For additional information, visit www. wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival. com and click on Competitions.

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Cherie Norquay, Monticello, 2010 winner in the Adult Division, received a $150 cash award from Make It With Wool.

Hannah DeBoer, Wauwatosa, was the first place winner in the MIWW Preteen Division, receiving a Babylock sewing machine donated by M&R Sewing of Madison.



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NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT’S PEN Where did the last year go? And even more amazing, where did the last nine years go? It is hard for me to believe that 2011 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. What an event it has turned out to be! It just continues to grow and transform in front of our eyes. With nearly 700 head of sheep exhibited, this year’s show proved to be nearly the largest in the state. And with just over 150 fleeces, the fleece show likely one of the largest shows of its kind anywhere in the United States. The Wonders of Wool Workshops consistently draws participation from coast to coast. And the producer education program continues to bring in quality speakers that convey multitudes of valuable information to Wisconsin’s sheep producers. And let’s not forget the entertainment and educational programs that continue to reach

out to the general public, a group of people from which I personally have noticed a considerable increase in attendance over the last few years. A group that as we move forward we all hope will continue to increase in numbers. But this event would not be possible if not for the help of a great group of talented volunteers that continually puts in many hours of time and effort into making things come together. I don’t have the space here to list every one, and frankly there are so many that I am afraid I would miss a lot of those that have worked so hard to make this what it is today. I do however want to especially thank Bob Black for all his time and efforts. I don’t think any of us can begin to imagine the hours and sleepless nights Bob puts into this event on a yearly basis. Thanks Bob, ever so much, for all you do and do so well! One event that I have had the

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opportunity to help with to a great extent is the Youth Sweepstakes. An event designed to educate and reward the many bright and talented young people within our industry. For the last two years this event has been supported with a financial contribution from the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency, a contribution for which we cannot begin to express enough gratitude. It is an event that combines exhibiting sheep with participation in educational activities. These activities for the last few years have included a Judging contest, Poster Contest, Lead Line and prior to this last year a Skillathon. It is an event that takes much planning and many people to put on each year. As we move into our 10th WSWF I hope we can continue to make it a quality educational event and one that will encourage even more participation. Over the next few months I would like to develop

a committee of individuals interested in improving old or designing new events and helping to implement next years program. If you would like to be a part of the future of the youth sweepstakes or have ideas for educational events that could be included, please feel free to contact me. As we move into the fall and past the festival, we look forward to other WSBC sponsored events. Breeders, consider entering a bred ewe or two into this falls Wisconsin Bred Ewe Sale. This is a great opportunity to support the youth of Wisconsin as traditionally the buyer base has been high in young people looking to add quality genetics to their flocks. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at our new website. We are confident that the changes we have made in this site will help the organization better communicate with our membership. Also, keep an eye out for information on our

next annual meeting and awards program, to be held March 5th, 2011 in conjunction with the 3rd annual UW Madison Arlington Sheep Day program. If you have a desire to serve a term on the Board of Directors don’t hesitate to let us know. Be thinking too, about deserving individuals you would like to nominate for any of the awards given out annually by the association and get those nominations into the office at any point this fall. Again thanks to all that have made this last year a good one and the 9th annual Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival another overwhelming success. Here’s looking forward to our 10th anniversary and hoping we can make it the best one yet!! Sincerely, Todd Taylor President, Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative

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In the Junior Division of the 2010 MIWW competition, Jessica Alf, Edgerton, took top honors, receiving airfare to the national MIWW competition in January of 2011, provided by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative. Hotel accommodations will be provided by the National Make It With Wool program.

Sara Sybesma, Delavan, took first place honors in the Senior Division and will receive airfare to the National MIWW competition in Reno in January, provided by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op. She will also receive hotel accommodations sponsored by the National MIWW program.

Wynn Wittkopf, Pewaukee, was the first place winner in the Knitted Garments & Accessories and received a $50 cash award from Hidden Valley Farm & Woolen Mill, Valders, Wi.

Preteen: 1st: Hannah DeBoer, Wauwatosa: Babylock sewing machine donated by M & R Sewing of Madison, WI 2nd: Casie Wiese, Pewaukee: T-Fal iron donated by Nasco of Ft. Atkinson 3rd: Mariah Richardson, Hartland: Shears donated by Kari’s Sew Unique of Whitewater.

Senior: 1st: Sara Sybesma, Delavan. Airfare to the National MIWW contest in Reno in January, 2011. Hotel accommodations paid by National MIWW. 2nd: Chelsea Norquay, Monticello. $50.00 cash award from Make It With Wool Adult: 1st: Cherie Norquay, Monticello $150 cash award from Make It With Wool.

Knitted Garments & Accessories: 1st Wynn Wittkopf, Pewaukee $50 cash award from Hidden Valley Farm & Woolen Mill Novelty Items: 1st Peg Mathews, place mat $25 cash award from MIWW Most Unique Novelty Item: Bethanae Kottwitz, Hartford $25 cash award from MIWW Best Afghan: Karen Kottwitz, Hartford $25 cash award from MIWW

Junior: 1st: Jessica Alf, Edgerton: Airfare to the National MIWW contest in Reno in January, 2011 provided by Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative; Hotel accommodations paid by National MIWW. 2nd: Robyn Wittkopf, Pewaukee. Gift package from Coats and Clark thread.

MIWW Best Knitted Garment: Sara Sybesma, Delavan $50 cash award from Make It With Wool 1st Place Challenge Quilt: Joan Campbell, Ft. Atkinson $50 cash award from Sewing With Nancy Best Quilt Overall: Joan Campbell, Ft. Atkinson $100 cash award from Sewing With Nancy

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Badger Production Sale Marks Its Third Year For the past three years the University of WisconsinMadison Department of Animal Sciences has offered students an opportunity to gain practical experience through organizing and conducting a public auction of purebred livestock. Under the forcredit program, excess purebred ewe lambs from the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, plus a number of purebred rams, were offered for sale at the 3rd Annual Badger Production Sale on September 18 at the ARS Public Events Building. Seventynine head of sheep were offered and the sale grossed $20,500. Animal Sciences undergraduate students receiving credit for this activity were Becky Keel, Bailey Quam, Liz Schultz, and Maura Wieners. The students were directed by Dave Thomas (Prof. of Animal Sciences), Bernie O’Rourke (Extension Livestock Youth Specialist), and Todd Taylor (Manager of the Arlington Sheep Unit). The number of animals sold and sale averages were: 20 Hampshire ewe lambs - $325.00; 2 Hampshire ram lambs - $387.50; 2 Rambouillet ewe lambs $357.50; 25 Polypay ewe lambs - $231.40; 3 Polypay ram lambs - $350.00; 27 Polypay ewe lambs sold in pens of 2 or 3 - $203.33/ ewe; 79 Head averaged $257.15 Volume buyers were Garret Monenk, Monticello, IA (17 head), Ron Cook and Family, Mechanicsville, IA (13 head), and Blaine Erdmann and Family, Scandinavia, WI (9 head). The high selling animal of the sale was a Hampshire ewe lamb purchased by Blaine Erdmann and Family for $500. Three Hampshire ewe lambs were purchased for $425 – two by Ron Cook and Family and one by Garret Monenk. The high selling Polypay ewe lamb brought $285 and went to Blaine Erdmann and Family. A pen of three Polypay ewe lambs was purchased by Don Hausser, Eagle, WI for $230 per head. The two Rambouillet ewe lambs in the sale sold to Marie

Student organizers for the 2010 Badger Production Sale include (l. to r.) Liz Schultz, Bailey Quam, Maura Wieners and Becky Keel. The University of WisconsinMadison Animal Science undergraduates receive credit for organizing and conducting the annual sale. Seated (l.) Bob Johnson, Badger Auction Service & Real estate, Milton and Dave Thomas, Prof. of Animal Sciences, UWMadison. Kjorlie, Kaukauna, WI for $360 and to Gene Butcher, Georgetown, KY for $350. The high selling ram lamb of the sale was a Hampshire that brought $425 from Blaine Erdmann and Family. The remaining four ram lambs sold for $350 each – a Hampshire and Polypay to Craig Danielson,

Edgerton, WI; a Polypay jointly to Ron Cook and Family and Garret Moenek; and a Polypay to Paul Esser, Glen Haven, WI. The 79 ewe and ram lambs in the sale were purchased by 17 buyers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Hampshire ewe lambs go under the gavel of Bob Johnson, Milton Auctioneer, as Todd Taylor, Manager, UW Arlington Sheep Unit, works the microphone. Seventy-nine head of purebred ewe and ram lambs sold for a gross of $20,500




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The of the Callicrate Bander

“Cat’s meow when it comes to fixing prolapses on sheep, I saved two lambs this year because of the bander. “ - JEFFREY GOLDWASSER “You told me it would work on yearling ram lambs and boy did it! Twenty-eight days and they fell off.� - PATRICK STROCK

Left: Amanda Veum, Evansville, is the recipient of a 2010 Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative scholarship. Amanda, a 2008 graduate of Albany High School, is the daughter of John and Teresa Veum and currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and majoring in Animal Science and life Science Communications.

Kristen Kohlman, a graduate of Sheboygan Lutheran High School and daughter of Blake and Traci Kohlman, Plymouth, WI, was awarded a 2010 Scholarship from the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op. Kristen is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and majoring in Animal Science.

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Donors Step Up For Festival Auctions While the proceeds from this year’s Silent and Shepherd’s Auctions at Jefferson didn’t quite match that of a year ago, Auction Coordinator Jordan Alf reported that contributions were still very generous and the bidding drew a bigger crowd than had been seen in recent years. Combined, the two auctions brought in a total of $4981.50, money that will be used to further youth education programs and activities, college scholarships, and support producer education throughout the state. Bob Johnson, Badger State Auction & Real Estate provided the auction services and the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op thanks him and all buyers and contributors for their generous and continuing support. The list of donors includes: (*indicates a vendor) Aarandale* Aceline Suffolks – Romaine Ace Family AFPK Hampshires Alf Hampshires – Jill Alf Almavi Skin Care* Alpaca Treasures* Alpacas of Prairie Station* American Lamb Board Anne’s Fiber Expressions* Annie’s Sweet Handspun*

Anonymous Apple Hollow Fiber Arts* Apple Orchard Alpacas* Argyle Fiber Mill* Auby Sisters’ Southdowns Baa Baa Acres – Terry Anderson Family* Babe’s Fiber Garden* Badger State Auction & Real Estate Bahr Creek Farms* Barb Lassa Photography* Basket Artistry* Bear Lake Enterprises Blackberry Ridge Fiber Mill* Bramble Wool Farm* Brian Seefeld Briar Rose Fibers* Carol Battenberg Carol Watkins* Cedarburg Woolen Mill Celestial Design* Circle Studio* Claws 2 Paws Animal Supply Cloudlover* Coed Mawr Woolen Mill* Colorfield Farm* Corner Post Farm* Creatively Dyed Yarn* D-S Livestock Equipment* David Hammer Edgewood Arts* EDJE Technologies* Enchanted Meadows* English Gardens Lamb & Fleece*

Ewesful Gifts – Bob & Carol Black* Ewetopia Fiber Shop* Fairy Yarn Mother* Frontier Fiber Mill* Firefly Fields Finnsheep Four Crows Farm* Frene Creek Farms* Gavinhale Acres* Goat Hill Farm* Gosh Yarn It, LLC* Graze Magazine Green Bay Packers Foundation Happy Hands Yarn* Heaven Sent Homespun* Hidden Valley Woolen Mill* Hillspring Eco Farm* Homestead Heirlooms* Homestead Sheep & Fiber* Hooked On Ewe* Horizon Rabbitry* IL Green Pastures Fiber Cooperative* In The Wool* Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative* Interlacements Yarns* Irish Acres – O’brion Family J&L Farm – Jerry & Lora Valenta* Jackl’s What A View Farm* JARKA* Jehoveh Jireh Woolmill* Jennie the Potter* Jensen Spinning Wheels* Jessica Alf Joan Arnold* Kessenich Looms* Kimmet Croft Fibers* Knitcircus Magazine

Knitters Journey* Lamb Lane* Leah Dickson Level Hills Farm – Dick & Barb Schultz Littledale Lone Tree Wools* Luxury Natural Fibers* Maggie Joyce Recycling* Maple Row Stock & Wool* Maple Wood North Mary Quaak Mid-States Livestock Supply* Mielke’s Fiber Arts* Milk Specialties Mohair in Motion* Morning Sun Fiber Barn* Mother of Pearl Nan Talley Fiber Arts* Nasco* Ogle Design* Profiles Livestock Supply & Embroidery* Psalm 23 Farm* Rach-Al-Paca Fiber Processing* Rayovac Rich-Nes Alpacas* River Winds Farm* Rivers Edge Fiber Arts* Roembke Hampshires Samantha In Stitches* Sandy Ace Sandy’s Palette* SAORI Free-Style Weaving Studio* Shady Haven’s Fiber Designs* sheep! Magazine

Sheeping Beauty Fibre Arts* Sheepish Creations* Shepherdswoods Farm Skaska Design* Sheepy Hollow* Smiley Bear Design* Sun Valley Fiber* SunnyMeade Woolies* Susan’s Fiber Shop* Sutter’s Gold ‘n Fleece* Sydell Equipment* The Basket Lady* The Shepherd’s Wife* The Village Weaver* The Wee Mad Road – Jack & Barb Maloney* The Woolgatherers, Ltd., LLC* Tipperary Fiber Studio* Todd Taylor Family Townsend’s Sales* The Trading Post For Fiber Arts* Two Black Sheep* Whirlwind Ranch* White Creek Wool* Wildwood Press – Fiber Art Publications Willow Bridge* Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative Wool Farm Crafts* Wool From Over the Hill* Wool, Warp & Wheel* Yarn Hollow* Yarn Play Café

Mr. Mischief Takes Top Honors at Jefferson With entries almost double those of a year ago, a closeup photo of a lamb’s face was voted the grand prize winner in the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative annual photo contest. The photo, called “Mr. Mischief,” received the most votes from people attending the recent Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival in Jefferson. Elizabeth Bower, of Kenosha, the winning photographer, won a $50 gift card for photo processing services at Woodman’s Markets, based in Janesville. Blake Johnson, 10, of Boyd, earned a $50 cash prize from The Country Today, based in Eau Claire, for garnering the most votes in the Photo Taken By A Youth category. Blake’s photo was entitled “What Are You Doing?” In the Scenic Photo category, “Afternoon Parade” and “Season’s First Snow” by LeeAnne Richert, Cable, earned first and second

place honors respectively, while DeLight Walker, of Waterloo, took third place in the voting with her photo titled “Heading Out.” Colleen Enneper of Chilton, earned fourth place with “Who’s Watching Who?” and “Line Up For Lunch” by Lynnette Taylor, Arlington, took fifth spot. In the Kids and Sheep category, Crystal Retzlaff of Lena earned a first place with a photo titled “A Sheep?!!” and Mary Kretzchmar of Caledonia, MN placed second with a photo called “Are You Thirsty Lambie?” In third spot was an entry from LeeAnne Richert called “New Friends,” followed in fourth by Michelle Knutson of Clinton, with a photo titled “Come’re Ewe!” Susan Judd of Ridgeway picked up a fifth placing with her entry “The Future Looks Bright.” In the Photo Taken By A Youth category, eight-year-old Rhett Zelinsky of Brookings, SD,

placed second with his entry called “Summer Solstice,” while 17year-old Mikayla Jaeckel of Fort Atkinson took third spot with “Irish Flock.” “I Can’t Possibly Crawl Over This One!” taken by 15year-old Jessica Taylor, Arlington, placed fourth, and “Hey, Where Is Everybody?” by 13-year-old Hannah Taylor, took fifth. Elizabeth Bower’s “Mr. Mischief’ (see page 1) topped the Any Other Sheep or Wool Photo category, while an entry from Geri Kucera, Elmhurst, Ill called “Who’s Coming?” took second place honors. Connie Fletcher of Menomonie, Mich., placed third with “Twins At The Barn Door,” amd Marguerite Wing of Waupun placed fourth with “I Love My Vegetables!” Taking fifth was LeeAnne Richert with “Pretty In Purple,” and Lisa Traughber of Mayville placed sixth with a photo called “The Grass Is Always Greener.”

“What Are You Doing?” a photo taken by ten-year-old Blake Johnson of Boyd took top honors in the “Photo Taken By A Youth” category in the recent Wisconsin Sheep Breeders photo contest held at Jefferson. Johnson received a $50 cash award from The Country Today.

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Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Market Lamb Show Sets Record The Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival open market lamb show set a record with over 90 lambs competing in its show held Sunday, September 12th at the Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. Judge Judy Moore, Eagle, MI commended exhibitors on bringing out a highly competitive set of lambs for her to evaluate. In the crossbred division, Calvin Reilly, Shullsburg exhibited the Champion Crossbred Market Lamb, followed by Tierney Reilly, Shullsburg who exhibited the Reserve Champion Crossbred Market Lamb. Tierney Reilly also exhibited the Champion Hampshire Market Lamb and was followed by Balfanz Farms, Waterford, who exhibited the Reserve Champion Hampshire Lamb. In the Any Other Breed division, Judy Komp, Holmen received Champion AOB Market Lamb honors with Connor Novak of Browntown taking home Reserve Champion AOB Market Lamb honors. Abriel Odling, Elkhorn, exhibited the Champion Natural Colored Market Lamb while Ryan Bingen, Allenton, exhibited the Reserve Champion Natural Colored Market Lamb. In the Southdown division, Dathan Smerchek, Rosholt took home Champion Southdown Market Lamb honors followed by Kalista McIntyre, Stillman Valley, IL who

selected by Judge Judy Moore as the exhibitor of the Grand Champion Overall Market Lamb with her 142# Champion Natural Colored lamb division winner. The Champion Hampshire Market Lamb weighing 144# and shown by Tierney Reilly was selected as the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb. Exhibitors interested in participating in next year’s Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Market Lamb Show, scheduled for September 10, 2011 should check the festival website at www.wisconsinsheepandwool after May 1, 2011 or can contact market show chairman John Alf at or 608/449-0707.

Wool Producer Directory Available Tierney Reilly’s 144# market lamb first took champion honors in the Hampshire division and was then named Reserve Grand Champion at this year’s Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Market Lamb Show. The Shullsburg exhibitor competed in the final drive of breed and division champions under judge Judy Moore. took home Reserve Champion Southdown Market Lamb honors. Closing out the individual breed divisions before the final drive was the Suffolk division competition,

The 142# champion Natural Colored lamb shown by Abriel Odling, Elkhorn, was named Grand Champion of the 2010 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Market Lamb Show. A record of over ninety head of lambs competed in a show judged by Judy Moore of Eagle, MI.

Tierney Reilly exhibited the Champion Suffolk Market Lamb honors and Lauren Ace, Stoughton exhibited the Reserve Champion Suffolk Market Lamb.

Champion and reserve champion lambs in each breed division were asked to compete in the final drive to select an overall champion. Abriel Odling was

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RESULTS continued from page 1 — OPEN SHOW

Open Show Champion Corriedale Ram and Supreme Champion Ram, Wool Breeds, shown by James Lein Family, Arlington, IA. Results from the 2010 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival OPEN Breeding Sheep Show: Wool Breeds Divison Judge: Randall VonKrosigk, Shoshoni, WY Border Leicester: Champion Ram: Deakin Family Farms Reserve Ram: Deakin Family Farms Champion Ewe: Deakin Family Farms Reserve Ewe: Deakin Family Farms Champion Fleece: Brian Seefeld Natural Colored Border Leicester: Champion Ram: Brian Seefeld Reserve Ram: Tiffany Deakin Champion Ewe: Deakin Family Farms Reserve Ewe: Deakin Family Farms Columbia: Champion Ram: Hi-Way C Columbias Reserve Ram: Hi-Way C Columbias Champion Ewe: Hi- Way C Columbias Reserve Ewe: Justin Taylor

Open Show Champion Lincoln Ewe and Reserve Supreme Champion Ewe, Wool Breeds, shown by Mohr Lincolns, Danvers, IL.

Corriedale: Champion Ram: James Lein Family Reserve Ram: Gene Stetzer Champion Ewe: James Lein Family Reserve Ewe: Jerry Millikan

Targhee: Champion Ram: Andy Nevens Reserve Ram: Andy Nevens Champion Ewe: Andy Nevens Reserve Ewe: Andy Nevens

Oxford: Champion Ram: Andy & Laura Meyer Reserve Ram: Ryan Bingen Champion Ewe: Jillian Bingen Reserve Ewe: Andy & Laura Meyer

Icelandic: Champion Ram: Queso Cabezza Farm Reserve Ram: Sundara Link Champion Ewe: Queso Cabezza Farm Reserve Ewe: Queso Cabezza Farm

Supreme Ram Wool Breeds: James Lein Family – Corriedale Reserve Supreme Ram Wool Breeds: Andy Nevens – Targhee Supreme Ewe Wool Breeds: Hi-Way C Columbias Reserve Supreme Ewe Wool Breeds: Mohr Lincolns

Royal White: Champion Ram: Steve and Judy Komp Champion Ewe: Steve and Judy Komp Reserve Ewe: Steve and Judy Komp

Lincoln: Champion Ram: James Lein Family Reserve Ram: Mohr Lincolns Champion Ewe: Mohr Lincolns Reserve Ewe: James Lein Family Natural Colored: Champion Ram: James Lein Family Reserve Ram: Webber Champion Ewe: Dana Weiners Reserve Ewe: Jerry Millikan Navajo-Churro Champion Ram: Acaya Link Champion Ewe: Acaya Link Reserve Ewe: Acaya Link

Open Show Champion Suffolk Ram and Reserve Supreme Champion Ram, Meat Breeds, shown by Cole Damman, Melbourne, IA.

Meat Breeds Division Judge: Judy Moore, Eagle, Mi

Shropshire: Champion Ram: Mari Beth Rajek Reserve Ram: Katie Sugden Champion Ewe: Mari Beth Rajek Reserve Ewe: Charlotte Stephenson

Dorset: Champion Ram: Gary Klug Reserve Ram: Mari Beth Rajek Champion Ewe: Gary Klug Reserve Ewe: Gary Klug

Southdown: Champion Ram: Circle J Southdowns Reserve Ram: Dawn Kundert Champion Ewe: MB Genetics Reserve Ewe: MB Genetics

Hampshire Champion Ram: Gary Klug Reserve Ram: Gary Klug Champion Ewe: Gary Klug Reserve Ewe: Baa Baa Acres

Suffolk: Champion Ram: Dammon Suffolks Reserve Ram: Aceline Suffolks Champion Ewe: Aceline Suffolks Reserve Ewe: Dammon Suffolks

Open Show Champion Southdown Ewe and Reserve Supreme Champion Ewe, Meat Breeds, shown by MB Genetics, Rio, WI.

John Jones FFA Finalist MADISON, WIS., August 1, 2010 – John Jones of the Poynette FFA Chapter has been selected as one of four national finalists in the FFA Sheep Production National Proficiency competition. Jones was named the Wisconsin State Sheep Production Proficiency winner in June. The award recognizes the student who best demonstrates an understanding of animal production systems, as well as marketing. Jones will compete at the National FFA

Open Show Champion Hampshire Ewe and Supreme Champion Ewe, Meat Breeds, shown by Highland Hampshires, Denmark, WI.

Convention in Indianapolis in October. The four national finalists each receive a plaque and scholarship thanks to a national sponsorship by Bimeda, Inc. and New Holland. His advisor is Steve Koss and parents are Amy and John Jones, Sr. of Rio, Wisconsin. John’s project has focused on the establishment of a flock of registered Southdown sheep, which led to the creation of a direct market lamb business as well as national sales of registered

breeding stock. John has built a network of industry relationships through his role as a National Ambassador for the National Junior Southdown Association and his work promoting American Lamb at cooking and tasting demonstrations in Wisconsin. Jones is currently a sophomore at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, majoring in Agronomy and is a member of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho.

Texel: Champion Ewe: Crystal Retzlaff Reserve Ewe: Crystal Retzlaff Tunis: Champion Ram: Novak Family Champion Ewe: Novak Family Reserve Ewe: Novak Family Wether-Type: Champion Ram: Novak Family Reserve Ram: Abel’s Club Lambs Champion Ewe: Aceline suffolks Reserve Ewe: Broehm Family Supreme Ram Meat Breeds: Circle J Southdowns Reserve Supreme Ram Meat Breeds: Cole Dammon- Suffolk Supreme Ewe Meat Breeds: Gary Klug - Hampshire Reserve Supreme Ewe Meat Breeds: MB Genetics - Southdown

Open Show Champion Southdown Ram and Supreme Champion Ram, Meat Breeds, shown by MB Genetics, Rio, WI.


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Junior Show Champion Columbia Ewe and Supreme Champion Ewe Junior & Open Wool Breeds, shown by Alec Baumer, Hi-Way C Columbias, Mindoro, WI. Results from the 2010 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival JUNIOR Breeding Sheep Show: Wool Breeds Divison Judge: Vince Pardus, Lena, IL Border Leicester: Champion Ram: Blake Johnson Champion Ewe: Blake Johnson Reserve Ewe: Tyler Johnson Blue-Faced Leicester: Champion Ram: Brian Seefeld Reserve Ram: Tiffany Deakin Champion Ewe: Deakin Family Farms Reserve Ewe: Deakin Family Farms Lincoln: Champion Ram: Hayley Yunker Champion Ewe: Hayley Yunker Columbia: Champion Ram: Alec Baumer Reserve Ram: Alyssa Baumer

Junior Show Champion Columbia Ram and Reserve Supreme Champion Ram, Wool Breeds, shown by Alec Baumer, Mindoro, WI.

Champion Ewe: Alec Baumer Reserve Ewe: Alec Baumer Icelandic: Champion Ram: Sundara Link Reserve Ram: Syon Link Champion Ewe: Sundara Link Reserve Ewe: Sundara Link Natural Colored: Champion Ewe: Dana Wieners Navajo-Churro Champion Ram: Acaya Link Champion Ewe: Acaya Link Reserve Ewe: Acaya Link Targhee: Champion Ram: Andy Nevens Reserve Ram: Andy Nevens Champion Ewe: Andy Nevens Reserve Ewe: Andy Nevens Supreme Ram Wool Breeds: Haley Yunker – Lincoln

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FALL 2010

Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders 16th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium to be Held Association Show Results in Eau Claire, Wisconsin The dairy sheep industry and sheep milk products continue to gain recognition in Wisconsin and across North America. Both pure sheep milk and mixed milk cheeses are winning national competitions, including many unique Wisconsin creations. The annual Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium (GLDSS) is an important venue for potential and current producers and processors to gain a better understanding of the industry and to improve their operations. The 16th GLDSS returns to Wisconsin and will be held November 11-13, 2010 at the Eau Claire Ramada Inn and Convention Center. This event will include practical information for producers and sheep milk processors and tours of an operating dairy sheep farm and farmstead cheesemaker. The featured international speaker is Ivan Larcher, a former instructor at the Centre Fromager in Carmejane, France, a program for artisan cheesemakers. Mr. Larcher has provided technical

advice to cheesemakers in North America, Israel, Slovenia, Croatia, Spain, Morocco, Algiers and the United Kingdom. Additional speakers include Dr. Robin Rastani of Milk Specialties Global Research, who will speak about selecting lamb milk replacer and lamb rearing. Dr. Pamela Ruegg of UW-Madison will address mastitis in dairy sheep. Dr. Bob Wendorff, professor emeritus of food science at UW-Madison and Bob Wills of Cedar Grove Cheese, will speak on the art and science of making sheep milk cheese. Dan Scruton from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture will address antibiotic testing in sheep milk. Mateo Kehler, an artisan cheesemaker and affineur from the Cellars at Jasper Hill (Vermont) will address cheese aging techniques. In addition, current dairy sheep producers will discuss beginning sheep dairying, lamb rearing techniques, and farm management decision-making. Additional topics will include milk recording, genetic improvement, and sire referencing programs.

Saturday farm tours will include a visit to the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, the only dairy sheep research facility in North America. In addition, the tour will visit Shepherd’s Ridge Farm, a farmstead sheep dairy operation in St. Croix Falls, managed by Jeff and Vicky Simpkins. The 16th GLDSS is sponsored by the Dairy Sheep Association of North America, with support from the University of WisconsinMadison, the University of Wisconsin-Spooner Agricultural Research Station, and the Dairy Business Innovation Center. Major financial support is provided by the Babcock Institute of International Dairy Research and Development of the University of WisconsinMadison and industry sponsors. A complete symposium brochure, sponsor information, and on-line registration can be found at, through the UW-CALS Conference Services, or by contacting Claire Mikolayunas at mikolayunas@ (phone: 608-890-3802).

Supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) for the second year, the Youth Sweepstakes program at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival again proved popular with junior exhibitors and festival participants. A combination of scores achieved through participation in four educational and three exhibition activities is used to determine competitive rankings among individuals. Any youth taking part in showmanship, junior breeding or market lamb shows, lead competition, poster or judging contests, and skillathon are automatically entered in the Youth Sweepstakes. Winners within four age categories are announced during the supreme champion drive in the junior sheep show. In the Beginner (8-10) division, Carson Lobdell took the top spot with a score of 25, followed by Justin Taylor with a score of 24.5 and in third, Cole Damman with a score of 24. In the Junior (11-13) division, Hannah Taylor topped

the rankings with a score of 28. Casey Lobdell took second spot with a score of 23 and tied for third with scores of 22.5 each were Elizabeth Auby and Katelyn Schmoll. In the Intermediate (1416) division, Emily Petzel took top honors, scoring a 29, followed by Clifton McClintock with a 28 and Katherine Newhouse scoring 26 for third position. In the Senior (1719) division, Ryan Bingen placed first with a score of 30, followed by Alyssa Baumer with a score of 23. The judging contest consisted of seven categories, including Targhee ewes, Hampshire ewes, Hampshire rams, Polypays, wool, question classes and meat identification. Heading up the Beginners division were Raeanna Johnston with a score of 329, Malorie Schmoll scoring 321 and Carson Lobdell with a 310. In the Junior division, Katelyn Schmoll topped the class with a score of 396, followed by Hannah Taylor scoring 366 and in third spot Deanna Zernicke with a score of 349. In the Intermediates, Mitchell

Johnston topped the division with a score of 387. Jessica Taylor took the second slot with a score of 367, followed by Haley Yunker, who scored 360. First place Senior Alyssa Baumer scored a 353, with Ryan Bingen in second spot with a score of 346. Wisconsin Sheep Breeder President Todd Taylor emphasized the value of the Youth Sweepstakes and praised the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency for their support. “We want to provide educational experiences that are practical, yet high quality, so that any youth participating in this activity can take home an experience that prepares them for future competition and expand their knowledge of this industry. But this program wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of FSA and we thank them for their continued confidence in both the festival and our youth activities.” The Youth Sweepstakes awards are also supported by Profiles Show Supplies & Embroidery.

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Judge: David Cook, Wakeman, OH Youth Showmanship Tori Gygi; Emma Hopkins; Anna Hopkins; Elexis Isenhower; Andrew Tobey; Krista Huckstep; Brianna Stadler Senior Ram Mike & Kendra Cline; Andrew Tobey; Andy & Denise Fulks; Maureen Koch; Maureen Koch Yearling Ram Bernie & MaryAnn Cripe; Emma Hopkins; Andy & Denise Fulks; Gygi; Mike & Kendra Cline Ram Lamb Anna Hopkins; Andy & Denise Fulks; Mike & Kendra Cline; Andy & Denise Fulks; Mike & Kendra Cline Pair of Ram Lambs Andy & Denise Fulks; Anna Hopkins; Mike & Kendra Cline; Jeff & Theresa Gygi, Vittoria Gygi; Elexis Isenhower Senior Ewe Mike & Kendra Cline; Elexis Isenhower; Lori Stephenson; Andy & Denise Fulks; Andrew Tobey

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Great Lakes Bluefaced Leicester Show Judge: Glenn Shapiro Hazelwood Farm, Lancashire, UK September 11, 2010 WHITE SHOW Yr. Ram—1st - Lelli; 2nd - Crider; 3rd - Lelli Sr. Ram Lamb—1st - Lelli Jr. Ram Lamb—1st - Schulze; 2nd Lelli; 3rd - B. Johnson; 4th - Lelli; 5th - Landin; 6th - Landin; 7th Ramsay; 8th - Ramsay CH Ram—Lelli - Beechtrees Kirkhope Res CH Ram—Crider - Beechtrees Glendale Aged Ewe—1st - Schulze; 2nd Ramsay; 3rd - Ramsay Yr. Ewe—1st - Lelli; 2nd - Lelli; 3rd - T. Johnson; 4th - B. Johnson; 5th - Crider; 6th - Crider; 7th - Ramsay; 8th - Ramsay; 9th Schulze; 10th - Schulze Sr. Ewe Lamb—1st - Lelli Jr. Ewe Lamb—1st - Landin; 2nd Lelli; 3rd - Lelli; 4th - Landin; 5th - Schulze; 6th - Schulze CH Ewe—Lelli - Beechtrees Paisley Res CH Ewe—Lelli - Beechtrees Rosewell Flock—1st- Beechtree; 2nd - Crider Farm; 3rd - Cedar Fen Farm; 4th White Pine Farm Progeny Group—1st - Lelli - Beechtree Young Handler—1st - Blake Johnson; 2nd -Tyler Johnson; 3rd - Anne Schulze; 4th - Nichole Schulze NATURAL COLORED SHOW Yr. Ram—1st - Lelli; 2nd - Lelli Sr. Ram Lamb—1st - Lelli Jr. Ram Lamb—1st - Lelli; 2nd - Lelli

CH Ram—Lelli-Beechtree BrucesStone Res CH Ram—Lelli -Beechtree Brigadier Aged Ewe—1st- Schulze; 2nd Shiff; 3rd - Ramsay; 4th - Ramsay Yr. Ewe—1st - Lelli; 2nd - Ramsay; 3rd - Lelli Jr. Ewe Lamb—1st - Lelli; 2nd Shiff; 3rd - Shiff; 4th - Lelli CH Ewe—Lelli - Beechtrees Coelbren Res CH Ewe—Lelli - Beechtree AgnesGrey Flock—1st - Beechtree

Progeny Group—1st - Lelli - Beechtree Entry Totals:—White Bluefaced Leicester Show: 34 head; Natural Colored Show: 16 head; Total Count: 50 Bluefaced Leicesters NAMSS MULE SHEEP & PROGENY SHOW September 12, 2010 Judge: Glenn Shapiro Hazelwood Farm, Lancashire, UK Mule Ewe Lamb (short-tailed type)—1st - Gygi; 2nd- Ramsay;

3rd - Gygi; 4th - Ramsay; 5th Landin; 6th - Landin Mule Ewe Lamb (hill or upland type)—1st - Stute; 2nd - M. Lelli; 3rd - Stute Mule Ewe (short-tailed type)—1st Gygi; 2nd - Ramsay Mule Ewe (hill or upland type)—1st - Phillipson; 2nd- M. Lelli; 3rd - Phillipson; 4th - M. Lelli; 5th Stute; 6th - Phillipson CH Mule— Phillipson - Littledale Res. CH Mule—M. Lelli - Muleflock

Mule w/ terminal lamb (s-t t)—1st Gygi; 2nd - Ramsay Mule w/ terminal lamb (h-u t)—1st - M. Lelli; 2nd - Phillipson; 3rd Stute; 4th - Phillipson CH Mule w/terminal lamb—M. Lelli - Muleflock Res. CH Mule w/terminal lamb— Gygi - Under the Son Mule Progeny w/Bluefaced Leicester Sire—1st - M. Lelli; 2nd - Landin CH Progeny Group—M. Lelli Muleflock

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CALS will honor six exemplary leaders at Oct. 21 banquet Five leaders in the agricultural and food industries and a prominent Wisconsin author and educator will be honored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences on Oct. 21. CALS will present its Honorary Recognition Award to: James D. Costello, Malone; Bob Oleson, Palmyra; Richard Roembke, Cedarburg; and William H. Sperber, Minnetonka, Minn. CALS will also present its Distinguished Service Award to Jerold Apps, Madison, and its Distinguished Alumni Award to Fritz Friday, Cable. The Honorary Recognition Award goes to individuals who have made significant contributions to their professions, their communities and the university. Over the past 100 years, nearly 500 men and women have received this honor. The college has been giving the Distinguished Service Award since 1994 to recognize meritorious service by faculty and staff members. Last year the college added the Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement and service. • James Costello founded Jimco Guernsey, developed one of the nation’s top Guernsey herds and turned his Fond du Lac County farm into a model of land conservation. Over the years, he has served in leadership capacities at East Central Select Sires Cooperative, Agri-

• Bob Oleson is a corn and soybean grower who has worked long and hard to strengthen markets for those commodities. As a member of the board of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, he worked to establish a check-off system to raise funds for corn research and promotion. He has served as director of the United Soybean Board, and president of the Corn Development Foundation and the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board. He currently serves as executive director for the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board and is active in efforts to develop large-scale biofuel production in Wisconsin.

Richard Roembke, long-time leader in Wisconsin’s sheep industry and Washington County’s agriculture community, will be honored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences on October 21 and presented its Honorary Recognition Award. Roembke, along with five other distinguished agricultural leaders will be recognized at a banquet in the Great Hall of the UW Memorial Union. Land Cooperative, Fond du Lac County’s executive committee for Wisconsin Farm Progress Days, Fond du Lac County’s board of supervisors and the Wisconsin Associated County Extension Committee. He currently serves as board

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• Richard Roembke is a long-time leader in Wisconsin’s sheep industry and in Washington County’s agriculture community. His purebred Hampshire breeding stock are known industry-wide for their excellent genetic traits and pedigree integrity. Roembke is also a leader in adopting new and more effective management tools, such as the National Sheep Improvement Program. As a leader in the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, he was instrumental in organizing that group’s Wisconsin Sheep Industry Conference, and later, its Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. Roembke has also been a leader in the Washington County Agricultural and Industrial Society and the Washington County Fair as well as many other activities in his community. • William Sperber is a food microbiologist who has made major contributions to the safety of the nation’s food supply. He began his career at Best Foods, moved to Pillsbury in 1972, and in 1995 moved to Cargill, where he served as senior corporate microbiologist. While at Pillsbury he played a key role in the first company-wide implementation of HACCP, a comprehensive food safety management protocol that encompasses the food system from farm to store. Sperber has served on a number of influential committees dedicated to food safety, including the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, and since 2007 he has been promoting the concept of an international Food Protection Organization, operated under the auspices of the United Nations. • Fritz Friday, emeritus chairman of the Friday Canning Corp.,



New Richmond, has been a leader in his industry and has provided outstanding support for the sciences that underlie it. After earning a B.S. degree in food science in 1955, he built his family’s business into one of the nation’s leading food processing firms. Throughout his career he has advised and advocated for CALS, serving on the college’s Board of Visitors and the advisory boards of the food science and plant pathology departments, and, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Food Processors Association, sponsoring many research projects in food processing and plant breeding. He was a leader in the effort to raise funds to expand and remodel Babock Hall and has provided substantial financial support on his own, including endowing named professorships in both the food science and horticulture departments. • Jerold Apps has been involved in adult education for more than 50 years, both as a professor in that field and as a well-known author of books about Midwest rural history and other topics. He began his university career in 1957 as a county extension agent and went on to serve as a state Extension 4-H specialist, professor and chair of the Department of Continuing and Vocational Education, educator in the UW-Extension Office of Professional Development, and Director of the National Extension Leadership Development Program. He retired from the university in 1994 but continues to write and speak about topics ranging from barns, breweries and cheese making to rural schools and circus history, and to teach creative writing to adults who want to tell their own stories. In recent years he has also become a novelist, crafting stories that meld contemporary issues and agricultural history in a Wisconsin setting. CALS will celebrate the contributions of these remarkable individuals at its annual Honorary Recognition Banquet and Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 21 in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union on the UW-Madison campus. Friends of the honorees and friends of the college are cordially invited to attend. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.cals.wisc. edu/honorary. The registration deadline is Oct. 11. Please contact Arla Dauscher, CALS External Relations (adauscher@cals.wisc. edu, 608-262-5784) for additional questions.

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Wisconsin Club Lamb Association Holds Meeting at Jefferson The Wisconsin Club Lamb Association held its annual meeting and awards program on September 12 in conjunction with the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI. Awards were distributed to the following:

Senior Division Aly Dallas Donnie Robinson Craig Green Kirsten Kohlman Crystal Novak

WCLA Showmanship Junior Division Malorie Johnson Sara Johnson Lauren May Blaine Springer Malorie Schmoll

WCLA Breed Champions Hampshires Junior Division Grand – Lauren May

Intermediate Division Reid Suddeth McKenna Kent Rachel McCoy Jed Dallas Samantha Bohm

Senior Division Grand – Aly Dallas Craig Green

Senior Division Aly Dallas Crystal Novak Donnie Robinson Kirsten Kohlman WCLA Sweepstakes Junior Division Sara Johnson Lauren May Connor Novak Malorie Schmoll Malorie Johnson Intermediate Division McKenna Kent Reid Suddeth Clint Dallas Jed Dallas Samantha Bohm

Intermediate Division Grand – Jed Dallas Reserve – Clint Dallas

Naturals Junior Division Grand – Nicole Johnson Reserve – Kaitlyn Dunphy Intermediate Division Grand - McKenna Kent Reserve - Reid Suddeth Senior Division Grand - Kirsten Kohlman Reserve - Crystal Novak Suffolks Junior Division Grand – Blaine Springer Reserve – Brandon Springer Intermediate Division Grand – McKenna Kent Reserve – Reid Suddeth Senior Divsion Grand – Donnie Robinson

AOB (Any Other Breed) Junior Division Grand – Connor Novak

Intermediate Division Grand – Rachel McCoy Reserve – Samantha Bohm

Senior Division Grand – Donnie Robinson

Senior Division Grand – Aly Dallas Reserve – Craig Green

Crossbreds Junior Division Grand – Sara Johnson Reserve – Malorie Johnson

WCLA Commercial Ewe Division Intermediate Grand – Austin Singer

WCLA Novice Division Showmanship Addyson Chambers Sweepstakes Reagan Suddeth For a complete breakdown of the point system, please go to www. wisconsinclublambassociation. com.

WCLA Annual Meeting The annual meeting of the Wisconsin Club Lamb Association was called to order by Vice President Sue Rupnow. The decision was made to hold the WCLA Sale in conjunction with the Wisconsin Pork Association on April 9 in Jefferson, Wisc. Breeder’s dues paid before February 1, 2011 will remain at $75. Dues paid after February 1 and by sale day are $100. Youth membership fees will not change in 2011. If paid prior to May 1, a single membership is $20 and a family is $50. After May 1 the price goes up to $25 for a single membership. All dues should be sent to Heidi Thorson, Treasurer. The decision was made to bring back the Futurity Show in 2011. At-large director Dan Robinson will be responsible for the Futurity Show. The group voted to discontinue the Commercial Ewe and the Novice division for 2011. The election of officers was

held. Officers and terms are as follows: President (Term expires 2012) Mark Novak, Browntown Vice President (Term expires 2011) Sue Rupnow, Wausau Secretary (Term expires 2012) Terri Dallas, Shawano WCLA Sale Chair (Term expires 2011) Becky Doman, Watertown WCLA Sale Co-Chair (Term expires 2012) Jason Johnson, Delavan Points Chair (Term expires 2012) Carl Kent, Bonduel At Large Director (Term expires 2011) Dan Robinson, Brownsville; Youth Rep (Term expires 2011) Jed Dallas, Shawano Youth Rep (Term expires 2011) Crystal Novak, Browntown.

Sue Rupnow, Wausau, received the Wisconsin Club Lamb Association “Friend of the WCLA” Award at the organization’s annual awards meeting at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. Rupnow, a found­ ing member of the WCLA and current vice-president, was recognized for her years of dedication to the group.



FALL 2010

Calendar of Events

October 23—FAMACHA Training for Sheep & Goat Producers, Dairy Learning Center, Mann Valley Farm, University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Pre-registration required. Contact Claire Mikolayunas, 608 890-3802 Email, Oct. 22-31—American Royal Livestock Show, Kansas City, MO October 26—WSBC State Fair Sheep Show Evaluation Meeting, 6:30 p.m. DATCP Offices, Madison. Email Steve Bingen (If unable to attend, comment on November 6—WSBC Bred Ewe Sale, Rock County Fairgrounds, Janesville. Show 9:00 a.m., Youth Judging Contest 11:00 a.m., Sale 1:00 p.m. Contact: Jill Alf, 608 868-2505 or November 11-13 – 16th Annual Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium, Ramada Convention Center, Eau Claire, WI. Program & registration info. available by end of July – For additional information: Claire Mikolayunas, mikolayunas@, 608-332-2889 November 6-19—North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville, KY December 4-5 – Beginning Sheep Shearing School, Sheep Unit, Arlington Agricultural Research Station. Registration information: Todd Taylor, 608 846-5858 or toddtaylor@ December 4-5—Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers Association Shepherd’s Holiday Jackpot Junction, Morton, MN

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