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A Publication of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative

Fall 2012 Volume 24, Number 4

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Exhibitors Enter over 700 Head in Open and Junior Sheep Shows! The Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, hosted by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, continues to be a destination for exhibitors from across the country and near perfect fall weather greeted them at Jefferson Fair Park as they took part in the Open and Junior sheep shows on September 8th and 9th. 213 head entered the Open Wool Breeds division which saw Supreme Ram honors presented to Hi-Way C Columbia's of Mindoro, WI, with their Yearling Columbia Ram. Supreme Ewe in the Wool Breeds division was exhibited by Ram-Lin Acres of Richland Center WI, with a yearling Rambouillet ewe. In the Meat Breeds Division, 199 entries competed for supreme honors, with supreme ram honors going to Houfe Dorsets of Milton,

WI with their fall ram lamb. Supreme ewe of the Meat Breeds Division was a Hampshire yearling ewe presented by Jessica Alf of Alf Hampshires, Edgerton, WI. Quality sheep, and even higher quality youth entered 247 head for the junior breeding sheep show, and included in this year was the ASBA Midwest Regional Junior Southdown Show. In the junior meat breeds division, Supreme Champion Ram went to Lauren Ace, Stoughton WI, with a Suffolk yearling ram and Jessica Alf, Edgerton, WI took the Supreme Champion Ewe award with her Champion Hampshire yearling ewe entry. Emily Anderson of Macon, MO exhibited the Supreme Champion See Open/Junior on Page 4

Connecting the sheep industry and the general public is one mission of the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. Many of the over 7200 people that came through the gates took time to visit the newborn lamb display, where Justin Taylor, Arlington, made sure everyone got a close look at the newest arrivals. The University of WisconsinMadison Arlington Sheep Unit supplied the the sheep for the display. Photo by Dave Diestler, Director, Jefferson Fair Park.

Marlene Bell of Big Sandy, Texas, was named the grand-prize winner of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative’s annual photo contest. Bell, whose photograph, “What Did You Say?,” captured two side-by-side, virtually identical Horned Dorset ewe lambs, also topped the contest’s Just Lambs category. As grand prize winner, Bell won a $50 gift card for photo services from Woodman's Markets, plus as a class winner, she received a $50 cash prize from WSBC. See Photo Contest article on page 2.

2012 Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Bred Ewe Sale

The 59th Annual WSBC Bred Ewe Sale is scheduled for October 27 at the Rock County Fair Grounds in Janesville, WI. This date is one week earlier than past sales at the request of several consignors who attend the North American Livestock Exposition in November. The Sheep Breeders Coop continues its goal of providing a venue for members to sell and for youth, as well as both starting and established breeders, to buy quality genetics. With the deadline for consignments still over a week away at the time this article is being written, specifics of this year’s offering have not yet been established, but show organizers anticipate a diverse selection of quality animals. Interested buyers can view the sale catalogue on line at the WSBC website at www.wisbc. com or can contact Jill Alf at 608868-2505 to receive a printed copy. Pictures of many entries will available on the website. Sheep will sell at 1:00. There will not be a show for sale order as in the past but all entries will be checked for soundness by a veterinarian and be available for viewing by 11:00. Sheep will sell in random order by breed. Anyone interested in buying , but

unable to attend, is encouraged to place a mail/phone bid with Jill Alf at wisbc@centurytel.net or sale chairman, Steve Bingen at sbingen@charter.net or 262-3883324.

Youth are also encouraged to arrive before 11:00 to participate in the youth Judging contest with awards.

The Make It With Wool State Competition took place during the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival September 8. Front Row: Tara Schultz, Columbus, 1st Preteen; Abbie Wiese, Pewaukee; 2nd Preteen; Kathleen Fitzgerald, Burlington, 3rd Preteen; Mary McDonald, Stevens Point, 1st Junior; Auretta Wittkopf, Pewaukee, 2nd Junior Second Row: Jessica Alf, Edgerton, 1st Senior; Sara Sybesma, Delavan, 2nd Senior; Anna Schultz, Columbus, 1st Adult, Kimberly Fitzgerald, Burlington, 2nd Adult & 1st Made for Others, KellyAnne Fitzgerald, Burlington, model for Made for Others. See 2012 MIWW Contest article on page 3.


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Notes from the President’s Pen As Sue Sees It: Such a beautiful weekend! It could not have been more perfect for a festival. While the final numbers are not yet tallied, the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival was again a magnificent success. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for all the volunteers who put in endless hours to make it look like it just happens. A list would go on for pages and I know I would inadvertently forget someone, so I will refrain from even trying to thank each one by name. You all know who you are and how hard you worked, so I’ll just say “Thank You”. The other beautiful part of fall is looking out across a pasture filled with sheep and seeing the colorful marks that let us know that when the cold Wisconsin winter is upon us, we can look forward to the birth of new lambs. They always make winter seem less harsh, and bring a hope of spring. Don’t forget about the WI Bred Ewe Sale on October 27th. All pertinent information can be

found on the WI Sheep Breeders website. Steve Bingen has worked hard to breath new life into this sale, and the board feels that it is a worthwhile endeavor, so if you are even remotely thinking about a purchase, please come and support the breeders of Wisconsin. Best of luck to all who exhibit at NAILE and other fall and winter shows. If you haven’t noticed, Wisconsin exhibitors are usually among the elite at national shows. There will undoubtedly be challenges in 2013 for all of us due to the drought this summer. We will all pay higher feed prices and worry more about the bottom line, but who ever said that being a sheep producer was easy? We’ll come through this just as we have all challenges. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Sincerely, Sue Rupnow President, Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative

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Texas Entry Tops WSBC Photo Contest By a vote by those attending the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Marlene Bell of Big Sandy, Texas, was named the grand-prize winner of the Wis­ consin Sheep Breeders Coop­ erative’s annual photo contest. Bell, whose photograph, “What Did You Say?”, captured two side-by-side, virtually identical Horned Dorsets, also topped the contest’s Just Lambs category. As grand prize winner, Bell won a $50 gift card for photo services from Woodman’s Markets, plus as a class winner, she received a $50 cash prize from WSBC. “Baah, Summer’s Almost Over!”, a photo by l8-year-old Emily Petzel of Centuria, received the most votes in the Photo Taken by Youth category. Petzel received an Andis Model 68000 Heavy Duty Sheep Shears, with a retail value of $380, donated by Blain’s Farm & Fleet. The Country Today presented a $50 cash prize to the winner of the Scenic Photo category, Chellney Newhouse of State Center, Iowa. Newhouse’s photo was entitled “Sunrise.” Wisconsin State Farmer presented a $50 cash prize to Gale Yaeger of Cambridge, the winner of the Any Other Sheep or Wool Photo category. Yaeger’s photograph was entitled “Border Collie in Training: Is It My Turn Yet?”. Pat Wiford of Wapakoneta, Ohio, won the Kids and Sheep category with a photo called “Let Me Give Ewe A Kiss.” Wiford received a $50 cash prize from WSBC for being a class winner. This year marks the first time Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Wisconsin State Farmer have served as contest sponsors. In addition to prizes to the grandprize winner and class winners, each of the finalist photos were awarded premiums based on the number of contest entries. “Overall participation in this year’s contest more than doubled over the two previous years, plus we saw a significant increase in entries in the Youth class,” said Jane Metcalf, photo contest chairman. “The quality of the photos entered seems to improve every year, and the judges had a challenging job to select the finalist photos this year.” A panel of judges narrowed the contest entries to the top six in each category, and visitors to the

Festivl were asked to cast their votes for their favorite photo in each of the five categories. Complete contest results are as follows: PHOTO TAKEN BY YOUTH 18 AND UNDER 1st Baah, Summer’s Almost Over! Emily Petzel, Centuria, Wis. Age 18 2nd Ida & Joe—Cosette VeederShave, Hyde Park, New York - Age 11 3rd Brown-Eared Lamb—Blake Johnson, Boyd, Wis. - Age 12 4th Close Encounter—Rachel Gierach, Mequon, Wis. - Age 15 5th Family Portrait—Hannah Taylor, Arlington, Wis. - Age 15 6th Snuggly Friends—Brianna Jones, Big Bend, Wis. - Age 12 JUST LAMBS 1st What Did You Say?—Marlene, Bell, Big Sandy, Texas 2nd Bet You Can’t See Me—Linda Peeters, Hortonville, Wis. Say Cheese!—Diane 3rd  Christenson, Chippewa Falls, Wis. 4th Bashful—Hannah Taylor, Arlington, Wis. 5th Lunch Time Yet?—LeeAnne Richert, Cable, Wis. 6th Lambs Of Our Fathers—Jessica Taylor, Arlington, Wis. KIDS AND SHEEP 1st Let Me Give Ewe A Kiss—Pat Wiford, Wapakoneta, Ohio

2nd Hide Lambie, They’re Coming!—Bonnie Juarez, Clinton, Wis. 3rd Baaaaa-Bye!—Debbie Petzel, Centuria, Wis. 4th Cheeeese—Chellney Newhouse, State Center, Iowa 5th Targhee Kisses—Cindy Rodeback, Iola, Wis. 6th All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Show—Hannah Taylor, Arlington, Wis. SCENIC PHOTO 1st Sunrise—Chellney Newhouse, State Center, Iowa 2nd Good Morning—Diane Christenson, Chippewa Falls, Wis. 3rd Textures—Michelle Mohr McMillen, Amity, Oregon 4th  A Beautiful Day—Diane Christenson, Chippewa Falls, Wis. 5th  Grazing Under A Japanese Mountain—Jessica Bennett, Clinton, Wis. 6th  Babysitting—Diane Christenson, Chippewa Falls, Wis. ANY OTHER SHEEP OR WOOL PHOTO 1st Border Collie In Training: Is It My Turn Yet? Gale Yaeger, Cambridge, Wis. 2nd Hi Mom!—LeeAnn Richert, Cable, Wis. 3rd Are Ewe Ready For Some Football?—Pam Sheaham, Delavan, Wis. 4th Peaceful Pose - Chewing Cud— Gale Yaeger, Cambridge, Wis. 5th 2011 Champion Fleece— LeeAnne Richert, Cable, Wis. 6th  Can We Get Out Now?—Diane Christenseon, Chippewa Falls, Wis.

The Wisconsin Shepherd is a quarterly publication of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, a non-profit organization dedicated to the diverse interests of the Wisconsin sheep industry. Inquiries about WSBC and address changes for WSBC and The Wisconsin Shepherd should be directed to Jill Alf, Executive SecretaryTreasurer, WSBC, 7811 Consolidated School Road, Edgerton, WI 53534; 608-868-2505 or wisbc@centurytel.net. EDITOR Bob Black, 920-623-3536 Advertising Manager Kelli Gunderson, 9726 N. Fork Creek Rd., Shannon, IL 61078; 815-821-5905 or robkelgundy@yahoo.com WSBC officers and directors are: President Sue Rupnow: Wausau, 715-675-6894 Vice President Keith Schultz: Ft. Atkinson, 920-568-0895 Steve Bingen: West Bend, 262-629-4221 Elmer Held: Oakfield, 920-583-3084 Bill Keough: Manawa, 920-596-1931 Gary Klug: Platteville, 920-309-2181 Laura Meyer: Watertown, 920-206-8445 Jeff Nevens: Lodi, 608-592-7842 Alan Thorson: Columbus, 920-344-1235 © 2012 Badgerland Financial, ACA

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2012 Make It With Wool Contest The Wisconsin Make It With Wool Contest was held during the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival at Jefferson County Fair Park in Jefferson on September 8. There were twenty-eight garment and novelty entries. Contestants in the Make It With Wool contest competed for top prizes in the five garment divisions – Preteen, Junior, Senior, Adult, and Made for Others. 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 6 judges who spoke with each contestant individually and then judged the construction of the garments. A style show, coordinated by Lisa Graves, Sussex, WI, 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. Preteen: 1st Tara Schultz, Columbus: Babylock sewing machine donated by M & R Sewing of Madison, WI 2nd Abbie Wiese, Pewaukee: Sun Beam iron donated by Nasco of Ft. Atkinson 3rd Kathleen Fitzgerald, Burlington: Shears donated by Kari’s Sew Unique of Whitewater. Junior: 1st Mary McDonald, Stevens Point: Airfare to the National MIWW contest in San Antonio, TX in January 2013 provided by Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative; Hotel accommodations paid by National MIWW. 2nd Auretta Wittkopf, Pewaukee. Serger donated by Wisconsin MIWW Senior: 1st Jessica Alf, Edgerton: Airfare to the National MIWW contest in San Antonio, TX in January 2013 provided by Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative; Hotel accommodations paid by National MIWW 2nd Sara Sybesma, Delavan. $50 cash award from Wisconsin Make It With Wool Adult: 1st Anna Schultz, Columbus: $150 cash award from Wisconsin Make It With Wool 2nd Kimberly Fitzgerald, Burlington Made for Others: Kimberly Fitzgerald, Burlington: $50 cash award from Wisconsin Make It With Wool. Best Knitted Entry: Tara Schultz, Columbus: $50 cash award from Hidden Valley Farm & Woolen Mill, Valders, WI Two Best Constructed Items: Sara Sybesma, Delafield: $100 cash award from Sewing with Nancy, Beaver Dam, WI

Kimberly Fitzgerald, Burlington: $100 cash award from Sewing with Nancy, Beaver Dam, WI Novelty Youth: 1st Blake Sullivan, Macomb, IL: $25 cash award from WI MIWW 2nd  Mariah Richardson, Dousman: $15 cash award from WI MIWW Novelty Adult: 1st Sara von Tresckow, Fond du Lac: $50 cash award from WI MIWW 2nd Nancy Lindquist, Slinger: $25 cash award from WI MIWW 3rd Lois Drescher, Appleton: $15 cash award from WI MIWW All garment contestants re­ ceived Pendleton wool and a var­ iety of prizes which included sewing notions, yarn, hand-dyed wool and gift certificates from bus­inesses throughout Wisconsin. Junior and Senior winners Mary McDonald and Jessica Alf will travel to the National MIWW competition in San Antonio, TX, in January. Adult winner Anna Schultz will prepare a video featuring her garment and submit it to a national panel of judges. The National Adult Winner will then be notified and will receive a trip to the national competition in San Antonio. The major sponsor of the Make It With Wool contest is the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative. Jefferson County Agri-Business and Watertown Agri Business provide support to Make It With Wool along with numerous businesses and organ­ izations throughout Wisconsin. The 2013 Make It With Wool competition will be held September 7, 2013 during the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival at Jefferson County Fair Park in Jefferson. For additional infor­ mation, visit www.wisconsinsheep andwoolfestival.com and click on Make It With Wool or contact Wisconsin’s State Director, Wynn Wittkopf at jwwittkopf@core.com.

Thanks to our 2012 Show Sponsors!

The Champion Open Class Natural Colored Ewe shown by Amber Millikan, Noblesville, IN.

Nasco Big Gain Feeds American Wood Fibers A&J Nevens Livestock Profiles Show Supplies & Embroidery WI Hampshire Sheep Association Wisconsin Southdown Association EDJE Technologies Kent Nutrition Group

Fleece Shows Set Record It was a record-setting year for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Fleece Shows, with 161 entries, including over forty Shetland fleeces. Neil Kentner, Mason, MI, judged the Open and Junior show entries, while Letty Klein, Kalamazoo, MI judged the MSSBA Shetland show fleeces. Sales were at a record high as well, with most fleeces finding a new home by the close of bidding on Sunday afternoon.

Champion Open Class Natural Colored Ewe exhibited by James Lein Family, Arlington, IA.

The Champion Open Class Shropshire Ewe exhibited by Charlotte Stephenson, Viroqua, WI.

JUNIOR FLEECE SHOW RESULTS Division 1 – Commercial White Champion – Joelle Nevens R. Champion – Hayden Taylor Division 2 – White Handspinning Covered Champion – Blake Sullivan R. Champion – Hailey Hendrickson Division 3 – Natural Colored Champion - Blake Johnson R. Champion - Tyler Johnson MSSBA SHETLAND FLEECE SHOW RESULTS (Please see separate story) OPEN FLEECE SHOW Division 1 – White Commercial Fleece Champion – Wendy Tobiasz R. Champion – A & J Nevens Livestock Division 2 – White Handspinning or Covered Champion – Jill Johnson R. Champion – Diana Jarnutowski Division 3 – Natural Colored Champion – Lee Anne Richert R. Champion – Diana Jarnutowski Supreme Champion Fleece – Jill Johnson Reserve Supreme Champion Fleece – Blake Johnson

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The 2012 Supreme Champion Open Show Wool Breed Ram at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival was a yearling Columbia shown by Hi-Way C Columbias, Mindoro, WI.

Supreme Meat Breed Ram honors in the Open Show at Jefferson went to Houfe Dorsets, Milton, WI with their fall Dorset ram lamb.

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In the Wool Breeds Division of the Open Show at Jefferson, RamLin Acres of Richland Center, WI exhibited a yearling Rambouillet ewe that captured the 2012 Supreme Champion Ewe ribbon.

Alf Hampshires of Edgerton, WI received Supreme Meat Breed Ewe honors in both the Open and Junior shows at Jefferson.

Supreme Ram Meat Breeds: Houfe Dorsets (Dorset)

Hampshire: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Dylan Klug Jessica Bennett Jessica Alf Jessica Alf

Oxford: Champion Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Jillian Bingen Ryan Bingen Jillian Bingen

Shropshire: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Emily Anderson Emily Anderson Emily Petzel Emily Petzel

Open/Junior continued from page 1 Ram in the wool breeds division with her Natural Colored spring ram lamb entry and Auretta Wittkopf, Pewaukee, WI followed with her Champion Border Leicester yearling ewe entry to take home Supreme Champion Ewe honors. The Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Jackpot Market Lamb Show had 72 head shown, with Grand Champion honors going to Calvin Reilly of Shullsburg, WI with his crossbred entry, and Reserve Champion exhibited by Brady Meudt of Whitewater, WI. Below are breed champion results from the 2012 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Open Breeding Sheep Show:

Shetland: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Open Wool Breeds Division Judge: George Mann, Fairchild, WI

Supreme Ewe Wool Breeds Ram-Lin Acres (Rambouillet)

Border Leicester: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe: Champion Fleece:

Reserve Supreme Ewe Wool Breeds: Greg Deakin (Border Leicester)

Deakin Family Farms J & L Farms Deakin Family Farms Deakin Family Farms Jolene Staskal

Natural Colored Border Leicester: Champion Ram: Tiffany Deakin Reserve Ram: Brian Seefeld Champion Ewe: Tiffany Deakin Reserve Ewe: Jolene Staskal Columbia: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Hi-Way C Columbias Hi-Way C Columbias Hi- Way C Columbias Hi-Way C Columbias

Corriedale: Champion Ram: Champion Ewe:

Ralph Giorno Family Jerry Millikan

Icelandic: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Laura Volkman Joy Volkman Randy Carlson Terri Carlson

Natural Colored Lincoln: Champion Ram: Ram-Lin Acres Reserve Ram: James Lein Family Champion Ewe: James Lein Family Reserve Ewe: Ram-Lin Acres Lincoln: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

James Lein Family James Lein Family Ram-Lin Acres Ram-Lin Acres

Natural Colored: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Emily Anderson Amber Millikan Amber Millikan Alysa Millikan

Old English Baby Doll: Champion Ram: Alex Tolentino Reserve Ram: Nikolas Tolentino Champion Ewe: Alex Tolentino Reserve Ewe: Nikolas Tolentino Rambouillet: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe: Targhee: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Ram-Lin Acres Ram-Lin Acres Ram-Lin Acres Ram-Lin Acres UW-Madison UW-Madison UW-Madison Andy Nevens

Emma Hopkins Alissa Stai Anna Hopkins Emma Hopkins

Blue-Faced Leicester: Champion Ram: Blake Johnson Champion Ewe: Blake Johnson Reserve Ewe: Kathy KoningMcClure Wensleydale: Champion Ewe: McClure

Kathy Koning-

Supreme Ram Wool Breeds: Hi-Way C Columbias (Columbia) Reserve Supreme Ram Wool Breeds: Ram-Lin Acres (Natural Colored Lincoln)

Open Meat Breeds Division Judge: Mark Goehring, Fairfield, Iowa

Reserve Supreme Ram Meat Breeds: Aceline Suffolks (Suffolk) Supreme Ewe Meat Breeds: Alf Hampshires (Hampshire) Reserve Supreme Ewe Meat Breeds: Circle J Southdowns (Southdowns) Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Junior Breeding Sheep Show: Wool Breeds Divisions Judge: Neil Kentner Mason, MI Border Leicester: Champion Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Auretta Wittkopf Auretta Wittkopf Kevin Kitchen

Blue-Faced Leicester: Champion Ram: Blake Johnson Champion Ewe: Blake Johnson Lincoln: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Hayley Yunker Hayley Yunker

Columbia: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Alec Baumer Justin Taylor Alec Baumer Alec Baumer

Icelandic: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe:

Joy Volkman Joy Volkman Joy Volkman

Cheviot: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Greg Farris Greg Farris

Dorper: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Jessica Bennett Carson Lobdell Stephanie Larson Carson Lobdell

Dorset: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Houfe Dorsets Colin Novak Mari Beth Rajek Ashley Rajek

Hampshire: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Festival Kaffee Hamps Metro Hamps Alf Hampshires Alf Hampshires

Katahdin: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Cari Slater Cari Slater Cari Slater Cari Slater

Oxford: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Andy & Laura Meyer Andy & Laura Meyer Jillian Bingen Andy & Laura Meyer

Shropshire: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Emily Anderson Emily Anderson Sugar Ridge Ranch Emily Petzel

Southdown: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

John Jones MB Genetics John Jones Garrett Schriener

Supreme Ewe Wool Breeds: Auretta Wittkopf (Border Leicester)

Suffolk: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Aceline Suffolks Aceline Suffolks Aceline Suffolks Aceline Suffolks

Meat Breeds Division Judge: Farabee McCarthy, Sycamore, OH

Texel: Champion Ram: Champion Ewe: Wether-Type: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Shetland: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Emma Hopkins Emma Hopkins Emma Hopkins Emma Hopkins

Targhee: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Andy Nevens Joelle Nevens Joelle Nevens Joelle Nevens

Natural Colored: Champion Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Emily Anderson Emily Anderson Emily Anderson

Rambouillet: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Nathan Hanson Nathan Hanson Nathan Hanson Nathan Hanson

Supreme Ram Wool Breeds: Emily Anderson (Natural Colored) Reserve Supreme Ram Wool Breeds: Emma Hopkins (Shetland)

Reserve Supreme Wool Breeds: Joelle Nevens (Targhee)

Stephanie Larson Stephanie Larson

Dorper: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ram:

Cassie Koukol Carson Lobdell Carson Lobdell Carson Lobdell

Jarrod Broehm Jake Broehm Ace Club Lambs Bracen Brandt

Dorset: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Eli Witt Auretta Wittkopf Ainsley Balfanz Auretta Wittkopf

ASBA Midwest Regional Junior Southdown Show Champion Ram: Dathan Smerchek Reserve Ram: Beckett Spilde Champion Ewe: Kelsi Smerchek Reserve Ewe: Jenna Langer Suffolk: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Lauren Ace Bracen Brandt Justine Ace Lauren Ace

Texel: Champion Ram: Champion Ewe:

Maddie Einwish Cassie Koukol

Tunis: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Avery Spilde Johanna Utzig

Wether-Type: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Jarrod Broehm Crystal Novak Bracen Brandt Lauren Ace

Supreme Ram Meat Breeds: Lauren Ace (Suffolk) Reserve Supreme Ram Meat Breeds: Dathan Smerchek (Southdown) Supreme Ewe Meat Breeds: Jessica Alf (Hampshire) Reserve Supreme Ewe Meat Breeds: Kelsi Smerchek (Southdown) Market Lamb Show Judge: Keith Berry, Sac City, IA Crossbred: Champion: Reserve:

Calvin Reilly Brady Meudt

AOB Whiteface: Champion: Reserve:

Brady Meudt Brannt Balfanz

Southdown: Champion: Reserve:

Casey Lobdell Carson Lobdell

Hampshire: Champion: Reserve:

Calvin Reilly Sara Johnson

Suffolk: Champion: Reserve:

Reid Suddeth Brady Meudt

Natural Colored: Champion: Reserve:

Jacee Johnson Conner Treml

Commercial Ewe: Champion: Reserve:

Justin Johnson Ainsley Balfanz

Grand Champion: Calvin Reilly (Crossbred) Reserve Champion: Brady Meudt (Crossbred)


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Shetland Exhibitors Turn Out at Jefferson Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Association (MSSBA) exhibitors showed that theirs is still the breed in the lead when it comes to filling the pens at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. Almost ninety sheep were entered in the 2012 MSSBA event, which draws exhibitors from five states across the upper Midwest. Judge Letty Klein, Kalamazoo, MI, judged both the sheep and fleece entries with the following results: Champion Ewe Gavin Snow, Sommarang Elise Reserve Champion Ewe Garrett Ramsay, Sheltering Pines Classique Dam & Daughter 1st K. Bartels, Sheltering Pines Salicional/Sheltering Pines Temperance 2nd James Scharlau, Minwawe Miss Dixie/Allen Creek Fiona 3rd D. Fulks, UTS Contessa/UTS Stesha. Champion Ram Theresa Gygi, Under the Son Coberg

Reserve Champion Ram Kelly Bartels, OK Acres Ringo Best Small Flock 1st K. Bartels 2nd Theresa Gygi 3rd Garrett Ramsay 4th Elexis Isenhower 5th Denise Fulks.

Best Fleece On Hoof Anna Hopkins, Little Eagle Romeo Supreme Champion Theresa Gygi, Yearling Ram, Under The Son Coburg Reserve Supreme Champion Gavin Snow, Senior Ewe, Sommarang Elise Youth Showmanship Beginner (8 yrs and under) 1st Noah Reisetter, Belvidere, IL 2nd Clara Snow, Oconomowoc, WI Junior (9-14 yrs) 1st Elexis Isenhower, Lebanon, IN 2nd Clayton Mahlkuch, Juda, WI 3rd  Christian Reisetter, Belvidere, IL 4th Gavin Snow, Oconomowoc, WI Senior (15-18 yrs) 1st Emma Hopkins, Westfield, IN 2nd Andrew Tobey, Reedsburg, WI

The Reserve Champion Ewe in the 2012 Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Association Show was shown by Garrett Ramsey, Perham, MN. The show drew close to 90 entries from five states.

The Supreme Champion Overall as well as Champion Ram went to a yearling ram, Under the Son Coburg, shown by Theresa Gygi of Greencastle, IN.

Reserve Champion Ram honors in the MSSBA Shetland Show went to OK Acres Ringo, a ram lamb shown by Kelly Bartels of Monroe, WI.

The Reserve Supreme Champion Ewe in the 2012 MSSBA Show at Jefferson was Sommarang Elise, shown by Gavin Snow of Oconomowoc, WI.

MSSBA Shetland Fleece Show Spectators got the opportunity to look at a new class of fleeces at the Shetland fleece show this year, as judge Letty Klein separated the 41 Shetland entries into shorn and rooed fleeces. This is possibly the first effort to make the distinction between rooed and shorn entries in the U.S., according to Kelly Bartels, MSSBA Show Superintendent. Bartels explained that rooing is the natural release of the wool from the skin in early spring to early summer and is a trait of some of the northern short-tailed breeds, one of them being the Shetland. It appears the trait is more common in finer fleeced sheep and some of the fine-wooled Shetlands may start rooing as early as February in some areas. One advantage to rooing over shearing is that it is a less traumatic method by which the fiber is “plucked” from a sheep rather than by traditionally shearing the animal. The chance of second cuts is also completely eliminated with the rooing

method. Bartels explained that fleeces can be skirted throughout the rooing process and that vegetative matter simply drops away from the fleece at the same time. “We hope to bring more attention to the advantages of this primitive trait to the general public with the inclusion of the rooed fleece class,” she added. Bartels noted that the MSSBA members had added activities to their show schedule this year, including a photo contest, while expanding the youth showmanship and building on their Handy Shepherd mini-clinics, which featured a Flett Shetland Sheep demo and discussion of AI . The Monroe, WI producer also gave a nod to her many volunteers and co-chairs. Champion Shetland Fleece Theresa Gygi – Single Coat Reserve Champion Shetland Fleece Kim Nikolai, single coat (rooed) Champion Shetland Rooed Fleece Kim Nikolai, single coat (rooed)

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Youth Sweepstakes: Another Success Story 18th Annual Over ninety young exhibitors took part in the 2012 Youth Sweepstakes, marking the fifth year that the program has provided cash and merchandise awards for youth participating in a series of festival activities. This year the opportunity to score points was increased with the inclusion of the junior and Shetland fleece shows, as well as Shetland showmanship and junior breeding sheep exhibitors. The Skillathon welcomed Sam and Pat Wiford as they returned to Jefferson with new challenges and opportunities to test the skill levels of kids and adults alike. Assisted by student volunteers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Wifords reported that 54 youth scored for the Youth Sweepstakes competition, while numerous families and individuals went through the series of skill stations just for the learning experience. This is the seventh year the Skillathon has been offered at the festival. Scoring opportunities also include poster contest, judging contest, lead class, showmanship and exhibiting sheep and/or market lambs.

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Top three 2012 Youth Sweepstakes winners in each of four age categories: (l.-r.) Sue Rupnow, Profiles Show Supplies & Embroidery, sponsor of special Youth Sweepstakes awards; Justin Taylor, Arlington, WI; Emily Petzel, Senior, Centuria, WI; Kailen Smercheck, Beginner, Rosholt, WI; Casey Lobdell, Intermediate, Darlington, WI; Haley Yunker, Senior, St. Croix Falls, WI; Hannah Taylor, Intermediate, Arlington, WI; Jessica Alf, Intermediate, Edgerton, WI; Jessica Taylor, Senior, Arlington, WI; Garrett Schreiner, Junior, Lincoln, IL; Blake Sullivan, Junior, Macomb, IL. Missing: Dylan Klug, Auretta Wittkopf and Blake Johnson.

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The 18th Annual Dairy Sheep Association of North America (DSANA) Symposium will be held during the three full days of Oct. 18 -20, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles Inter­ national Airport, Dulles, Virginia in the Washington D.C. area. The symposium will include presentations by dairy sheep producers, sheep milk processors, university scientists, and industry service personnel on Oct. 18 and 19 followed by a bus tour on Saturday, Oct. 20 of dairy sheep farms in Maryland and Virginia, both with farmstead cheese oper­ ations. Program and regis­ tra­ tion information is available on the Dairy Sheep Association of North America’s web site (www. dsana.org). This Symposium will offer an excellent opportunity for established dairy sheep pro­ ducers and sheep milk proces­ sors to gather information to improve their operations while also offering new or potential producers and processors the opportunity to network with people active in the industry. For additional information, contact Laurel Kieffer, DSANA President (kcf.laurel@tcc.coop, 715-695-3617).

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The annual Beginning Sheep Shearing School will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, 2012 at the Sheep Unit, Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI. The school will cover basic shearing skills including sheep handling, shearing positions, wool handl­ ing, and equipment care and maintenance. Cost of the school will be $75.00 per participant. All equipment will be furnished. Participants may bring their own shearing equipment if they wish. Registration includes lunch both days. Lodging is not included, but a list of local hotels will be provided. Please contact Todd Taylor (608-8465858, toddtaylor@wisc.edu) with questions and to obtain regis­ tration information. The regis­ tra­ tion deadline is November 1, 2012, and enrollment will be limited to the number of students the space can accommodate. The school is organized by the Depart­ ment of Animal Sciences, Uni­ versity of Wisconsin-Madison; Cooperative Extension, Univer­ sity of Wisconsin-Extension; and the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative.


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2012 Badger Production Sale Results The 5th annual Badger Production Sale, held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, once again saw high demand for sheep produced by the University of WisconsinMadison sheep program. The sale offering of 52 ewe lambs and 6 rams averaged $432 per head, up almost $30 per head above the sale average from 2011. The sale is organized, run, and staffed by students from the University of WisconsinMadison as an opportunity to learn merchandising skills by marketing sheep from the purebred flocks of the Department of Animal Sciences. This year’s student organizers, Jennifer Babcock, Kelly Schroeder, and Lija Siltumens, were supervised by Todd Taylor, Manager of the Arlington Sheep Research and Teaching Unit (toddtaylor@wisc. edu); Bernie O’Rourke, Exten­ sion Livestock Youth Specialist (borourke2@ansci.wisc.edu); and Dr. Dave Thomas, Professor of Sheep Management and Genetics (dlthomas@wisc.edu). This year’s high seller was a Hampshire ram lamb bringing a winning bid of $900, purchased by Sky Hi Ranch, Allen Fehrman, Tilleda, WI. A pair of Hampshire ewes each sold for $725 to Metro Hamps, Allen and Heidi Thorson

of Columbus, WI and JP Farms of Winthrop, IL. JP Farms also bid $675 on another popular ewe. Five additional Hampshire ewes brought between $525 and $575. In all, 20 Hampshire ewe lambs commanded an average of $459, and 3 Hampshire ram lambs averaged $658 per head. Return buyer, Ed Accola from Fall Creek, WI purchased a total of 7 Hampshire ewes as the volume buyer for the breed. Two Polypay ram lambs ranking within the top end of the flock for Maternal Estimated Breeding Values brought a final price of $725 each; both purchased by Fred Howard of Albany, IL. A total of 27 Polypay ewe lambs averaged $363 per head. An offer of $475 from Russ Smith of Houston, MN captured the high selling Polypay ewe lamb. A pair of ewes purchased by Big Prairie Polypays, Mark Meier and Family, Ashton, IL and a ewe bought by Mark and Brenda Van Roekel of Orange City, IA each garnered $450. Van Roekel’s were also the volume buyers of this year’s sale, purchasing a total of 13 Polypay ewe lambs. The sale offering also included 5 Rambouillet ewe lambs and one Rambouillet yearling ram. Tim Miller, Tailwind Farms of Beloit, WI purchased 2 of the ewe lambs

Sale averages were up by $30 a head as Bob Johnson, Badger State Auction Service gaveled through almost sixty head at the Badger Production Sale sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sheep program. The sale, now in its fifth year, was organized by UW-Madison Animal Science students. for $475 each, and a third at that price was purchased by Larry Becker of Montello, WI. Becker also purchased the yearling ram for $450. A total of 35 buyers registered to bid, and sheep sold to Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

The number of animals sold and sale averages are as follows:

20 Hampshire Ewe Lambs:........................................$459 3 Hampshire Ram Lambs:.........................................$658 27 Polypay Ewe Lambs:............................................$363 2 Polypay Ram Lambs:..............................................$725 5 Rambouillet Ewe Lambs:.......................................$440 1 Rambouillet Yearling Ram:.....................................$450

58 Head averaged.....................................................$432 $25,050 gross sales

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Wisconsin Junior Southdown Association Active at Jefferson By Hannah Taylor, Secretary The Wisconsin Junior Southdown Association met up once again at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. However, this year it was more than just the Festival. The Wisconsin Southdown Breeders Association worked with the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival to host the Midwest Regional Junior Southdown Show. There were over fifty head of Southdowns exhibited. Champion Ewe was exhibited by Kelsi Smerchek; reserve was shown by Jenna Langer. Champion Ram was won by Dathen Smerchek and reserve by Beckett Spilde. The “Top Gun” award has been given out for several years now to the exhibitor with the best combination of scores from showing and multiple educational events including a judging contest, Skillathon contest, poster contest and others. This year’s Southdown Top Gun was Hannah Taylor, with runners-

up Haley Yunker and Casey Lobdell who tied for second. Also awarded this year was the “Highpoint Rookie” which is awarded to the first-time exhibitor with the highest combination of scores same as above. Luke Stern took that award home this year. On Saturday after the open show the Wisconsin Junior Southdown Association gathered for a pizza party and held their meeting where they elected new officers for the upcoming year. The 2012-2013 officer team includes Courtney Lobdell, President; Kelly Vierck, Vice President; Hannah Taylor, Secretary; and Casey Lobdell Treasurer. New t-shirts were handed out to everyone and afterwards all the kids helped put together welcome baskets for all the Southdown showmen. All in all the show was a great success and kids look forward to seeing each other again at shows next year.

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The Champion Southdown Ram in the ASBA Midwest Regional Junior Southdown Show was shown by Dathan Smerchek of Rosholt, WI. Twenty-five young Southdown exhibitors turned out for the show, which was hosted by the Wisconsin Southdown Association and held in conjunc­tion with the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.

Kelsi Smerchek, Rosholt, WI, exhibited the Champion South­ down Ewe at the recent Midwest Regional Junior Southdown Show at Jefferson, WI. Along with awards, the Wisconsin South­ down Association provid­ ed an additional $500 in prem­ iums money for the show.

The Top Gun Award at the Regional Junior Southdown Show at Jefferson went to Hannah Taylor (l.) of Arlington, WI, as the highest placing Southdown junior exhibitor in the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Youth Sweepstakes placings. Tied for second spot in the Top Gun Standings amoung Southdown juniors were Haley Yunker, (c.) St. Croix Falls, WI and Casey Lobdell, (r.) Darlington, WI.


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Above left: The Supreme Champion Meat Breed Ram in the 2012 Junior Show was shown by Lauren Ace, Stoughton, WI. Above center: Auretta Wittkopf of Pewaukee, WI exhibited the 2012 Supreme Champion Wool Breed Ewe. Above right: The Supreme Wool Breed Ram in the Junior Show was shown by Emily Anderson, Macon, MO.

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The Wisconsin Shepherd

Calendar of Events

October 18-20—18th Annual Dairy Sheep Association of North America Symposium, Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles International Airport, Dulles, VA. Program/Registration www.dsana.org or contact Laurel Kieffer, President, DSANA kcf.laurel@tcc.coop or 715 6953617. October 27—Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op Bred Ewe Sale. Rock County Fairgrounds, Janesville, WI. www.wisbc.com 608 8682505. November 9-16—NAILE Sheep Show, North American International Livestock Exposition, Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, KY. www. livestockexpo.org December 1-2—Beginning Sheep Shearing School, Sheep Unit, UW Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI. Registration/ Information: Todd Taylor, 608 846-5858, toddtaylor@wisc.edu or website www.wisbc.com 2013 January 4—Deadline: Copy and Ads, WINTER Issue, Wisconsin Shepherd. Ads: Kelli Gunderson robkelgundy@yahoo.com 815 8215905. Copy: Bob Black rbblack@powercom.net 920 623-3536. January 23-26—2013 Annual ASI Convention, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, San Antonio, TX. For more information: www.sheepusa.org February 2—Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association 2013 Shepherd’s Clinic, Rice Lake, WI www.indianheadsheep.com March 22—Deadline: Copy and Ads, SPRING Issue, Wisconsin Shepherd. Ads: Kelli Gunderson robkelgundy@yahoo.com 815 8215905. Copy: Bob Black rbblack@powercom.net 920 623-3536. March 23—2013 Spring Ahead Livestock Education Sessions & Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association Annual meeting, UW Arlington Research Station, Public Events Building. Educational Sessions, 9:00 am; Banquet/Recognition Program/Annual Meeting, 12:30 pm. www.wisconsinlivestockbreeders.com April 7—Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association Spring Sale, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Mann Valley Farm. Information: www.indianheadsheep.com

Fall 2012

Michel Baldin New Sheep Researcher at UW-Madison, Spooner Agricultural Research Station The UW-Madison, Agri­cul­tural Research Stations is pleased to announce the hiring of Michel Baldin as Assistant Researcher at the Spooner Agri­ cultural Research Station, Spooner, WI. Michel will be in charge of sheep research and out­reach at the Spooner Station and succeeds Yves Berger who com­pleted 24 years in the position on June 30, 2012. Michel is from the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil in the southwest of the country. This state is an important livestock region of Brazil. He grew up on a dairy cattle and beef cattle farm and also has considerable experience with both sheep and goats. Michel completed the M.S. degree at Santa Catarina State University, Lages, Santa Catarina, Brazil in May 2012 where he conducted research in lactational physiology with both dairy sheep and dairy goats. He brings excellent livestock experiences and academic train­ing to the position. Michel is well positioned to further develop the excellent sheep research program established at the Spooner Station. Michel will officially begin his tenure at UWMadison on Oct. 1, 2012. He will first com­plete orientation on campus in Madison and then be present at the Spooner Station starting the second week of October. He can be reached at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, W6646 Hwy 70, Spooner, WI 54801 (715-635-3735).

Michel Baldin, Santa Catarina, Brazil, has been hired to replace Yves Berger, who finished out his tenure of 24 years in sheep research at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station on June 30 of this year. Baldin, who completed his M.S. degree this past spring, will begin his his duties at Spooner in early October.

Pipestone Veterinary Supply

July 5—Deadline: Copy and Ads, SUMMER Issue, Wisconsin Shepherd. Ads: Kelli Gunderson robkelgundy@yahoo.com 815 8215905. Copy: Bob Black rbblack@powercom.net 920 623-3536. September 6-8—2013 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI.

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To Order Call: 800-658-2523 Fax: 507-825-3140 Ask-A-Vet: gkennedy@pipevet.com Website: www.pipevet.com

To consign to the sale or for more info or catalog, call 507-836-8319, or go to sheepsales.com.

HIDDEN VALLEY FARM & WOOLEN MILL Clothing, jewelry, Christmas cards, stationery, stuffed animals, books, figurines and calendars for the sheep enthusiast.

Ewesful Gifts

7868 State Road 73 Columbus, WI 53925 Order Toll Free 877 393-7385 or 920 623-3536 www.ewesfulgifts.com - free catalog

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Paul & Carol Wagner 14804 Newton Rd., Valders, WI 54245

920-758-2803

Erdman Texel Sheep Texels – to put the MEAT back in your sheep! OPP Negative • Scrapie Certified

RON ERDMAN

4362 So. Lake Fern Rd., Polo, IL 61064 815-564-7149 www.erdmantexel.com

Jones Shearing

Experienced and dependable Shearing sheep, goats, alpacas, and llamas. Covering Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, and Eastern Iowa jonesshearing@gmail.com 715-424-1023 www.facebook.com search: jonesshearing

The Business Directory Published by The Wisconsin Shepherd

3696 Country Aire Drive Cedarburg, WI 53012 262-377-1491 • Dick 262-375-0814 • Mark rsrmke@att.net 4 Miles East of Jackson on SE Corner of Hwy. 60 and Country Aire Drive (Hwy. M)

“Ewe” too can join The Business Directory Members pay $110 for 4 issues or $40/issue; non-members $140 for 4 issues or $50/issue. Call Kelli at 815-821-5905.

For Your Advertising Needs, for Subscription Rates or to Receive a 4-week Complimentary Paper Contact:

The Country Today PO Box 570 Eau Claire WI 54702 715-833-9276 • 800-236-4004 joann.utphall@ecpc.com www.thecountrytoday.com

W12855 Christianson Rd. Bruce, WI 54819 715-868-9045 reichert@brucetel.net www.bluehillsfibermill.com A full service mill. We provide processing from raw fiber to finished yarn and all the steps between (guidelines for spinning orders can be found on the website). We handle most fiber types. There are no minimums. We accept both large and small orders. You get your own fiber/finished product back in a timely manner. Our own line of finished yarns are also offered.

The Wisconsin Shepherd - Fall 2012 - Volume 24, Number 4  

A Publication of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative 7811 Consolidated School Rd., Edgerton, WI 53534 • www.wisbc.com

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