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A PUBLICATION OF THE WISCONSIN SHEEP BREEDERS COOPERATIVE

VOLUME 23, NUMBER 3

WISCONSIN SHEEP & WOOL FESTIVAL CELEBRATES TEN YEARS!

Pasture Walks and Clinics Prove Popular In an encouraging cooperative effort, several agencies recently combined their educational resources to provide producers the opportunity to visit two successful sheep grazing operations and at the same time get a wealth of practical management tips in a hands-on workshop setting. UW Cooperative Extension Small Ruminant Specialist Claire Mikolayunas provided the hands-on segment for both programs, while the pasture walks were hosted by Town & Country Resource Conservation & Development and specialists Kirsten Jurcek and Mike Gehl, with support from Peg Reedy, Walworth County UW Extension and Laura Paine, Grazing & Organic Agriculture Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection. Additional support came from the Dodge & Columbia Grazing Network, Columbia County Land & Water Conservation, Racine & Kenosha Counties UW Extension and University of Wisconsin-Madison Agricultural Engineering Department. The first pasture walk and clinic took place at A-Z Farm, just south of Madison, where

Over forty people attended a recent clinic on small ruminant parasites and a pasture walk at the Warren and Ellen O’brion Farm near Rio. Claire Mikolayunas, UWEX Small Ruminant Specialist is shown discussing parasites common to sheep and goats and methods for their control. Irish Acres is home to a flock of 130 registered Polypays and a herd of Scottish Highland cattle. Ray and Alice Antoniewicz have built a successful rotational grazing program for their flock of sixty crossbred ewes. While A-Z Farm may be better known for its pioneering efforts in agritourism, the Antoniewicz Family is also heavily invested in direct marketing of both lamb and wool, as well as sales of breeding stock and feeder lambs. The A-Z flock rotationally grazes 34 acres of managed pasture covering ten paddocks. The Antoniewiczs use a combination of woven

netting and permanent electric high-tensile wire for perimeter and divider fencing, along with temporary fencing that is reset to keep the flock moving through the system. Water is supplied through a permanent feeder line that follows a center access lane, with take-offs strategically placed for filling tanks. Following the pasture walk and dinner, the group focused on hoof care as Claire Mikolayunas See Pasture Walk on Page 3

A cooperative effort between UW Extension and Town & Country RC&D brought out an enthusiastic group of producers to a hoof trimming clinic and pasture walk at A-Z Farm near Oregon on June 27. The Antoniewicz Family is a pioneer in agri-tourism, but also direct markets lamb and wool, as well as selling breeding stock and feeder lambs from a flock of sixty crossbred ewes.

See you in Jefferson? The 2011 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival marks a milestone anniversary for the growing event, with over 600 head of sheep expected, along with lots of youthful exhibitors. This Photo Contest entry titled "Dressed In Her Sunday Best" was submitted last year by Lynn Crooks, of Lancaster, WI. and entered in the Kids & Sheep category.

NCWGA Brings National Show to Jefferson As a destination for sheep and fiber enthusiasts from across the country, the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival will not only celebrate its tenth anniversary this year, but will for the second time in its brief history, host a national show. The Natural Colored Wool Growers Association will bring its main event to Jefferson the weekend of September 9-11, adding both a sheep and fleece division to a growing roster of Festival shows. According to its website, the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association (NCWGA) grew from a grassroots effort and “the recognition of a need for an association to stress the development of quality colored sheep and wool.” While the appearance of colored sheep

at shows around the country is now a given, it wasn’t that long ago that colored wool was the bane of the industry and colored genetics frowned upon by many breed organizations. By 1977, enthusiasm and interest had grown to the point that the NCWGA was established and colored sheep finally gained recognition. The association then began to unite breeders of colored sheep, as well as establish quality standards and a registry database. Today, the NCWGA counts more than 175 members across the US and Canada, with roughly twenty percent of that membership located in the Midwest. For purposes of representation, the association divides the country See NCWGA on Page 3


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NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT’S PEN As Sue Sees It: Well, it’s finally here and we had best enjoy it, as we never know how long it will stay. I’m speaking of that elusive Wisconsin commodity called summer. As sheep producers, when have we ever experienced such fabulous lamb prices? Even wool prices have taken a step up. I’ve noticed that across the country, sheep sales have commanded pretty fair prices even though at many of those sales, numbers have fallen slightly. Maybe everybody is holding on to their ewes in

anticipation of even higher lamb prices next year. Be sure to visit your county fair and encourage all young livestock exhibitors to continue learning and enjoying their projects. And you certainly won’t want to miss the Wisconsin State Fair. When you enter the sheep barn you will notice an extreme makeover of the Wisconsin Wool Works booth. Our WWW volunteers have done a fantastic job of re-designing the displays and the state fair has been gracious enough to construct

The Country Store East & West Barns – North End of Fair Park Country Store Hours Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Outside Vendors Hours may vary – please check with individual exhibitors. Thank you for supporting our exhibitors! Without their participation, the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival would not be possible.

Support your sheep industry... Send in your membership now! WSBC 2011 Membership Application Family or Individual Membership Name _______________________________________________ Farm Name ___________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ City _________________ State ________ ZIP _______________ Telephone (_______) ___________________________________ E-mail Address ________________________________________ Fax__________________________________________________ Website ______________________________________________ Do you wish to have WSBC link its website to yours? _____ Yes _____ No Breed(s) Raised _______________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ Do you currently receive The Wisconsin Shepherd? _____ Yes _____ No Send a $25 check payable to: Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative and mail to: WSBC, 7811 Consolidated School Road, Edgerton, WI 53534

a new main entrance which will add space and accessibility, along with some much needed eye appeal. Let us know what you think of the changes. September 9th through the 11th brings us to the Grand Finale of summer, the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. If you haven’t received a catalog and would like one, contact the Festival office at 608 868-2505 or go online to our website, wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival. com. There are more events that weekend than I can mention here, but there is truly something for everyone, young or old, shepherd or not. Volunteers are the backbone of the Festival. It could not happen without all of the non-paid hours that are put into this event. PLEASE, if you can donate a few hours we would love to have you. Let us know how and when you would like to help! Enjoy the summer and all that it has to offer us here in Wisconsin. The next time I write this message, fall will be upon us. Sincerely, Sue Rupnow President, Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative

SUMMER 2011

Wisconsin Wool Works! To Get Facelift Heading into the 160th anniversary of the Wisconsin State Fair, the Wisconsin Wool Works booth in the Sheep & Goat Barn will get a facelift, expanding space for retail sales and offering better visibility for artists demonstrating traditional fiber arts to fairgoers. The booth, which opened in 1999, offers fiber-based businesses and artists opportunities to tap the state fair market, promote wool and educate the general public about traditional fiber crafts and Wisconsin’s fiber industry. Each year, between thirty and forty consignors bring in a variety of products and one-of-a-kind items, from a hand-knitted sweater to skeins of locally spun yarn. Products made in Wisconsin are highlighted with special tags and customers often find themselves being helped by the very person who made the item, as consignors are asked to volunteer time in the booth. Carol Black, long-time manager of the Wisconsin Wool Works, said a make-over for the space has been long overdue and appreciates the support of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Coop in funding the changes. “We began on a shoestring twelve years ago and have not really invested a

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.

lot since then,” she says, adding that the booth is showing its age as well as fighting accessibility issues. “With hundreds of items consigned every year, display space is at a premium and when busy it can be really crowded, which is a problem for customers and our volunteers.” Support has also come from the Wisconsin State Fair, which this year budgeted for a second entrance into the booth space and will do an upgrade on the electrical service. The fair’s Agriculture Department has also committed to helping boost the educational mission of the Wool Works by reserving the area on the east side of the booth for demonstrations. That space will be partially fenced off and provide a new main entrance, which Black says should help with traffic flow and relieve congestion in front of exhibitor pens. She says that the support of the state fair has been crucial to the success of the Wisconsin Wool Works and its efforts to showcase the state’s fiber industry. “Without that support and encouragement it would have hard to foresee a long-term future for our efforts at the fair. The Wisconsin State Fair has been behind us one hundred percent.” Commissions on WWW sales provide from 10 to 15 percent of the gross annual income for the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders. Anyone interested in additional information about the Wisconsin Wool Works, or in consigning for 2011, should contact Carol Black at 920 623-3536 or email carol@ ewesfulgifts.com. The Wisconsin State Fair opens on August 4.

EDITOR Bob Black 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, profshowsupply@aol.com VICE PRESIDENT Laura Meyer, 920-206-8445, tractorgirl76@hotmail.com Troy Antoniewicz, Stoughton, 608-873-6841,troyaz@merr.com Steve Bingen, West Bend, 262-629-4221, sbingen@charter.net Elmer Held: Oakfield, 920-583-3084, eheld3084@charter.net Bill Keough, 920-596-1931, bksheep@wolfnet.net Gary Klug, 920-309-2181, klughihamp@tm.net Todd Taylor, Arlington, 608-846-9536, taylorsheep@msn.com Alan Thorson, 920-344-1235, metrohamps@hotmail.com

Stay Up-to-Date On-Line Keep on top of sheep industry issues and news by visiting the new Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative website. Same old address, but a whole new look! Look for past and current issues of the Wisconsin Shepherd, a calendar of events, classified ads, links and much more at www.wisbc.com.

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SUMMER 2011 NCWGA continued from page 1 into six districts, with the national show rotated between three of those districts. Wisconsin is in District 3, which includes Canada. The NCWGA currently recognizes forty seven breeds of sheep, from Merion to Manx Loghtan; Polworth to Rambouillet. Exhibitors entering sheep in the NCWGA national must be members in good standing of the association and must have NCWGA certificates, or be registered in another breed association that recognizes color in their breed. To be eligible to show, an animal must exhibit natural colored wool in at least 35% of their fleece. The NCWGA show standards call for four divisions based on fleece, including Fine, Medium, Long and Coarse. The NCWGA Show will be held on Saturday of the Festival, immediately after the Open Wool Breeds show is completed in the Sale Arena. On Sunday, there will be a Junior NCWGA Show following Showmanship. Both shows will be judged by Neil Kentner of Mason, MI, with premiums underwritten in part by the NCWGA. There will also be a NCWGA National Fleece Show, held in conjunction with the Open & Junior Fleece Shows on Saturday, which will be judged by Letty Klein, Kalamazoo, MI. Entry standards for the fleece competition are the same as those of the sheep shows. Premiums for the NCWGA fleece show are also underwritten in part by that association. For additional information on the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association, visit the website at www.ncwga.org. Entries/registrations for all sheep shows, classes requiring registration, and certain activities at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival are due August 20. Complete details can be found online at wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival. com. For persons without access to a computer, experiencing difficulties in registering or entering animals or having questions, should contact the Festival office at 608 868-2505.

THE WISCONSIN SHEPHERD PASTURE WALK continued from page 1 went through the basics of foot diseases common to both sheep and goats and demonstrated how to handle sheep and trim feet. Participants then had the opportunity to try their hand at handling and trimming hooves. A second pasture walk and clinic was held at Irish Acres, the 73 acre farm of Warren and Ellen O’brion near Rio. The O’brion’s rotationally graze a flock of over one hundred Polypay sheep, along with a herd of Scottish Highland beef cattle, using a combination of high tensile and temporary fencing in a paddock system. Over forty people attended and rotated through two separate educational sessions along with the pasture tour. Dave Kammel, UWMadison, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering, discussed adapting buildings to sheep production while Warren O’brion followed with an overview of his management, lambing system and handling facilities. In an alternating session, Claire Mikolayunas discussed parasites common to sheep and goats and deworming strategies based on fecal counts. Participants then had the opportunity to prepare a sample fecal float and assess

parasite loads on their own. The pasture walks were organized through the Town & Country Resource Conservation & Development, Inc. an organization formerly associated with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Resource Conservation & Development Councils (RC&Ds) were regional, non-profit organizations run by a citizen council, whose agenda was set locally. NRCS provided a staff coordinator, along with office space, computers, etc. The purpose of the RC&Ds was to leverage a small amount of federal support by obtaining grants to do regional projects. Their efforts were a means to extend the reach of NRCS and accomplish more locally driven conservation projects with community support and non-federal funding. But, in the new world of budget cuts, RC&Ds suffered the fate of many programs and were sliced from the federal budget. However, according to Laura Paine, Grazing & Organic Agriculture Specialist with DATCP, the RC&Ds may yet survive the budget axe. “None of the RC&Ds we work with have shut down and all are working on a transition to fully independent

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non-profits.� she said, pointing out that Town & Country RC&D that helped host the recent pasture walks was and remains one of Wisconsin’s newest RC&Ds. “I believe they’ll pull through. They’re doing some really neat stuff with local food systems, in addition to the grazing work.� Kirsten Jurcek and Mike Gehl are currently part time employees with the Town & Country RC&D and both operate farms in southeast Wisconsin. Claire Mikolayunas is completing her first year as UWEX Small Ruminant Specialist, serving Wisconsin goat and sheep producers. She has worked on sheep, goat and dairy cow operations in New England, Northern Ireland and Wisconsin, earning her Ph.D researching dairy sheep nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Spooner Agricultural Research Station. Mikolayunas is also part of the education committee and a presenter for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. She and her family have a small farm in the southwestern part of the state.

Beginning Sheep Shearing School Offered The annual Beginning Sheep Shearing School will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, 2011 at the Sheep Unit, Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI. The school will cover basic shearing skills including sheep handling, shearing positions, wool handling, and equipment care and maintenance. Cost of the school will be $60.00 per participant. All equipment will be furnished. Participants can 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 (608846-5858, toddtaylor@wisc. edu) with questions and to obtain registration information. The registration deadline is November 1, 2010, and enrollment will be limited to the number of students the space can accommodate. The school is organized by the Department of Animal Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Cooperative Extension, University of Wisconsin-Extension; and the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative.

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SUMMER 2011

WSBC presents the

10th Annual Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival September 9-11, 2011 • Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson For complete details, go to www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com Schedule of Events (P) Pre-registration required for these classes and activities. • Check Map for locations. THURSDAY 8:00 – 9:00 Vendor Setup – Country Store 10:00 – 3:00 Registration Open – Pick-up Camping Permits – Lobby – Activity Center 4:00 – 7:00 MSSBA Sheep Check-in – Sheep Barn FRIDAY Gate: 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. - Admission charged. 7:00 a.m. Crook & Whistle Stock Dog Trial – West Field 7:30 a.m. Registration Open – Lobby – Activity Center 9:00 a.m. Sheep 101 – Beginning Shepherds’ Clinic (P) – West Exhibit Building Photo Contest – Entries open for viewing/ voting – Activity Center Silent Auction (Donations accepted until 9:00 a.m. Sat.) – Activity Center 9:00 – Noon Poster Contest - Entries accepted – Activity Center 9:00 – 4:00 Wonders of Wool Fiber Arts Classes (P) Check for Class Locations in Student Packet or at Registration 9:00 – 5:00 MSSBA & Open Skein Contest Entry Check-in Design Challenge Entry Check-in Lobby – Activity Center 10:00 – 8:00 Fleece Show –All Entries – Early Check-in – West Exhibit Building 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Country Store Open 6:00 – 7:30 All Day

Open & NCWGA Sheep Check-in – Sale Arena MSSBA Sheep Check-in – Sheep Barn

SATURDAY Gate: 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. – Admission charged 7:00 a.m. Crook & Whistle Stock Dog Trial – West Field 7:30 a.m. Registration Open – Lobby – Activity Center 7:00 – 8:00 Fleece Show – MSSBA Entries – Check-in 7:00 – 9:30 Fleece Show – Open, Junior, NCWGA Entries – Check-in – West Exhibit Building 7:00 – 9:00 Open & NCWGA Sheep Check-in – Sale Arena 8:00 – 10:00 MSSBA Sheep Entries Check-in – Sheep Barn 8:00 a.m. Hall of Breeds – Indoor Arena Newborn Lambs!– Indoor Arena 8:00 – 9:00 Make It With Wool – Registration & Hospitality Lobby – Activity Center 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Country Store Open “Art Under Foot” Hooked Rug Exhibit Open – Activity Center “Wonderful Wisconsin Wool” Wool Quilts & Wall Hangings – Activity Center Silent Auction – Deadline for donations! – Activity Center Shepherds’ Workshops (Unless noted otherwise) – East Exhibit Building 9:30 a.m. MSSBA Shetland Fleece Show – West Exhibit Building 9:00 – 11:00 Make It With Wool Judging (MIWW) – Activity Center 9:00 – Noon Will “Ewe” Teach Me to Knit? Kids’ Class – Wonders of Wool Building 1 9:00 – 3:00 Silent Auction – Bidding! – Activity Center 9:00 – 4:00 Wonders of Wool Fiber Arts Classes (P) – Check for class locations in Student Packet or at Registration 9:00 – 5:00 MSSBA & Open Skein Entry Check-in Design Challenge Entry Check-in Lobby – Activity Center 10:00 a.m. Great Lakes Bluefaced Leicester Show – Indoor Arena Open Sheep Shows – Meat & Wool Breeds – Sale Arena NCWGA National Show – Immediately Following Wool Breeds – Sale Arena NCWGA Meeting (Time and location to be announced) Junior, Open, NCWGA Fleece Shows West Exhibit Building 10:00 & 1:00 & 3:00 Shearing Demonstrations – Indoor Arena 10:00 – 4:00 Skillathon – Youth Sweepstakes Activity – West Exhibit Building 9:00 a.m.

Noon 12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

1:00 – 4:00 2:15 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 5:30 – 6:30 6:00 p.m. 6:00 – 10:00

Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Show – Sheep Barn Open & Junior Fleece Shows – Silent Auction of fleeces follows – West Exhibit Building Consignments Close – Used Equipment Auction – Warm-up Arena Judging – Handspun Skein Competition Country Store East Will “Ewe” Teach Me To Felt? Kids’ Class Wonders of Wool Building 1 Best of Wisconsin Style Show – Make It With Wool – Activity Center Used Equipment Auction – Warm-up Arena Awards Presentation – Make It With Wool – Activity Center Shepherds’ Auction – Activity Center Fleece Silent Auction – West Exhibit Building Lead Class Competition – Sale Arena UNWIND (reservations required) – Fairview Sports Bar

SUNDAY Gate: 7:00 a.m. – Admission charged 7:30 a.m. Crook & Whistle Stock Dog Trial – West Field 7:30 a.m. Registration Open – Lobby – Activity Center 8:00 – 9:00 Market Lambs – Weigh-in – Sheep Barn 7:30 – 9:00 Junior Sheep Show Check-in Entries – Sale Arena 7:45 a.m. Judging Contest – Youth Sweepstakes Activity – Sale Arena 8:00 – 3:30 Hall of Breeds – Indoor Arena Newborn Lambs! – Indoor Arena 8:30 – 3:30 Fleece Sale (Private Treaty) – West Exhibit Building 8:30 – 4:00 Wonders of Wool Fiber Arts Classes (P) Check for class locations in Student Packet or at Registration 9:00 a.m. Junior Sheep Show – Showmanship – Sale Arena “Art Under Foot” Hooked Rug Exhibit – Activity Center “Wonderful Wisconsin Wool” Wool Quilts & Wall Hangings – Activity Center Shepherds’ Workshops (Unless otherwise noted) East Exhibit Building 9:00 – 9:30 MSSBA & Open Skein Entry Check-in Design Challenge Entry Check-in Lobby – Activity Center 9:30 & 11:00 Shearing Demonstrations – Indoor Arena 9:00 – Noon Check-in, MSSBA Handmade Wool Competition – Sheep Barn Check-in, MSSBA Handspun Skein Competition – Goat Barn 10:00 a.m. NAMSS North American Mule Sheep Society Show – Indoor Arena Design Challenge – Judging – Wonders of Wool Building 1 10:00 – 3:00 Sheep to Shawl - Demonstrations of Fiber Arts Wonders of Wool Building 1 Design Challenge – View judging results Wonders of Wool Building 1 10:30 a.m. Market Lamb Show – Sheep Barn Market Lamb Showmanship Immediately following show! – Sheep Barn Noon Junior Sheep Show – Sale Arena NCWGA National Junior Show – Sale Arena 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Country Store Open Noon – 2:00 12:30 p.m.

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Handy Shepherd Mini-Workshops – Goat Barn Cooking With the Chefs! Lamb Cooking Demonstration Cheese Sampling! Immediately following Cooking With the Chefs! – Activity Center Judging: MSSBA Handmade Wool Competition – Goat Barn Shearing Workshop – Indoor Arena Wisconsin Club Lamb Association Annual Meeting/Awards Presentation – East Exhibit Building – South End Festival Closes – Thanks for coming and have a safe trip home!

Mark your calendars for 2012 – September 7-9

Wonders of Wool Class Schedule & Instructors Register Online by August 20! www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com FRIDAY – ALL DAY CLASSES 501 In Search of The Perfect Green…and Orange Too! ........................Stefania Isaacson 502 Rug Hooking ..................................................................................... Linda Harwood 503 Beginning Spinning (Repeated as Class 603 & 703)................................. Deb Jones 504 The Shepherds Rug .................................................................................. Letty Klein 505 Soft Core Spinning: Corespinning With Fiber! .......................................Jacey Boggs 506 Creating the Yarn You Want....................................................................... Amy Tyler 507 Basic Broom Making .......................................................................... John Holzwart 508 Large Project Tote .................................................................................... Bev Larson 509 Alligator Socks .....................................................................................Lizbeth Upitis FRIDAY – MORNING CLASSES 520 Spindle Spinning For Beginners .........................................................Nancy Shroyer 521 Soap Making Fun! ................................................................................ Linda Conroy 523 Woolen or Worsted? ................................................................................Kate Larson 524 SAORI Weaving ..................................................................... Chiaki & Dan O’Brien 525 Reversible Cables ................................................................................ Cheryl Stegert 526 Beginning Felting ................................................................................. Mary Wallace 527 Beaded Wrist Warmers ........................................................................Carol Rhoades FRIDAY – AFTERNOON CLASSES 540 How To Select A Color Palette............................................................Nancy Shroyer 541 A Taste of Pine Needle Basketry.......................................................... Linda Conroy 542 Knit Thrummed Mittens ..............................................................................Liz Sutter 543 Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Fiber to Dye For! .............................Tracey Schuh 544 SAORI Weaving ..................................................................... Chiaki & Dan O’Brien 545 Beginning Lace Knitting ..................................................................... Cheryl Stegert 546 Unspun Fun! ...................................................................................... Carole Rhoades SATURDAY – ALL DAY CLASSES 601 Hard Core Spinning: Core Spinning With Yarn! .....................................Jacey Boggs 602 Estonian Mittens From the Island of Kihnu ........ Sandy DeMaster & Mary Germain 603 Beginning Spinning (Repeated as Class 503 & 703)................................. Deb Jones 604 Japanese Shibori .............................................................................Karen Rognsvoog 605 Spinning & Knitting Goat Fibers .............................................................. Amy Tyler 606 The Grand Finale! Finishing With Professional Results .....................Nancy Shroyer 607 Guernsey Techniques ...........................................................................Lizbeth Upitis 608 Brioche Knitting .................................................................................. Cheryl Stegert 609 Hand Carding & Woolen Spinning ................................................... Carole Rhoades SATURDAY – MORNING CLASSES 620 Needle Felted “Iron Feet Sheep & Resting Ewe” (4 hour class) ........Danita Doerre 621 Express Yourself: Fearless Color Mixing ............................................Bonnie Paruch 623 Weaving A Diamond ...............................................................................Jane Grogan 624 Spinning Three Leicesters .......................................................................Kate Larson 625 Batik Silk Scarf .........................................................................Kathleen Mulholland 626 To Spindle or Not To Spindle Basket (4 hour class) ............................... Bev Larson 627 Coiling On A Gourd ............................................................................ Sandy Bulgrin SATURDAY – AFTERNOON CLASSES 640 Rhythm, Repetition & Rest .................................................................Bonnie Paruch 641 Quilt With Weaving .................................................................................Jane Grogan 642 Dyed Rayon Circular Scarf .......................................................Kathleen Mulholland 643 How To Talk To Your Antique Spinning Wheel ..........................................Lois Lane 644 Nuno/Knit Scarf ................................................................................ Rosie Dittmann 645 Spinning & Knitting With Energized Singles ........................... Melissa (Mo) Brown 646 Beginning Viking Knitting ....................................................................... Barb Heike SUNDAY – ALL DAY CLASSES 701 Silk Painting – Wearable Art ..........................................................Karen Rognsvoog 702 Spinning For A Purpose ......................................................................Nancy Shroyer 703 Beginning Spinning (Repeated as Class 503 & 603)................................. Deb Jones 704 Embellishments of Latvian Mittens .....................................................Lizbeth Upitis 705 Rigid Heddle Weaving ........................................................................ Cheryl Stegert 706 Spinning Shetland Wool For Fair Isle & Lace Knitting .................... Carole Rhoades SUNDAY – MORNING CLASSES 720 Boucle .....................................................................................................Jacey Boggs 721 Spinning Marl Yarns .................................................................................. Amy Tyler 722 Tapestry Sampler ................................................................................ Barb Gallagher 723 A Basket For Treasures? ................................................................... Margie Meehan 724 Whoa-O-Domino…Knitting .................................................................Kathy Krause 725 How To Talk To Your Antique Spinning Wheel ..........................................Lois Lane 726 Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet ................................................................ Sandy Bulgrin 727 Survey of Silk ......................................................................................Betty Shreeves 728 Spin Some Bunny ................................................................................ Nancy Barnett 729 Advanced Viking Knitting........................................................................ Barb Heike SUNDAY – AFTERNOON CLASSES 740 Alpaca, Llama, Mohair & More......................................................Stefania Isaacson 741 Thick & Thin & Coils .............................................................................Jacey Boggs 742 Mechanics Of The Wheel .......................................................................... Amy Tyler 743 Amazing Angora Rabbit...................................................................... Nancy Barnett 744 Intro To Basic Elements & Pattern Designs of Orenburg Lace.......Galina Khmeleva 745 Felted Slippers (4 hour class – Begins at NOON) ................................... Nan Talley


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WSBC presents the

10th Annual Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival September 9-11, 2011 • Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson For complete details, go to www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com

Producer Education Key to Festival Popularity For over three decades the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative has supported educational opportunities for producers and the tradition continues at the 2011 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. There will be a full complement of top-notch workshops and clinics presented by educators and producers from across the sheep industry. No pre-registration is required for Saturday and Sunday sessions. Admission is charged at the gate for daily attendance; $5 per day or $10 for a weekend wristband. Parking and kids 8 and under are free. Thanks to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin Extension, Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Association, Bluefaced Leicester Breeders Association, North American Mule Sheep Society, Wisconsin Farm Service Agency, Mid-States Wool Growers, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association, EDJE Technologies, Sydell, Inc., Townsend’s Sales and our presenters for their support of this educational program. LOCATION: EAST EXHIBIT BUILDING (Except as noted) SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 10 8:00 a.m. Hospitality Hour Celebrate 10 years of Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival educational programs as you meet the presenters and fellow shepherds for coffee and donuts! Sponsored by Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association, Mid-States Wool Growers and the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. 9:00 a.m. The Basics of Handling Sheep Profitable management in any flock centers on the ease of moving sheep for deworming, foot care, weaning or weighing off lambs. This workshop is a primer on the basics of moving animals, including the use of commercial handling facilities. Claire Mikolayunas, Small Ruminant Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Townsend’s Sales and Sydell, Inc. cooperating. Workshop begins at south end of East Exhibit Building and will then move outside. Put Your Website to Work! If you are going to invest money in a website for your farm or business, then it’s only logical that your website needs to work for you, just like an employee. That means the employee needs to generate revenue and/or save time and money. Well then, so should your website! Learn the options you have for creating a web presence and how you can use social networking to increase traffic to your website as well as how to utilize directories and print solutions to reach potential customers. Amy Tlach, EDJE Technologies, Indianola, IA. (Repeated at 3:00 Saturday) Key Considerations In Building A Commercial Flock With lamb markets at historic highs, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of expansion fever, or jumping in feet first into commercial production, but are you really ready to do this?? Richard Ehrhardt, Small Ruminant Specialist, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, goes over the checklist that every producer should use when starting or expanding a commercial enterprise. 10:00 a.m.

USDA Funding Opportunities Starting and growing a successful farming operation can depend on taking advantage of creative funding resources. Wisconsin Farm Service Agency, Madison, WI. Thirty Years of Crossbreeding With 15 Different Breeds Follow the genetic trials and tribulations of a successful commercial shepherd. Jim Schultz, Weed Eden Farm, Clintonville, WI. 11:00 a.m.

Feeding: The Practical Approach Profit doesn’t arrive in a paper bag. Feed is the biggest cost in maintaining any flock of sheep. Make a nutritional budget part of your production calendar and feed as if your income depended on making practical management decisions. A. Richard Cobb, Sheep Extension Specialist, University of Illinois – Urbana. 1:00 p.m. Johne’s: Coming To A Flock Near You? Johne’s (“YO-knees”) disease is a fatal gastrointestinal disease of sheep, and other ruminants (including cattle, goats, elk deer and bison), for which there is currently no cure. Could Johne’s be stalking your flock? How would you know and what could you do about it? Dr. Gretchen May, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection. (Scheduled)

Expansion: Overcoming the Hurdles While the current lamb market may be causing some producers to ponder- ing land prices, feed and other production costs may be putting a damper on that enthusiasm. Richard Ehrhardt, Small Ruminant Specialist, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, looks at ways to grow flock numbers and maintain a profit margin. Bluefaced Leicester Breeders Association Educational Presentation INDOOR ARENA David Raine, President, UK – BFLSBA, ‘OLD PARKS,’ Penrith, Cumbria, UK. 1:30 p.m.

Managing Multiples & Orphans In A Grass-Based System Prolificacy in a pasture-based operation can present some interesting management problems: Bob and Penny Leder, Bear Creek Sheep Station, Bear Creek, WI, have identified the problem of slow, weak lambs as a milk distribution problem, rather than not enough milk. Bob will explain the management practices they use in dealing with multiples and orphans, while staying on a spring lambing, grass-based system. 2:00 p.m.

Questions & Answers About Pasture! Can forage compete with $8 corn? What can we do to make marginal pastures more productive? Is management and fertilization enough to make the difference in the tug of war between grain and grass? Bring your questions and concerns to this session! Dan Undersander, Professor of Agronomy/ Extension & Research Forage Agronomist, UW-Madison

10:00 – Noon Shetlands In The U.K. A special two-hour presentation and discussion on Shetland sheep in the United Kingdom. Kate Sharp, Ewingston Farm, Humbie, East Lothian, Scotland. (South end of the East Exhibit Building, across drive from the Sheep Barn.) 11:00 Meat CSAs – Right For You? Direct marketing has long been a popular method of growing profit margins, but CSAs (community supported agriculture) for marketing of meat products is a step up from farmers markets and on-the-farm sales. With a flock of up to 150 Scottish Blackface sheep, Anna Maenner, Waterloo, WI, now delivers meat products (lamb, chicken and turkey) to 65 customers a month. High-End Fleece Production WEST EXHIBIT BUILDING Many sheep produce fleece, but does it help your bottom line? Does it cost more to shear than what your wool brings in? If you bring together the right factors, your fleece can actually increase your income and become a valuable product of your farm. By paying attention to details, you can produce award-winning fleeces that will jump off the skirting table and into the arms of handspinners and crafters year after year, while you enjoy the financial rewards! Dee Heinrich, Peeper Hollow Farm, Marion, IA Noon – 2:00 ‘Handy Shepherds’ Mini-Classes GOAT BARN Sponsored by the Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Association. Check in the Sheep Barn at the MSSBA silent auction table for a complete schedule of mini classes.

3:00 p.m. Put Your Website to Work! If you are going to invest money in a website for your farm or business, then it’s only logical that your website needs to work for you, just like an employee. That means the employee needs to generate revenue and/or save time and money. Well then, so should your website! Learn the options you have for creating a web presence and how you can use social networking to increase traffic to your website as well as how to utilize directories and print solutions to reach potential customers. Amy Tlach, EDJE Technologies, Indianola, IA.

12:30 p.m. Cooking With the Chefs! ACTIVITY CENTER Join Executive Chef Jack Kaestner from the Oconomowoc Lake Club as he prepares several of his favorite recipes using Wisconsin lamb, including lamb jambalaya and mini lamb burgers with specially selected sheep cheese! Chef Jack has a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, New York), as well as a B.S. in Food Science/Food Service Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Oconomowoc Lake Club draws from local, sustainably-grown food for creating the menu and meals for Lake Club Diners.

SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 11 9:00 a.m. Reading The Flock: Observation As A Management Tool You can’t raise sheep from a distance: Daily observation is key to any successful livestock operation and especially true with a flock of sheep. What are the critical signs in day-to-day management and how do they affect the bottom line? A. Richard Cobb, Sheep Extension Specialist, University of Illinois – Urbana.

Cheese Sampling! ACTIVITY CENTER Following Cooking With the Chefs! A cheese sampling session that will feature some of Wisconsin’s newest and finest sheep milk cheeses. While sheep milk cheese is a mainstay in Europe – think Pecorino Romano, Manchego, Roquefort and Feta – American cheese makers are creating novel and fantastic cheese with home-grown milk. Wisconsin artisans have crafted unique and award-winning sheep and mixed-milk cheeses. Come expand your cheese palate and experience the diversity of products available from Wisconsin shepherds and cheese makers! Claire Mikolayunas, Small Ruminant Extension, UW-Madison.

Value-Added: It Works For Wool! What can I do with all this wool? Learn the many value-added opportunities that you can create with wool from your sheep. Find out the sources for processing, marketing and then getting the public to learn about and appreciate the wonderful wool from your flock. This will be a networking discussion; all about finding markets, enhancing your wool and market items - while having fun promoting sheep. Interaction is a must! Neil Kentner, Sheep Producer, Spinner & Weaver, Fleece Judge, Mason, MI. 9:00 – 11:00 Color Genetics In Sheep WEST EXHIBIT BUILDING Reproducing color shades in fleeces can be a daunting challenge for even the most experienced producer. Maggie Howard, Tawanda farms, Montague, CA, will discuss the biological and genetic processes that result in particular shades of fleece. Your ability to identify color patterns in your sheep will allow you to control your production and to replicate your most desired fleece shades. Note: This two-hour session will be in a dialogue, give and take format, so that even the most geneticschallenged shepherds can participate! Choosing A Terminal Sire For Your System & Market Will the use of a terminal sire increase production efficiency in your flock? Richard Ehrhardt, Small Ruminant Specialist, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, examines this question, reviews the basics of lamb growth and then provides guidelines to help you choose the right terminal sire that complements your system and matches your market requirements. 10:00 a.m.

Most Sheep Have Wool: Let’s Use It! WEST EXHIBIT BUILDING In today’s diverse livestock production systems, we sometimes overlook one of the important economic pluses in the sheep industry. Find out which breeds of sheep are raised for their wool qualities and how to make your ewes pay their way with more than lambs and lawnmower duties. Get the most updated information on how to use fibers produced on your farm and get hands-on examples of how you can use your wool. Neil Kentner, Sheep Producer, Spinner & Weaver, Felter and Sheep Judge, Mason, MI. 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. Shearing Workshop INDOOR ARENA For anyone interested in shearing standing sheep. Persons inexperienced in standard shearing positions, who have an occasional hard-to-handle animal, or who cannot physically handle their sheep will be interested in this workshop. Demonstrated by David Kier, Sheep Shearer from Eleva, this method will work effectively with trimming stands or other means of restraining a standing animal. In addition, learn basic maintenance such as handpiece setup and adjustment, comb selection, tension, oiling and sharpening blades, as well as how to avoid skin nicks. Breed differences will also be discussed. Anyone, young or old is welcome. Bring a camcorder, or pen and notebook! North American Mule Sheep Society Educational Presentation INDOOR ARENA David Raine, President, UK – BFLSBA, ‘OLD PARKS,’ Penrith, Cumbria, UK.

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Spring Preview Sheep Show Results The Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association Spring preview Show was held on June 11 at Jefferson County Fair Park. Quality and enthusiasm ran deep under judges Jeff Repasky and Justin Luther, with 72 exhibitors bringing out 115 breeding sheep and 96 market-prospect lambs.

Lead Class Entries Due August 20 Enter Online! For entry details, go to: wisconsinsheepand woolfestival.com or contact Kristen Nelson 608 345-9296 Email: Kristen.Nelsonadeccona.com

Supreme Champion Ram – Haley Yunker The Supreme Champion Ram at the Spring Preview Show in Jefferson was a yearling Southdown shown by Haley Yunker, St. Croix Falls. Over one hundred breeding sheep were exhibited in the annual show sponsored by the Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association.

Supreme Champion Ewe – Casey Lobdell Casey Lobdell, of Darlington, took home the Supreme Champion Ewe honors in the breeding classes at the WLBA Spring Preview Show held on June 11 at Jefferson Fair Park. The yearling Southdown was one of over two hundred sheep entries judged by Jeff Repaskey, Prior Lake, MN and Justin Luther, River Falls, WI.

5th Biennial Spooner Dairy Sheep Day The 5th Biennial Spooner Dairy Sheep Day will be held on Saturday, August 20, at the Headquarters Building, Spooner Agricultural Research Station of the University of Wisconsin. The themes for this year’s program are: 1) dairy farm profitability, and 2) lamb survival and lamb rearing. The morning session will include Dr. Larry Tranel from Iowa State Extension, who will present the results of an analysis of profitability of dairy sheep operations. In addition, the Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative will give an update on current and projected milk markets throughout the region. Income from lamb sales can represent a significant portion of income on a dairy sheep operation. Shortages of lambs in both the U.S. and internationally have resulted in record lamb prices in 2011. It appears that the shortage of lamb will continue for at least the next few years, resulting in a much improved economic situation for domestic lamb producers. The Dairy Sheep Day program will address challenges to rearing lambs and lamb marketing. Yves Berger of Spooner Ag research Station will address lamb survival in dairy

sheep operations and Dave Thomas of UW-Madison will address the genetics of lamb survival. Claire Mikolayunas of UW-Madison Extension will address rearing lambs from weaning to market and Dave Johnson of Equity Livestock Cooperative will address the current lamb market. Finally, there will be a discussion session for producers to suggest research topics to be conducted on-farm or at the Spooner Ag Research Station. Following the educational sessions, the sheep barn and milking facility will be open for a self-guided tour. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program scheduled to end at 2:45 p.m. Admission to the educational sessions of the Spooner Sheep Day is free, but there is a charge for the lamb barbeque lunch served at noon ($8.00 for adults and $5 for children under 12). The Spooner Agricultural Research Station is located in northwestern Wisconsin on Highway 70, just west of Highway 53 and just east of the town of Spooner. For more information, contact Lorraine Toman (715 635-3735, lltoman@ wisc.edu) . The complete program can be viewed at http://fyi.uwex. edu/wisheepandgoat/.

Grand Champion Market Lamb – Aly Dallas. Aly Dallas, Shawano, brought out the Grand Champion Market Lamb at the Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association Preview Show in Jefferson. The show is the first of the two the WLBA sponsors throughout the summer for junior livestock exhibitors.

Grand Champion Prospect Lamb – Sara Johnson. Grand Champion Prospect Lamb shown by Sara Johnson, Delavan at the WLBA Spring Preview Show in Jefferson.

WMQFA Moves Into New Home August 2011

The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts will move into its new facility in Cedarburg on August 11. The newly refurbished and remodeled barn is part of a pre-Civil War farmstead and the culmination of over two decades of planning and effort by museum supporters. For more information, info@wiquiltmuseum. com. Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts.

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SHEEP 101 – A Clinic for Beginning Shepherds! Friday, September 9 – Pre-registration Required 8:30 a.m.—Introductions & A Snapshot of Wisconsin’s Sheep Industry Meet your fellow students and get a look at the makeup of Wisconsin’s sheep producers, the economic importance of the industry and its potential. Ray Antoniewicz, AZ Farm, Oregon, WI and Claire Mikolayunas, Small Ruminant Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 9:00 a.m.—High On Grass There’s more to grass then just turning out sheep onto a pasture. Grazed forage is the heart of

a profitable sheep enterprise. Understanding how grass grows and responds allows shepherds to learn how to manage their pastures to benefit both sheep and the grass. And how you manage pasture will have a significant impact both this year and next. Gene Schriefer, Iowa County UWEX Ag Educator.

and to maintain a healthy flock. Learn about barn layouts, lambing cubicles, jugs and more. Bring your questions! Dick Cobb, Sheep Extension Specialist, University of Illinois – Urbana.

10:00 a.m.—Basic Facilities for Sheep Production While buildings and equipment for sheep can be minimal, there are some rules of thumb that shepherds should follow for ease of handling

1:00 p.m.—Wool Breeds & Their Uses Have you ever wondered why there are so many breeds of sheep?! Learn about their differences, characteristics, fleece types, uses and the opportunities open to producers in raising wool breeds. Neil Kentner, Sheep Producer, Livestock & Wool Judge, Mason, MI.

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11:00 a.m. —A Beginner’s Health Primer for Shepherds Bob Leder, DVM, Producer, Bear Creek, WI.

2:00 p.m.—A Few of My Favorite Things Experience is the best teacher and Elmer Held, Suffolk breeder from Oakfield, WI, has over 60 years of sheep production experience. Bring your questions as he explains and demonstrates some of the practical tools of shepherding. 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.—Alternating Sessions Note: Sheep 101 attendees will be divided into two groups over this two-hour period for closer instructor/student contact. Students will rotate between hands-on sessions. Please dress appropriately including bringing gloves.

Lambing Management See how an experienced shepherd handles sheep at lambing time. Todd Taylor, University of Wisconsin Shepherd (Arlington Research Station) will discuss ewe and lamb care, including lambing equipment, facilities, and animal behavior. Get your hands on useful tools and hear about common lambing time challenges. Handling & Hooves! Learn the basics of hands-on sheep handling, body condition scoring and hoof care. Be sure to dress appropriately to handle sheep and practice foot trimming! Claire Mikolayunas, Small Ruminant Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Troy Antoniewicz, Trophy Acres, Stoughton, WI. Registration for Sheep 101 is $60 per person, which includes a gate pass if registrations are received by August 20

(postmarked). Gate passes will be mailed. Register Online! Go to wisconsinsheepandwool festival.com to register. If you have difficulty accessing the website, you may register by phone by calling 608 868-2505. Late Registrations Miss the registration deadline? Check with the Festival office at 608 868-2505 or stop at Registration in the lobby of the Activity Center. Admission to the Festival is only $5 per person, per day or $10 for a weekend pass. Plan on Camping? Camping permits for either tent or motor vehicle/trailer camping are available through the office of Jefferson Fair Park during daily business hours by calling 920 674-7148. Permits may also be purchased at Registration on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. Please leave your pets at home.

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY! Thanks to the Jefferson County Antique Collectors, we are now offering shuttle service on both Saturday and Sunday between the parking lots and Festival activities. The members of the Club are providing the antique tractor power to pull the shuttle free of charge. Be sure to thank the drivers for their generosity!


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Festival Market Lamb Show Picture Perfect! Raises The Bar The Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival hung a bigger carrot out for market lamb exhibitors to consider as they plan their fall show schedule. The Festival, celebrating its tenth year on the weekend of September 9-11, now has a $500 premium for the Grand Champion lamb, while raising the Reserve Champion purse to $250. Breed champions will receive $50, with additional awards for Champion, Reserve and showmanship classes presented by EDJE Technologies,

Indianola, IA. The market lamb show will be held on Sunday, September 11, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Sheep Barn at Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. The show is sanctioned by the Wisconsin Club Lamb Association and is open to all ages of exhibitors. There will be a separate market lamb showmanship division following the show and age breaks will follow those of the WCLA. Showmanship for junior exhibitors accumulating points

under the Youth Sweepstakes program will be held in the Sale Arena, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, and age breaks will follow those of the sweepstakes. The entry fee for the market lamb show is $15 per lamb, due August 20. After the deadline, the late entry or day-of show fee is $20 per lamb. To enter, or for additional information, go to www. wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival. com.

The deadline for entering the 2011 Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative’s photo contest is just around the corner! All entries need to be postmarked by August 20, so dust off your camera and send in your best shots! This year’s contest offers a new category, called “Just Lambs.” Other categories include Scenic Photo, Photo of Kids and Sheep, Any Other Sheep or Wool Photo, and Photo Taken by Youth (for youth aged 18 and younger. Photographers may enter more than one category, and they may enter more than one photo in each category. Woodman’s Markets is spon-

Shetland Breeders to Host UK Judges The Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Association (MSSBA) will host two judges from the UK when exhibitors gather in Jefferson at the 2011 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. The MSSBA activities will begin on Thursday, with early check-in, which continues through Friday. The Shetland show begins on Saturday at noon in the Sheep Barn under co-judges Kate Sharp and Alan Hill. Sharp, from Humbie, East Lothian, Scotland, has been a long-time breeder of Shetlands, beginning in 1988 and is now in partnership with Alan Hill. Between them they run 150 head of Shetlands. Sharp has judged many Shetland Sheep

Society shows, including the Royal Show of England, Royal Bath & West, the Royal Highland Show of Scotland and has judged the Voe Show on the Shetland Islands. She has taken many top honors with her own breeding stock and is now concentrating on breeding a flock of grey Shetlands with partner Hill. Alan Hill is currently the VicePresident (ex-chairman and now Honorary Vice-Chairman) of the Shetland Sheep Society (SSS) and has a deep background in breeding sheep, dating back to the mid 80s. The long-time judge calls Spalford, Newark, Notts, England home and, like Sharp, has judged sheep across the UK, including

the Royal Show of England, Royal Bath & West, the Royal Highland Show. In 2003 Hill relinquished the chairmanship of the SSS and returned to showing Shetlands. Since, he has taken many top honors at SSS shows, including the UK small flock competition. In addition to judging the MSSBA sheep show, Hill and Sharp will hold a judging seminar for Shetland sheep judges and potential judges on Friday morning in the Sheep Barn and on Friday afternoon they will hold a Ram/Ewe inspection where individual sheep will be graded according the Shetland Sheep breed standard. The inspection event will be open to the public

to watch. Sharp will judge the Shetland fleeces starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the West Exhibit Building, and on Sunday morning she will be giving an open seminar on Shetland Sheep and their fleece in the East Exhibit Building, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sharp will then judge the Shetland Hand Spun Skein competition beginning at 1:00 p.m. Sunday in the Wonders of Wool Building 1. For more information on MSSBA shows and activities go to wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival. com or contact Chris Greene at catgre@mtco.com or Lori Stephenson at stephenson@ netwurx.net.

soring the grand prize, a $50 gift card for photo services at Woodman’s Markets, to the single photograph receiving the most votes. The Country Today newspaper is sponsoring a $50 cash prize to the top photo in the Photo Taken by Youth category. In addition, photographers entering the 2011 contest could find their entry on the cover of the 2012 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival catalog after a panel of judges reviews the top contest entries for a suitable cover photo. Finalist photos will be displayed at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, slated for September 9 through 11 at Jefferson Fair Park, and visitors to the Festival will vote for their favorite photos. For complete rules for this “shepherds’ choice” photo contest, visit www. wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival. com or contact Jane Metcalf at 608-868-3268 or tjmetcalf@ centurytel.net.

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WISCONSIN SHEEP & WOOL FESTIVAL CONTACTS GENERAL INFORMATION ALL Class Registrations â&#x20AC;˘ Wonders of Wool Fiber Arts Classes â&#x20AC;˘ Sheep 101 Clinic Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Office & Office of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op Jill Alf â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Secretary 608 868-2505 Email: wisbc@centurytel.net Mailing Address: 7811 Consolidated School Road Edgerton, WI 53534 ALL Sheep Show Entries Enter all sheep shows online at wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com No access to a computer? Contact Jill Alf at 608 868-2505 Fleece Show Entries Downloadable entry form online at wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival. com or in catalog, page 63. To Receive a Catalog, Change of Address, Get on Mailing List Online at wisconsinsheepandwool festival.com or email rbblack@ powercom.net Vendor Information Email rbblack@powercom.net Website & Catalog Advertising Kelli Gunderson 815 821-5905 robkelgundy@yahoo.com TO VOLUNTEER Contact Festival Office at 608 868-2505 CAMPING Jefferson Fair Park (during weekday business hours) 920 674-7148 Email: fair@jeffersoncountywi.gov (Camping permits also available at Registration Desk, September 8-11) LODGING Jefferson County Tourism Council www.enjoyjeffersoncounty.com 920 674-4511

EDUCATION Wonders of Wool Fiber Arts Classes Information only: Carol Wagner 920 758-2893 hvfarmwoolenmill@lakefield.net Fiber Arts for Kids (see Youth Activities) To Teach A Fiber Arts Class Carol Wagner 920 758-2803 Vanessa Kessler 920 565-3587 Sheep 101 & Shepherds Workshops Information only: Ray Antoniewicz 608 212-8526 rayatoz@merr.com Hall of Breeds Troy Antoniewicz 608 873-6841 troyaz@merr.com Shearing Demonstrations David Kier 715 287-3348 Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Assoc. Handy Shepherd Mini-Classes Chris Greene 815 496-2628 catgre@mtco.com COMPETITIONS Open Hand Spun Skein Competition Lisa Shuppe 262 677-1455 shuppian@charter.net â&#x20AC;˘ Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Assoc. â&#x20AC;˘ Hand Spun Shetland Skein Contest â&#x20AC;˘ Handmade Shetland Wool Competition Chris Greene 815 496-2628 catgre@mtco.com

Photo Contest Jane Metcalf 608 868-3268 tjmetcalf@centurytel.net Crook & Whistle Stock Dog Trial John Wentz 608 697-3681 john@bigyellowboots.net YOUTH ACTIVITIES Youth Sweepstakes, Sheep Judging Contest Todd Taylor 608 846-5858 toddtaylor@wisc.edu

Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Show Lori Stephenson 262 966-2021 Stephenson@netwurx.net â&#x20AC;˘ Great Lakes Bluefaced Leicester Show â&#x20AC;˘ North American Mule Sheep & Bluefaced Leicester Show â&#x20AC;˘ Progeny Show Brenda Lelli 616 837-1872 BeechtrFrm@aol.com Open, Junior, NCWGA & MSSBA Fleece Shows/Sales Sally Thomsen 920 755-4558 tmvet@lakefield.net MAKE IT WITH WOOL Carol Battenberg, State Director 920 699-2233 batten2@tds.net Design Challenge Contest (see Competitions)

2011 WCLA Sale Results The 2011 Wisconsin Club Lamb Association (WCLA) sale was held Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Wisconsin Show Pig Association Sale. A total of 25 lambs averaged $247.60. Ace Club Lambs, Brooklyn, Wisc., had the high seller which was also the pick of the barn for $500. JMC Show Lambs, Oak Creek, Wisc., had the sale high average at $287.50. Other WCLA consignors were: Crayton Club Lambs, Oak Creek, Wisc.; Doman Club Lambs, Watertown, Wisc.; Metro Hamps, Columbus, Wisc.; Rupnow Hamps, Wausau, Wisc.; Quad C Club Lambs,

Brownsville, Wisc.; and Tremlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club Lambs, Mauston, Wisc. The purpose of WCLA is to promote youth education and involvement in the sheep industry. WCLA was started in 1997 and has provided hundreds of Wisconsin youth the chance to make educated buying decisions, take proper care of lambs, display the best aspects of their lamb in the show ring and practice good sportsmanship and showmanship. Any Wisconsin resident, 19 years old as of January 1 of the current year or younger, is eligible to join. For more information on WCLA go to www. wisconsinclublambassociation. com.

Skillathon Liz Schultz eschultz3@wisc.edu Poster Contest Nancy Zernicke 715 584-1093 nzernicke@granitewave.com Will Ewe Teach Me? Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fiber Arts Classes Jo Winkler-Bley blink88@charter.net

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Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Membership Has Its Privileges CLASSIFIED ADS on the new Wisconsin Sheep Summer Spectacular Show Deadline FREE Breeders website are available to co-op members. There’s no The Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association's 3rd Annual Summer Spectacular Show will be held on August 1920th, 2011 at the Marathon Fair Park, Wausau, WI. The Summer Spectacular will offer youth a last chance before the start of school to exhibit their livestock projects and participate in an educational quiz bowl and judging contest.

Entries must be postmarked by August 1st to avoid paying late entry fees. Exhibitors age 8-19 by January 1st, 2011 in the beef, sheep and swine projects are eligible to exhibit. 2011 Master Stockman Award applications will be accepted at the Summer Spectacular Show. Three $750.00 Master Stockman awards within the beef, sheep and

swine species will be chosen as well as (3) $500.00 runner-ups. Summer Spectacular entry information and 2011 Master Stockman Award applications can be found on the WLBA website at www.wisconsinlivestockbreeders. com or by contacting Executive Director Jill Alf at 608/868-2505 or alfhamp@centurytel.net.

specific word count requirement, but ads should be limited to approximately three lines. Ads will run for three months, after which they are removed unless the member asks to renew for another three month period. Anyone wishing to place a free classified ad must be a current WSBC member. Submit ad copy to the WSBC office by emailing the text to wisbc@centurytel.net. If you haven’t checked out the new website, go to www.wisbc.com. The Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative reserves the right to reject ads not deemed appropriate for the website.

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August 1â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Entry Deadline â&#x20AC;&#x201C; WLBA Summer Spectacular Show, www.wisconsinlivestockbreeders.com August 11â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Grand Opening, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI. 5:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:00 p.m., Contact: 262 546-0300 or www.wiquiltmuseum.com for complete information.

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August 4-14â&#x20AC;&#x201D;160th Wisconsin State Fair, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis. www.wistatefair.com August 4-14â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wisconsin Wool Works! In the Sheep & Goat Barn at the Wisconsin State Fair. For information, contact Carol Black, Manager, 920 623-3536 or carol@ewesfulgifts.com August 19-20â&#x20AC;&#x201D;WLBA Wisconsin Summer Spectacular Show, Marathon Park, Wausau, WI. www.wisconsinlivestockbreeders.com August 20â&#x20AC;&#x201D;5th Biennial Spooner Dairy Sheep Day, Spooner Ag Research Station, Spooner, WI. Information: Lorraine Toman, 715 635-3735 or email lltoman@wisc.edu. Program at: http://fyi.uwex. edu/wisheepandgoat/

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August 20â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Entry Deadline â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com Sept. 9-11â&#x20AC;&#x201D;2011 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com Sept. 9â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sheep 101, Beginning Shepherds Clinic, Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. Registration required. Information online at wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com. Late registrations: 608 8682505 or email wisbc@centurytel.net

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Sept. 10â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Used Equipment Auction, Sponsored by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op. 2:00 p.m. in Warm-up Arena at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. To consign, contact Lynnette Taylor, 608 846-9536, email: taylorsheep@yahoo.com Sept. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ad & Copy Deadline â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fall Issue â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wisconsin Shepherd Ads â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kelli Gunderson 815 821-5905, robkelgundy@yahoo.com Copy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bob Black 920 623-3536, rbblack@powercom.net

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