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A Publication of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative

Fall 2013 Volume 25, Number 4

Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative Annual Meeting - March 15, 2014 Public Events Facility, Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI in conjunction with the Arlington Sheep Day.

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival saw full barns for the 2013 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 to Jefferson, WI to take part in the Open and Junior sheep shows on September 7th and 8th. 148 head entered the Open Wool Breeds division which saw Supreme Ram honors presented to Deakin Family Farms, Cuba, IL with their yearling Border Leicester Ram. Supreme Ewe in the Wool Breeds division was exhibited by Hi-Way C Columbias of Mindoro, WI, Presenting their

fall born Columbia Ewe. In the Meat Breeds Division, 174 entries competed for supreme honors, with Supreme Ram honors going to the fall ram lamb exhibited by MB Genetics of Rio, WI. Supreme Ewe of the Meat Breeds Division was awarded to Jenna Langer, Rio, WI, with her yearling Southdown ewe. Quality sheep, and even higher quality youth, entered 230 head for the junior breeding sheep show on Sunday, September 8, which included the ASBA Regional Junior Southdown Show as part of the activities of the day. In the Meat Breeds division, Supreme Champion Ram went

to Justine Ace, Stoughton WI, with a Suffolk yearling ram and Jenna Langer, Rio, WI took the Supreme Champion Ewe award with her Southdown yearling ewe entry. Alec Baumer, Mindoro, WI exhibited both the Supreme Champion Ram and the Supreme Champion Ewe in the wool breeds division with his Columbia spring ram lamb and his Columbia yearling ewe. Below are breed champion results from the 2013 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Open Breeding Sheep Show: See results on Page 4

Make It With Wool Contest Featured at Jefferson The Wisconsin Make It With Wool Contest was held during the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival at Jefferson Fair Park in Jefferson on Saturday, September 7. There were twenty-three 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 were to 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 six judges who spoke with each contestant individually and then judged the construction of the garments. The Best of Wisconsin style show, coordinated by Becky Mehringer of Cambridge, was held during the afternoon and featured all contestants modeling their unique and skillfully crafted garments before an appreciative audience. Winners in all cate­ gories were then announced and prizes presented.

Preteen: 1st  Reagan Russell, Shullsburg: Babylock sew­ ing machine donated by M & R Sewing of Madison, WI 2nd  Tara Schultz, Columbus: Iron donated by Nasco of Ft. Atkinson. 3rd Emily Dahlke, Adams: Shears donated by Kari’s Sew Unique of Whitewater. Junior: 1st  Mariah Richardson, Dousman: Airfare to the National MIWW contest in Charleston, SC in January 2014 provided by Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative; Hotel accommodations paid by National MIWW. 2nd Mary McDonald, Stevens Point: Serger donated by Wisconsin MIWW. Senior: 1st: Jessica Alf, Edgerton: Airfare to the National MIWW contest in Charleston, SC in

January 2014 provided by Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative; Hotel accommodations paid by National MIWW. 2nd: Bethanea Kottwitz, Hartford: $50 cash award from Wisconsin Make It With Wool.

Adult: 1st: Karin McDonald, Stevens Point: A $150 cash award from Wisconsin Make It With Wool. Best Knitted Entry: Mariah Richardson, Dousman: $50 cash award from Hidden Valley Farm & Woolen Mill, Valders, WI Two Best Constructed Items: Karin McDonald, Stevens Point: $100 cash award from Sewing with Nancy, Beaver Dam, WI Mary McDonald, Stevens Point: $100 cash award from Sewing with Nancy, Beaver Dam, WI See MIWW on Page 5

Kids from as far away as Missouri took part in Wooly U, the newest program for youth offered at Jefferson this year. The day-long activities got participants up close and personal with the newborn lambs provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arlington Sheep Unit. Photo by Jo Winkler-Bley. See story on page 12.

Auctions Top Expectations Both the crowds and the bids topped expectations at the recent Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op auctions held in Jefferson as part of the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. According to Auction Coordinator Tim Miller, Beloit, the proceeds from the live and silent auctions topped $7100 and will go to support annual scholarships and educational programming for the cooperative. Miller thanked donors and buyers for their support and Badger State Auction and Real Estate, Milton, WI, which donated auctioneering services for the live auction. In addition to merchandise, combined cash contributions totaling $625 were received from Milk Products, Complete Feed, Groenewold Fur & Wool and Military Ridge

Veterinary Service. Contributors of merchandise and services included the following businesses and individuals: Live Auction Donors A&J Nevens Livestock Aceline Suffolks & Club Lambs Alan & Heidi Thorson Alf Hampshires Animart Badger State Auction Big Gain Feed Carter Groenwold DeLong Company FS-Frontier Brodhead Held Suffolks Hunter Nutrition Ixonia Service Center Jordan Alf Jordan Implement Keith Schultz See Auctions on Page 10


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Notes from the President’s Pen As Sue Sees It: Greetings, The weather certainly smiled down on Wisconsin’s Fair and Festival goers this year. We could not have asked for more beautiful weather to host a Sheep & Wool Festival. I am always humbled by the number of volunteers who give so generously of their time to make the Sheep & Wool Festival such a success. And to all of you I say a heart felt THANK YOU. Entries in Wonders of Wool classes continue to be strong, fleeces were exceptional in quality, the sheep shows continue to grow and flourish, the food is outstanding and the people are unsurpassed. Now it’s time to move on and

prepare for the winter months. No doubt we will all struggle with feed costs, but things have certainly been worse in past years. We encourage everyone to join us on March 15th for Arlington Sheep Day followed by the WSBC annual meeting. There is a wonderful meal followed by awards, elections, discussion and fun. Your comments and suggestions are welcome and they don’t obligate you to head up a committee. Just let us hear from you. Enjoy the beauty of autumn. Sincerely, Sue Rupnow President, Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative

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The 2013 Supreme Champion Ram in The Supreme Champion Ewe in the Open the Open Meat Breeds at Jefferson was Meat Breeds division was a Southdown a Southdown shown by MB Genetics, Rio, shown by Jenna Langer, Deforest, WI. WI.

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Murphy Wins Sheep Industry Scholarship Thomas Murphy of Madison, Wis., has been selected as the recipient of the $1,500 Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship being offered through the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). Murphy is described by David Thomas, Ph.D., University of WisconsinMadison (UW-Madison), as a person with a true interest in the sheep industry and one who is preparing himself for a scientific career in service to this industry. Murphy is currently attending UW-Madison to earn a doctorate degree in animal science. His main research project is to search for genes or genetic markers associated with susceptibility to baby lamb pneumonia and is closely involved in a program to eliminate Ovine Progressive Pneumonia (OPP) from the university's flock. To complete his main research program, Murphy will use the 50,000 SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) chip to compare the specific nucleotides of lambs that contract pneumonia with similar lambs that are healthy. The goal is to identify specific nucleotides/genetic markers/

genes that are associated with the disease resulting in the possible development of a genetic test for susceptibility to pneumonia. In addition, Murphy is mining the UW-Madison's database of sheep records to determine if there is an effect on female performance when being born with one or more male siblings. While earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in animal science at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Murphy's interest in sheep research developed. As an undergraduate student, he teamed up with Kreg Leymaster, Ph.D., at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, where he analyzed a breed evaluation data set. Murphy learned about explaining differences in breeds from sire effects, estimating heritability and investigating relationships among various traits. For his master's degree project, Murphy developed skills to extract hepatic mitochondria and measure oxygen use. This has turned out to be a critical step in helping to explain large differences created through selection in feed intake and

maintenance energy requirements in mice. His work was published in the May issue of the Journal of Animal Science. Looking to finish his doctorate degree in 2015, Murphy says he would like to continue his work in the university system as he enjoys teaching and extension efforts. "I would like to bridge the work between researchers and what producers are looking for," he says. "I see a lot of people in the sheep industry who are very adamant about adopting new technologies to move the industry forward. I am excited to work with people who are passionate about making sure this industry will exist in the future." Speaking about the selection process, Will Getz, Ph.D., chair of the ASI Review Committee for the Sheep Heritage Foundation, says, "This was not an easy task because of the several factors to be considered and the range of topics involved. The process revealed however that there continues to be many institutions conducting meaningful sheep research and there are graduate students that have a genuine interest in the sheep industry."

Youth Activities Draw Record Numbers The Youth Sweepstakes com­ pe­ tition held annually at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival encourages youth to participate in as many educational and exhibition events as possible, including: Skillathon, Judging Contest, Poster Contest, Lead Class, Showmanship (both junior and MSSBA shows),

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The Supreme Champion Wool Breed Ram in the Junior Show at Jefferson was a Columbia, Shown by Alec Baumer, Mindoro, WI

The Supreme Champion Wool Breed Ewe in the Junior Show was a Columbia, exhibited by Alec Baumer, Mindoro, WI.

In the Junior Meat Breeds Show at Jefferson, the Supreme Champion Ram was a Suffolk shown by Justine Ace, Stoughton, WI

The Supreme Champion Ewe in the Junior Show was this Southdown shown by Jenna Langer of Deforest, WI.

The Reserve Supreme Champion Ram in the Junior Show Wool Breeds division was a Natural Colored, shown by Emily Anderson, Macon, MO.

The Reserve Supreme Champion Ewe in the Junior Wool Breeds division was a Border Leicester exhibited by Kevin Kitchen, Augusta, WI.

The Reserve Supreme Champion Meat Breed Ram of the Junior Show was a Wether Type exhibited by Justine Ace, Stoughton, WI.

The Reserve Supreme Meat Breed Ewe of the Junior Show at Jefferson was a Hampshire shown by Jessica Alf, Edgerton, WI.

Wool Breeds Division Judge: Lacie Hoffman, South Dakota

Reserve Supreme Ewe Wool Breeds: Ram-Lin Acres—Rambouillet

Meat Breeds Division Judge: Matt Scramlin, Michigan

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

Meat Breeds Division Judge: Eric Shellhouse, Ohio

Champion Ewe: Metro Hamps/Rupnow Hamps Reserve Ewe: Metro Hamps/Rupnow Hamps

results Continued from page 1

Deakin Family Farms Deakin Family Farms Amber Millikan Deakin Family Farms Jolene Staskal

Natural Colored Border Leicester: Champion Ram: Tiffany Deakin Reserve Ram: Tiffany Deakin Champion Ewe: Tiffany Deakin Reserve Ewe: P-W Sheep Farm 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

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

Joy Volkman Joy Volkman Rick Bosen Joy Volkman

Leicester Longwool: Champion Ram: Round About Farm Reserve Ram: Round About Farm Champion Ewe: Round About Farm Reserve Ewe: Round About Farm Lincoln: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Ram-Lin Acres Ram-Lin Acres Ram-Lin Acres Ram-Lin Acres

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

Alyse Millikan Emily Anderson Alyse Millikan Alyse Millikan

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

Ram-Lin Acres Ram-Lin Acres Ram-Lin Acres Ram-Lin Acres

Targhee: Champion Ram: A & J Nevens Livestock Reserve Ram: UW-Madison Champion Ewe: Anna Hinchley Reserve Ewe: A & J Nevens Livestock Shetland: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Emma Hopkins Anna Hopkins Emma Hopkins Anna Hopkins

Supreme Ram Wool Breeds: Deakin Family Farms—Border Leicester Reserve Supreme Ram Wool Breeds: Ram-Lin Acres—Lincoln Supreme Ewe Wool Breeds: Hi-Way C Columbias—Columbia

Cheviot: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Robert Schaefer Robert Schaefer Robert Schaefer Alex Taylor

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

Tim Elsbury Jessica Bennett Carson Lobdell Jessica Bennett

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

Auretta Wittkopf Rebecca Helton Auretta Wittkopf Rebecca Helton

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

Metro Hamps/Rupnow Alf Hampshires Alf Hampshires Alf Hampshires

Katahdin: Champion Ram: Champion Ewe:

Cari Slater Cari Slater

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

Andy & Laura Meyer Andy & Laura Meyer Lucas Wilson Andy & Laura Meyer

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

Charlotte Stephenson Maura Weiners Jacob Elsbury Charlotte Stephenson

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

MB Genetics MB Genetics Jenna Langer Jenna Langer

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

Aceline Suffolks Aceline Suffolks Aceline Suffolks Aceline Suffolks

Texel: Champion Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Austin Retzloff Crystal Retzloff Crystal Retzloff

Tunis: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Johanna Utzig Libby Hasheider Johanna Utzig Alex Taylor

Wether-Type: Champion Ram: Joshua Voight Reserve Ram: Metro Hamps/Rupnow Hamps

Supreme Ram Meat Breeds: MB Genetics—Southdown Reserve Supreme Ram Meat Breeds: Metro Hamps/Rupnow Hamp—Wether Type Supreme Ewe Meat Breeds: Jenna Langer—Southdown Reserve Supreme Ewe Meat Breeds: Alf Hampshires—Hampshire Results from the 2013 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Junior Breeding Sheep Show: Wool Breeds Divisions Judge: Sam Wiford, Ohio Border Leicester: Champion Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Kevin Kitchen Kevin Kitchen Auretta Wittkopf

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

Josiah Hooper Sabrina Richert Rebecca Starkenburg Hayley Yunker

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

Alec Baumer Alec Baumer Alec Baumer Alec Baumer

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

Joy Volkman Joy Volkman Joy Volkman Josie Volkman

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

Andy Nevens Andy Nevens Andy Nevens Andy Nevens

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

Emily Anderson Emily Anderson Emily Anderson

Rambouillet: Champion Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Nathan Hanson Nathan Hanson Nathan Hanson

Supreme Ram Wool Breeds: Alec Baumer—Columbia Reserve Supreme Ram Wool Breeds: Emily Anderson—Natural Colored Supreme Ewe Wool Breeds: Alec Baumer—Columbia Reserve Supreme Wool Breeds: Kevin Kitchen—Border Leicester

Cheviot: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Brandt Spilde Alex Taylor

Dorper: Champion Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Alex Taylor Carson Lobdell Jessica Bennett

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

Auretta Wittkopf Rebecca Helton Brandt Balfanz Ainsley Balfanz

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

Jessica Alf Zac Moret Jessica Alf Jessica Alf

Katahdin: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Kaitlyn Monteith Kaitlyn Monteith

Oxford: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Jillian Bingen Jillian Bingen

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

Emily Anderson Emily Anderson Emily Petzel Emily Anderson

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

Courtney Lobdell Haley Yunker Jenna Langer Hayley Yunker

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

Justine Ace Justine Ace Justine Ace Justine Ace

Tunis: Champion Ram: Reserve Ram: Champion Ewe: Reserve Ewe:

Johanna Utzig Libby Hashheider Avery Spilde Johanna Utzig

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

Justine Ace Joshua Voight Brady Muedt Sam Nehls

Supreme Ram Meat Breeds: Justine Ace—Suffolk Reserve Supreme Ram Meat Breeds: Justine Ace—Wether Type Supreme Ewe Meat Breeds: Jenna Langer—Southdown Reserve Supreme Ewe Meat Breeds: Jessica Alf—Hampshire


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Photo Contest Winners at Jefferson Emily Petzel of Centuria captured Best of Show honors in the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative’s Wild & Woolly Photo Contest at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival recently. Petzel’s photo, “She’s Out Standing in Her Field,” was a pixilated photo of a lone ewe standing in a pasture. The photo also won the top prize in the Scenic category. As the Best of Show recipient, Petzel received a $50 gift card for photo services from Woodman’s Markets, plus she received a $50 cash prize from The Country Today for being a class winner. Diane Christenson of Chippewa Falls placed both second and third in the Scenic Photo category. Fifteen-year-old Sabrina Richert of New Haven, Ind., topped the Photo by Youth category with a photo entitled “Naptime.” She received a $50 gift certificate from Ewesful Gifts of Columbus. Other class winners were Brook Peterson, 11, of Brantwood, second place; Brody Jones, 13, of Big Bend, third place; Brianna Jones, 13, Big Bend, fourth; and Nicole Emily Maurice, 8, Green Bay, fifth. In the Kids and Sheep Photo category, Debbie Petzel, also from Centuria, earned both first and second places with photos entitled “Bye, Bye! See You at Winter Break!” and “Tasty Lamb” respectively. She received a $50 cash prize from the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative for her first-place photo. Other class winners were Beth B. Wiedenfeld of Lake Mills, third place; Bonnie Juarez of Rockford, Ill., fourth, and Cora Carey of Boston, MA, fifth. Jeff Nevens of Lodi topped the Just Lambs category with a photo entitled “I Got a Secret to Tell You.” He was awarded a $50 cash prize from Wisconsin State Farmer. Debbie Petzel placed second, Emily Petzel placed both third and fourth, and Christenson placed fifth. Austin Retzlaff of Lena, Ill., won top prize in the Any Other Sheep or Wool Photo category. For his photo, entitled “Who’s Your Mama?,” he received a $50 gift certificate from Ewephoric! of Big Sandy, Texas. Other class winners were Jill Alf, Edgerton, second place; Juarez, third; Nevens, fourth; and Christenson, fifth. In addition to cash or gift prizes to the Best of Show and first-place class winners, the top five photographers in each category received premiums.

“She’s Out Standing in Her Field,” a photo taken by Emily Petzel of Centuria, won Best of Show honors in the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative’s Wild & Woolly Photo Contest, which took place recently at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.

Austin Retzlaff of Lena, Ill., won top prize in the Any Other Sheep or Wool Photo category. For his photo, entitled “Who’s Your Mama?” he received a $50 gift certificate from Ewephoric! of Big Sandy, Texas.

“I Got a Secret to Tell You” is the title of the photo by Jeff Nevens of Lodi that won the Just Lambs category. Nevens received a $50 cash prize from the Wisconsin State Farmer.

MIWW Continued from page 1 As the first place winner in the Make It With Wool Junior Division competition, Mariah Richardson of Dousman, WI receives airfare to the National MIWW contest in Charleston, SC in January 2014, provided by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, along with hotel accommodations paid for by the National Make It With Wool program.

Jessica Alf, Edgerton, WI, received first place honors in the Senior Division of the 2013 Wisconsin Make It With Wool contest and receives airfare to the National MIWW competition in Charleston provided by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op and hotel accommodations from the national MIWW program. All garment contestants received Pendleton wool and a variety of prizes from businesses throughout Wisconsin.

Novelty Youth: 1st: Bethanea Kottwitz, Hartford: $25 cash award from WI MIWW 2nd: Blake Sullivan, Macomb, IL: $15 cash award from WI MIWW 3rd:  Ella Kaseman-Wold, Madison: $10 cash award from WI MIWW Novelty Adult: 1st: Nancy Lindquist, Slinger: $25 cash award from WI MIWW 2nd: Ruth Jensen, Clinton: $15 cash award from WI MIWW 3rd: Sara von Tresckow, Fond du Lac: $10 cash award from WI MIWW Quilt: 1st:  Karen Kottwitz, Hartford: $25 cash award from WI MIWW Clothing: 1st:  Maribeth Schmit, Cedarburg: $25 cash award from WI MIWW 2nd: Karen Kottwitz, Hartford: $15 cash award from WI MIWW 3rd:  Sara von Tresckow, Fond du Lac: $10 cash award from WI MIWW All garment contestants receiv­­ed Pendleton wool and a variety of prizes which included sewing notions, yarn, hand-dyed wool and gift certificates from businesses throughout Wisconsin. Junior and Senior winners Mariah Richardson and Jessica Alf will travel to the national competition in Charleston, SC, in January 2014. Adult winner Karin McDonald will prepare a video featuring her garment and submit it to California to be judged by a national panel of judges. The National Adult Winner will then be notified and will receive a trip to the national contest in Charleston, SC. The major sponsor of the Make It With Wool contest is the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative. Jefferson County AgriBusiness also provides support to Make It With Wool, along with numerous businesses and organizations throughout Wisconsin. The 2014 Make It With Wool competition will be held September 6, 2014, during the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival at Jefferson Fair Park in Jefferson. For additional information, visit www.wisconsin sheepandwoolfestival.com and click on Make It With Wool or contact Wisconsin’s State Director, Wynn Wittkopf at jwwittkopf@ core.com.

Reagan Russell, Shullsburg, WI, took top honors in the Preteen Division of the recent Wisconsin Make It With Wool competition held at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival in Jefferson. As first place winner, she received a Babylock sewing machine donated by M & R Sewing of Madison, WI.

Karin McDonald, Stevens Point, WI, was the Adult Division winner at this year’s Make It With Wool contest held in Jefferson and will compete nationally via a prepared video of her garment entry that will be judged in California. The winner of that competition will receive a trip to Charleston in January where the National MIWW contest will be held in conjunction with the Annual American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) convention.


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MSSBA Posts Results from Jefferson The 2013 Midwest Shetland Sheep Association show at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival saw entries down slightly from last year but quality steady as breeders from five states gathered in Jefferson. The show was judged by Maurice Wakeling, Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset UK. Youth Showmanship – 8 & Under 1st Olivia Glenn – 8 years old 2nd McKenzie Isenhower – 4 years old Youth Showmanship – 9-14 years 1st Anna Hopkins – 15 years old 2nd Justin Roth – 13 years old 3rd Clayton Mahlkuch – 13 years old Champion Junior Showmanship Anna Hopkins Res. Champion Junior Showmanship Olivia Glenn Senior Ram 1st Theresa Gygi – Under the Son Dungaree 2nd Andy Fulks – Boston Lake Jahen Yearling Ram 1st Kelly Bartels – OK Acres Elvis 2nd Emma Hopkins – Emma’s Creek Turquoise 3rd Maria Krenz – Windflats Frankie Ram Lamb 1st Theresa Gygi – Under The Son Monterey Jack 2nd Meghan Namaste – Winter Sky Moose 3rd Erica Solis – White Pine Jean Luc 4th Meghan Namaste – Wintertime S.I. 5th Mike Bartels – OK Acres Dodger Pair of Ram Lambs 1st Theresa Gygi – UTS Mahon/Monterey Jack 2nd Megahn Namaste – Wintersky Moose/ Wintetrime S.I. 3rd Kelly Bartels – OK Acres Dodger/Darby 4th Anna Hopkins – Midsummer Acorn/ Poppy 5th Debbie Powers – OK Acres Iago/Shetu Aladdin Senior Ewe 1st Meghan Namaste – Wintertime Mandalay 2nd Kelly Bartels – OK Acres Seneca 3rd Terry Dukerschein – Sheltering Pines Arabesque 4th Kelly Bartels – Sheltering Pines Salcional 5th Meghan Namaste – Wintertime Marrakech

The Supreme Champion & Grand Champion Ram at the 2013 MSSBA show at Jefferson was Under The Son Mahon, shown by Theresa and Jeff Gygi, Greencastle, IN. The show was judged by Maurice Wakeling of Combe, St. Nicholas, Somerset UK.

Yearling Ewe 1st Kelly Bartels – OK Acres Shania 2nd Theresa Gygi – Under The Son Arran 3rd Josh Krenz – OK Acres Reba 4th Debbie Powers – OK Acres Whitney 5th Meghan Namaste – Wintertime Angry Bird

Ewe Lamb 1st Theresa Gygi – Under The Son Coolea 2nd Meghan Namaste – Wintertime Wren 3rd Kelly Bartels – OK Acres Ellie Mae 4th Meghan Namaste – Wintertime Wren 5th Justin Roth – OK Acres Perdy Pair of Ewe Lambs 1st Theresa Gygi – UTS Coolea/Matooq 2nd Meghan Namaste – Wintertime Sicily/ Adrienne 3rd Kelly Bartels – OK Acres Angel/Perdy 4th Kelly Bartels – OK Acres Sarafina/Ellie Mae 5th Terry Dukerschein – Glen Tamarack/ Adrienne Dam & Daughter 1st Terry Dukerschein – S’More Arabesque/ Glen Tamarack Adrienne 2nd Kelly Bartels – OK Acres Sarafina/ Sheltering Pines Salicional 3rd Meghan Namaste – Wintertime Mandalay/Marrakech 4th Clayton Mahlkuch – OK Acres Alabama/ Angel 5th Denise Fulks – White Pine Regina Spektor/Fulks Family Nala

Taking home Reserve Champion honors in the ewe class were Mike and Kelly Bartels of Monroe, WI with OK Acres Shania.

Best Small Flock Theresa Gygi – Under The Son Mahon/ Coolea/Matooq Best Fleece On Hoof 1st Theresa Gygi – Under The Son Mahon 2nd Meghan Namaste – Wintertime Moose 3rd Kelly Bartels – OK Acres Shania Champion Ram  Theresa Gygi – Under The Son Mahon Reserve Champion Ram Kelly Bartels – OK Acres Elvis Champion Ewe Meghan Namaste – Wintertime Mandalay Reserve Champion Ewe Kelly Bartels – OK Acres Shania Supreme Grand Champion Theresa Gygi – Under The Son Mahon Reserve Supreme Champion Meghan Namaste – Wintertime Mandalay

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The Reserve Supreme Champion & Grand Champion Ewe of the Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Association show was Wintertime Mandalay, shown by Meghan Namaste, Negaaunee, MI. The show drew exhibitors from five states.

The 2013 MSSBA show included two classes of Youth Showmanship where Anna Hopkins of Zionsville, IL, 15, was named Champion.

Alf Receives 2013 WSBC Scholarship

20th Annual Shepherd’s Clinic and Trade Show

Keynote Speaker: Janet McNally

February 1st, 2014 WITC Conference Center Rice Lake, WI

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Spring Show Lamb Sale April 6th, 2014 UW-River Falls Mann Valley Farm

Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association For Information, Memberships and Registrations contact:

Corinne Arnevik-Hansen, ISBA Treasurer 2550 12¾ Avenue, Cameron, WI 54822 715-205-9603 or chansen@sdlwi.org

Jessica Alf, daughter of Jill Alf, Edgerton, was named the 2013 recipient of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative scholarship. Alf is a 2013 graduate of Milton High School, where she was active in FFA, varsity volleyball, gymnastics and show choir and is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she is pursuing a career in Accounting & Finance. Jessica is closely involved with the day-to-day care of her family’s purebred Hampshire flock and has shown her sheep at the Wisconsin State fair, All-American Junior

Show and NAILE. She has also competed in the Wisconsin Make It With Wool contest, representing the state at the ASI Convention in San Antonio, TX in 2013 and will return to the national contest in Charleston, SC in January as the Senior Division winner from Wisconsin. The WSBC scholarships are funded through proceeds from the Shepherds and Silent Auctions held annually at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.


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Market Lamb Results from Jefferson Any Other Breed – Whitefaced – 119-153 lbs 1 – Brannt Balfanz 2 – Brady Meudt 3 – Grace Peterson 4 – Brannt Balfanz 5 – Lucas Wilson 6 – Connor Novak Champion AOB – Brannt Balfanz Reserve Champion AOB – Brady Meudt Crossbred – Class 2 – 103-125 lbs 1 – Leah green 2 – Sydney Cherney 3 – Sidney Cherney 4 – Northern Lights Livestock 5 – Brady Hannes Crossbred – Class 3 – 128-132 lbs 1 – Sydney Cherney 2 – Clint Dallas 3 – Samantha Bohm 4 – Todd Wolff 5 – Malorie Schmoll 6 – Zach Morrow Crossbred – Class 4 – 134-139 lbs 1 – Reid Suddeth 2 – Boone Schmitz 3 – Ainsley Balfanz 4 – Ty Thorson 5 – Quincy Wiegand Crossbred – Class 5 – 140-144 lbs 1 – Sarah Johnson 2 – Jed Dallas

3 – Brady Hannes 4 – Northern Lights Livestock 5 – Crystal Novak Crossbred – Class 6 – 149-154 lbs 1 – Clint Dallas 2 – Katelyn Schmoll 3 – Madison Russell Champion Crossbred – Reid Suddeth (Class 4) Reserve Champion Crossbred – Leah Green (Class 2) Hampshire – Class 7 – 125-132 lbs 1 – Leah Green 2 – Sarah Johnson 3 – Ainsley Balfanz 4 – Samantha Bohm 5 – Malorie Schmoll 6 – Katelyn Schmoll Hampshire – Class 8 – 134-143 lbs 1 – Jed Dallas 2 – Emilee Morrow 3 – Regan Suddeth 4 – Samantha Bohm 5 – Emily Petzel 6 – Todd Wolff Hampshire – Class 9 – 149-162 lbs 1 – Madison Russell 2 – Ty Thorson 3 – Crystal Novak 4 – Tyler Cross 5 – Quincy Wiegand

The 2013 Champion Market Lamb at Jefferson was shown by Reid Suddeth, Mineral Point, WI.

Champion Hampshire – Leah Green (Class 7) Reserve Champion Hampshire – Jed Dallas (Class 8) Natural Colored – Class 10 – 112-133 lbs 1 – Brady Meudt 2 – Jacee Johnson 3 – Elizabeth Rake Natural Colored – Class 11 – 135-137 lbs 1 – Reid Suddeth 2 – Trenna Cherney 3 – Samuel Nehls Natural Colored – Class 12 – 149-161 lbs 1 – Trenna Cherney 2 – Ainsley Balfanz 3 – Tyler Cross Champion Natural Colored – Reid Suddeth (Class 11) Reserve Champion Natural Colored – Brady Meudt (Class 10) Suffolk – Class 13 – 107-128 lbs 1 – Todd Wolff 2 – Todd Wolff 3 – Kassandra Palzkill 4 – Trent Kohlman 5 – Tucker Peterson 6 – Nick Borchardt Suffolk – Class 14 – 130-135 lbs 1 – Jacee Johnson 2 – Brady Meudt

3 – Jed Dallas 4 – Emily Petzel Suffolk – Class 15 – 140-152 lbs 1 – Leah Green 2 – Reid Suddeth 3 – Clint Dallas Champion Suffolk – Leah Green (Class 15) Reserve Champion Suffolk – Jacee Johnson (Class 140) Commercial Ewe – Class 16 – 128-143 lbs 1 – Brady Hannes 2 – Jacee Johnson 3 – Cate Cherney 4 – Reagan Russell 5 – Todd Wolff Commercial Ewe – Class 17 – 147-165 lbs 1 – Brady Meudt 2 – Ty Thorson 3 – Tyler Cross 4 – Cate Cherney 5 – Kaila Cross Champion Commercial Ewe – Brady Meudt (Class 17) Reserve Champion Commercial Ewe – Brady Hannes (Class 16) 2013 Champion Market Lamb Overall – Reid Suddeth – Crossbred 2013 Reserve Champion Market Lamb Overall – Leah Green – Hampshire

The Reserve Champion Market Lamb at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival was shown by Leah Green, Greenleaf, WI.


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Fleece Shows Hit Record Numbers

Junior Show

Open Show

40 total entries Judge – Neil Kentner, Mason, MI

105 total entries Judge—Neil Kentner, Mason, MI

Division 1—Commercial White 16 entries 1. #21 Andy Nevens 2. #22 Andy Nevens 3. #19 Andy Nevens 4. #29 Alex Taylor Champion Fleece #21 Andy Nevens Reserve Champion Fleece #22 Andy Nevens

Division 1—Class 1— Commercial White Fine—7 entries 1. #13 Wendy Tobiaz 2. #67 A & J Livestock 3. #12 Wendy Tobiaz

Division 2—White Handspinning 8 entries 1. #06 Blake Sullivan 2. #01 Hailey Hendrickson 3. #13 Jessica Taylor 4. #16 Tyler Johnson Champion Fleece #06 Blake Sullivan Reserve Champion Fleece #01 Hailey Hendrickson Division 3—Natural Colored 16 entries 1. #15 Tyler Johnson 2. #04 Blake Sullivan 3. #38 Marissa Telderer 4. #03 Blake Sullivan Champion Fleece #15 Tyler Johnson Reserve Champion Fleece #04 Blake Sullivan Junior Grand Champion Fleece #06 Blake Sullivan Junior Reserve Grand Champion Fleece #15 Tyler Johnson

Division 1—Class 2 Medium—13 entries 1. #06 A-Z Farm 2. #53 Todd Taylor 3. #05 A-Z Farm 4. #50 UW Arlington Sheep Unit Division 1—Class 3 Coarse—1 entry 1. #09 A-Z Farm Champion Fleece #06 A-Z Farm Reserve Champion Fleece #13 Wendy Tobiaz Division 2—Handspinning White—Class 1 Fine—5 entries 1. #64 Jill Johnson 2. #82 Sue Kapla 3. #83 Sue Kapla 4. #20 Laura Stremick-Thompson Division 2—Class 2 Medium—1 entry 1. #25 Pam Pecilunas Division 2—Class 3 Coarse—0 entries Division 2—Class 4 Longwools—22 entries

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1. #99 Samantha Jones 2. #66 Jane Hanson 3. #21 Laura Stremick-Thompson 4. #58 Carol Wagner Division 2—Class 5 Doublecoat—0 entries Champion Fleece #99 Samantha Jones Reserve Champion Fleece #64 Jill Johnson Division 3—Natural Colored Class 1 Fine—10 entries 1. #84 Sue Kapla 2. #63 Isabella Castaneda 3. #33 Linda Derrickson 4. #11 Julie Drigot Division 3—Class 2 Medium—12 entries 1. #45 Jerry Millikan 2. #102 Samantha Jones 3. #62 Dee Heinrich 4. #37 Jerry Millikan Division 3—Class 3 Coarse—0 entries Division 3—Class 4 Longwools—21 entries 1. #36 LeeAnne Richert 2. #35 LeeAnne Richert 3. #97 Samantha Jones 4. #60 Carol Wagner Division 3—Class 5 Doublecoat—13 entries 1. #109 Jeanne Telderer 2. #105 Jeanne Telderer 3. #23 Laura Stremick-Thompson 4. #108 Jeanne Telderer Champion Fleece #84 Sue Kapla Reserve Champion Fleece #36 LeeAnne Richert

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Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Association Fleece Show Judge – Gillian Wakeling, Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset UK Class 1—Single Coat White 8 entries 1. #26 Dennis Mahlkuch 2. #20 Laura Mathews 3. #32 Andy Fulks Class 2—Double Coat White 0 entries Class 3 - Single Coat Colored 25 entries 1. #23 Meghan Namaste 2. #24 Meghan Namaste 3. #22 Meghan Namaste 4. #13 Theresa Gygi Class 4 - Double Coat Colored 9 entries 1. #43 Lori Scharlau 2. #38 Lori Scharlau 3. #04 Laura Stremick-Thompson 4. #30 Andy Fulks MSSBA Champion Fleece #023 Meghan Namaste MSSBA Reserve Champion Fleece #24 Meghan Namaste Rooed Shetland 8 entries 1. #21 Meghan Namaste 2. #47 Kelly Bartels 3. #44 Kelly Bartels 4. #45 Kelly Bartels 5. #46 Kelly Bartels 6. #48 Kelly Bartels MSSBA Champion Rooed Fleece #21 Meghan Namaste MSSBA Reserve Champion Rooed Fleece—#47 Kelly Bartels Grand Champion Overall #84 Sue Kapla Reserve Grand Champion Overall #99 Samantha Jones

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Debbie Petzel of Centuria topped the Kids & Sheep category with this photo, entitled “Bye, Bye! See You at Winter Break!” and received a $50 cash prize from the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative.


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In Memoriam James Minard Lein James M. Lein, 73, Arlington, IA area farmer for 48 years, passed away August 23, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. James was born November 18, 1939, the son of Minard (MJ) and Mabelle (Wolfe) Lein in Des Moines, Iowa. The family moved to Graettinger, where James completed 11th grade and then graduated from Valley High School, West des Moines, following the family’s move back to the Des Moines area. He attended Iowa State University in Ames and was a veteran of the United States Army in which he served as a Missile Engineer with the 166th Ordnance Corps in Fairbanks, Alaska. On July 23, 1967 he married Donna (Hay) Scherman and the couple farmed in the Arlington area, raising purebred sheep. Jim’s childhood and youth were spent with much emphasis on 4-H and competition with Holstein dairy cattle at local county and state fairs. He had a continuing love of livestock and competition in the showring, earning Premier Exhibitor over thirty times, including the 2013 Iowa State Fair, which was the first he had missed in over 70 years due to his health. In 1971, Jim was chosen as the Iowa State Fair Cookout King for his recipe and presentation of “Daddy’s Drumsticks.” Jim was appointed as a Director of the Iowa Sheep and Wool Promotion Board in 1991 and also chaired the Iowa Agriculture Products Advisory Council. He served on the American Sheep Industry Wool Council and in 1988 represented the U.S. as part of a delegation to Russia promoting sheep and wool. In 1991 Jim and Donna received the Farm Bureau Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award for Fayette County, where jim had been a member for 48 years. The Leins were selected for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award in 2012 in recognition of their efforts to improve and protect the state’s natural resources. Jim was a familiar face at the Wisconsin State Fair for many years where he was named premier exhibitor eight times. He and Donna were loyal supporters of the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, where they proudly exhibited their Lincolns and Corriedales, arriving in Jim’s pride and joy, his restored 1970 red ¾ ton Chevrolet pickup. In 2008, the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, of which they were members, named Jim and Donna as recipients of the Master Shepherds Awards – Purebred Division. Jim is survived by his wife, Donna of Arlington; three daughters, Shelley (Dean C. Paul) Lein of Vernon Hills, Illinois; Sarah (F. Joseph Umana) Lein of Apex, North Carolina; Susan Lein of Berea, Kentucky; one son, Nathan (Jamie) Lein of Oelwein; four grandchildren, Whitney and William Paul, and Hans and Reuben Umana. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, David. Memorials may be made in Jim Lein’s memory to: Camp EWALU, 37776 Alpha Avenue, Strawberry Point, IA 52076; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 112 – 2nd Avenue NW, Waverly, IA 50677; or to the Jim Lein Fund for University of Iowa Pulmonary Research, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550.

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Calendar of Events October 19—Pasture Walk for Sheep Graziers, Farm 45, LLC, Terry Groth. For information: Kristen Jurcek, Town & Country RC&D, 920 342-9504 email kjurcek1@centurytel.net

Jo Winkler-Bley

October 21—Deadline for Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants. For more information, contact DATCP’s Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Program Manager, teresa Engel, 608 2245101 or teresa.engel@wi.gov

Jefferson - This was the seventh year I have been leading a fiber class for youth at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, beginning in 2007 with just a half day of knitting for walk-in kids. It was met with such enthusiasm by the kids attending the festival that I have gradually expanded it each year. This year it became an all-day fiber camp called “Wooly U”. My focus broadened from teaching the skills of fiber crafts to helping the kids make the connection to the animals, shepherds and rural history. The kids, ages 8-16 years, learned the basics of knitting, weaving, felting and dyeing wool. We also spent part of the day out on the fairgrounds meeting the newborn lambs up close and personal, thanks to Todd Taylor, U.W. Extension. We watched the sheepdog trials and learned about the hours of training that goes on between the dogs and the shepherds. And the kids got a great hands-on history lesson from Ma and Pa. They were able to learn skills that were used in our own state’s rural history such as making twine, using a draw knife to make shingles, processing corn, carding wool and playing games kids their age would have played growing up on the farm. Definitely a highpoint of the day! A local fiber artist, Celia Lamper-Linden heard about the classes and generously donated a triangle loom, a wool picker and generous funds to be used for these youth classes. The kids enjoyed taking a turn on the loom and seeing how wool is processed from the freshly shorn phase to being ready to be carded. The kids were all very enthusiastic and a sure sign of success was their request to come back the next day for another day of camp! Some of them had traveled from as far as Cairo, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois for the opportunity to participate in this festival! Some of the parents also took classes and many of the others spent the day enjoying the wide variety of vendors and activities offered. I was fortunate again to have other fiber enthusiasts volunteer their time; coming from as far as the Milwaukee area to make this day possible. Over the years I have been fortunate also to have received generous donations from vendors to keep me supplied with woolen yarns and roving. Without these volunteers and donors, this day would not be possible. But the kids are what keep us all going. Their pure enjoyment and interest in learning make it a very rewarding day. I have had many of them come back each year to participate in the classes and some come back each year to say hello. That means a lot! Several have even come to tell me that they have taken a technique that they learned and entered yarn or a felted item in a fair or competition! This really gets to the heart of the purpose for all of this. We are bringing up the next generation of fiber enthusiasts! So, as I am still reorganizing supplies and getting things put away for next year, I find myself smiling over the memories of yet another successful day and making plans to improve it for next year.

November 1-3—More Humus, More Humanity: Insights and Practices out of Biodynamic Agriculture, Michael Fields Institute, East Troy, WI.$165 registration fee includes activity supplies, dinner Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and snacks. Meals and snacks are prepared with organic and biodynamic ingredients. You may register online or contact Jodie Janovec at 262-642-3303 ext.128 or farmandfood@ michaelfields.org Scholarships are available through the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund. Applications must be received by October 1. November 7-9—Dairy Sheep Association of North America 2013 Symposium, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Eric Bzikot, ee.bizkot@everus.ca www.dsana.org November 15—Deadline—Registration for 2013 Beginning Shearing School. For information: Todd Taylor, 608 8465858 or toddtaylor@wisc.edu December 7-8—Beginning Shearing School, Sheep Unit, Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI. Registration deadline – November 15. Contact Todd Taylor, 608 846-5858, toddtaylor@wisc.edu for information.

~ 2014 ~ January 6—Ad/Copy Deadline—Winter Issue, Wisconsin Shepherd. Copy: Bob Black, rbblack@powercom.net; Ads: Kelli Gunderson, robkelgundy@yahoo.com or 815 821-5905 January 22-25—Annual Convention—American Sheep Industry Association, Charleston Marriot, Charleston, SC. Information: www.sheepusa.org February 1—20th Annual Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association Shepherds Clinic & Trade Show, WITC Center, Rice Lake, WI. Information: Corrine Arnevik- Hansen 715 205-9603, chansen@sdlwi.org or www.indianheadsheep.com March 15—Arlington Sheep Day, Public Events Facility, UW-Madison Arlington, Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI. Details: www.wisbc.com March 15—Annual Meeting—Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, Public Events Facility, UW-Madison Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI. Information: Jill Alf, 608 868-2505 or wisbc@centurytel.net March 31—Ad Deadline—Catalog, Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. Kelli Gunderson, 815 821-5905, robkelgundy@yahoo.com April 6—Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association Spring Show Lamb Sale, UW-River Falls Mann Valley Farm. Information: Corrine Arnevik-Hansen, 715 205-9603, chansen@sdlwi.org or www.indianheadsheep.com April 7—Ad/Copy Deadline—Spring Issue, Wisconsin Shepherd. Copy: Bob Black, rbblack@powercom.net; Ads: Kelli Gunderson, robkelgundy@yahoo.com or 815 821-5905

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The twenty kids attending Wooly U at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival each received their own T-shirt to decorate and a “diploma” as part of the all-day program aimed at introducing them to the world of fiber and sheep. Photo by Jo Winkler-Bley

The lambs at Jefferson were an instant hit with Wooly U students as Todd Taylor, Shepherd at the UW Arlington Sheep Unit, talked with them about raising sheep and taking care of newborns.

Tom Kleist of Ma & Pa brought history a little closer to Wooly U participants as he demonstrated crafts and skills common to farms in the 19th century. Kleist and Sandy Fisher do demonstrations for schools around SE Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Shepherd Fall 2013  

Fall 2013 Volume 25, Number 4

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