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A Publication of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative

Spring 2012 Volume 24 Number 2

Yves Berger Receives Members Elect Art Pope Award New Directors The recipient of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative Art Pope Award for 2012 is Yves M. Berger, internationally respected sheep researcher at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station of the University of WisconsinMadison since 1988. In addition to supervising the sheep work at the Spooner Station, Yves has served as the Assistant Superintendent and later as the Superintendent of the Station. Yves is recognized both nationally and world-wide as an expert in sheep production and management. He conducted the first comparison of the Finnsheep and Romanov breeds of sheep in North America where it was shown that the Romanov was superior to the Finnsheep in all aspects of lamb production. The artificial lamb rearing system that he developed at the Spooner Station has been adopted by sheep producers throughout the U.S. Yves and the sheep crew at Spooner artificially rear 500 to 600 lambs on milk replacer each year. Lambs are successfully weaned off milk replacer at an average age of thirty days after having consumed 18 pounds of

The recipient of the 2012 Art Pope Award is Yves Berger, internationally recognized sheep researcher at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station at Spooner, Wisconsin since 1988. Berger (l.) is shown receiving the award from Dave Thomas, Professor of Sheep Management & Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The award is presented by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative and Berger was recognized at the co-op’s annual meeting on March 10. Photo by Don Hessler milk replacer powder. Since 1995, Yves has supervised the operation of the only dairy sheep research farm in North America. The results of dairy sheep studies from the Spooner Station have been very important to the successful

establishment of the dairy sheep industry in North America. Yves is a native of France where he received the B.S. degree in Agriculture. He received his See Pope Award on Page 3

Nevens Family Carries On Tradition Few people can point to a longer history in the sheep business than Jeff and Leslie Nevens, who were honored at the recent recognition and awards dinner of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative as Master Shepherds, Purebred—Wool Division for 2012. Leslie, a fifth generation shepherdess, and husband Jeff have carried on a tradition of producing top-quality Targhees that began on her family’s farms fifty years ago. The flock currently numbers around twenty five NSIP registered breeding ewes and has produced NSIP champions at two national USTSA shows. While the Targhee breed is a relative newcomer to Wisconsin, it has been staunchly supported and promoted over the years, but probably no more enthusiastically than by the Nevens Family. Jeff is See Nevens on Page 3

The Nevens Family (l-r Leslie, Jeff, Joelle, Andy) of Lodi was the recipient of the 2012 Master Shepherds, Purebred Wool Division Award at the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op annual recognition dinner, representing over fifty years of producing purebred Targhees.

Arlington, WI—The Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Coop­erative board of directors for 2012: (front row, l-r) Alan Thorson, Columbus; Sue Rupnow, President, Wausau; Gary Klug, Denmark; Jill Alf, Secretary, Edgerton; Elmer Held, Oakfield. (back row l-r) Jeff Nevens, Lodi; Keith Schultz, Vice President, Fort Atkinson; Laura Meyer, Watertown; Steve Bingen, West Bend; Bill Keough, Manawa. WSBC File Photo Arlington, WI—Members of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative elected three experienced candidates to the board of directors at their annual meeting on March 10, replacing retiring director Todd Taylor, who had served two terms and Troy Antoneiwicz, who had decided not run for a second term. Returned to the board for a second three-year term was Elmer Held, whose service to the cooperative covers over three decades and who has owned sheep for over sixty years. In addition to being a member of the 1978 WSBC board that put together the first Wisconsin Sheep Industry Conference, Held has been a part of the planning committee for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival and served on the Wisconsin Scrapie Board; Blueprint for Expansion Committee; Wisconsin Ram Test Board; Wisconsin Suffolk Association and Northeast Sheep Breeders boards and on the board of the Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association. Held and his wife Etta reside in Oakfield and manage a flock of forty registered Suffolk ewes. One of his primary goals is to “promote the sheep industry through shows, sales, sheep conferences and seminars.” Keith Schultz, Fort Atkinson, returns to the WSBC board after serving as a director from 2004-2010. He and his family have been involved with the sheep industry for 25 years and currently have a flock of thirty registered Southdowns. In addition to his service to the cooperative, Schultz has been a member of the Jefferson County Meat Animal Board and is a member of the Wisconsin Southdown Association. He has also been active in assisting with the Wisconsin State Fair Junior and Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival shows and on the festival planning committee. He has been a shearing demonstrator for Busy Barns Adventure Farm, a shearing/fitting demonstrator for Nasco and emphasizes that he wants to help the WSBC “continue in the positive direction” in its support of sheep and wool products. Jeff Nevens of Lodi is starting his first term as a WSBC board member, but brings his experience with the state and National Targhee associations to the table. Nevens has served on the U.S. Targhee Sheep Association (USTSA) board of directors and is currently its Vice-President. He co-chaired the 2010 USTSA National Show and currently co-chairs the USTSA Starter Flock Program, as well the Wisconsin Junior Targhee Sheep Association Starter Flock program. In addition he is a Columbia County Junior State Fair leader. He feels that youth are “at the heart of keeping this industry alive and fresh,” and looks forward to helping promote and encourage youth involvement at all levels throughout the state. The Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op has over 300 members statewide and around the upper Midwest.


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Notes from the President’s Pen As Sue Sees It: The night before the WSBC annual meeting, Jim and I went to dinner with a good friend. During the meal, he asked what we were doing for the weekend. Now keep in mind that this friend is a “city boy” even though he was raised in small town Montana. When I said that we were attending the WSBC annual meeting, his response was “What do sheep people talk about?” At first I was speechless (yes me, speechless), but then it all began to flow. First we enjoy an unbelievably delicious meal supplied by Stoddards Catering. Food so well prepared and presented that even a “city boy” would have appreciated it. Then it’s down to business. The budget can be quite eye opening.

Most of the money that we are able to return to scholarships, premier exhibitor awards, Wisconsin State Fair Junior show awards, educational events, assistance with expenses for our representatives at the national Make It With Wool contest, etc., is due to the success of the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival and the Wisconsin Wool Works. But even though the Bred Ewe Sale did not make money, it was certainly a worthwhile event and will be bigger and better in 2012. It is always a pleasure to present awards to those who do so much to make the sheep industry such a great one to be a part of. Congratulations to all of you, and THANK YOU for all that you do!

The Wisconsin Shepherd is a quarterly publication of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, a non-profit organization dedicated to the diverse interests of the Wisconsin sheep industry. Inquiries about WSBC and address changes for WSBC and The Wisconsin Shepherd should be directed to Jill Alf, Executive SecretaryTreasurer, WSBC, 7811 Consolidated School Road, Edgerton, WI 53534; 608-868-2505 or wisbc@centurytel.net. EDITOR Bob Black 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 S  ue Rupnow: Wausau, 715-675-6894, profshowsupply@aol.com

Spring has come early this year so let’s all enjoy that gift, and think ahead to the shows, sales, pasture walks, photo contests, Make It With Wool contests, Wisconsin State Fair and the Wisconsin Wool Works, the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, as well as the Bred Ewe Sale. I want to express my thanks to the board from 2011, especially to Todd Taylor and Troy Antoniewicz who are retiring from the WSBC board, and I look forward to working with newly elected Jeff Nevens and Keith Schultz and welcome back Elmer Held, who was elected to a second term. Sincerely, Sue Rupnow President, Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative

2012 Sheep & Wool Festival September 7 - 9

Arlington, WI - The Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association Sheep Honoree for 2012 is Jenny Pinnow of Delavan, WI., the award presented at the recent WLBA annual meeting held at Arlington. Just re-elected to the organization's board of directors, Pinnow has had a successful career in breeding and showing both purebred and markettype sheep going back to 1982. She has played an active role in WLBA shows and programs for over fifteen years, chairing the Spring Preview Show market lamb shows, taking part in Show Camp presentations and serving as auction chair. WLBA Photo

For the Aces It’s All in the Family

Vice President K  eith Schultz, 920 568-0895, levelhillsfarm@sbcglobal.net 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

Support your sheep industry... Send in your membership now! WSBC 2012 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

The Romaine Ace Family received the 2012 Master Shepherd, Purebred-Club Lamb Division Award at the annual Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op Recognition Dinner on March 10. Front row (l-r): Wanda, Howard, David, Sandy (holding Ashlyn Brandt), Bracen Brandt, Romaine, Brian, Paula Brandt, Aubrey Brandt. Second row (l-r): Kendra, Lucas Haag, Chester, Emma Haag, Brooke, Jerry, Tim Brandt. Third row (l-r): Brady Brandt, Colin, Dee, Wayne, Angie Haag, Lee Haag (holding Clayton Haag) Photo by Don Hessler Arlington, WI—Put Suffolks, market lambs and champions into the same sentence and it can only add up to Aceline, just one of the reasons that led to the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative’s selection of the Ace Family of Brooklyn as its honoree for Master Shepherd Purebred-Club Lamb Award for 2012. And if anyone questioned the significance of the recognition going to a family, they had only to count up the twenty-four Ace family members who turned out for the annual awards and recognition dinner at Arlington. Accepting the award was Romaine Ace, patriarch of the extended family of sheep pro­ducers and exhibitors and icon of many southern Wisconsin showrings. Romaine and his wife Sandy have been married for fifty five years and their family includes five children —Howard, Wayne, David, Kathy and Jerry—twelve grandchildren

and seven great-grandchildren. Aceline Suffolks got its start when Romaine purchased a bred Suffolk ewe for Howard and the family never looked back from there. Instilled with a strict work ethic, the Ace children have helped forge a winning reputation that over the years is difficult to match. Ace Club Lambs got its start in the 80s with the purchase of some wethertype ewes, which eventually led to numerous champions, including the 1986 Wisconsin State Fair champion market lamb, a Champion Carcass lamb at West Allis and an almost yearly walk to the winner’s circle at Dane County. The family has also been highly competitive in breeding stock classes, raising sound, productive sheep for in and out of the showring, establishing deep roots within Wisconsin’s sheep industry along the way. While Suffolks come first for Romaine, he has brought Hampshires, Horned Dorsets,

Southdowns and Oxfords into the fold for his kids and grandkids, helping each one achieve success with their respective breed. Romaine has been and continues to be active in several livestock organizations including the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op and Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association. He helped implement the Dane County Meat Animal Sale, and has remained an active member of that committee since its inception. He currently sits on the Dane County Fair Executive Board, is assistant superintendent at the Stoughton Fair and has been a familiar face in the sheep barn at the Dane County Fair for over forty years, where he has served as Sheep Superintendent since 1987. Over the past 45 years Aceline Suffolks has been an active part of Wisconsin’s sheep industry and beginning next year a new generation of will step up to carry on what is truly a family tradition.


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Town & Country RC&D Pushes Producer Education Within the alphabet soup of government agencies, Resource Conservation and Development councils (RC&Ds) might not equate with pasture walks, given a stated focus on such broadbased social issues as food security, nutrition education and production of energy crops. But then, RC&Ds are not exactly the topic of casual dinner conversation, even among the most ardent of conservationists, locavores or diehards among graziers. Eclipsed to some extent by Extension efforts or Farm Service Agency programs, RC&Ds have soldiered on - for fifty years to be exact—and many of their programs are now closer to the farm—and farmers—then one might think. Formed under federal legisla­ tion in 1962, there are now 375 Resource Conservation and Devel­op­ment Councils scattered throughout all fifty states, the Caribbean and Pacific Basin, serving 85% of the counties in the U.S. and three quarters of the country’s population. It may sound like one of those neighbors you’ve never met, but it’s likely your life has been affected in some fashion by an RC&D project. Wisconsin has seven RC&D councils, all non-profits, whose projects run the gamut from hosting a ValueAdded Agriculture Conference to helping author a farm fresh atlas; bio-control of purple loosestrife to assisting with lake, river and watershed associations. The list of projects is diverse and made possible by a unique partnering of private citizens, local, state and federal agencies and institutions; primarily volunteers working at a grass roots level to identify needs, develop strategies, secure funding and see a project through. Town & Country RC&D is one of the RC&Ds that is forging a strong link to livestock producers in the thirteen counties in the southeast corner of the Wisconsin that it serves. Headquartered in Jefferson and originally wedded to USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) dollars, Town & Country now functions largely through grant monies and is partnering with organizations like Columbia/ Dodge County Grazing Network and UW-Extension to provide on-farm education, clinics and pasture walks. Currently operating with Grazing Land Conservation Initiative (GLCI) grant funds, Town & Country has provided scores of livestock producers with opportunities to see grazing operations in action and to share management experiences across all species. Another of those opportunities will come on June 19 when Town & Country will host a twilight pasture walk at the farm of Harland and Delight Walker just north of Waterloo. The Walkers run 170 crossbred ewes and are gradually switching their 122 acre Dodge County farm over to a rotationally managed, intensive grazing system. While only three years into any kind of pasture program on his converted dairy farm, the

1971 graduate of the UW Farm Short Course is encouraged by the progress he and his wife have made, but emphasizes the need to keep learning. “It’s especially important now to go to these grazing clinics,” Walker says, adding that “you can always learn something,” and notes that he has been going to pasture walks for over four years. But Town & Country RC&D goes much farther than just signing on farms for pasture walks. The Walkers are getting a wide range of technical assistance from Town & Country RC&D Technician Mike Gehl as they transition their farm from cropland to pasture grazing. Gehl, a life-long dairyman and sixth generation farmer from Hartford, is providing the Walkers the nuts and bolts needed to make the switch to a managed grazing operation, including fencing layouts, seeding rates, fertilization and soil testing. Gehl’s enthusiasm for his role with Town & Country reflects his commitment to grazing, which grew as he transitioned to organic dairy production in 2002. “My job is to take what I’ve learned and experienced throughout my career and in grazing school and share it. (My) passion for grazing only increases as I see the benefits provided to the land, water and farmer.” Gehl is partnered with Kirsten Jurcek, who in 2009 joined Town & Country as its grazing education specialist, directing outreach and education for producers and consumers alike. With her mother, Jurcek runs Brattset Family Farm, a cow/calf beef operation on 290 acres under managed intensive grazing near Palmyra. With previous experience owning and operating an organic feed and seed store, Jurcek markets her products locally and relishes her role promoting the economic, environmental and human health benefits of grass-fed meats and dairy. “Market demand is driving the interest in grazing-based systems,” she says, emphasizing that more and more young farm families have the environmental sensitivity to satisfy consumers that want to know if the meat they are buying is locally grown and grass fed. An experienced hydrogeologist, Jurcek can also articulate the linkage between permanent pasture systems and clean lakes and streams. Anyone interested in contacting Mike Gehl of Town & Country RC&D for possible technical assistance can reach him at 262 689-6689 and Kirsten Jurcek at 920 342-9504 or kjurcek1@centurytel.net. The twilight pas­ture walk at the Harland and Delight Walker Farm begins at 5:00 and runs until dark. There is a potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass) but there is no cost to attend. The farm is located at W12110 Geise Road, Waterloo, WI. The program will focus on interseeding techniques to enhance pasture productivity and grass and legume species identification and appropriateness to a farm situation.

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art pope continued from page 1 M.S. degree in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota in 1972. He spent the next 16 years working primarily on sheep and goat development projects in Argentina, Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Morocco. Dr. Art Pope, Professor of Sheep Nutrition at UW-Madison, first met Yves in Africa when Art was reviewing the project in which Yves was involved. Art recognized something special in Yves and recommended him for the position at Spooner when it became open in 1988. Art and Yves developed great respect for each other and a wonderful friendship. Yves has received several recognitions for his accomplish­ ments in sheep research including the Wisconsin Sheep Breeder

Cooperative Master Shepherd —Dairy Award; the Friend of the Association Award from the Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association; the William J. Boylan Distinguished Service Award from the Dairy Sheep Association of North America; the Agricultural Research Stations Employee Recognition Award from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) of UW-Madison; the CALS Academic Staff Research Award; and the Animal Management and International Animal Agriculture Awards from the American Society of Animal Science. The Art Pope Award was established by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative in 1995. Named for the long-time, distinguished

purebred Hampshire breeder and member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Meat & Animal Science faculty for over four decades, the annual award recognizes exceptional service to the sheep industry, both in Wisconsin and nationally. Yves officially retired from UW-Madison service in December 2009, but he was convinced to come back to the Spooner Station on a part-time basis to supervise the sheep research until a decision was made on his replacement. He will end his part-time employment at Spooner on June 30, 2012. Yves and his wife, Lynn, have four grown children and a grand-child and will remain in the Spooner area.

NEVENS continued from page 1 currently serving as Vice-President of the U.S. Targhee Sheep Association (USTSA), co-chaired the 2010 National USTSA Show & Sale and is co-chair of the USTSA Starter Flock Program which he and Leslie helped establish in 2008. He has also helped create and co-chairs with Leslie the Wisconsin Junior Targhee Starter Flock program which began in 2011. That program provides the chosen applicant with three

donated, registered Targhee ewes, provided the applicant agrees to accept mentoring from a USTSA member and is willing to exhibit animals while a junior, including at the Wisconsin State Fair. Both Leslie and Jeff are firm believers in building the sheep industry based on youth involvement and the family has sponsored youth awards at numerous shows and events, including the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Junior

Sheep Show. They are also Columbia County Junior State Fair leaders. Their breeding program has centered on wool quality, as well as carcass traits, and they believe in promoting what they see as an untapped market in Wisconsin – that of a quality wool market. The Nevens are the third generation of Leslie’s family to be recognized for contributions to their breed and to Wisconsin’s sheep industry.

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Shepherds Host UW-Extension Small Lambing Barn Tour Ruminant Specialist Resigns

Bear Creek, WI—A lambing barn tour will be held Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 5:00–6:30 p.m. at the farm of Dr. Bob and Penny Leder, who have developed a flock of prolific, pasture-based sheep during twenty years of shepherding. The Leders manage ninety ewes on their 80-acre farm, rotationally grazing ewes and lambs during the pasture season.. The field day will feature a discussion of their lambing facilities and lamb management, including shed lambing setup, lamb grafting, and tricks to managing large litters. With many years of practical experience and technical training, new and experienced shepherds will cer­

tain­ly learn something new. Dr. Bob Leder is a practicing large animal veterinarian. He is a founding member of the OPP (Ovine Progressive Pneumonia) Sheep Breeders Society, has served several terms on the Wisconsin Scrapie Board, chaired the field day committee for the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op and served on the Wisconsin Veterinary Medi­ cal Association executive board. There is no charge for the field day. Bear Creek Sheep Station is located at N8714 County Road T, Bear Creek, WI. For additional infor­mation, contact Claire Sandrock, clairemikolay@gmail. com.

EWEniversity A Success A six-week commercial sheep production course, aptly named EWEniversity, finished up on March 22 in Dodgeville, with nineteen farms represented and an average of thirty people attending each of the 3-hour sessions. Taught by Claire Mikolayunas, former UW-Extension Small Ruminant Specialist, and Gene Schriefer, Iowa County Extension Ag Agent, the course was designed for producers new to sheep production, those thinking about starting a sheep flock or for the experienced shepherd interested in refreshing their management skills. The course covered topics related to commercial sheep pro­ duction, including breed selec­ tion, animal health, lambing management, nutrition, market­ ing and included hands-on exercises and a farm visit. While participation in the class was limited by design, Schriefer said that he was still getting calls about enrollment two weeks into the program, and which he attributed to a growing interest in raising sheep. “High prices in the lamb market are generating more questions on the profit potential of lamb production,” he maintains, adding that interest is further sparked by the relatively lower start-up costs. “Vacant sheds, confinement hog facilities, or dairy barns can be readily converted to sheep, (so) lamb or wool production may be a good fit for some farms.” A longtime sheep producer and grazier in his own right, Schriefer also recognizes the reality of attracting new people into sheep production, questioning how many will stick at it when prices retreat. He wonders “When prices moderate and come back down to earth, how many of the new entrants will continue to be profitable under a lower price scenario?” adding that the educational challenge is to temper enthusiasm with realism. With budget cuts apparently the new normal in Extension, Schriefer is also concerned about how education will be delivered in the future. “Is there a demand for this type of multi-week, intensive, face-to-face program?” He answers his own question by citing enrollment numbers for both the EWEniversity course and that of Beef Cow U, a similar program for beef producers at the

Lancaster Experiment Station that drew 25 participants in 2011. “I believe there is value in face-toface meetings where people can interact directly with one another and with presenters,” he adds, recognizing at the same time that with limited funding and shrinking staff, “we’re going to be trying to do the same job with less, and turning to technology to improve our labor efficiency.” There are no immediate plans for a second round of the EWEniversity program, but Schiefer is planning a tour of a sheep operation for this summer for the current participants.

Madison, WI — Dr. Claire Mikolayunas, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist with UWExtension and the Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, resigned her position effective March 16, 2012. Claire started in this position in August 2010; taking over sheep extension activities from Dr. Dave Thomas and, for the first time in the history of UW-Extension, adding statewide goat extension activities. The position was jointly funded by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection; UW-Extension; and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison. In her short time in the posi­ tion, she had a number of note­ worthy accomplishments in support of the sheep and goat indus­tries in Wisconsin including organ­i­zation of two 5-day, handson, intensive dairy sheep schools at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, involvement in the Annual Focus on Goats Conference, development of a goat marketing project in collaboration with Langston University in Oklahoma, organization of the 16th and 17th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposia, co-organization of the multiple-meeting sheep program, EWEniversity, and co-production of a CD on sheep handling facilities. Claire

worked closely with County Extension Educators on all issues concerning the production of sheep and goats and developed strong ties with the educational programs of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative and the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association. The small ruminant industries of Wisconsin, UWExtension, and the Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison were very pleased with Claire’s accomplishments and the very positive start that she had made. Claire has accepted a position with Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA) in Viroqua, WI, an organization which conducts organic certifications for crop and livestock producers, processors, and handlers. Claire

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Wisconsin Club Lamb Association announces spring sales and show schedule The Wisconsin Club Lamb Association is pleased to announce that it is offering two sales available to its breeder members in 2012. The first sale is online, taking place April 8th and 9th, and is managed by Willoughby Sales, with bidding closing at 7:00 pm on April 9th. Interested parties can view the offering and bid at www.wlivestock.com. This sale will feature some of the best lambs from some of the premier breeders in the state. The second sale this year will be held on April 14th and will be a bid board sale that will be held at the Thorson Farm in Columbus, WI. This will be another great set of lambs selected by our breeder

members with the opportunity to view and bid live. This sale will start at 12:00 pm and all bids are due at 1:00 pm. A complimentary lunch will be provided starting at 11:30. The Wisconsin Club Lamb Association sanctioned shows are also set, and all youth interested in showing their lambs are encouraged to attend as many as possible. Youth members who attend at least 3 shows are eligible to earn points toward year end awards. The show dates are: May 5th—UWRF Block and Bridle Show, Ellsworth, WI May 6th—UW Madison Saddle and Sirloin, Arlington, WI

May 12—Dodge Point Lamb and Pig Extravaganza (Mineral Point/Dodgeville FFA) Mineral Point, WI May 20—UWP Block and Bridle Pioneer Showdown Lancaster, WI June 2—Grand Slam Lamb & Hog Show, Darlington, WI May 27—The Badger 500, Janesville, WI June 9—WLBA Spring Preview, Jefferson, WI August 18—WLBA Summer Spectacular, Wausau, WI September 9—Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, Jefferson, WI.

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Sheep & Wool Festival, where the association also presents the year end awards. Please visit our website at www.wisconsinclublambassoci ation.com for more information about our organization, the sanctioned shows, or our sales. New breeder and youth members are always welcome.

Picture this! The arrival of spring marks the perfect opportunity to grab your camera and take photographs for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival’s Annual Photo Contest. The contest is open to everyone. The 2012 photo contest will fea-­ ture the following categories: Scenic; Kids & Sheep; Just Lambs; and Any Other Sheep or Wool Photo. In addition, the contest offers a category for Photos Taken by Youth Aged 18 and Younger. Photographers may enter more than one category, and they enter more than one photograph in each category. Entries should be color or black and white prints that are approximately 8x10 inches, and they should not be mounted. A $5

entry fee must accompany each entry. Premiums will be awarded based on the number of contest entries. The Country Today is sponsoring a $50 cash prize for the winner of the Youth category. Finalist entries will be selected based on clarity, content, composition and appeal, and visitors to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, slated for September 7-9, will vote for the winning photos. All entries must be postmarked by August 20. For photo contest details, visit www. wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival. com. For more information contact Jane Metcalf at tjmetcalf@ centurytel.net or 608-868-3268.


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Sue Finley Recognized at WSBC Meeting State Fair Ag Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative mem­bers gave recognition to a long-familiar face in livestock circles when they convened their annual meeting and awards dinner in Arlington on March 10. Sue Finley, owner/ editor of the Midwest Herdsman, was awarded the 2012 Wisconsin Sheep Industry Award in recognition of her long history of support and service to the state’s sheep industry. Finley, a native of Janesville, grew up around livestock and while the family’s focus was on beef cattle, a small flock of Suffolks her dad had purchased gave her the opportunity to try her hand in the showring with sheep. Heading off to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Finley made an early decision to switch from elementary education to the College of Agriculture, where, majoring in animal science, she won the sheep judging contest in Kansas City in 1961. Following graduation, her first career steps took her to the Angus Journal and then on to the Hampshire National Swine Registry before

she returned to Wisconsin in 1975 as the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association (WLBA). Recalling that in those days the WLBA had very close ties to Wisconsin livestock organizations, Finley has fond memories of working with the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op to help establish its first industry conference in 1979. “What always impressed me,” she remembers, “is that the sheep industry conference grew out of fulfilling the needs of the people involved and that the Sheep Breeders board listened to what their members wanted.” Finley played a major role in planning those early conference

programs and relished her close connections with sheep producers. It was during the same period that the WLBA launched the Spring Preview Show, which, after over thirty years, remains very popular with junior exhibitors and their families. By the mid-80s, Finley made another career move, becoming a reporter for Agri-View before eventually going on her own and starting the Livestock Focus. That publication, which covered all three major species, became the Midwest Herdsman in 1987 and is now a by-monthly magazine headquartered in Lancaster. Her website probably best summarizes Finley’s career in journalism and her approach to livestock producers: “Connecting the livestock industry with good news about good people.” She says she is looking forward to new opportunities in communication and adds “I am very humbled by the award presented to me by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders.”

Arlington, WI—Master Stockman Award winners, selected at the 2012 Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association annual meeting March 24. (l-r) Kelli Vierck, Juneau (Master Stockman Runner-up); Jessica Radcliffe, Weston, (Master Stockman Runner-up); Ty Bayer, Ringle, (Beef - Master Stockman); Aly Dallas, Shawano, (Sheep - Master Stockman); Christopher Vierck, Juneau, (Swine - Master Stockman); Nick Colle, Luxemburg, (Master Stockman Runner-up). 2012 marked the 101st annual meeting of the WLBA. WLBA Photo

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The 2012 Friend of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative Award went to Brian Bolan, Agriculture Director at the Wisconsin State Fair. In presenting the award, WSBC President Sue Rupnow credited Bolan with instigating major changes in the Sheep Barn that have benefitted the co-op and helped educate the general public about the industry. Photo by Don Hessler Announced as a new category of recognition just last year, the 2012 Friend of the WSBC Award was presented to Brian Bolan, Agriculture Director of the Wisconsin State Fair at the annual meeting of the co-op held recently at Arlington. The award is directed to those persons, businesses or organizations that have provided outstanding support and service to the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative. Since taking the Ag Director position at state fair in 2002, Bolan has not only become a familiar face to sheep exhibitors, but a staunch advocate for promotion of livestock and of education of the general public. In presenting the award, WSBC President Sue Rupnow, pointed out that Bolan “fights for all areas of agriculture at the Wisconsin State Fair,” and that he was instrumental in the expansion and upgrading of the Wisconsin Wool Works (WWW) booth located in the Sheep & Goat Barn. In addition to educating fairgoers about Wisconsin’s fiber industry and the many small businesses and fiber artists that represent the sheep industry, the Wisconsin Wool Works generates critical revenue for the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders. In 2011 the WWW retail space underwent a major overhaul, which resulted

in easier movement of customers through the booth and opened up additional area outside the store for demonstrations and display space. Rupnow assured WSBC members that the renovations would not have happened without Bolan’s leadership, support and his willingness to work with producers. Income for the WWW hit a record in 2011 thanks to those improvements and the increased emphasis on education of the public by the fair, which included shearing demonstrations and a breed display during the open shows. A Columbus native, Bolan’s career began in 1994 as ag education instructor at Colby High School. From there he went on to manage the beef herd at the UWArlington Ag Research Station, after which he moved to his current position at the Wisconsin State Fair. He is currently an ex-officio of the Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association, the World Beef Expo, a director of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium, Wis­ consin Simmental Association and has served on the Grow Wisconsin Livestock Initiative Panel. He was awarded the Paul May Award by World Beef Expo in 2011.


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Part of the program at the Arlington Sheep Day was devoted to a producer panel made up of (l-r) Tom Vassen, Lancaster; Paul Esser, Glen Haven; and Carrie Johnson, Argyle, who discussed what drove choices on their farms and then took questions from the audience. Shown in the background is Claire Mikolayunas, now former UW-Madison Small Ruminant Specialist, one of the organizers of the program which attracted over one hundred people to the half-day shepherds’ clinic. Photos by Don Hessler

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Todd Taylor, Shepherd at Arlington Ag Research Station, is shown talking to young sheep producers about lambing time management as part of the youth segment of the Arlington Sheep Day. The youth sessions took place at the station’s Sheep Unit and included sessions headed up by Taylor and Bernie O'Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist. In the afternoon, a youth judging contest was held under the guidance of UW Animal Science graduate students.

Arlington, WI—Mike Neary, Sheep Extension Specialist, Purdue University, listens to a question from one of the producers attending the Arlington Sheep Day on March 10. Neary's presentations focused on economical diets for ewes and lambs and the economics of feeding lambs to market weight versus selling light lambs for the ethnic market. The Arlington Sheep Day was sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences of the UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative. Photo by Don Hessler

Indiana sheep producer and ASI Region 3 director Bob Benson spoke at the Arlington Sheep Day, stressing the need for continued expansion of stock ewe numbers as part of the industry’s 2+2+2 program. At the ASI convention in Scottsdale this past January, Benson stressed that the Midwest is strategically positioned to play an active role in building the industry, adding that Region 3 has all the resources in place for flock numbers to grow. “We’re in a very good position - with grain, hay and pasture.” Benson has been active in the sheep industry for over 36 years and has his own farm flock of Shropshire on his farm outside of Indianapolis.


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APHIS Proposes BSE Import Rule Change

Dr. Doris Olander, DVM, (l.) USDA APHIS VS-WI, talks with sheep producers Paul Wagner, Valders, WI, and Barb Salas, Burnett, WI, at the recent Arlington Sheep Day. Dr. Olander updated producers on the survey conducted by National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), and reported that while scrapie has not been eradicated, prevalence has declined dramatically since 2003 when slaughter surveillance began. During FY 2011, only fifteen new infected or source flocks were identified in ten states, a 38% reduction compared to FY 2010. Photo by Hessler

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is seeking public review and comment on a proposal to complete efforts to modernize the agency’s import regulations for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). While the proposed rule would allow for the safe trade of additional bovines and bovine products, it is important to note that control of imports is only one of several interlocking safeguards against BSE. The proposed rule would not change other measures that are currently in place in the United States. For animal health, these measures include the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ruminantto-ruminant feed ban and a robust

BSE surveillance program. Human health is protected by measures that ensure the safety of U.S. beef, the most important of which is the ban on animal materials that have been shown to carry the BSE agent (known as specified risk materials) from the food supply. Under the proposed rule, APHIS would adopt the same criteria and categories that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) uses to identify a country’s BSE risk status-negligible, control­ led and undetermined risk. APHIS would base its import policy for a particular country on that country’s risk classification as determined by OIE’s risk evaluation. The rule would also allow APHIS to conduct its own assessment when deemed necessary, such as when a

country is not yet classified by the OIE for BSE risk and requests that APHIS conduct a risk evaluation using criteria equivalent to that used by OIE. All countries would be considered by APHIS to have an undetermined BSE risk unless officially recognized as either negligible or controlled risk. This proposed rule was published in the March 16 Federal Register and is available at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ pkg/FR-2012-03-16/html/20126151.htm. Comments received on or before May 15 will be considered. APHIS has stated that this proposed rule does not cover sheep and goats and that they will be covered in a separate proposed rule that is scheduled to be published soon. ASI Weekly News – March 16, 2012

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Support MUADP Funding Attention all potential market animal exhibitors! The 2012 Wisconsin State Fair is scheduled for August 2nd to 12th! New Market Animal Self Identification Procedures: Exhibitors wishing to exhibit junior market lambs at the 2012 Fair will need to self‐identify their animals with an official RFID identification tag and submit a DNA hair sample between April 1st and May 10th. Animal identification request forms are available on www.wistatefair.com. Request forms must be sent or delivered to Wisconsin State Fair with proper fees. Upon processing identification requests, Wisconsin State Fair will send RFID (Allflex) identification tag(s), identi­fication documentation and DNA sample submission en­ vel­opes to each exhibitor. The exhibitor must self‐identify his/ her animals by placing the official WSF RFID tag in the animal’s ear, collecting a DNA sample (hair) and completing the animal iden­ ti­fication documentation form. DNA samples with the identi­ fication documentation must be returned to Wisconsin State Fair no later than 4:30 pm on May 10th. Lambs must be identified in the exhibitor’s name or in an immediate family member’s name. If lambs are identified in the immediate family name all siblings’ names MUST appear on the top of the form. Family

identified lambs need only to submit one form and pay for one DNA sample per lamb identified. Youth who fill out an individual form can only show the animals identified on the form; they will not be eligible to show their siblings’ animals if they are not identified in the family name. Cousins are not considered immediate family and may not co‐identify the same lamb. The cost for each animal to be identified is $15. Allflex ear taggers and a needle nose pliers (to extract hair DNA) may also be purchased from Wisconsin State Fair if needed. Performance lambs must be identified with a Wisconsin State Fair RFID ear tag and submit a DNA sample between April 1st and May 10th. See below for details regarding performance weigh‐in locations. Identification Protocol: April 1st – April 30th—DNA request forms available at www. wistatefair.com. Wisconsin State Fair will send identification supplies via mail. May 1st – May 10th—DNA request forms available on website but identification supplies will only be available by pick up at Wisconsin State Fair. May 10th at 4:30 pm—Last day DNA samples may be submitted.

Must be postmarked or delivered to Wisconsin State Fair Park no later than 4:30 pm, on May 10th. New Performance Division Identification Sites: Exhibitors wishing to enter the performance division must take their lambs to one of the following identification sites to get weighed. Performance lambs must have been identified by May 10th with a WSF RFID ear tag and have submitted a DNA sample. Sites: TBA Do NOT go to Performance Weigh‐In Sites without official Wisconsin State Fair RFID tags placed in the lamb(s) ear(s). Other 2012 Changes: Show Weight Declaration— Lambs will be shown by declared weight. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to submit a weight card at State Fair declaring their lamb’s weight. Lambs will be broken into show classes based on breed and this submitted weight. Lambs will be weighed back at the time of show and must be within 5% of their declared weight or they will receive the last placing possible in their respective class. A minimum of two official scales will be available for exhibitors to check the weight of their lambs while at the Fair. More details will be available in the Junior Swine Entry information posted on www.wistatefair.com.

The American Sheep Industry Association joined other livestock groups in sending a letter to the members of the House and Senate agriculture committees requesting the inclusion of $1 million for the Minor Use Animal Drug Program (MUADP) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Even though the president’s budget did not allocate funding for the program in FY2012 or FY2013, many agriculture experiment stations throughout the United States continued providing minimal, temporary funding in FY2012 because they recognized the program’s importance. The MUADP is a costeffective program that has several important impacts: • Economic impact: Agricultural production of fish, game birds, sheep, goats, ostrich, emu, rhea, honeybees and deer is essential to numerous regional economies in the United States. This diverse aggregation of minor species represents approximately $4.8 billion in farm gate revenues annually. Processing, use and export of minor species food and fiber products produce an additional $37 billion economic stimulus to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. These revenues and industries are seriously threatened by the lack of appropriate drugs to treat these important species. • Food and animal safety: Without this program, America’s minor species producers would not

have safe and effective products to keep their livestock healthy. Through a productive MUADP, producers and veterinarians will continue to have the necessary information to prevent diseaserelated losses, to reduce pain and suffering in these species and avoid contamination of our foods with drug residues. • Supports Food and Drug Associ­ ation (FDA) approval of drugs: Since its inception, MUADP’s public/private partnership has been responsible for costeffective FDA drug approvals for minor food animal species. The funding for this program, ranging from $226,000$611,000 per year, has resulted in 45 FDA drug approvals (an average of 1.6 per year) for minor food animal species. An FDA drug approval typically costs $10-$20 million; therefore, this program has a significant cost-benefit ratio. Unfortunately, the individual minor food animal species are not revenue generating for pharmaceutical companies so the MUADP is the only mechanism for these commodity groups to have FDA approved drugs and to be able to continue to ensure a safe food supply. Given the unique and critical role the MUADP plays in minor species industries, the signators strongly urged support of and funding for the program in the FY2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. ASI Weekly News – March 16, 2012

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Columbia County Tops Senior Division in 4-H Meats Judging Contest The team from Columbia County took top honors in the senior division of the State 4-H Meats Contest held Feb 18 at University of Wisconsin Madison Meat Laboratory. Team members were Jessica Taylor, Hannah Taylor, Amanda Wendt and Emily Seib. They were coached by Todd Taylor and Jessica Palmer. These 4-H members will represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest to be held this fall in Kansas City. The second place senior team, which will represent Wisconsin

at a contest in Denver, Colorado, was from Polk Co. Team members included Rylee Black, Mitchell Johnston, Reese Johnston and Kaitlynn Filkins. The team was coached by Brian Johnston. The State Contest consisted of evaluating classes of hams, beef, pork and lamb carcasses, and 2 retail cut classes. The youth also identified 40 retail cuts of beef, pork or lamb and graded 5 beef carcasses. The top ten senior individual’s judges, in order, were: Aaron Zimmer­man, Marathon and Cora

Demler, Green; Amanda Wendt, Columbia; Hannah Taylor, Colum­ bia; Jessica Taylor, Colum­bia; Abby Thunder, Marathon; Cordt Esser, Grant; Rylee Black, Polk; Emily Seib, Columbia; Chance Richards, Columbia; and Ashley Zim­mer­man, Marathon. The top junior team was from Grant County. Team members were: Lena Frank, Dillin Meier, Matthew Walz and Jonathon Tolle. The team is coached by Dennis & Amanda Patterson. The second place junior team was from Columbia County.

Team members were: Justin Taylor, Emily Taylor, Max Ripp and Haden Ripp. They were coached by Todd Taylor and Jessica Palmer. The top ten junior individual judges, in order, were: Lena Frank, Grant; Dillin Meier, Grant; Justin Taylor, Columbia; Morgan Wollin, Dodge; Katelyn Zimmerman, Marathon; Emily Taylor, Columbia; Erika Heiden, Polk; Gus Swenson,

Polk; Nicole Dittbrenner, Polk; and Matthew Walz, Grant. Sponsors for the State 4-H Meats contest include The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and UW-Extension. The contest is organized annually by Extension Meats Specialist, Jeff Sindelar, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, Bernie O’Rourke and Interim 4-H Youth Development Specialist Pam Hobson

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April 19—Lambing Barn Tour, Bob & Penny Leder Farm, N8714 County Road T. Bear Creek, WI. 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. No cost. Contact: Claire Sandrock, clairemikolay@gmail. com for more information. April 21—Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale & Symposium, Public Events Building, UW-Madison Agri­cultural Research Center,Arlington, WI. www.wisconsinsouthdowns. com or Amy Jones at 920 253-5473. April 21-22—“Spring” Wisconsin Spin In, Waukesha Expo Center. Contact: Luci Williams, 262 623-0244. www. wispinin.org April 25—Grazing Seminar, Southeastern WI & Glacier­ land Grazing Networks. 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., Hon-E-Kor Country Club, 1141 Riverview Drive, Kewaskum, WI. Register by April 18, $20 per person incl. dinner. Register online at www.tacrcd.com. Info: Kirsten Jurcek, 920 3429504, Harvey Work, 920 872-9903. April 27—DEADLINE: AD COPY Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Catalog Contact: Kelli Gunderson robkelgundy@yahoo.com 815 821-5905 May 5-6—UW-River Falls Block & Bridle Prospect Weekend, Pierce County Fairgrounds, Ellsworth, WI. 3 Species/6 Shows. Lamb Show Saturday. Kyle Govin, Sheep Chair, kyle.govin@my.uwrf.edu May 6—Badger Bonanza, Arlington Public Events Building, Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI. Two shows: Weigh-in starts 8:00 a.m.; first show 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by UW Saddle & Sirloin. Contact: Amanda Veum, 608 289-3124 or veum@wisc.edu May 12—Dodge-Point Lamb & Hog Extravaganza, Iowa County Fairgrounds, Mineral Point, WI. Two lambs shows, I hop show. Mike Robinson, 608 987-2321 Ext. 380 or mike.robinson@mp.k12.wi.us

Calendar of Events

May 12—Tour The Farms Day, Agriculture Awareness, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For information, 608 897-8411 www. brodheadchamber.org May 20—UW-Platteville Block & Bridle Hog, Lamb & Goat Jackpot Shows, Grant County Fairgrounds, Lancaster, WI. Information: www.pioneershowdown.com or pioneershowdown@hotmail.com May 27—Badger 500, Rock County Fairgrounds, Janesville, WI. Two shows. Contact: Jeff Johnson, cfsfeed@yahoo. com or 262 736-3333. June 2—Grand Slam Lamb & Hog Show, Darlington, WI. Contact: Mark Novak 608 426-0601 June 9—WLBA Spring Preview Show, Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson. Information: www.wisconsinlivestockbreeders. com or WLBA Executive Director Jill Alf, 608 868-2505 or alfhamp@centurytel.net June 9-10—Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival, Dallas County Fairgrounds, Adel, IA. Contact: Margie Meehan, 563 9262573, 563 920-7704 c. or tipperaryfiberstudio@gmail.com, www.iowasheep.com/festival.php June 16-17—Wisconsin Livestock Show Camp, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis. Information: www. wisconsinlivestockbreeders.com or WLBA Executive Director Jill Alf, 608 868-2505 or alfhamp@centurytel.net June 19—Twilight Pasture Walk & Pasture Fertility Talk, Harland & Delight Walker Sheep Farm, Waterloo, WI. 5:00 p.m. – Dark. Potluck dinner. No fee but register by June 14 by contacting Kirsten Jurcek, Town & County RC&D, 920 342-9504 or kjurcek1@centurytel.net June 27—Twilight Pasture Walk, Multi-Species Grazing, Dominion Valley Farm, 8375 Midland Drive, Allenton, WI. 6:00 – 8:00 pm. For information: Town & Country RC&D, www.tacrcd.com

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spring 2012

July 6—Deadline: Copy and Ads, SUMMER Issue, Wisconsin Shepherd Ads: Kelli Gunderson robkelgundy@ yahoo.com 815 821-5905. Copy: Bob Black rbblack@ powercom.net 920 623-3536 July 25—Identifying Toxic Weed Species & Controlling Canadian Thistle, Brattset Family Farm, N2437 Brattset Lane, Jefferson, WI. 1:00 – 4:00 pm. For information: Town & Country RC&D, www.tacrcd.com August 2-12—Wisconsin State Fair, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis. www.wistatefair.com August 2-12—Wisconsin Wool Works! Sheep & Goat Barn, Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis. Contact Manager Carol Black for consignment information, carol@ewesfulgifts. com or 920 623-3536. August 18—WLBA Summer Spectacular Show, Marathon Fair Park, Wausau. Information: www.wiscon sinlivestockbreeders.com or WLBA Executive Director Jill Alf, 608 868-2505 or alfhamp@centurytel.net August 18—Spooner Sheep Day, Spooner Ag Research Station, Spooner, WI. Contact: Dave Thomas, dlthomas@ wisc.edu, 608 263-4306. August 20—Entry Deadline – Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Contact: Jill Alf, 608 868-2505 or wisbc@ centurytel.net September 7-9—2012 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. www. wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com September 21—Deadline: Copy and Ads, FALL Issue, Wisconsin Shepherd Ads: Kelli Gunderson robkelgundy@ yahoo.com 815 821-5905 Copy: Bob Black rbblack@ powercom.net 920 623-3536 September 23—Badger Production Sale, Public Events Facility, Arlington Ag Research Station, Arlington, WI. Contact: Todd Taylor, toddtaylor@wisc.edu, 608 846-5858.

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The Wisconsin Shepherd - Spring 2012  

Spring 2012 - Volume 24 Number 2 Publication of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative

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