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Expansion: Is Now the Time? One of the featured speakers on the program for the 2011 Arlington Sheep Day slated for March 5 will be Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, Small Ruminant Exten­ sion Specialist at Michigan State University, who will focus on overcoming expansion barriers in a commercial sheep operation. Ehrhardt, in addition to his role with MSU, manages a commercial flock of 500 ewes and utilizes an accelerated lambing system. With lamb prices at record levels, in a market that weekly flirts with new highs, it only seems natural that producers would think about adding ewes. But for anyone that weathered the industry’s much trumpeted Blueprint for Expansion back in the early 80s, memories of boom to bust are still all too fresh. Certainly fresh enough to question the wisdom of the current rush to expand, especially into an uncertain future fueled by record feed grain prices, rising fuel costs and the prospect of inflationary interest rates. So what’s different from 1980? Actually, a lot: Dave Johnson,

Vice President Marketing, Sheep & Veal, at Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association in Baraboo, recently provided his perspective on opportunity in the sheep industry. Johnson tells producers that the time is now if one is positioned to take advantage of a bull market in the lamb trade. “For one thing, the demand is there,” Johnson claims, “and it will be steady three to five years out.” He points out that the situation is nowhere close to what producers faced in the early 80s, with exploding interest rates, lamb prices below fifty cents, and rampant competition from Australia and New Zealand. “Interest is at 4%, lambs are steady at $1.40 and globally, we have the lowest inventory of sheep and lambs on record.” He acknowledges the only country with an increase may be China, but he attributes that climb in numbers to perhaps a better job of taking inventory. Even so, he feels there’s no threat from China, or from our old competitors Australia and New Zealand, pointing to a precipitous

Growing the nation’s sheep industry might not be on the minds of these ewe lambs, but it will definitely be on the agenda for the Arlington Sheep Day scheduled for March 5 at the UW Arlington Agricultural Research Station Public Events Facility. Check out the program elsewhere in this issue and plan on attending. (Photo by Geri Kucera, Elmhurst, Il, titled “Who’s Coming?” The photo placed second in the 2010 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Photo Contest under “Any Other Sheep or Wool Photo.)

drop in stock ewe numbers Down Under and weather issues in New Zealand that have recently affected flocks. Johnson also points to a generational change right here at home that is slowly but steadily growing demand for lamb. “The World War II vets are disappearing,” he says and with them their revulsion for military rations based on mutton that arrived at mess halls frozen in burlap. Replacing the vets are their more affluent grandchildren, who pay rapt attention to cooking magazines and websites, and who aren’t afraid to tackle a menu with lamb as its centerpiece. He also notes the pressure from an ethnic market whose share of nationwide lamb sales the industry has only recently begun to gauge. Johnson claims the real picture of how many market lambs the ethnic trade absorbs has yet to emerge noting that “No secondary markets in the Midwest have even been counted.” Asked about the skyrocketing price of feed grains and its potential sobering effect on flock expansion, Johnson is quick to respond. “If you have sunshine and fresh water, you can make lamb.” And he asserts, a producer can still pencil finishing lambs off with 6.00 corn, if other input costs are kept under control. That might take a really sharp pencil, especially with the corn index at a 29-month high as of December 29, ending the day at 5.82. Scarier still is the recent report that a Singapore-based trader placed a 2011 target of 8.50 a bushel on Chicago corn futures, while some market prognosticators have taken it higher still. Even so Johnson wasn’t deterred, claiming that last thirty pounds to finish weight on a grass fed lamb can come from grain and still leave a solid margin for the producer. Even though he feels we will see record commodity prices between now and June, he also suggests that 1.80 lambs are a distinct possibility. “We just sold some eighty pounders at 1.80 at Johnson Creek and a recent New

What’s In It For Me? Anyone considering membership in the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative could probably be excused for asking that question. After all, when money is tight, it’s easy to set aside things like magazine subscriptions and dues. But one of the perks of WSBC membership shouldn’t be dismissed so quickly. Free classified ads on the new Wisconsin Sheep Breeders website are now available to co-op members. There’s no specific word count requirement, but we ask that ads be limited to approximately three lines. Ads will run for three months, after which they are removed unless the member asks to renew for another three month period. Anyone wishing to place a free classified ad must be a current WSBC member. Submit ad copy to the WSBC office by emailing the text to If you haven’t checked out the new website, go to The Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative reserves the right to reject ads not deemed appropriate for the website.

Holland (PA) report showed fifty pounders going for 2.24 to 3.00.” (A December 27 market report for non-traditional sales at New Holland showed 50-60 pounders still at 2.16 to 2.28.) But if the industry is bent on expansion, where will the stock ewes come from? Johnson says the West continues to have an ample supply of reasonably priced seedstock which could form the basis for buildups. “We’re still seeing aged western ewes available from $125 to $200,” he maintains and suggests that producers should keep their flocks tightly culled even if they are building numbers, especially with cull prices currently running

from fifty cents to a dollar. Are the stars finally aligned for a turnaround in the sheep industry? Possibly: After thirty years of declining numbers, it might just be time to put pencil to paper again and call your banker. Joining Ehrhardt on the clinic program will be Cody Hiemke, representing Niman Ranch and the American Lamb Board, plus Todd Taylor, Shepherd at the UW Arlington Sheep Unit. For more information on the University of Wisconsin-Madison sponsored Arlington Sheep Day, see the complete program in this issue or contact Dave Thomas, 608 2634306 email .

Plan Ahead for Photo Contest! The snow is falling and lambs will soon be on the ground – both perfect opportunities to grab your camera and start taking photographs for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival’s Annual Photo Contest. The 2011 photo contest will feature 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 youths aged 18 and younger. Photographers may enter more than one category and they may enter more than one photograph in each category. Entries should be 8 x 10” color

or black and white prints, and they should not be mounted. A $5 entry fee should accompany each entry. Premiums will be awarded based on the number of contest entries. Finalist entries will be selected based on clarity, content, com­ position and appeal, and visitors to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, slated for September 9-11, will vote for the winning photos. All entries must be postmarked by August 20. Additional contest details will be released at a later date. For more information contact Jane Metcalf at or 608 868-3268.


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State Fair Show Requirements Updated Second Annual Wisconsin Dairy Sheep School to be Held in April MADISON, Wis. – Based on the success of the 2010 program, Spooner Agricultural Research Station will host the second Wisconsin Dairy Sheep School on April 2-6, 2011. Wisconsin continues to lead the nation in number of dairy sheep operations and sheep milk production. In 2010, Wisconsin produced over 1 million pounds of sheep milk on 15 farms, representing over 20% of dairy sheep operations in the United States. The Wisconsin Dairy Sheep School is the only program in the country specifically designed for current or aspiring sheep milk producers. The five-day course will be held in early April at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station in northern Wisconsin. The course will feature lectures on topics such as weaning and artificial rearing of lambs, mastitis and milk quality, parlor design and milking machine function, ewe nutrition, pasture management, and milk handling regulations. In addition, the course will provide hands-on experience in the milking parlor and caring for young lambs, reinforcing

information provided in daily lectures. Speakers will include University of Wisconsin experts Dr. Doug Reinemann, Dr. Pam Ruegg, Rhonda Gildersleeve, Dr. David Thomas, and Yves Berger. In addition, experienced sheep producers and veterinarians will contribute to the practical program. The Spooner Agricultural Research Station remains the only dairy sheep research facility in North America. As space in the milking parlor and barn are limited, course enrollment will be capped at 16 students. Applica­ tions for the course are due by February 18, 2011 and applicants will be notified of enrollment by February 28, 2011. Enrollment preference will be given to those interested in commercial dairy sheep production. A complete course brochure and application can be found on the University of Wisconsin Small Ruminant Extension Page: http://fyi.uwex. edu/wisheepandgoat/programs/. Contact Yves Berger with additional questions: ymberger@ or 715-635-3735.

In 2009 the Wisconsin State Fair instituted a policy for breeds wishing to maintain a recognized show during the annual state fair. The policy stated: “Any breed of livestock on the show schedule for the Wisconsin State Fair shall maintain a minimum three-year rolling average of at least three (3) separate Wisconsin breeder/farms and thirty (30) head shown during the fair.” Recently that policy was revised for 2011 by the Wisconsin State Fair Agriculture Committee to include one year of “on notice” status with premiums paid at 100%. “On notice” indicates a breed’s show numbers do not meet the minimum number of exhibitors and/or the minimum

number of animals shown over a three year average. If required breed show criteria are not met in 2011, the breeds in question will remain “on notice” for a second year and premiums will be decreased by 25% (2012). A third year of “on notice” status will result in premiums being decreased to 50%. If breed requirements are not met after the third year, the show will be dropped as a recognized breed show. The first year of “on notice” status provides exhibitors the opportunity to rebuild numbers in order to meet or exceed policy requirements. The three year average calculated after the 2011

state fair will be for the years 2009, 2010, and 2011. For 2011 the Targhee and Cheviot exhibitors are on notice because their breed three year average numbers have now fallen below the minimum requirements (2008, 2009, 2010 average). For complete policies and procedures for show requirements of all species and for maintaining a recognized breed show at the Wisconsin State Fair, plus updated entry information for 2011, go to the website, beginning in January. If exhibitors have any questions they are asked to email entryoffice@wisconsin. gov.

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Arlington Sheep Day to Feature Expansion Opportunities The annual Arlington Sheep Day will be held March 5 at the Public Events Facility of the Arlington Research Station. With record lamb prices in 2010, speakers will focus on opportunities and challenges to expansion of commercial sheep production. Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, the Small Ruminant Extension Specialist from Michigan State University Extension will address the topics of “Is Accelerated Lambing Production a Good Fit for Your Operation?” and “Overcoming Expansion Barriers

in Commercial Sheep Production.” In addition to his role at MSU, Dr. Ehrhardt also manages a flock of 500 commercial ewes and utilizes an accelerated lambing system. Additional speakers include Cody Hiemke, a commercial sheep producer from Stoughton, WI and meat procurement specialist for Niman Ranch, one of the nation’s largest natural meat companies. Mr. Hiemke will address the current and future market for lamb in the United States. His wide experience includes serving on the American

Lamb Board of the American Sheep Industry Association. Todd Taylor, Arlington Research Station Shepherd, will demonstrate the use of production data and estimated progeny differences (EPDs) to improve production in a commercial flock. During those educational sessions, a beginner and youth session will be held at the Sheep Unit of the Arlington Research Station and Todd Taylor will host a program on sheep management and fitting for shows. Please register at the Public Events

Facility before proceeding to the Sheep Unit. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Public Events Facility. Registration for the Arlington Sheep Day clinic alone is $4 per person (see registration form in this issue). The clinic program will be followed by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op Annual Banquet, which will be held in the Public Events Building, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The dinner will be followed (at approximately 1:30 p.m.) by the recognition and

awards portion of the program and the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op, including election of directors. Reservations for the dinner may be made on the same form as the Arlington Sheep Day registrations. The cost of the pork loin and leg of lamb dinner is $11 per person. Anyone is welcome to attend the dinner, but reservations are required. Dinner reservations may be made when pre-registering for the Arlington Sheep Day clinic.

2011 ARLINGTON SHEEP DAY Arlington Agricultural Research Station of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arlington, Wisconsin

Saturday, March 5, 2011 8:30 a.m. Registration Public Events Facility, Arlington Agricultural Research Station

9:00 Welcome and Overview of UW-Madison Sheep Programs Claire Mikolayunas, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison 9:15 Overcoming Expansion Barriers in Commercial Sheep Production Richard Ehrhardt, Small Ruminant Specialist, Michigan State University Extension 9:15 Youth Sheep Skillathon Activities University of Wisconsin Animal Science Graduate Students

10:00 Utilizing Production Data and EPDs Todd Taylor, Shepherd, Arlington Research Station, UW-Madison

10:45 Selection and Terminology for Showing and Judging Intended for youth and beginning sheep producers Todd Taylor, Shepherd, Arlington Sheep Unit 11:30 Is Accelerated Production a Good Fit for Your Operation? Richard Ehrhardt, Small Ruminant Specialist, Michigan State University Extension 12:30 Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative Annual Meeting Dinner

1:30 Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative 2011 Recognition Program followed by the 2011 Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative Annual Meeting

1:30 Sheep Management Youth Program University of Wisconsin Animal Science Graduate Students

3:30 Adjourn Meeting

10:30 Break 10:45 Why are Lamb Prices so High? Cody Hiemke, Niman Ranch and American Lamb Board Arlington Sheep Day is sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cooperative Extension of the University of Wisconsin-Extension. For more information on Arlington Sheep Day, contact Todd Taylor (608-846-5858, or Dave Thomas (608-263-4306, For more information on the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative Annual Meeting & Recognition Banquet or membership to the WSBC, contact Jill Alf, Executive Secretary-Treasurer (608-868-2505, Arlington Sheep Day Saturday, March 5, 2011, 8:30 a.m. Public Events Facility, Arlington Agricultural Research Station N695 Hopkins Rd., Arlington, WI 53911 Directions: The Public Events Facility is located east of Interstate Hwy 90 approximately 14 miles north of the east side of Madison, WI. • Arriving from the south on I-90: Exit at DeForest (Hwy V). Go left (west) on Hwy V over I-90. Take first right (north) onto Hwy I. Go north on Hwy I approximately 4 miles to Hwy K. Turn right (east) onto Hwy K. Go approximately 2 miles on Hwy K and turn right (south) onto Hopkins Rd. Go approximately ½ mile to Public Events Facility. • Arriving from the north on I-90: Exit at Arlington (Hwy 60). Go right (east) on Hwy 60 approximately 3.5 miles. On the west side of Arlington, turn right (south) on Hwy I and go approximately 2 miles to Hwy K. Turn left (east) onto Hwy K. Go approximately 2 miles on Hwy K and turn right (south) onto Hopkins Rd. Go approximately ½ mile to Public Events Facility.

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Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association Shepherd’s Clinic Scheduled for February 12 The Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association will hold its 17th Annual Shepherd’s Clinic and Trade Show on Saturday, Feb­ ruary 12th, 2010 at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Conference Center in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The clinic has been a successful educational, promotional, and social event with over 200 in attendance last year. The all-day event features concurrent educational sessions for beginning to experienced shepherds on a wide variety of topics, a trade show, a silent auction, a beginner and youth program, and a roast lamb and baked chicken luncheon program including a live auction, awards and scholarship presentation. The 2011 keynote speaker will be Susan Schoenian, the Sheep and Goat Specialist at the University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research and Education Center. Ms. Schoenian created and maintains the Maryland Small Ruminant Page (www., an extensive resource dedicated to all aspects of small ruminant production. She will address the topics of parasite control, breeding sheep for production, and the future of genetic testing in sheep. Featured speakers will

address the topics of sheep handling, shearing and wool handling, forages and fencing for sheep, scrapie, and dairy sheep production: • Ben Barlett, Extension Educator, Michigan State University • Randy Cutler, Fencing Specialist and Sheep Producer • David Kier, Sheep Producer, International Sheep Shearer & Instructor • Duane Klindworth, Commercial Sheep Producer • Larry Meisegeier, Dairy Sheep Producer • Dave Thomas, Animal Science Professor and Sheep Specialist, University of Wisconsin • Doris Olander, DVM, Scrapie Epidemiologist, USDA/APHIS • Mary Wallace, Sheep Producer, Wool Judge and Felting Artist • Randy Welch, Alfalfa and Forage Agronomist • Vicky and Jeff Simpkins, Dairy Sheep Producers and Cheesemaker In addition to this advanced educational program, a concurrent youth and beginner session will

cover raising a market lamb for the fair, from selection to feeding and showing. This program will also feature a sheep skillathon. Pre-registration fees are $30 for ISBA members, $40 for nonmembers, and $15 for youth ($45 max. youth charge per family). Late registration fee after January 31 and at the door is an additional $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Fees include continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch. Discounted rooms are available at the nearby Rice Lake Best Western for Friday night. Reserve by calling 715-234-7017 and mention the Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association Shepherd’s Clinic. Additional information, preregistration, sponsorship oppor­ tunities or trade show reservation information is available on-line at or by contacting Craig Johnson at 715-667-3499. Find links to online registration on the Barron County UW-Extension website: or at the Wisconsin Sheep and Goat Extension Website: http://fyi.

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Meat Animal Project WISLINE Teleconferences UW Extension will be hosting a series of Meat Animal Project WisLine teleconferences this winter for Fair Board staff, meat animal project superintendents and project volunteers who help create policy and structure to county livestock projects. These WisLines are held in county extension offices throughout the state of Wisconsin and run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The topics

and dates are: February 10 – The facts of Paylean®. Dr. Tony Forshey will be discussing the facts of this swine product. He is the state veterinarian for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. March 10 – Animal Welfare Preparation. This session will assist county fairs in discussing ways to communicate regarding

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Dairy Sheep Symposium One Of A Kind The 16th Annual Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium was held November 11-13 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Over 130 dairy sheep producers, sheep milk processors, regulators, and educators from France, Mexico, Canada and twenty three U.S. states were in attendance for a variety of educational sessions. During two days of lectures, national and international experts on dairy sheep production covered the topics of mastitis in dairy sheep, feeding and management of artificially reared lambs, the science and art of utilizing sheep milk in cheesemaking, and overviews of the dairy sheep industries in Ontario and France. Despite the first snowfall of the season, farm tours were offered on Saturday that included the Spooner Agricultural Research Station and Shepherd’s Ridge Farm, a farmstead cheese operation in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. The dairy sheep industry con­ tinues to grow, with an estimated 165 operations in North America. In attendance at the symposium were five producers who had each established the first (and only) dairy sheep operation in their respective states. According to a survey of producers, Wisconsin

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We also have a sheep and goat auction on Tuesdays at 9 a.m., and a Breeding Sheep & Breeding Goat sale on the 1st Tuesday of every month, in conjunction with our regular Tuesday auction. Zumbrota 877-732-7305 • Tom Ostlie 612-532-0966


T he Way To Go! Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association’s Wisconsin Lamb Pool LVSURYHQDVRQHRIWKHPRVWSUR¿WDEOH forms of marketing lambs for the progressive sheep producer. We have a reputation for supplying quality lambs to our buyers. For more information or a lamb pool schedule, please call 800-362-3989, ext. 131.


401 Commerce Ave. Baraboo, WI 53913 800-362-3989




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January 19-22—ASI/NLFA – Annual Convention, John Ascuaga’s Nugget Resort Hotel, National Make It With Wool Competition Reno, NV. Regis­tration information: or 303 7713500. January 28-29—‘Ag Truths Not Tails’ Conference, Upham Woods 4-H Environmental Education Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI. Contact Bernie O’Rourke, 608 263-4304 or February 1—Coaches Training: Livestock & Meats Judging, Quiz Bowl and Skillathon. UWEX Wisline conference call for beginning/current coaches. 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. To participate contact Bernie O’Rourke 608 263-4304 or email borourke2@ before January 28. February 3—Small Ruminant Wisline Teleconference, 7:309:00 p.m., at select UW-Exten­ sion offices. Information: Claire Mikolayunas, 608 890-3802 Email: February 12—17th Annual Indian­head Sheep Breeders Asso­ciation Shepherd’s Clinic; Craig Johnson 715 667-3499 On-line regis­tration links at: or http://

Winter 2011

Calendar of Events

February 13-15—19th Annual Grazing Conference, Grass­ Works, Inc. Wilderness Resort & Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells. On-line registration link at: March 3—Small Ruminant Wisline teleconference, 7:309:00 p.m., at select UW-Exten­ sion offices. Information: Claire Mikolayunas 608 890-3802 Email: March 5—University of Wisconsin -Madison Arlington Sheep Day, Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Public Events Facility. (See program and registration information in this issue) March 5—Annual Meeting – Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, UW-Madison Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Public Events Facility. (See reservation and clinic registration informa­ tion in this issue) Contact WSBC Office, 608 868-2505 or March 10—Meat Animal Project Wisline Teleconference Pro­ gram “Animal Welfare Prep­ ar­ation” 7:00-8:30 p.m. Contact county Extension offices http:// for access or for program infor­ma­ tion: livestock/programs/meat animal wisclines/.

March 18—Ad & Copy Deadline – Spring Issue, Wisconsin Shepherd Ads – Kelli Gunderson 815 821-5905, robkelgundy@; Copy – Bob Black 920 623-3536, rbblack@power March 19—State Livestock Quiz & Skillathon Contest, UWArlington Research Station, Arlington, WI. Information at: science/youthlive stock/quizand skill.cfm or Bernie O’Rourke at 608 263-4304 borourke2@ March 19—Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association Annual Meeting & Recognition Ban­ quet, 5 p.m., UW-Arlington Research Station, Arlington, WI. Regis­tration infor­ma­tion at: www.wisconsinlivestock breeders .com or by con­tacting WLBA Executive Director Jill Alf at 608 868-2505 or alfhamp@ April 2-6—Second Annual Wis­ con­sin Dairy Sheep School, Spooner Agricultural Research Station, Spooner, WI. Enroll­ ment limited. Course brochure and application at http://fyi. programs/. Contact: Yves Berger or 715 635-3735.

Williams – 262 623-0244 or luci@sheepingbeautyfibrearts. com, or www. June 5—WLBA Wisconsin Spring Preview Show, Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. www. June 17-19—Wisconsin Livestock Show Camp, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, WI. www. wisconsinlivestockbreeders. com. July 8—Ad & Copy Deadline – Summer Issue – Wisconsin

Shepherd Ads – Kelli Gunderson 815 821-5905, robkelgundy@; Copy – Bob Black 920 623-3536, rbblack@ August 19-20—WLBA Wisconsin Spectacular Show, Marathon Park, Wausau, WI. www. wisconsinlivestockbreeders. com. Sept. 9-11—2011 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. www. wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival. com.

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Your Most Economical, Most Loyal Employee Jack Knox Indoor Training Clinic February 5-6, 2011 Fitchburg, Wisconsin Call 608-212-3401 Join the WWSDA and make use of the club’s fun days, clinics and member work sites.

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April 7-9—Wisconsin “Spring” Spin-In 2011, Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee, WI. Luci

The Business Directory Published by The Wisconsin Shepherd

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

Ewesful Gifts

7868 State Road 73 Columbus, WI 53925 Order Toll-free 1-877-393-8385 - free catalog

Registered C.S.S.N.A.

• Custom Carding • Roving & batts for spinning • Quilting batts & reconditioning • Hand-tied quilts • Registered Coopworth Sheep

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


Erdman Texel Sheep Texels – to put the MEAT back in your sheep!

Premium Quality for Proven Performance

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Ultra Start Colostrum Supplement Electrolytes PlusTM Supplement Call or visit our web site for more information!

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

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