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2009 National Reserve Grand Champion Ewe

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“Great Genetics Make The Difference”

We would like to wish Edward a most successful career as he begins his studies for a Master’s Degree at Mississippi State. Edward has been a vital part of Rife Shropshires for ten years. Many of you have gained an appreciation for his enthusiasm to help out when needed. We will definitely miss his dedication to our program and know he will have no problem passing for a young Jefferson Davis while in Mississippi.

THANK YOU EDWARD! Keep an “Eye” on our website as the sales approach!

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Randy, Julie, Justin, Melissa, Olivia, Zachary & Ethan Rife 2423 Clifton Road, Yellow Springs, OH 45387 Only 6 miles south of I-70 (Exit 54) (937) 767-1871 Cell: (937) 603-0535 rifeflockmaster@dishmail.net www.rifeshropshires.com


Volume 30, Issue 2

~ The Shropshire Voice ~

May 2010

Official Publication of The American Shropshire Registry Association Published in the interest of Shropshire Breeders each February, May and October

Becky Peterson, ASRA Secretary

Board of Directors American Shropshire Registry Association Mark McCabe – Pres. (2012) 5154 Nickelson Road Prospect, OH 43342 (740) 494-2969 mamccabe51@hotmail.com Darrell Dockter – V. Pres. (2010) 19411 S. Carpenter Rd. Snohomish, WA 98290 (425) 334-9130 dddockter@earthlink.net Gary Brockmann (2012) 2011 Blake Road Garden Prairie IL 61038 (815) 544-4515 gvbrock@aol.com Re Call (2012) 964 Mohawk Trail Shelburne, MA 01370 (413) 625-2436 doonyc@netscape.net Robert Dinsmore (2011) 5842 Broad Run Road Jefferson, MD 21755 (301) 371-4483 cod-cnh@fred.net Cody Hiemke (2010) 2324 Webster St., Apt. B Berkeley, CA 94705-1970 (Family flock is in Wisconsin) (415) 302-8025 cjhiemke@hotmail.com Norbert Jackson (2011) 4125 W. State Route 28 Alexandria, IN 46001 (765) 754-7057 njackson@macdermid.com

Rinda Maddox, Voice Publisher

Robert Johnson (2012) 569 State Highway Marshfield, MO 65706 (417) 859-4452 rokajo6@centurytel.net Ralph Lovely (2011) 292 Cold Stream Farm Rd. Madisonville, TN 37354 Cell: (865)-604-5747 Jim Percival (2011) 961 Hoop Road Xenia, OH (937) 374-3371 schoolhousshrops@aol.com Tim Roberts (2012) 27954 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, OK 73093 (405) 485-9255 RobertsSheepCo@cs.com Carol Rueber (2012) 24632 210th Street Sumner, IA 50674 (563) 578-8663 ruebershrops@yahoo.com Bill Seals (2011) 2360 B Shafer Morgan Hill, CA 95037 (408) 779-1789 sbarssheep@cs.com Brad Slutz (2010) 1144 Oxford Circle Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 899-0366 bslutz@1stfarmcredit.com Sandy Cross(2011) 198 Shaws Mill Road Gorham, ME 04038-2233 207-839-8717 scross@covenantr.fairpoint.net

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Contact us American Shropshire Registry Association

All registrations and payments should be made to The American Shropshire Registry Association office.

ASRA Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST Monday & Thursday evenings 8-11 p.m. EST Secretary Becky Peterson will be near

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the office at most other times and will return calls as soon possible. She will make the best effort to process registrations and transfers within a day or two of receipt. Contact her at: American Shropshire Registry Association Becky Peterson, Secretary 41 Bell Rd. Leyden MA 01337 Phone/Fax –(413) 624-9652 Shropsec@hotmail.com

Shropshire Voice & Website

If you need to place an ad or news item in the Shropshire Voice, or on the website, shropshires.org., contact Rinda Maddox, Voice Publisher/Web Coordinator or her husband, Steven Maddox, advertising manager. Steven and Rinda Maddox P.O. Box 475 Sidell, IL 61876 shropshirevoice@ thesidellreporter.com (217) 288-9365 (office) (217) 288-9493 (home)

Junior Activities

For questions on any of the junior events for the Shropshire Association, contact Mark McCabe or Tim Roberts. Mark McCabe 5154 Nickelson Road Prospect, OH 43342 (740) 494-2969 Mamccabe51@hotmail.com Tim Roberts 27954 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, OK 73093 (405) 485-9255 RobertsSheepCo@cs.com


From the President Spring is finally here! The past week the temperature has been in the 50s and 60s, with little rain. I have been opening the barn up and letting the lambs out back to romp. I love to watch them run and play, In central Ohio we had the record for February snowfall this winter. I know other areas of the U.S. had more snow, but if it didn’t snow in Prospect, Ohio for several years it wouldn’t make me mad. While writing this the Classic Sale at Eaton is less than two months away.

Ad rates increase Beginning with the May 2010 issue, the cost to advertise in The Shropshire Voice increased slightly. Both the Finance Committee and the Voice Committee recommended this increase due to the rising costs in production and postage. This has been discussed for some time. The Board of Directors approved this action in November. It is understood that The Shropshire Voice is indeed the billboard of the American Shropshire Registry Association. The intent is not to make the magazine a profitable venture but only an effort to close the gap to make the publication more able to afford itself. The rates had not changed since 1996! It continues to be a great resource of contact information for members and breeders and is widely requested by people looking for information on getting started with Shropshires. The new rates starting with this issue:   Quarter page .....$50   Half page .............$75   Full page ..............$125 Rates for the full color covers will remain the same as will spot color and photos charges. Remember to promote your flock, sale entries, equipment or supplies with an ad in The Shropshire Voice!

At the Classic we will select our second Shropshire Junior Ambassador. Our breed’s first Ambassador, Monica Ebert from Kansas, has done a great job. She attended lots of sheep events and promoted Shropshires. 2010 is the ninth year for our Shropshire Ewe Lamb Futurity. It has grown every year since its inception, thanks to the support of our Shropshire breeders. This will be the first year for our yearling ewe futurity. I’m hoping the yearling futurity will be successful. I hope to see many of you at Springfield, Ill. on June 18 and 19 for the Shropshire breed’s National Sale. The Shropshire breeders of Illinois host a very nice junior show available to all juniors. They also offer showmanship classes and nice prizes. Friday afternoon we have junior events. We will have a skillathon, a ewe lamb class to judge, and watermelon for all. Hope to see and talk to all of you at the spring and summer sales. Mark McCabe President

New Member

Keith Chamberlain (K&K Corriedales and Shropshires) of Ashland, Ohio was inadvertently left out of the list of new members in the last issue. We welcome Keith to the ASRA!

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From the Secretary Spring greetings from the Secretary’s desk! By the time this issue is in hand, the registry season will be in full swing. Except for the times I am away from the office to attend the Classic, the All-American or the Spectacular this spring and early summer, I expect work to be turned around within three working days of its receipt in the office, providing there are no issues with the applications. Common situations that create processing delays include: owner of dam is not the applicant or misidentification of dam on application showing multiple lambings per ewe in a five month period. These are the two most common errors I see but can usually take care of these questions with a call or email. I appreciate your understanding and patience while we resolve these questions together. After all, this is the pedigree record and we do want it to be correct. Also, if you have fees due from work done in the past year, it would be terrific if you could include them in your next payment. Most of these are just due to the change in the fee schedule from April 1, 2009. I have been very forgiving in sending work out where there are still just a few dollars due because of the fee change but I sure would appreciate your efforts to even up your account if necessary. Also, if you “need your papers tomorrow” and wish to fax in an application so that your papers may be hand delivered to a show or sale, please let’s not _______ Page 6

forget that someone else’s work might be delayed enough to miss the mail pickup that day while I hurry to remember to put your work in my suitcase. Understand that these are all friendly comments, as I know how easy it is to make these errors reading barn charts or forgetting to transfer ewes back from the kid’s names before I register my lambs. I, too, have been known to put off registering lambs for one reason or another and have had to make that emergency request. So, I say this in hopes that we’ll all try to do a better job. Also, please try to get your ownership transfers done in time enough to meet the requirements of your shows, especially NAILE. Registrations were up by about 100 head in 2009, one of the first increases in awhile so let’s hope the trend continues. Let me take this opportunity to make a correction in financial statement listed in the last issue. Due to a formatting error involved in making the accounting report print in the Voice, there were just three “negative signs” that disappeared from that report creating an error in the net income for 2009. Where the report showed a profit of $2510.05, it was in fact a loss of $2510.05. The Voice publisher (Rinda) and I regret this error and know to watch out for it next time. The All-American is gearing up for another stupendous show in Lansing, Mich. That show has a huge budget and it is very necessary that every breed


contribute funds to make it happen. In an effort to avoid dipping into the general fund, it is necessary to ask for your help, again. You may wish to be a sponsor of a class at the show.The AAJS does the work for us by ordering and labeling these awards and issuing premium checks but it still consumes nearly $1000. Look for a Junior Shropshire exhibitor at the Classic or the Spectacular soliciting your donation to help the ASRA meet its commitment. You can help the AAJS directly by purchasing or marketing chances on the aluminum truck popper, the hydraulic fitting stand or the basket of Michigan products. Between now and July, you will receive five tickets in the envelope with your returned registration work. You may return your ticket money AND stubs to the ASRA office. Remember this entire effort goes

toward the youth involved in the sheep industry. On another note, I have just spent a few days at a sale of “another breed” that I have interest in. While there, I helped with some clerical tasks and ran into a visiting Shropshire breeder. After quite a long chat, we agreed that as much as we all enjoy our sheep, their care and the associated pitfalls, it is really the friendships we make along the way, and our families that are involved in this with us, that maintain high importance. These friendships extend outside of our own little circles and are often life-long and it is imperative to remember “why we do this.” Let’s have a good spring and summer show and sale season. I look forward to chatting with you when we meet. I thank you all for helping to make the Shropshire a good breed to promote.

JIM & DONNA GRUENHAGEN

7622 Jersey Ridge Road Davenport, Iowa 52807 ssshrops@netins.net (563) 355-6730

Lambs out of these stud rams

(CLSF Fine ‘N’ Dandy, Rife’s Raging Bull, Avery’s Geronimo & SS Shrops Lucky)

are heading to Eaton, Ohio and Springfield, Illinois. Come take a look!

Breeding quality Shropshires as Shrop Sisters since 1992 • Our entire flock is RR & QR and spider free

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11th Annual Shropshire Classic The Ohio Shropshire Sheep Association is again sponsoring the season’s kickoff event. 2010 marks the 11th Shropshire Classic to be held in Eaton, Ohio May 7 and 8. Banner Sale Management will see to the sale details. The Shrops will show and sell in Bruner Arena at the Preble County Fairgrounds. A few changes have been made to this year’s event. Sale sheep will be exhibited first thing Friday morning as the first breed of the day. Kyle Thayer of Cummington, Mass. will officiate over the Shropshire show. Ewes will show first, starting with the younger classes. All sheep will be shown slick-shorn and will be guaranteed “spider-free” (genotype NN). All rams will be either QR or RR. Sale day Saturday begins at 8 a.m. with the special class for yearling ewes pur-

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chased by youth buyers at the Classic in 2009. The preview of the sale sheep follows. Ewes only will be displayed in “wether racks” by class in the order they were placed. Prospective buyers will be able to give them a good inspection at this time. Snacks and beverages will be available during this social event. The Shropshire Classic Sale will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday May 8. 2010 Futurity-nominated lambs will be offered. There will be an excellent selection of rams and ewes offered. Sheep purchased at this sale have had a history of going on and doing well for their new owners. Both of the 2009 futurity winners were purchased at this sale last year. Auctioneers Gary Saylor and Danny Westlake, both of Ohio, will sell the sale. It is hoped that the sale will be webcast with real-time internet bidding supplied by DV Auction. This service is sponsored by the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program. Buyers unable to attend in person should be able to watch the action and bid online. Check out www.DVAuction. com for information on internet bidding. Just be aware that internet buyers must register ahead and supply bank information in order to bid. Approval may take some time so please plan ahead. Several other breeds will be selling at separate sales on the same grounds on Saturday. There should be ample transportation available to several areas of the country if you are unable to attend in person. For a catalog, contact The Banner at 309-785-5058 or see www. bannersheepmagazine.com. Contact David High at 740-259-1907 regarding other aspects of the event. See you there!


BE PART OF A GREAT OHIO WEEKEND!

S P H O R H S ClassicIRE MAY 7 & 8 • EATON, OHIO Bruner Arena, Preble County Fairgrounds

THE 2009 NATIONAL FUTURITY WINNERS SOLD IN LAST YEAR’S SALE! EACH TIED FOR FIRST PLACE! All Shropshires will sell slick-sheared! Sale sponsored by the Ohio Shropshire Sheep Association. Crago Family sold their 2nd Late February Ewe Lamb to Sean Bryant, OH.

BE THERE!

– NOTE NEW START TIME! – SHOW: FRIDAY, 8:00 A.M. Judge: Kyle Thayer, Cummington, Massachusetts

SALE: SATURDAY, 10:30 A.M. Auctioneers: Danny Westlake & Gary Saylor, Ohio

High Life Farm sold their 1st Place Intermediate February Ewe Lamb to Kaitlyn Whiting, OH.

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Complete Sale Catalog will appear in the April issue of The Banner. P.O. Box 500 • Cuba, IL 61427 309/785-5058 www.bannersheepmagazine.com

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to the Wayne Brooks family on purchasing our 2007 IL. State Fair Champion Ram Watch for our consignments to the

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Creamer’s “Big” Four... January Ewe Lamb

January Ram Lamb

January Ewe Lamb

Consigned at the Classic in Ohio!

Creamer Shropshires R.J. Creamer & Family

February Ewe Lamb

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Friday, June 18, 2010

at the Spectacular Banquet

If you are unable to attend, mail your bids to the ASRA office or contact your district director to bid for you. Minimum bid $75. Exclusive opportunity to have your flock on the Shropshire homepage for a month. High bidders choose the month they want.

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A “Spectacular” Event coming in June The Illinois Shropshire Association is hosting the National Show and Sale this summer. Make your plans now to attend this event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on June 18 and 19. Banner Sale Management sees to the details of the Show and Sale. Rick Adams, as president of the group, oversees all of the events activities. As before, there are other breeds holding events there on the grounds of the Illinois State Fair. The show will be judged by Dan Spilde of Stoughton, Wis., starting at 8 a.m. on Friday. All Shropshires will show and sell slick-shorn. Buyers will be able to view consignments from the following classes: Yearling Rams, Fall ram Lambs, Early Spring Ram Lambs, Late Spring Ram Lambs, Yearling Ewes, Fall Ewe Lambs, Early Spring Ewe Lambs, Intermediate Spring Ewe Lambs, and Late Spring Ewe Lambs. Consignors are invited to nominate their ewe lamb entries for the 2010 Shropshire Futurity Program. Hopefully, consignors will also have the opportunity to have their entries scanned by ultrasound by Wisconsin ASRA Director Cody Hiemke. Cody is gathering data on rib eye area, etc. as a service to consignors and buyers alike. A junior show is held at the same time as the sale show and is open to any junior Shropshire exhibitor. Classes will be held for Fall and Spring Ram Lambs, Yearling Ewes, Fall and Spring Ewe Lambs and Showmanship. There is also a special class for Yearling Ewes that were purchased as Futurity Ewe Lambs at the 2009 Shropshire Spectacular. The classes are held along with the judging _______ Page 12

of the sale sheep with the classes being interspersed. The Illinois Shropshire Breeders Association sponsors this junior event with the help from the American Shropshire Registry Association. New this year will be a Shropshire Market Lamb Class sponsored by Don Knepp of Barrington, Ill. First Place in this class is guaranteed $100. Lambs will be classified prior to this judging. Junior show coordinator Megan Mumm does not require pre-entries for this junior show but would appreciate hearing of your intentions to participate. Call her at 217-687-2874 or email meganmumm@hotmail.com Following the showing of the sheep, Youth Committee of the ASRA intends

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to conduct a small judging contest for the juniors. There are also intentions of a sheep skillathon and a clinic held for juniors to assist with the skills needed in preparing Shropshire heads and legs for the show ring. There will also be snacks available to the junior exhibitors after the show. Rounding out Friday’s activities is a catered banquet for Shropshire buyers and consignors.This will be held at 6 p.m. in the junior building on the fairgrounds. Juniors present will have an opportunity to sign up for a drawing for a $50 sale credit to be used toward the purchase of a Shropshire at the sale. A highlight at the banquet will be the live auction of small sheep related crafts or other items. The proceeds from this fun time will be split between the Spectacular Junior Show and the ASRA’s portion of the support of the All-American Junior

Show. Banquet attendees are encouraged to bring an item to sell in this sale to help support both endeavors. More information regarding the banquet will be forthcoming. Saturday begins promptly at 9 a.m. with the National Shropshire Sale. Curt Overcash will be doing the auction honors. Efforts are also afoot toward webcasting this sale. Check back with the Shropshire website or Banner Sale Management for information on this service. Sale catalogs will be printed in the May issue of The Banner and also will be mailed and can be found online at www.bannersheepmagazine.com There is a great variety of motels available in the area, not far from the sale grounds. Springfield is located in central Illinois and is a good place to visit the various Abraham Lincoln attractions. See you there!

Congratulations

Sean Bryant and Ashley Fuss on your 2nd and 7th place Futurity ewe lambs purchased from us at the 2009 Classic!

BARNES FARMS

Ph: (740) 494-2125, Fax: (740) 494-2913 5707 Mooney Road, Radnor, OH 43066 e-mail: troytongrn@gmail.com web: www.barnesfarms.com _______ Page 13


An American Shropshire Legacy An American Shropshire Legacy An Legacy Continues to Look Toward the Future An American Shropshire Legacy Continues to Look Toward the Future The Groverman Shropshire flock was founded by Bernard Groverman in 1934 Continues to Look Toward the Future Continues to Look Toward the Future

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Mike & Karen Elsbury & Family

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5385E 500N Greenfield, IN 46140 (317) 326-4461

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She is one of 4 Yearling ewes we plan to take to the Ohio Classic. At least two ewe lambs & a ram lamb will be offered as well.

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Visit New England for 2011 National Shropshire Show at the Big E What are your plans for September 2011? You might want to consider scheduling a trip to New England to take in the 2011 National Shropshire Show at the Big E. This proposal was first offered to the ASRA in the spring of 2009 by the Big E, otherwise known as Eastern States Exposition or ESE. The New England Shropshire Association jumped on board with its support the following September. Last November, the ASRA Board of Directors accepted the proposal. This presents a new opportunity for the Shropshire breeders and exhibitors of the more central districts to showcase the breed in a new location. The Big E is located in West Springfield, Mass. and is the ninth largest fair in the country. It is one of the few privately owned, financially strong, expositions. It typically runs for 17 days, opening in 2011 on Sept. 16 and running through Oct. 2. Meat breeds are exhibited during Week 1 from Sept. 16 to 23. Wool breeds are shown during Week 2. Shropshires will have the choice of either Saturday or Sunday and will have first priority in the schedule. A judge will be selected from a list provided by the ASRA. Shropshires will be shown slick shorn at the Big E in 2011. A possible premium scale, larger than the North American, has been proposed. ESE provides all class ribbons and Premier Exhibitor/Breeder Awards. The _______ Page 16

Agricultural Department at The Big E is overseen by former Shropshire breeder, Donna Woolam. Debra Hopkins, Executive Secretary of the Continental Dorset Club, serves as the Sheep Superintendent. Both will make sure that your Big E Sheep Show experience will be a good one. The Mallary Livestock Complex is the largest indoor livestock facility in New England and boasts an adjacent exhibitor camping area. Exhibitors will receive a full compliment of passes. Camping/RV permits are available at $10 per night. Entry fees for animals are very affordable. Banquet facilities and meeting rooms are easily available on the grounds.There are several motels in the area. The New England Shropshire Association is enthusiastic about this opportunity. The group is currently investigating different meal venues for a Shropshire get-together. There are plans for fund raisers, of course, to help with this show’s activities. Also, there are other attractions in the area. The possibility of some organized day trips, say to the Basketball Hall of Fame or Yankee Candle, is very strong. Boston and the seacoast are less than 100 miles. The Maine coastline, the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire are also within a short drive. For more information about The Big E, go to www.thebige.com


Grandparents are pleased to introduce our

Newest shepherds

Hunter Boyd Keck

born December 2, 2009 to Jason and Mary Anne Keck

Mallory Ann Johnson born February 18, 2010 to Russ and Molly Johnson

These new “lambs” are definitely keepers! Look for our entries at the Ohio Classic, The Spectacular and Midwest. Our entries will be out of Sugar Sam, our 3D ram and one of our own rams. We are looking forward to attending these events this year. We truly appreciate all your thoughts and prayers for us this past year. It has meant so much to us and progress is being made each and every day.

Bob & Karen Johnson & Family

569 State Hwy DD, Marshfield, MO 65706 417-859-4452 • rokajo6@centurytel.net _______ Page 17


s r o j a M

s b m a L Show

Watch for Shrop lambs in our Club Lamb Sale April 10th

Registered Shrops & Crossbred Club Clubs

Majors09-1143– Sired by “2-WAY” RRNN – He puts it all together! Don’t miss him at the Ohio Sale!

Adams Shrops 04-45– “2-WAY” Not handsome… but he puts some flat out good show lambs on the ground!

Champion Wether Dam. She’s produced outstanding females. Purchased from Dave High.

1st place at MI State Fair

Joe and Cheryl Majors—Milan MI 734-439-5651 or 734-478-0438 Check out our website majorsclublambs.com _______ Page 18


Stars of Louisville Sale will return to 2010 NAILE activities The inaugural Stars of Louisville Shropshire Sale was such a success last November that ASRA Board of Directors has opted to hold another sale at NAILE in 2010. The sale committee will consist of the following people: Chair Randy Rife, Mark McCabe, Jim Brandt, Bob Johnson, Steve Majchrzak and Manager Becky Peterson. Like last year, a tentative list of 20 or more entries will be required by the June board meeting in order to proceed with plans. Breeders are encouraged to offer one to two elite females. Entry forms will be available by Aug. 1st from the ASRA office or on www.shropshires. org and are due by Sept. 1. Entry fees will remain at $50 per head to ensure quality. We hope to offer space for one photo per entry in the catalog which will be mailed with the Voice in early October and will also be available on the website. A 10 a.m. time slot has been re-

quested of the NAILE show committee. Ewe lambs sold in the sale can be nominated by the breeder to the 2011 Yearling Ewe Futurity. Interstate health charts with Kentucky entry permits will be required for all consigned animals. The usual sale guarantees will apply. A 10% commission will be charged on the gross sale amount. Settlement checks will be issued to consignors and transferred papers to buyers within 30 days of the sale. The 2009 sale reported a $977 average on 19 head.This was the highest average of the day’s sales. Several entries were later shown in the junior or open show at NAILE. All of the ewe lambs were nominated to the 2010 Yearling Ewe Futurity. Junior buyers purchased 11 animals. If you have an interest in selling or purchasing elite Shropshire females, you should save the date: Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010! Help maintain the pace!

Ewes are lined up for viewing before the start of the inaugural Stars of Louisville Sale.

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Put Your Flock on Center Stage!    The American Shropshire Registry Association will again offer to all Shropshire breeders the opportunity to promote their flock in a unique way on the homepage of the Shropshire web page, www.shropshires.org. An auction will be held at the Shropshire Spectacular Banquet June 18, for the ad space for the months of August 2010 through July 2011. Shropshire Center Stage is the first thing viewed by visitors to the website, providing effective advertising and promotion for your Shropshire flock. Purchasers of this exclusive space are encouraged to share with visitors to the site the story of their Shropshire flock, including a history of their involvement

with Shropshires, family notes, flock information, etc. Up to four pictures may be included. The minimum bid for the coveted space is $75 and the sky is the upper limit! Payment must be made the evening of the auction. Be sure to take advantage of this special opportunity. Be in attendance at the Spectacular banquet and be ready for spirited bidding to secure one of these spaces for yourself. Put yourself and your flock on “Shropshire Center Stage!”

Bid-even if you can’t attend! If you are unable to attend the banquet but still want the opportunity to bid on the Center Stage, you can submit a bid to Secretary Becky Peterson or ask your district director, or a friend to bid for you.

Melvin Family Shropshires Come check out our Classic & Great Lake entries!

Mrozinski 29R Champion Ram 2009 Naile Junior Show

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John Melvin

9347 White Oak Road Mount Sterling, Ohio 43143 Hm: 740-437-7443 Cell: 740-207-0789


Illinois Shropshire Association News The Illinois Shropshire Association board met Feb. 21 in Bloomington with five board members present for a luncheon meeting. They discussed and finalized plans for the upcoming Spectacular. The junior show will have five classes, plus futurity and showmanship. Class sponsors are needed at $30 per sponsorship. If you are interested, contact Megan Mumm at 217-687-2874 or email: meganmumm@hotmail.com. Junior show exhibitors do not have to preregister for the Friday show, but they are asked

to let Megan Mumm know by Thursday how many will be participating. There are plans to also have a market lamb class that will be sponsored by Don Knepp with a first place of $100. Following the banquet on the grounds Friday evening, an auction will be held with funds going to support the junior activities. Half the proceeds will go the All-American and the other half with go to the Spectacular Junior Show. “We want people to bring things to be auctioned,” said Rick Adams, president of the Illinois Shropshire Association. “Sheep trinkets, arts and crafts, baskets are all welcome.” The Illinois Association will ask the National Board to make the 2011 Spectacular a double points show for the Yearling Ewe Futurity Class and not be limited to yearlings purchased at the Spectacular.

Selling Lambs at the sales and all ewe lambs will be futurity nominated. Also selling privately at the farm.

➨ McCabe’s 0901

sold to Bollinger of Penn. in 2009

Check out our website www.mccabeshropshires.com

MARK, MARILYN, JANICE AND ANDREW McCABE 5154 Nickelson Road, Prospect, Ohio 43342 (740) 494-2969 Email: mamccabe51@hotmail.com

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Show Reports

Houston Livestock Show

Judge: Evan Snyder Ram Lamb 1. Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK 2. Silvertop Farm/Steichen Family, Ponca City, OK 3. Silvertop Farm/Steichen Family, Ponca City, OK Four To Six Tooth Ram 1. Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK Champion Ram Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK Reserve Champion Ram Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK (Ram Lamb) Ewe Lamb

Last Chance!

A limited quantity of 125th T-Shirts and Sweatshirts will be available at the Classic. Also a few lapel pins and NAILE exhibitor awards still available. If you missed getting yours last year, this will be your last chance!”

1. Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, OK 2. Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK 3. Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, OK Two-Tooth Ewe 1. Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, OK 2. Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK 3. Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, OK Four to Six Tooth Ewe 1. Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK 2. Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, OK 3. Silvertop Farm/Steichen Family, Ponca City, OK Champion Ewe Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, OK (Ewe Lamb) Reserve Champion Ewe Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK (Ewe Lamb) Pair of Ram Lambs 1. Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK 2. Silvertop Farm/Steichen Family, Ponca City, OK, Silvertop Farm/ Steichen Family, Ponca City, OK Pair of Ewe Lambs 1. Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, OK 2. Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK 3. Kory Mullins, Clute, TX Best Pair of Sheep 1. Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK 2. Silvertop Farm/Steichen Family, Ponca City, OK, Silvertop Farm/ Steichen Family, Ponca City, OK Exhibitor’s Flock

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1. Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK 2. Silvertop Farm/Steichen Family, Ponca City, OK, Silvertop Farm/ Steichen Family, Ponca City, OK

Pennsylvania Farm Show

Judge: Jim Hefner, Lima, OH Yearling Ram 1. Steve Spayd, Hemlock Hollow Farm, Manheim, PA 2. Steve Spayd, Hemlock Hollow Farm, Manheim, PA 3. Benjamin Shughart, Carlisle, PA Early Spring Lamb 1. Denise Hardisky, Rocky Meadows Farm, Nicholson, PA 2. Mindy Stoops-Irvine, Misty Lane Farms, West Sunbury, PA 3. Shane Raffensperger, Manheim, PA Late Spring Ram Lamb 1. Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA 2. Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA 3. Denise Hardisky, Rocky Meadows Farm, Nicholson, PA Pair of Ram Lambs 1. Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA 2. Denise Hardisky, Rocky Meadows Farm, Nicholson, PA Champion Ram 1. Denise Hardisky, Rocky Meadows Farm, Nicholson, PA Reserve Champion Ram 1. Mindy Stoops-Irvine, Misty Lane Farms, West Sunbury, PA Yearling Ewe 1. Denise Hardisky, Rocky Meadows Farm, Nicholson, PA 2. Denise Hardisky, Rocky Meadows Farm, Nicholson, PA 3. Steve Spayd, Hemlock Hollow Farm, Manheim, PA Pair of Yearling Ewes 1. Denise Hardisky, Rocky Meadows Farm, Nicholson, PA

2. Steve Spayd, Hemlock Hollow Farm, Manheim, PA 3. Shane Raffensperger, Manheim, PA Fall Ewe Lamb 1. Steve Spayd, Hemlock Hollow Farm, Manheim, PA Early Spring Ewe Lamb 1. Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA 2. Steve Spayd, Hemlock Hollow Farm, Manheim, PA 3. Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA Late Spring Ewe Lamb 1. Doris Powell, Rome, PA 2. Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA 3. Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA Pair of Ewe Lambs 1. Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA 2. Doris Powell, Rome, PA 3. Steve Spayd, Hemlock Hollow Farm, Manheim, PA Champion Ewe 1. Denise Hardisky, Rocky Meadows Farm, Nicholson, PA Reserve Champion Ewe 1. Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA Breeder’s Young Flock 1. Doris Powell, Rome, PA 2. Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA 3. Denise Hardisky, Rocky Meadows Farm, Nicholson, PA Pen of Lambs 1. Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA 2. Denise Hardisky, Rocky Meadows Farm, Nicholson, PA Flock 1. Denise Hardisky, Rocky Meadows Farm, Nicholson, PA 2. Steve Spayd, Hemlock Hollow Farm, Manheim, PA 3. Shane Raffensperger, Manheim, PA Premier Breeder Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA Premier Exhibitor Derick Bollinger, Manheim, PA

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Rick and Brad Adams

6898 S 7000 W Rd., Chebanse, IL 60922  (815) 697-2903  radams1976@hotmail.com  •  adamsshropshires.com

We have a strong group of lambs that we will be consigning to the Classic & Spectacular

Adams Shropshires “Your Foundation For Quality”


2009 ASRA Stats

Category Quantity Annual Junior Dues............................. 117 Annual Senior Dues............................ 168 Life Memberships.................................. 21 Registrations.......................................2433 Transfers..............................................1002 Duplicate Papers................................... 21 Extended Pedigrees.................................2 Futurity Nominations......................... 106 Rush Fees (Reg & Transfers)............... 43 Rename Sheep .........................................5

Top 10 Registering Breeders

Breeder # head Randy & Julie Rife, OH.......................... 89 Mike Elsbury & Family........................... 48 F.W. Heaton, OH.................................... 39 Morgan Cabaniss, OK........................... 37 F.&P. Groverman, CA............................. 36 Glenn High & Family, OH..................... 34 Schoolhouse Shrops, OH..................... 33 Highlife Farm, OH.................................. 31 City Limits Sheep Farm, IL................... 30 Brianna Brockmann, IL ......................... 28

ASI Genetics The ASI Regional Genetics Conference will be held July 10 & 11, 2010 at Riverwood Farms in Powell, Ohio. This event will be offered in conjunction with the 2010 Ohio Sheep Day. Keynote speakers include: Dr. Dave Thomas (University of Wisconsin), Dr. Dave Notter (Virginia Tech), Dr. Kreg Leymaster (U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE), and Dr. Charles Parker (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University). Dr. Notter will conduct a session, Understanding EPDs, which will be valuable for Shropshire breeders interested in NSIP. For more information or for a brochure visit: http://www.ohiosheep.org/ Events/10SheepDayBrochure.pdf

ShropShire Show: 5:00 P.M. Wednesday ShropShire Sale: saturday Morning

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All-American in East Lansing, Mich. The 2010 All-American Junior Sheep for the young sheep owners, a 3-on-3 Show is going to be held at Michigan basketball tourney for the exhibitors, a State University Livestock Pavilion in sheep skillathon competition, a sheep East Lansing, Mich. from July 2-4, 2010. judging contest, family pool party, free The All-American is the premier junior pizza and cookout dinners for exhibitors and their families, a team showmanship breeding sheep show in the country. The breeds participating this year are: competition, wool show for all breeds, promotional contests for exPolled Dorsets, Horned Dorsets, Hampshires, Southdowns, New Deadline! hibitors featuring a new power point presentation category Cheviots, Columbias, ShropMay 20 and an adult photography catshires, Oxfords, Montadales, Shetlands, Natural Coloreds and Dor- egory, a college scholarship program for pers. Also, the All-American welcomes older exhibitors, and much more! a new breed, Romneys, to the show. With the All-American being in MichiSeveral meat breeds will feature slick gan this year, the Michigan Sheep Breedshorn classes once again this year at the ers and Michigan State University have All-American. Judges for this year’s event been very active in helping out with the will be Jeremy Etzler, South Solon, Ohio organization of the show and getting additional sponsorship. A big THANK-YOU and Jacob Reister, Washougal, Wash. If you have never attended an All- goes out to them for all their help! American Junior Show please make This year, an ice cream cherry and apple plans to attend this very special event! It pie social is being planned on Friday for is much more that just a sheep show, as exhibitors and their families, and Saturthere are several activities for the whole day and Sunday complimentary breakfasts family. The show features a lamb camp along with a cookout Saturday evening.

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A tour of the Michigan State University Campus and their ag facilities has been set-up for Thursday afternoon. Prereservations will be needed for the tour. Look for more information and make reservations on the show’s entry forms. Camping is available next to the livestock pavilion for a nominal fee. Room blocks have been reserved at the following area hotels: Fairfield East Inn, 2335 Woodlake Drive, Okemos, MI 48864, Phone: (517) 347-1000 and Candlewood Suites, 3545 Forest Rd., Lansing, MI 48910, Phone: (517) 351-8181. NEW: Entries close May 20. Please be aware of this new date as it will assist in pre-show organization. Check out the All-American Website: www.allamericanjuniorshow.com for entry and further information. The All-American Junior Show Committee has three major fundraising activities that are held to help raise funding for this special junior show. One is a second year activity to be held during the May Ohio Sale Weekend. The AllAmerican Junior Show committee will be hosting a spaghetti supper once again on Friday evening. Following is information on these activities and the show would certainly appreciate your support in these fundraising efforts:

All-American Gift Basket Silent Auction Gift Baskets will be on display during the duration of the All-American Show for bidding. Bidding will close on Sunday, July 4 at noon. Basket donations would be greatly appreciated. Just bring them to the show in East Lansing! All-American Junior Show Raffle Tickets Cost $5 each or 5 for $20. 1st Prize: Alumline Popper; 2nd Prize: Shear-Delite Hydraulic Trimming Stand; 3rd Prize: Two Michigan Edible Product Baskets. Tickets are available at the Continental Dorset Club Office, P.O. Box 506, North Scituate, RI 02857. Many sponsoring breeds mail out raffle tickets with their office work and annual dues notices so when you see them PLEASE lend your support! Final drawing will take place July 4. Need not to be present to win. All-American Junior Show Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser Friday, May 7, 2010 (During the May Ohio Sale Weekend) Buffet dinner served 5-7 p.m. Take out containers available. $10 adults; $6 children under 12. Held at Preble County Fairgrounds, Poultry Building, Eaton, Ohio. Special door prizes. Come and support the All-American Junior Show.

The All-American will be held in East Lansing, Michigan in 2010. Don’t miss the fun!

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17th Annual Shropshire Scholarships The American Shropshire Registry Association will award two scholarships to students planning to enroll in a post-secondary, under-graduate program (University, College, Junior College, Vocational/Technical School) during the 2010-2011 academic year. These scholarships are not intended for use of graduate studies. Both scholarships will provide $400. Each will be apportioned in two equal stipends during the academic year. High school seniors or students currently enrolled in an under-graduate program are eligible to apply.The applicant must be directly involved with Shropshire sheep. Previous scholarship winners are ineligible. Selection criteria will include the applicant’s scholastic record, leadership, extracurricular activities and involvement with the sheep industry, and in particular, the Shropshire breed. An official transcript of all high school and college work completed must accom-

pany the application. The applicant should have two letters of recommendation forwarded to the office of The American Shropshire Registry Association. Forms are provided for these letters. An application will not be considered complete until the letters of recommendation are received. The evaluator should comment on the applicant’s academic ability, leadership skills, involvement with extra-curricular activities and involvement with the sheep industry. The completed application, available online at shropshires.org, official transcripts of all high school and college work completed and two letters of recommendation must be returned by JUNE 1, 2010 to Mark A. McCabe, President, American Shropshire Registry Association, 5154 Nickelson Road, Prospect, Ohio 43342.

Avery ShropShireS Your source for quality Shropshires

Stop by our pens at the 2010 Ohio Classic and Shropshire Spectacular.

We plan to bring a nice set of ewe lambs and stud ram prospects. Dennis & Nancy Avery Bremen, Ind. Cell: (574) 209-0988 _______ Page 30

Give us a call for your next stud ram or show ewe

Floyd & Sharon Avery


2010 Yearling Ewe Futurity The American Shropshire Registry Association will sponsor a Shropshire yearling ewe futurity as part of the futurity system in 2010. The nominated ewe lambs purchased in 2009 by junior exhibitors and the ewe lambs nominated in the NAILE sale will be eligible for the yearling futurity. The NAILE sale ewe lambs will not need to be renomi-

nated by the junior exhibitor. All others will need to be renominated by April 1, 2010. The year 2010 will be the first year for the yearling ewe futurity. A complete set of rules for the Yearling Ewe Futurity is available here. Questions can be directed to Mark McCabe 740-494-2969 or mamccabe51@ hotmail.com.

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Junior Show

July 2-4, 2010  ~  Michigan State University HEast Lansing, Michigan H Featuring Shropshires and 12 other popular breeds

H Competition for: H H Breeding sheep H Market lambs H Showmanship H Promotional contests H Wool H Top Gun Award H Sheep skill-a-thon H Judging Contest

H Fun events for entire family H

• 3-on-3 basketball tournament  •All-American Lamb Camp  • Pie & Ice Cream  •Pool Party  •Raffle Prizes Shropshires purchased at summer sales eligible! Shropshires must be slick shorn! Double points for Shropshire Ewe Lamb Futurity!

NEW DEADLINE! Entries must by postmarked by MAY 20

For premium list and entry blanks:

Raffle

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1st Prize – Alumline Popper 5 tickets/ truck topper 2nd Prize –Shear-Delite Hydraulic Trimming Stand 3rd Prize – Two Michigan edible product baskets

For tickets, contact ASRA Secretary Becky Peterson

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National Shropshire Futurity 2010 By Mark McCabe The American Shropshire Association in effort to get junior members more interested and involved, have again decided to have a Shropshire Ewe Lamb Futurity for 2010. This 9th Futurity will not only enhance the junior members ability to purchase extremely high quality breeding stock but will also make it more beneficial for the breeders to consign their very best animals. The rules of the futurity are relatively simple and are outlined here. You can buy a top quality ewe lamb at one of the designated sales that has been nominated for the futurity, exhibit the lamb at the shows you normally attend and then send in your results on the point record form. A junior can add a top quality female to his or her flock, and possibly

win back a sizable premium. The 2010 designated sales will include: the Shropshire Classic at Eaton, Ohio; the Shropshire Spectacular at Springfield, Ill.; and Shropshire Midwest Stud Ram Sale at Sedalia, Mo. CONSIGNOR RULES 1. Entries are open to all ewe lambs born Sept. 1, 2009, thru March 31, 2010. 2. A nomination fee of $20 is required and payable to The American Shropshire Registry Association. Payment of nomination fees must also be made prior to the sale of the animal. 3. Each ewe lamb must be properly identified, according to the registration certificate. Futurity ewe lambs will be recorded by their scrapie tag number and paint branded with an F before entering the sale ring. A representative of ďż˝ the National Junior Committee

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or Shropshire Board will do the scrapie tag recording. 4. Each ewe lamb must conform and abide by the rules and regulations of the individual sale to which it is consigned. All normal entry and commission fees will apply. 5. The American Shropshire Registry Association will not be responsible and shall be held harmless for any disputes and/or disagreements between buyers and sellers. EXHIBITOR RULES 1. Up to date paid membership in the junior Shropshire Breed Association. 2. Not more that 21 years of age at the date of the NAILE in November. 3. Junior member must be at least 5 years of age with no partnerships or joint registrations. 4. Ewe lambs and points earned in the futurity are not transferable to any other person, nor are the points from one lamb to another. 5. Ewe lambs are to be registered to individuals only, no and family, no partnerships, and no joint registrations. 6. No futurity entrant can compete with more than two ewe lambs. Total points earned by two ewe lambs may not be combined into one lamb’s total. 7. Junior members must exhibit their own lamb within a class. If they have two lambs in the same class, another junior member may exhibit the second lamb. 8. If an exhibitor that owns a lamb is not present at the respective show, futurity points are not eligible and should not be submitted. 9. Premiums – Based on percentages of the total amount of money collected for Futurity entries. First_____ 20% Sixth_____7% Second_ _ 15% Seventh_ _6% Third____ 12% Eighth____5% Fourth___ 10% Ninth____4% Fifth_____ 8% Tenth____3% _______ Page 34

Five per-cent will be divided by all futurity entries that have sent in at least 3 point cards and not placed in the top 10. Premiums and awards will be presented in November at the NAILE after the Junior Shropshire Show. Additional recognition for the exhibitors and breeders will appear in the Shropshire Voice and on the Shropshire website 10. Five percent will also be saved as a base to start the 2010 Shropshire Yearling Ewe Futurity. POINT SCORING 1. A point card must be filled out for each show and forwarded to Mark McCabe, 5154 Nickelson Road, Prospect, Ohio 43342 within 14 days of the show. Must have a post mark of 14 days or fewer to count. The card must be signed by the superintendent of the appropriate show. The point card can also be scanned and e-mailed to mamccabe51@hotmail. com 2. At each individual show the ewe lamb may earn futurity points from the open division, the junior division, or from both (when a different judge or day is involved) except at NAILE, where only the junior show placing will be counted. 3. Ewe lambs can compete at an unlimited number of shows. The exhibitor may submit as many cards as they want for that ewe lamb. Each ewe lamb’s point cards will be kept separately. The five highest point award cards will be recorded as futurity points. In the five point award cards you can include up to but no more than three county fairs. 4. Ten points is the most number of points that can be awarded per class. 5. At two shows double points are awarded. These shows are The All-American Jr. Show and the National Jr. Show.The higher placing lamb at NAILE in Louisville will break ties.


Futurity Point Scale

Placing in Class No. in class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  1 1   3 3 2 1    5 5 4 3 2 1 6-10 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 11-15 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 16+ 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Shropshire Ewe Lamb Futurity Point Record Form

I ___________________________________________have exhibited the Shropshire ewe lamb, _______________________________________, Association Registry Number___________________. This ewe lamb placed ________ in a class of _______ fall/junior ewe lambs. This lamb was shown in the ______________________________ division of the following show: __________________________________________________________ Lamb tattoo no.-____________On the date of ______________________. This placing was verified by the superintendent/management of the above listed show: Signature:__________________________________________________ Title/Phone:__________________________________________________ Please fill out form completely and accurately and mail to Mark McCabe within 14 days. Incomplete forms will be invalid.

Mark McCabe 5154 Nickelson Rd. Prospect, Ohio 43342.

J & R Farm Shropshires We have an exciting crop of lambs out of our new Avery buck, son of Juice. Norbert Jackson & Family 4125 W. St. Rt. 28 Alexandria, IN 46001

(765) 754-7057

Inquiries always welcome

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North East Youth Show July 15-18 The 2010 North East Youth Sheep Show runs from July 15-18 and is held in the Mallary Complex at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. It is open to youth 21 years old and under as of Jan. 1 with all breeds of sheep being invited. The exhibitors must solely own or lease their sheep or co-own sheep in a youth partnership. The sheep and exhibitors should arrive by Thursday, July 15, with animals being penned by 11 p.m. Activities begin on Thursday evening and continue right through the weekend with the finale being the selection of the Supreme Champions on Sunday afternoon. Entry information will be available by mid-May on the NES&WG website (www.nesheep.org). Deadline for entries is the Friday before the show. The weekend will hold many activities including the New England Sheep Sale, used equipment auction, the New England Sheep & Wool Growers Annual Meeting, Friday night’s family barbecue, the New England Sale Supreme Awards, Scotch Auction to benefit the Harry Hardwick Memorial Scholarship and the annual ice cream social. Junior activities include Quiz Bowl on Thursday night, skillathon and judging of market lambs on Friday, fitting and showmanship classes, as well as the fleece show on Saturday, and judging of breeds on Sunday. For more information on any of these events check out the website. This show has become a major event in the Northeast thanks to all the loyal supporters. The many New England and Northeast breed associations and their breeders have contributed time and money over the past 25 years making _______ Page 36

this the second largest youth show in the country! Many national breed associations also contribute to the show by providing premiums and awards. Funds for this show are raised in many other ways as well: (a) profits made in the food booth, which is open the entire weekend of the show; (b) items donated and sold in the Fiber Nook at Eastern States Exposition; and (c) private donations. Any one wishing to lend their support contact one of the following people: to make a monetary donation, forward check to Scott Poitras, Treasurer, 95 Hollow Rd., Brimfield, MA 01010; to bake “goodies” for the Food Booth contact Nancy at JNEN@ aol.com; or to make/knit items to sell in the Fiber Nook or donate your time helping out during the Big E more information can be found on our website. Another big fundraiser, as well as a form of advertising for our supporters, is the annual NEYSS T-shirt. Each youth exhibitor receives a T-shirt commemorating the yearly event. For $25 a farm, individual or business can have their name listed on the back of the Tshirt as an official supporter of the 2010 North East Youth Sheep Show. The goal each year is to cover the costs of the T-shirts – and so far that goal has always been met! If you are interested in being a T-shirt sponsor send your $25 (made payable to NES&WG) to Deb Hopkins, 1125 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, Rhode Island 02857. Deadline for this is May 1. In looking ahead for next year please note that there will be a weekend change to the second weekend in July, July 7–10, 2011 if you are traveling to


the All-American the weekend before we hope that you will continue your trip north and join us as well. We look forward to another great weekend this year. Changes to Market Lamb Show The Northeast Youth Sheep Show would like to announce that changes to the market lamb show at the youth show will be seen this year. The 2010 market lamb show will be broken down into classes by weight instead of breed. Exhibitors will be allowed to show a total of six (6) market lambs with premiums being paid for all regardless of how many are in a class. Class size will be limited to eight (8) sheep per class. Market weigh in will occur during check in Friday morning. More information and entry forms will be available by mid-May on the

NES&WG website (www.nesheep.org). Deadline for entries is the Friday before the show.

Royce Rueber Scholarship The deadline for returning an application for the Royce Rueber Scholarship is June 1. A $250 scholarship is available to undergraduate student majoring in an animal science related field who has exhibited for more than four years at the All-American Junior Show. The winner will be selected based on application and essay. To receive an application contact Carol Rueber at 563-578-8663 or download at shropshires.org. Applications should be sent to Carol Rueber, 24632 210th St., Sumner, IA 50674.

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Letter from a true master breeder offers insight for today By Randy Rife ASRA Historian As we come down off our 125th Celebration I would like to reflect on correspondence with Doug Chambers, the Chairman of our 100th Celebration in 1984. I wrote Doug in late February…   On Feb. 18 and 19 Rife 03-030 and her twin sister 03-031 each had twin ewe lambs. On Feb. 21 their nine-yearold mom had a single ewe lamb. The mom goes back to Chambers 5-280 that we bought out of Doug Chamber’s 1992 dispersal that was held at the Sacramento National Show. She was seven at the time and we felt she was the foundation ewe to add to our flock. I wrote to Doug and expressed my enthusiasm in having five new females from his premiere family and that these many years later his diligent dedication to Shropshires was not in vain. Doug is now 91 and he his wife,Vivian reside in a retirement community. Doug answered with the following letter that offers today’s breeders some insight from a true master breeder of bygone years. Dear Randy,   Thanks for the encouraging report on the descendants of my old ewe, 5-280.You and Verne Hoffman are probably the only buyers at my 1992 liquidation sale that either cared about – or kept records of – high production blood lines, so I’m happy to know that 18 years later there are five descendants of her in your brood flock. _______ Page 38

   From my earliest days with a (commercial) flock I could see that twins were essential to profitability. This was reinforced when I spent three days visiting the renowned British stockman, J. Gibson Whittles, at Tern. He showed me his meticulous records in which over a several year period his Shrop flock weaned a 185% lamb crop!    During those years I established correspondence with several select individuals on animal breeding in Australia and New Zealand and pretty much established the consensus that twinning is 18% a hereditary trait...(which means that the rest is management - flushing!) From (about 65-day weaning) deliberately pulling my ewes down in condition; they were pretty lean by the end of summer.    I then put them on the best green, high nutrient pasture I had (or could rent) and began giving about a pound of enriched alfalfa/grain pellets for about three weeks before putting them with the rams. After a few years of this regimen I can’t remember ever putting a ewe in my breeding flock that had not lambed in 20 days of the start of lambing!   You mention another (perhaps coincidental) fact; the preponderance of female progeny of these heavy producers. By far the top producer I ever owned (and over 90% of her bloodlines were in my flock) McMurtie 1087, which I bought at the Farrell Shultz liquidation sale, had one son and 10 daughters!    In the “First Hundred Years Shropshire Association History” biography of


George McKerrow, I quoted from English and Scotch breeders who all said, “Never let this man pick out a ewe to buy from your flock!” Consistent, topproducing blood lines are the irreplaceable foundation of great breeders.    (I had my own eartag #stamp; 1st number, year of birth 2nd # - even for ewes, odd for rams, in sequence

of birth date...easy to trace in your records.)   We’re “holding our own.” I read at least two books a week and watch many NCAA games on TV. Sold our car, so travel by bus or taxi; takes a lot of pre-planning! Sincerely, Doug Chambers

National Sheep Improvement Program By James Morgan, PhD NSIP Board President The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) is in transition to a new system of data processing in 2010. A huge advantage of the new system is that it allows data to be processed every two weeks. In the past, production data for each breed ran one time per year. Every two weeks allows all flocks to receive timely information no matter their lambing, weaning and selling schedules. NSIP has provided EPDs (expected progeny differences) for the USA sheep industry for over 20 years. The new data input system will be a great break through. EPDs are the most accurate method available to the livestock industry to evaluate performance. The key traits for meat production include number weaned, rate of growth, milk producing ability of the dam, loin eye depth and fat cover; each will be evaluated with the new data input and processing software available to NSIP. EPDs are calculated using performance data and genetic relationships. The statistical techniques to create EPDs were developed in the 1950s but required the development of

new computers in the 1980s to become practical for the livestock industry. The new program for data processing, besides being able to turn around data in two weeks, also allows all breeds to receive across-flock genetic evaluation of loin eye depth and fat thickness (using ultrasound), pounds lamb weaned and parasite resistance. This is new for NSIP. Data Needed to Participate: (a) Dam and sire of each lamb must be recorded; (b) Maintain lamb contemporary groups for 60- and 120-day weights with large numbers of lambs (prefer a minimum of at least 20 lambs/sire); (c) 60-day weights should be taken when lambs range from 45-75 days of age (weights taken outside this age range can’t be used for 60-day weights); (d) 120-day weights should be taken when lambs range from 90-150 days of age (weights taken outside this range can’t be used for 120-day weights). New NSIP Enrollment forms will be available at the NSIP website in May, 2010 (www.nsip.org) If you have any questions, please contact Cody at cjhiemke@hotmail.com or 415-302-8035 or James Morgan, President of the NSIP Board at 479-444-6075 or jlmm@earthlink.net. _______ Page 39


Premier publication of the ASRA The premiere issue of “The Shrop,” the predecessor of the “Shropshire Voice,” was published in August 1951 as the “official publication of the American Shropshire Registry Association.” Randy Rife, ASRA Historian, received a copy of this issue from Oscar Sweet who got it from the collection of the late Lowell Douce. Randy sent it on to Publisher Rinda Maddox to reprint excerpts in the Voice. As the association has just finished the 125th anniversary, the historical look back at the breed through this original publication, along with Randy’s historical articles, will continue to tie the rich history of Shropshires to it’s proud place in the industry today. Following is a look through Volume 1, Issue I of The Shrop… The Editor of The Shrop was Helen McKerrow Pugh of Waukesha, Wis. It

was published quarterly by the ASRA located at 4th and Ferry, La Fayette, Ind. The first issue requested cooperation from breeders for advertising, sharing pictures of ideal farm set-ups or top animals and reports of success with Shropshires – the same thing the Editor and Publisher ask today.   The Editorial Committee was Burr Robbins of Wisconsin, Roger Wykes, Jr. of Michigan and Everett Glasgow of Illinois. A subscription cost $1 a year for four copies, or 35-cents per issue. The first magazine opened with the following: [in part] “As the move continues to keep Shropshires in first place as the farmer’s sheep, The Shrop is aimed to be the cooperative effort of all breeders working as a group. Because our breed has so much to offer we can be sure of our convictions. “Let’s refresh our memory on the genuine qualities our breed possesses.

This sign was made available to breeders in 1951 for $10 from the ASRA. The farm name was printed at no extra cost. The article reads: “Since lack of advertising has been the downfall of the farmer for many years, here is your chance to put your products before the public. Be proud of the fact that you have Shropshires. This attractive sign cannot help but invite calls upon you.You will be impressed with the results of such inexpensive, yet effective advertising.” _______ Page 40


He has long been known as a dual purpose sheep, shearing nearly an average of 10 pounds of 3/8 blood wool per sheep, which puts him in the class of a wool producer. He will produce a good market lamb. Ewes are known as good mothers and good milkers with a 150 percent lamb crop to their credit and are well adapted to farm conditions. “‘Naturally, they’re Shropshires’ should be the pass word as we work together to make our magazine a success. Let’s forget petty quarrels we may have with fellow sheepmen and work to strengthen the breed through unity. Since disunity can only gnaw at the roots of our well established foundation and weaken it. “The directors and editor ask for your help in improving the magazine which is to represent you. In order to continue, it must be supported by those who it is trying to promote –namely the

breeders of Shropshire sheep. In that way it will branch out into more fields of interest for its varied class of readers. “The initial steps will be unsteady and discouraging at times, but ‘perseverance conquers all things.’ So let’s get behind this move to give our breed another ‘first’ with its own publication – The Shrop.” The 30-page book with the same size layout as used in today’s Voice contained 13 full page ads, four half page ads and eight 1/4 page ads. Advertisers included: Iroquois Farms, Copperstown, N.Y. F.M. North, Greenville, OH International Harvester McKerrow Farms, Pewaukee, Wis. Robbinswood Farms, Walworth, Wis. Armour and Company A.J. Moore, Butler, Ind. Hewens Farm,Ypsilanti, Mich. Kenneth J. Kopp, Galesville, Wis. �

These photos of the champion ewe and ram at the Chicago International in 1950 show the changes in the breed character as seen in the Shrops today.

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Plan Now To Attend!

Held in conjunction with the

FRIDAY, JUNE 18 Sale Show: 8:00 a.m. Judge: Dan Spilde, WI

SATURDAY, JUNE 19 Sale: 9:00 a.m.

Auctioneer: Curt Overcash, Dixon, IL

All Shrops show & sell slick sheared.

2009 National Sale Champion Ram Consigned by Erik Mrozinski, IN & sold to Peiter Shrops, MO.

Illinois State Fairgrounds

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS 2009 National Sale Champion Ewe Consigned by City Limits Shrops, IL & sold to Bishop & Bishop, NY.

P.O. Box 500 • Cuba, IL 61427 309/785-5058 • Fax: 309/785-5050 www.bannersheepmagazine.com _______ Page 42

Watch for the complete sale catalog in May in The Banner and on the web at www.bannersheepmagazine.com!


Roger Wykes, Jr., Grand Rapids, Mich. Hubert P. Kipp, North Prairie, Wis. J.W. & E.H. Rotter, West Point, Iowa J.D.A. Green, Oakland, Ill. F.M. Schultz, De Graff, Ohio Herman Ramsey, Plainfield, Ind. O.W. Brown & Son, Plainsfield, Ind. Everett E. Glasgow, Monticello, Ill. Ohio Shropshire Breeders’ Assoc. S.F. McClure, Jr., Spottswood,Va. Red Hill Farm, Pedlar Mills,Va. Warren Brown, Hartland, Wis. 10th International Shropshire Sale   Greenvale Farm, Oakland, Ill. W.F. Savage, Hanover, Mich. Livestock Chemical Co., Grand   Rapids, Mich. Articles in the book included “Let Production Records Do The Selecting” by A.L. Pope, University of Wisconsin; “Shropshires Top Hoosier Gold Medal Project” by Charles F. Osborn; “The Shropshires As I See It” by Walter C.

Coffey (former president of ASRA); “Wolverine Breeders Form Organization” by Roger Wykes, Jr. Leading Shropshire states listed in the 1950 issue are Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New York. The Directors of the American Shropshire Registry Association are pictured in the premiere magazine and include C.H. Bantham, Farrell Schultz, Everett Glasgow, Alden N. Marks, B.L. Robbins, Roger Wykes, S.F. McClure, Jr., E.H. Rotter, president and Edward T.S. Brown, retiring president.

The lamb artwork shown above was also used in the prmiere issue.

On the Cover:

The 125th Anniversary Show was a special time in our 40 years of breeding Shropshires. While we started in the breed in 1953, we did take a break between generations for the years 1970 to 1985. We call the period between 1953 and 1969 the “Early Years” and the period since 1985 the “Next Generation.” The ewe pictured on the cover, Knepp 810, has a pedigree on the Dam side that goes back to the very beginning of the Next Generation period. It all starts with one of our Legacy ewes, Scoggins 121 who was Reserve Champion at the 1985 Wisconsin State Fair. 810’s dam, Knepp 205, was Champion Ewe at Wisconsin as a lamb in 2002. Other names on the Dam’s side that standout are Rams, Buckham 85-25; Buckham 87-390, the 1988 Champion Ram at the Spectacular; Cabaniss S-933, the Champion Ram at the 1991 B&W. On the Sire side CLSF’s “Tommy” and his sire, Rife’s Knockout, are highlighted. We prepared a history of our Flock for the 125th and copies are available by emailing us. Knepp-LaFollette Shropshires Brian Mohr, Shepherd 128 Old Barrington Rd. Carlock, IL 61725 trbear@mc.net     mohroxfords@yahoo.

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~ In Memory ~ JACK D. KALINA Jack Kalina, 82, long time Shropshire enthusiast, passed away Feb. 23, 2010. His family wrote to the Shropshire Voice: “He was in the Albany General Hospital and had no pain. Mom and I had been with him just hours before and he was happy and alert, so it was a quick passing, we are all blessed.” His family shares his autobiography: I was born Nov. 6, 1927 in Albany. I graduated from Albany Union High School in 1945 and married my wife, Bessie in 1950.We raised three children, all college graduates. I lived on a farm near Scio until I was 30 years old. It was a dairy and general farming operation. In 1957, Bessie and I moved to our present home on Oakville Road near Albany in a home I built. We have raised rye grass seed and purebred sheep ever since. I attended Albany Union High School for three years. FFA was the reason my folks sent us to Albany, which was 20 miles away. I won State Farmer Degree in FFA my senior year and was on the Parliamentary Team. There was no school bus during the war, so I rode in a converted one-and-a-half ton truck with a cover and no windows. When the weather was bad, dad drove me to Crabtree to meet the truck and in good weather, I rode a bicycle. My senior year I rode in a car with a friend. I loved sports but couldn’t go out for the school team because I had to go home on the truck but I did letter in track two years, 1944 & 1945. I high jumped, broad jumped and ran the low and high hurdles. _______ Page 44

In 1950, I married my wife Bessie, the best decision of my life. In 1957, I built our house in Albany along with the rest of the barns and we moved from Jack Kalina Scio to Albany for the next 53 years. I was a baseball coach for my son’s team until Don entered high school. I was a 4-H leader in Linn County for my children and many other children in the area for 20 years and continued for 15 more years after they graduated. 4-H was a big part of our family, the kids learned to be responsible and all became good responsible citizens to this day. These values are reflected in our grandchildren. About 1962, I was selected as Linn County Young Farmer of the Year and sometime later I was selected as Linn County Livestock Man of the Year. The Albany Democrat Herald came out to take a picture and get a story about my sheep and me. While they were here our dog “Possum” put on a show with the basketball and they took pictures of him in action, as well. When the article came out in the paper, Possum was on the front page and I was on page two. He was very good at what he did! We have raised Registered Romney and Shropshire sheep for 43 years. We have shown our sheep over the U.S. in an effort to promote better quality sheep and youth activities. I served as director of the American Shropshire Registry Association for many years as well and about 20 years


on the American Romney Board of Directors and President for 4 years. About 35 years ago the Northwest Shropshire Association was organized in my living room. Twenty-five years ago, we set up a Starter Flock program for youth interested in raising Shropshire sheep. Since that time the association has given out 40 flocks to deserving kids. These animals are given by members of the association. No other breed association has even come close to that success. I was on the Northwest Shropshire board the entire 35 years being president 20 of those years. I am very dedicated to the state fair junior show and gather the funds for the premiums. It is the largest junior show at the Oregon State Fair. About 16 years ago I helped organize the Oregon Romney Breeders Association to help young breeders get started in the Romney sheep business.We sponsor many awards at the State Fair level

for the Romneys and the Shropshires, especially at the junior shows. I was on the Board of the Oregon Purebred Sheep Association for many years and served as President for 4 years. I also served on the Board and was President of the Oregon Suffolk Breeders Association. Some of my greatest accomplishments with my sheep were winning five national champions with our Romneys in Louisville, Ky.; in the 1970s winning three straight years the carcass contest pen of three at the Oregon State Fair and the top honor was at the Oregon State Fair in 2004 winning the Gold Bell for Supreme Young Flock. I retired from farming at the age of 70 but continue to raise and show sheep. My three children have grown into wonderful adults with six grandchildren and now a great-grand daughter! My wife and I have spent our lives helping young people become good citizens; I believe we have been successful and we are continuing to carry on that tradition.   Side note by Sue Kalina Barker: Our family started with Shropshires about 40 years ago. Dad went to the auction yard and bought several button nosed, closed faced Shropshires and that is where we started. My brother started in 4-H with them, then my sister and then myself. After the three kids, dad showed them in open class. He also worked to improve the flock and loved the fast Jack Kalina, right with his grandaughter, Stephanie Barker, growing capability of the left and daughter, Sue Barker. Shrops. We were Premier _______ Page 45


Breeder many, many times at the Oregon State Fair. Our flock included bloodlines from City Limits, 3-D Sheep Co. and Rife Shropshires. Dad was very active nationally in earlier years and remained active in the Northwest Association.

~ In Memory ~ Edward Roman Mrozinski Edward Roman Mrozinski, 78, of Rolling Prairie, Ind., died at 4:25 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at his residence. He was born Sept. 4, 1931, to Louis and Catherine (Layman) Mrozinski. Mr. Mrozinski was a self-employed farmer and drove a school bus for the New Prairie School System. He graduated from New Carlisle High School in 1949. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, LaPorte, and St. John

Kanty Catholic Church, Rolling Prairie. He was married to Geraldine Ellenwine, with whom he raised four sons. Surviving are sons, Lawrence “Larry” (Deb) Mrozinski of San Pierre, Ind., Thomas “Tom” (Rita) Mrozinski, Mark Mrozinski and John (Kim) Mrozinski, all of Rolling Prairie; 10 grandchildren, Andrea Schwartz and Amy, John, Catherine, Heather, Nathan, Erik, Morgan, Mitchell, and Mekenna Mrozinski; one sister, Delores Sutor of Delaware, Ohio and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Mrozinski. A funeral Mass and rosary service was held. Burial was in St. John Kanty Cemetery, Rolling Prairie. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.

City Limits Sheep Farm Check out our consignments to both the Ohio Classic and Shropshire Spectacular. We plan to bring the same quality of sheep as we did last year when we had Champion Ewe at the Classic, Champion Ewe at the Spectacular and Best Consignment at the National Sale. Look for yearlings and lambs out of some of our best blood lines!

To see our sale entries, visit www.citylimitssheepfarm.com

Tom Slutz LaMoille, IL 61330 (815) 638-2177 _______ Page 46

Brad Slutz Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 899-0366


Welcome to the Flock

Hunter Boyd Keck Born: Dec. 2, 2009 8 lbs., 13 ozs., 20-1/2” long Son of Jason and Mary Anne Johnson Keck and granddaughter of Bob and Karen Johnson of Marshfield, Mo.

Mallory Ann Johnson Born: Feb. 18, 2010 7 lbs. 12 ozs., 19” long. Third child of Russ & Molly Johnson of Wooster, Ohio and granddaughter of Bob and Karen Johnson of Marshfield, Mo.

BWB Farms, Inc. Shropshire Sheep

We are thrilled with our lambs sired by our new ram from Bryant Shrops “BB King” They are absolutely fantastic looking and we have several very nice ewe lambs.

We will be consigning to Eaton, OH and Springfield, IL

Visit our website bwbfarmsinc.com

in April and check out more information and pictures of our entries. Call or better yet come visit us at the farm! Barry Barr

Rick Whiting

Randy Barr

4401 Sorg Road 1779 Green Road 4417 Sorg Road Hillsboro, OH Martinsville, OH Hillsboro, OH 45133 45146 45133 (937) 288-5004 (937) 685-2603 (937) 288-0001

Email us at: bwbfarmsinc@verizon.net

Ethan Thomas Mrozinski-Ramsey Born: Feb. 20, 2010 8 lbs. 12.5 ozs.; 19” long. Son of Heather Mrozinski and Nathan Ramsey of LaPorte, Ind. and grandson of Tom and Rita Mrozinski of Rolling Prairie, Ind.

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Breeder’s Index The following breeder’s list is a paid subscription published both in the Voice and on the shropshires.org Web site. Adams Shropshires 6898 S 7000 W Road Chebanse, IL 60922 (815) 697-2903 radams1976@hotmail.com adamsshropshires.com Agrall, Lewis R.R. 1, Box 230 Athens, IL 62613 (217) 636-8151 Anderson Farms Matthew, Christie, Emily & Andrew 646 N. 24th Street Blair, NE 68008 (402) 889-0835 anderson_farms@hotmail.com Anderson, Michael L. 346 N 1600 E Paxton, IL 60957 (217) 379-3189 (Cell) 217-781-3348, mike.anderson3@verizon.net Avery Shropshires Dennis & Nancy Avery 1500 Douglas Road Bremen, IN 46506 (574) 209-0988 davery@etproducts.com Floyd & Sharon Avery (229) 942-3415 Barnes, Shane & Kim SKB Shropshires 1122 Browns Creek Rd. Sycamore, PA 15364 (724) 852-2673 kmbarnes@mail.wvu.edu

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Barnes, Tim & Deb Barnes Farms 5707 Mooney Road Radnor, OH 43066 (740) 494-2125 Cell: (740) 815-2402 troytongrn@gmail.com barnesfarms.com Benson, Robert Benson Brothers Shropshires 3839 E. 169th Street Noblesville, IN 46062 (317) 896-2213 Botsford, Jason Rolling Hill Farms 4646 Rt. 536 Punxsutawney, PA 15767 (507) 301-1034 jgbotsford@yahoo.com Bradish Family Farm George and Brenda Bradish 3865 St. Rt. 982 Latrobe, PA 15650 (724) 539-8386 or 3808 Brockmann Shropshires Gary, Vicky, Brianna & Austin 2011 Blake Road Garden Prairie, IL 61038 (815) 544-4515 Brooks, Wayne, Cyndi, Blaze & Jenny 3760 N 700 E Decatur, IN 46733 (260) 592-6732 brooksshropshires@yahoo.com Brown, Rob & Ron Clay-Nob Farm 17527 Maple Drive Saegertown, PA 16433 (814) 763-3140 claynob@peoplepc.net


Bryant Shropshires Bill Bryant 6838 Bryant Road Fredericktown, OH 43019 (740) 398-2053 Cell: (740) 398-2053 bryantb3@hotmail.com bryantsheepandhorses.com Buckham Farms 6508 West R Avenue Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269) 375-7676 buckhamfarms@yahoo.com Burlingame, Jim & Steve Burlingame Farm 91 Burlingame Road Danielson, CT 06239 (860) 774-5975 Jim: fjburlingame@msn.com Steve: sjburlingame@snet.net www.burlingamefarm.com BWB Farms, Inc. 1779 Green Road Martinsville, OH 45146 Randy Barr (937) 288-0001 Rick Whiting: (937) 685-2603 Barry Barr: (937) 403-4411 bwbfarmsinc@verizon.net www.bwbfarmsinc.com Call, Don & Re 964 Mohawk Trail Shelburne, MA 01370 (413) 625-2436 doonyc@netscape.net Cessna, Jim & Nancy Cessna Farms 11100 Jerry City Road Cygnet, OH 43413 (419) 655-3209 jhcessna@dacor.net Crago Brothers Shropshires Steve & Louise Crago & Sons 1499 Hiatt Road Clarksville, OH 45113 (937) 289-3167

Crago, Mark & Jennifer & Family 22 Maki Hill Rd. Columbus, MT 59019 (406) 322-9935 Cell: (406) 298-0015 Creamer, R.J. & Family 4094 Centerville-Newmans Rd. Prospect, OH 43342 (740) 262-3972 creamer@marion.net www.creamershropshires.com Diehl, J.L. & G.L. 902 St. Rt. 14 Deerfield, OH 44411 (330) 584-2192 Dirlam, J.N. & Sons & Matt Dirlam 11673 N. Bethesda Rd. Mooresville, IN 46158 (317) 831-2130 dirlamjd@aol.com Dockter, Darrell, Janet, Stacy & Jason 3-D Sheep Company 19411 S. Carpenter Road Snohomish, WA 98290 (425) 334-9130 Cell: (425) 327-1428 dddockter@earthlink.net www.3dsheepcompany.com Douglas, Donna April Aire Farms 11802 Pleasant Valley Road Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 337-0598 Ebert, Jeff, Kerri, Christine & Monica Ebert Sheep Farm 10015 Flush Rd. St. George, KS 66535 Home: (785) 494-2436 Cell: (785) 458-9174 ebertj@wamego.net www.ebertsheepfarm.com

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Elsbury, Mike Elsbury’s Shropshires 5385 E 500 N Greenfield, IN 46140-8939 (317) 326-4461 elsburyfamily@aol.com www.elsburyfarms.com

High Farms Glenn & Joan High 7078 Co. Rd. 47 Lexington, OH 44904 (419) 362-3666 highfarms@cs.com

Elsbury, Tim Double Doc Farm W 7112 Cherry Hill Drive. Adell, WI 53001 (920) 994-2538

High Life Farms David & Jodi High & Family 3388 McDermott Pond Creek Road McDermott, OH 45652 (740) 259-1907 highlifefarm2000@yahoo.com

Groverman DVM, Fred F & P Groverman Shropshires 400 Ormsby Lane Petaluma, CA 94954 (707) 763-3132 (Cell) 707-953-4456 fgroverman@sbcglobal.net Gruenhagen, Jim & Donna SS Shrops 7622 Jersey Ridge Road Davenport, IA 52807 (563) 355-6730 ssshrops@netins.net Hardesty, Megan & Molly Come Again Farm 00427 Clover Four Road New Bremen, OH 45869 (419) 629-7205 msac@bright.net Harold, Ashley 11316 Durgin Road SE Olympia, WA 98513 (360) 456-3897 asheeper@aol.com Heaton, Fred & family 622 Sessler-Buxton Rd. Russia, OH 45363 (937) 526-3118 Hiemke, Cody Mapleton Mynd Shropshires 2325 Webster St., Apt. B Berkeley, CA 94705 (415) 302-8035 cjhiemke@hotmail.com

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Jackson, Norbert 4125 W. State Route 28 Alexandria, IN 46001 (765) 754-7057 njackson@macdermid.com Jaycox, Elaine Willaine Farm 3758 State Rt. 30 Middleburgh, NY 12122 (518) 827-5726 Cell: (518) 231-7245 willaine@midtel.net www.willainefarm.net Johnson, Bob & Karen RoKaJo Farm 569 St. Hwy. DD Marshfield, MO 65706 (417) 859-4452 rokajo6@centurytel.net Kipp, LeRoy Box 44 North Prairie, WI 53153 (262) 392-2713 Knepp Shropshires Donald Knepp 128 Old Barrington Rd. Barrington, IL 60010 847-381-5872 trbear@mc.net


Kowalyshyn, Lisa Kindred Crossings LLC 868 Route 32 North Franklin, CT 06254 (860) 642-4243 (860)642-6210 kindredcrossings@msn.com www.kindredcrossingsfarm.com Maddox, Steven & Rinda Maddox Shropshires 6503 E 700 North Road Sidell, IL 61876 (217) 288-9493 ssmaddox@hotmail.com Majchrzak, Steve, Beth, Ashley & Tyler Lan-O-Lin Acres 3745 Bradley Road Federalsburg, MD 21632 (410) 754-7531 Cell: (410) 924-3510 FFABigToe@verizon.net delawarelivestockexpo.com McCabe, Mark & Family McCabe Shropshires 5154 Nickelson Road Prospect, OH 43342 (740) 494-2969 mamccabe51@hotmail.com mccabeshropshires.com McCall, Cynthia CMAC Shropshires 1673 22nd Road Washington, KS 66968 (402) 730-9213 cynthiasue@huskers.unl.edu sheepempire.com McNeal, Robert J. 1511 S.E. 20 Street Battle Ground, WA 98604 (360) 687-3410

Miller, Edith, Bryan & Fabiola 24417 Ridge Road Damascus, MD 20872 (301) 253-3530 (301) 514-7955 bryan.miller@shropshires.info www.shropshires.info Miller, Sam D. & Family Miller’s Back Achers 3075 E. Rusk Road Troy, OH 45373 (937) 339-7811 rkmiller53@hughes.net Moon, Justin & Charlene Five Stars Elite LLC 6501 N 300 W Michigan City, IN 46360 219-210-5609 eliteaccoyos@comcast.net www.eliteaccoyos.com Motter, Jan Lane’s End Farm 12211 W. Rt. 973 Jersey Shore, PA 17740 (570) 398-2078 Mrozinski, Erik 5906 E 650 N Road P.O. Box 306 Rolling Prairie, IN 46371 (219) 716-4921 (219) 778-1060 emrozins@purdue.edu Mumm, Megan 49 CR 1300 N White Heath, IL 61884 (217) 687-2874 Oehler, Nellie Oehler Family Shropshires 5570 SW West Hills Road Corvallis, OR 97333-2623 (541) 757-3937 Peiter Shrops 5580 Shelby 234 Shelbyville, MO 63469 (573) 769-0003

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Pence Farms 1083 W. Co. Rd. 61 Tiffin, OH 44883 Mike: (419) 992-4305 Doug: (419) 986-5848 Jay: (419) 992-4701

Rogers, Danny & Cynthia Rogers Shropshires 2435 W. McCracken Road Monrovia, IN 46157 (317) 996-3301 dcrogers821@yahoo.com

Peppmeier, Christine & Sara Peppmeier Family Shropshires 29323 SW Land Hill Road Sherwood, OR 97140 (503) 625-6691 peppmeier@directv.net

Rueber, Carol & Aimee Rueber Shropshires 24632 210th St. Sumner, IA 50674 (563) 578-8663 ruebershrops@yahoo.com

Percival, Jim & Denise Schoolhouse Shropshires 961 Hoop Road Xenia, OH 45385 (937) 374-3371 schoolhousshrops@aol.com www.schoolhouseshropshires.com

Sargent, Tom Tom Sargent & Family 9811 Grandview Dr. Bradford, OH 45308 (937) 448-6154 terry45308@yahoo.com

Proffitt, Jim 38208 Brady Creek Road Richmond, MO 64085 (816) 225-6032 jproffitt6842@gmail.com Riddick, Daniel Mayo Mountain Sheep Company 680 Mayo Road Huntington, VT 05462 (802) 434-2745 riddicks@att.net Rife, Randy & Julie Rife Shropshires 2423 Clifton Rd. Yellow Springs, OH 45387 (937) 767-1871 rifeflockmaster@dishmail.net www.rifeshropshires.com Roberts, Tim Roberts Farms 27954 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, OK 73093 (405) 485-9255 Cell: (405) 314-3370 robertssheepco@cs.com

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Seals Family S Bar S Ranch 2360 B Shafer Ave. Morgan Hill, CA 95037 (408) 779-1789 (Cell:) (408) 472-8195 sbarssheep@cs.com Schimm, Katie 29131 Winterbauer Ave. Athens, IL 62613 (566) 415-0671 Slutz, Tom City Limits Sheep Farm P.O. Box 177, 602 S. Main St. LaMoille, IL 61330 (815) 638-2177 Cell: (815) 866-5031 tcslutz@g-mail.com www.citylimitssheepfarm.com Smith Sisters Shropshires 2129 130th Ave. Russell, MN 56169-3072 (507) 823-4784 lbsmith@woodstocktel.net


Smith, Gordon & Alyce Cedar Bend Farm N 7922 U.S. Highway 12 Elkhorn, WI 53121 (262) 742-3580 cedarbendfarm@elknet.net Roger Snyder Family 2537 US Hwy 67 Monmouth, IL 61462 (309) 734-4446 Cell: (309) 255-9500 Spayd, Steven 3261 Elm Tree Rd. Manheim, PA 17545  (717) 653-6860 Switzer, Jane E. Switzer Shropshires 6741 S. 1150 W Redkey, IN 47373 (765) 369-2844 Cell: (260) 729-2626 steve.jane@switzershropshires.com switzershropshires.com Trew, Emily 389 York Road Ocoee, TN 37361 (888) 831-2619 billtrew@comcast.net Verduin, Calvin Verduin’s Apple Hill Farm 4391 Miller Road Dansville, NY 14437 (585) 335-3703 calv8@hotmail.com

Visocky Shrops Matt, Marc, Ben & Ken 7220 Richmand Road Spencer, OH 44275 (330) 667-1023 Washburn, Emily Washburn Shrops 1755 Lead Mine Road Gouverneur, NY 13642 (315) 578-2443 Cell: (315) 408-2478 nyshrops@yahoo.com Webster, Ryan 471 Falmouth Road Windham, ME 04062 (207) 232-0632 Webster, William 413 Roosevelt Trail Windham, ME 04062 (207) 831-0608 stillweb@roadrunner.com Wilbur, Dellane and Brian RW Farms 5004 E Lewis Lane Nampa, ID 83686 (208) 461-8966 email rwfarms@netscape.com website: rwfarms.net Wilson, Chris Lazy T Ranch 2103 Zeandale Rd. Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 232-2131 Wisehart, Mark & Patty & Sons 9372 N 400 E Greenfield, IN 46140 (765) 778-7707

Be sure your name is listed in the Breeder’s Index It’s the best “phone directory” to Shropshire breeders

Shropshire breeders can have their name, phone, address and e-mail addresses listed in three issues of the Voice and on the Shropshire website for a 12-month period for only $30. A link to personal websites can be included for an additional $20. E-mail info to Rinda Maddox: shropshirevoice@thesidellreporter.com.

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May 7 & 8............... Shropshire Classic, Eaton, Ohio Show: Fri., 8 a.m./Sale: Sat., 10:30 a.m. May 29 & 30............... Great Lakes All Breed Show & Sale, Wooster, Ohio June 18 & 19............... Shropshire Spectacular - National Sale, Springfield, IL Show: Fri., 8 a.m. (juniors show same time) Banquet, 6 p.m. on grounds/Sale: Sat., 9 a.m. June 21-26............... Midwest Stud Ram Sale, Sedalia, Mo. Show: Wed., June 23, 5 p.m./Sale: Sat., June 26, morning. July 1-4............... All-American Junior Show, Lansing, Mich. July 15-18............... North East Youth Sheep Show, West Springfield, MA Sept. 1............... DEADLINE for October Voice. Sept. 16-23............... Big E Nov. 6-10............... National Show, NAILE (Date not announced yet.) Have your shows and sales included in the calendar on both the website and in the Voice by contacting Rinda Maddox, shropshirevoice@thesidellreporter.com.

Advertisers’ Index All-American Jr. Show............................ 30 Adams....................................................... 24 Anderson................................................... 8 Avery......................................................... 28 Barnes....................................................... 11 Brockmann............................................... 31 Creamer ................................................... 9 Dockters.................................................. 21 Ebert......................................................... 29 Elsbury...................................................... 13 Hiemke/Groverman............................... 12 Jackson...................................................... 33 Johnson..................................................... 15 Ketcham................................................... 22 Knepp............................. Front Cover, 41 Gruenhagen............................................... 5 _______ Page 54

Majors....................................................... 16 McCabe.................................................... 19 Melvin....................................................... 18 Midwest.................................................... 25 Moon........................................ Back Cover Percival..................................... Inside Back Pipestone ................................................ 10 Rife..............................Inside Front Cover Rueber...................................................... 35 Slutz........................................................... 44 Sheepman Supply.................................... 20 Shropshire Classic.................................... 7 Shropshire Spectacular......................... 40 Sydell........................................................... 6 Townsend ............................................... 29 Whiting..................................................... 45


Only those at the top of the class will be featured at the Ohio Shropshire Classic in Eaton!

Visit our website for additional information!

Jim & Denise Percival 961 Hoop Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385 937-374-3371 Email: SchoolhousShrops@aol.com www.schoolhouseshropshires.com

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