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Look for this yearling ewe and a second yearling ewe at the Ohio Classic. Check out the April homepage of the Shropshire website for Avery Shropshires.

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Dennis & Nancy Avery • Bremen, Ind. • (574) 209-0988 Email: • Web:

“Great Genetics Make The Difference”

Randy, Julie, Justin, Melissa, Olivia, Zachary, & Nicholas Rife

2423 Clifton Road, Yellow Springs, OH 45387 Only 6 miles south of I-70 (Exit 54) Home: (937) 767-1871 Cell: (937) 603-0535 O

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Volume 34, Issue 2

~ The Shropshire Voice ~

May 2014

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

Rinda Maddox, Voice Publisher

Board of Directors of the American Shropshire Registry Association Brad Slutz – Pres. (2016) 50 W 735 Old State Rd. Maple Park, IL 60151 (815) 766-0584

Robert Dinsmore (2014) 5842 Broad Run Road Jefferson, MD 21755 (301) 371-4483

Jim Percival, V.Pres. (2014) 961 Hoop Road Xenia, OH (937) 374-3371

Darrell Dockter (2016) 19411 S. Carpenter Rd. Snohomish, WA 98290 (425) 327-1428

Rick Adams (2015) 6898 S 7000 W. Rd Chebanse, IL 60922 (815) 697-2903

Jim Gruenhagen (2015) 7622 Jersey Ridge Rd. Davenport, IA 52807 (563) 355-6730

Alan Bruhin (2014) 2064 Tranquility Lane Sevierville, TN 37876-0101 (865) 453-4767

Cody Hiemke (2016) 1773 Koshkonong Rd. Stoughton, WI 53589 (415) 302-8035

Re Call (2015) 964 Mohawk Trail Shelburne, MA 01370 (413) 625-2436

Norbert Jackson (2014) 4125 W. State Route 28 Alexandria, IN 46001 (765) 754-7057

R.J. Creamer (2015) 4094 Centerville-Newmans Rd. Prospect, OH 43342 (740) 262-3972

Robert Johnson (2015) 569 State Highway DD Marshfield, MO 65706 (417) 859-4452

Sandy Cross(2014) 260 Bonney Eagle Rd. Standish, ME 04084 (207) 671-3078

Tim Roberts (2015) 27954 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, OK 73093 (405) 485-9255

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Secretary Becky Peterson will be near 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

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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) 360-1103 Alan Bruhin 2064 Tranquility Lane Sevierville, TN 37876-0101 (865) 453-4767 _________________________ Shropshire Voice May 2014

From the Secretary As of this mid-March writing, we are still in seeming mid-winter with a very nice January-like day just earlier in the week. Hopefully by your late April reading, we will be in mid-spring and the memory of the cold and snowy 2014 winter will be long gone and only a fading memory. Most flocks will have lambing behind them and by the looks of the lamb photos on the social media sites; there are some really nice lambs out there. We are gearing up for another great year in the Shropshire industry. Registration applications have started to arrive and the mail traffic will be pretty heavy by the time mid-April comes around. That reminds me of our postmaster’s comment a few days ago when I delivered all of the bylaw amendment ballots. He said that the Shropshire mail is helping to keep our little rural post office open! Even the mail carrier knows now when the busy season is and asked if I was getting ready to fill her truck pretty soon! Thank you to all of the advertisers who use the Voice to help get their word out. With so many other avenues available these days, it is great to have your support of the association’s publication. Rinda is always happy to publish other items also, especially about the junior members’ experiences. We are looking forward to the sale season and it will get off the ground in late April in Indiana. A new sale will follow on May 3 in Tulsa, Okla. The National Sale will be at Eaton again on Mother’s Day weekend. The Great Lakes Sale will be in late May. The Spectacular returns to its longtime home in Springfield, Ill. in June and the summer Shropshire sale season wraps up in Sedalia in late June. Running right along with the sale schedule is the Midwest Junior Preview show in June and the All-American

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Junior Show in Kansas in July. Just when we’ll think we’ve caught our breath, we’ll jump right into fair time. We also are seeing online sales this spring. A quick look at the internet shows how many people are merchandising club lambs now and there are purebred sales, also.   Remember that there are two $400 scholarships available again this year. If you applied last year and were not successful, please apply again. Applications are available on the website and are due no later than June 1. Please remember that only complete applications will be considered and must include most recent grade transcripts and two references. I recall seeing applications that should have been deserving of the award except that they were incomplete and were therefore not eligible. When you do your first registration work this year, I will return it with five raffle tickets to benefit the All-American Junior Show. There are three prizes at stake. First prize is $1000 cash; second prize is a Sydell hydraulic trimming stand; and the third winner will receive a basket of Kansas products and $100 cash. It is our hope that you will be able to support the show directly by purchasing or selling these tickets. The proceeds of the sale of these tickets go directly to the AAJS. A show of that caliber is very expensive to put on and your help is appreciated. If you would like to contribute directly to the Shropshire show, you could be an award sponsor and your name could be displayed around the showring in Kansas. Keep an eye out at the Classic Sale for the sponsor sign-up sheet. The futurity program continues to be strong and this year online sales are also eligible to submit nominations. Young Shropshire buyers are reminded to make the most of their futurity ewe lamb and _______ Page 3

JEM Farms 2013 National Champion Ram “Big John” Melvin 2079


to the Melvin family for selling this ram to us.

Watch for his lambs at Ohio Classic Sale and Great Lakes Sale!

Michael Fox

5735 Kessler Fredrick Rd., Tipp City, OH 45371 Home: 937-698-3468 • Cell: 937-239-3067 Email: _______ Page 4

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yearling ewe investments by submitting their placings to the Shropshire office in a timely manner. Point cards are available from the office and also on the Shropshire website Please take a moment to read the article in this issue submitted by David High. It is a very good example what the addition of a special lamb can do for ones’ flock. The Shropshire futurity program has as its primary goal the enhancement of junior members’ ability to purchase extremely high quality breeding stock. A look at the collection of the futurity photos on shows the quality of sheep made available by this program. We congratulate three breeders on their recent marriages. Erik Mrozinski of Rolling Prairie, Ind. was married to Brooklyn Bradshaw on Nov. 30. Aimee Rueber of Marshallton, Iowa married Jesse Stayner on Dec. 12. Manheim, Pennsylvania’s Derick Bollinger married Bonita Sindlinger on

Jan. 25. Congratulations and Best Wishes to these new families! And it has come to our attention that past president Sam Washburn recently celebrated his 80th birthday. He reports that he is still busy with work but doesn’t have any sheep. I am excited to have received such good response to the Flock Starter Award. Nine very good applications have been received and are under review by the judging committee. The winner will be announced as soon as possible and the flock will be presented during the Big Ohio Weekend in Eaton in May. We surely appreciate the efforts of all of the applicants and also of the breeders who are providing Shropshire ewes for this cause. I hope to see lots of enthusiastic Shropshire exhibitors and breeders in my travels this year. I have lost count of the number of good people I have met along the way. If you have registration questions or problems or just want to chat, give me a call!

Look for Our Consingments at: Illinois Shropshire Spectacular Sale Midwest Stud Ram Sale

Reserve Champion and high-selling Shropshire Ewe 2013 Midwest Stud Ram Sale sold to Woelber Shropshires, MN

Jeff, Kerri, Christine and Monica Ebert 10015 Flush Road - Saint George, KS 66535 - Jeff Cell: (785) 458-9174 Monica Cell: (785) 458-2530 - - _________________________ Shropshire Voice May 2014

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15th Classic Show and Sale If you like Shropshires, be part of the National Sale in Eaton, Ohio May 9 and 10 where the Shropshire Classic continues the 2014 sale season during the Big Ohio Sale weekend. This event is sponsored by the Ohio Shropshire Sheep Association and is run by Banner Sale Management. All sheep will be shown slick-shorn, of course, and will be guaranteed “spider-free” (genotype NN). All sheep will be either QR or RR. All yearling rams and fall ram lambs will be accompanied by a negative Elisa test for B. ovis. Consignors will each have the option of selling half interest in one yearling ram. This allows some of the best yearling rams around to become available! These rams and the arrangements will be announced on the sale block before they are sold. Auctioneers Gary Saylor, Danny Westlake, both of Ohio, and Billy MacCauley of Pennsylvania will sell the sale. Show day will begin on Friday May 9 at 8 a.m. Shropshires will show as the first breed in the Expo Building. Dan Shell of Ohio will serve as judge. Ewes will show first, starting with the older classes. Classes are available for yearling ewes and rams, fall ewe and ram lambs, early January ewe lambs, late January ewe, January ram lambs, early February ewe lambs, late February ewe lambs, February ram lambs.

An informal social gathering is being planned for late Friday afternoon.All Shropshire breeders, consignors and prospective buyers are welcome to attend. At this time, the Centerstage auction will take off. This is where any interested Shropshire breeder can purchase a month’s advertising on the homepage of the Shropshire website. The Shropshires will sell at 8 a.m. on Saturday May 10. 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. Futurity-nominated lambs and yearlings will be offered and will be marked with an “F” on their back and on the sale order. All of the 2013 Futurity winners were purchased at the Classic Sale. Contact the Shropshire office or visit with any questions regarding either of the 2014 Ewe Futurity Programs. Several other breeds will be selling at this sale 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) 7855058 or see www.bannersheepmagazine. com. Contact Jim R.J. Creamer at (740) 262-3972 regarding other Shropshire aspects of the event. See you there!

Webster Family SHROPSHIRES

Bill, Ryan & Blake and “the white-faced girls” Darcey & Ashley

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413 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, ME • 207-831-0608

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Spectacular back in Springfield The Shropshire Spectacular Sale is coming back to Springfield, Illinois June 20-21 after a year’s hiatus as an April Sale in Bloomington in 2013. This year that sale was scheduled for March which was deemed to be too early in the season for Shropshire breeders. The location will be in the junior barn at the Illinois State Fairgrounds with management by very capable Jeff Ebert through the American Cheviot Sheep Society. Futurity-nominated ewe lambs and yearling ewes should be available. The return to June for this sale may make it easier for some people to make hauling connections to or from Sedalia. Judging of sale sheep starts 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Shropshires judged second after the Cheviots for the usual age breaks and will be split as necessary. Judge will be Evan Snyder of Pennsylvania. The very popular “Sale Preview” will start at 9:30 on Saturday before the Shropshire sale about 10:30. Billy MacCauley of Pennsylvania, will sell the sale. The Illinois Shropshire Association are reorganizing a junior show to be held in

conjunction with the sale. Class winners will receive a bucket, brush and halter and prize money will be paid out. Information about the junior show can be gotten from Stacy Josefson who also will be receiving the entries. Contact Stacy at 994 Step Rd., Gilson, IL 61436 or call her at (309) 371-4260. Information is available on the Shropshire website, Out of state consignors are reminded that they will need an entry permit for Illinois. The sale catalog will be available there. Sale headquarters are close by at Northfield Inn & Suites, Sangamon Ave.; (217) 523-7900 and specify you are with Cheviot Sheep Sale. Call early for reservations! The deadline for rooms is June 1st. If you have specific questions about the event, contact Jeff Ebert in the Cheviot office (785) 458-9174 or ASRA director and president of the Illinois Shropshire Association Rick Adams, (815) 228-2903. So mark your Shropshire event calendar for June 20 & 21 and support the efforts of the Spectacular. We’ll see you in Springfield!

City Limits

Sheep Farm

Check out our entries at Indiana Premier Sale, the Ohio Classic and the Shropshire Spectacular! Our lambs will be sired by our new VIP ram “X-Cite” Congratulations to Josh Sargent on winning the yearling ewe futurity with a City Limits ewe! Tom Slutz & Family

P.O. Box 177, LaMoille IL 61330 815-638-2177 • tcslutz@gmail .com

Brad Slutz & Family

Maple Park, IL 60151 • 815/766-0584

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Put Your Flock on Center Stage! Auction to be at social hour during National Sale May 9

If you cannot attend this sale, all is not lost. Submit your bid through the secretary or through another breeder attending the sale. Payment must be made to the American Shropshire Registry Association that day. Owners of each month will be reminded in advance of their time slot so materials can be submitted to Rinda Maddox, website coordinator.

Shropshire Center Stage is the first thing viewed by visitors to the Shropshire 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 flock, including family notes, winnings, etc. Up to four photos may be included on the ad. Proceeds from the sale support the promotional efforts in the Voice and website. This year, due to sale day time constraints, the auction will be held during the National Sale social hour on Friday May 9. Twelve months will be available starting with August 2014 and ending with July 2015. Highest bidder wins month of their choice until all months are sold. Minimum bid is $75.

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Midwest Sale Sedalia, Missouri can be a very hot place in June but it is the place to be if you want to see what is happening in the purebred sheep industry. It is the home of the Midwest Stud Ram Sale where ewes and wethers are available. Sedalia is often a connecting point for sheep being hauled to and from lots of places. Shropshire folks attend this event, too. The sale is managed by the Sheep Breeder Sale Management Service, run by Larry Mead and crew. It runs June 23-28 on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Shropshires will be judged on Tuesday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m. by Brad

Gilmore. Classes for yearling rams and ewes, fall ram and ewe lambs, early spring ram and ewe lambs as well as late spring ram and ewe lambs will be shown. This sale is designated as a futurity-nominated sale. Shropshires will sell on Friday June 27 at 11 a.m. Note times are approximate as they will follow other events. For entry information or a sale catalog contact Larry or Ronda Sparks at (573) 4428257 or; P.O. Box 796, Columbia, MO 65205.

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NATIONAL SHROPSHIRE SALE Eaton, OH • Show May 9 – Sale May 10

Look for these lambs and more! BWB Farms 1403 NNP RR

Ewe Lamb Born 2/5/14 – twin

“POWER” Pence Farms 11-112 RR x BWB Farms 1210 NNP RR Another nice ewe lamb by “POWER”. Straight lines, breed character – wool and nice ears. Want a futurity winner then come and get her! Nominated for the ASRA futurity. BWB 1210 is another “BB KING” x BFG cross that clicked and then keeps clicking. Her and her sisters are now the foundation for the next generation.

BWB Farms 1423 NNP RR

Ewe Lamb Born 2/26/14 – twin

“EDGE” Ebert 3013 RR x BWB Farms 8016 NNP RR A late ewe lamb but she has behind her what it takes. “EDGE” has made a few believers already out of a few breeders. He was what we wanted to bring back. Thanks to Jeff and Monica for allowing us to acquire him. He is out of BWB 1202 which did a fabulous job in the show ring and keeps producing stud bucks. We will not let many of these go! BWB 8016, a great fall show ewe, 1st or 2nd at the AAJSS, OSF and NAILE. Nominated for the ASRA futurity. Absolutely last chance to get a super line up of genetics.

Randy Barr

4417 Sorg Rd Hillsboro, OH 45133

(937) 288-0001

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Rick Whiting

1779 Green Rd Martinsville, OH 45146

(937) 685-2603

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Board of Director’s Teleconference - Jan. 19

Present were Brad Slutz, Darrell Dockter, Rick Adams, Sandy Cross, R.J. Creamer, Jim Gruenhagen, Norm Jackson, Bob Dinsmore, Jim Percival, Re Call,Tim Roberts, Alan Bruhin, Cody Hiemke and secretary Becky Peterson. Bob Johnson was not present. Becky had distributed the treasurer’s report which consisted of the 2013 year end Profit & Loss and Balance sheet.The records showed a net profit of $3509.23 for 2013. 2014 Proposed Futurity Rules Rick Adams and R.J. Creamer presented the Futurity Rule Revisions that were requested at the November board meeting. The Ewe Lamb Futurity and the Yearling Ewe Futurity rules were combined into one document. The number of ewes needed to have a futurity eligible sale was reduced from 10 to five. Rules applicable to online sales were added. Online sales must be managed

by a bonded sale management company who must notify the secretary at least 48 hours in advance of the start of the sale and must provide the secretary with a list of lambs purchased and their buyers and must pay the $20 futurity nomination fee for each animal within 30 days. If any ewes are to be nominated in an online sale, then all must be nominated. Discussion followed regarding the possibility of inter-family futurity lamb purchases. Rick Adams moved to add to the exhibitor rules to not allow sale of futurity lambs and yearlings to a child, grandchild or sibling. Bob Dinsmore moved to accept the futurity nomination rules as discussed and review in 12 months. Motion was seconded by Rick Adams. Motion passed. Darrell Dockter moved that online sales must provide photographs of the nominated lambs showing a legible scrapie tag number. Jim Percival seconded this motion and it passed. Becky will update the Futurity Rules document and publish it.

to summer! Lambs from our new breeding program sired by the thicker Hiemke 12034 Ram and our larger frame -type ewes. SHROPSHIRES

128 Old Barrington Road North, Barrington, IL 60010 • Cell: 847-846-6354

Lamb Growing, Fitting and Showing by Matt, Michelle, Grace, Dillon and Santiago Knepp, Lincolnville, KS. Ewe Flock Management by Alex Ainger, Harvard, IL _______ _________________________ Page 12 Shropshire Voice May 2014

The following will be discussed at the May board meeting. Possibly revise futurity regions and add a “West Region.” Possibly hold a small percentage of the nomination fees back to help fund other junior activities. Possibly develop a two-year average on futurity payments to even out fluctuations. November meeting corrections Discussion at the November board meeting approved the amount of $240 each to fund the January and February ewe lamb class splits. Becky noted that the actual total for each class is $295. There were no objections to the amount. Becky will still ask NAILE to fund part of the addition. A motion from the same board meeting stated Mark McCabe would count ballots for the Bylaw Amendment. Since the Bylaws state that the secretary and three board members appointed by the president shall tally the votes, Brad Slutz will appoint a committee to count at the Board meeting in May. NAILE Judge nominations The results of the nomination box in NAILE for the 2014 National Show were counted. The following were tallied; Mike Elsbury – 10; Tim Fleener – 2; Alan Bruhin, Brad Payne, John Mrozinski, Craig Beckmeier, Tom Willwerth and Mark Johnson each had 1 vote. The board members present at this meeting selected Mark Johnson as the third choice. Becky will submit these three names to the NAILE management. 2014 National Sale Darrell Dockter moved to purchase four

banners for the Champion and Reserve Champion ram and ewe and allot $150 for the expense. Rick Adams seconded. Motion passed. RJ and Brad will investigate prices. RJ noted there should be a social gathering and they would try to work something out, noting that the schedule is very tight there. Shropshire Spectacular Rick Adams announced that the Spectacular Sale will move back to Springfield, Illinois in June. Jeff Ebert will manage the sale through the Cheviot Association. It will be a two-day event as before. Shrops will show and sell second after the Cheviots and before the Oxfords. There is a possibility that the Montadales will return also.There are no plans for a banquet. Other business It was decided that the various committees will remain as they were in 2013. Cody Hiemke asked whether it could be determined how many junior members stay active in the breed after they age out. Becky will try to develop a way to track that. The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on Friday, May 9 during the Ohio Classic Sale after the completion of the Shropshire Show at a location on the fairgrounds. With no other business to come before the board, Jim Percival moved to adjourn, Norm Jackson seconded. Motion passed. Meeting was adjourned at 9:29 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Becky Peterson

Providing lamb for lunch and dinner in Southwest Missouri!

Johnson Bob & Karen & Family

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569 State Hwy DD, Marshfield, MO 65706 417-859-4452 •

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Futurity Programs for 2014 The very popular Ewe Lamb Futurity and Yearling Ewe Futurity programs will continue in 2014. They both enhance the junior members’ ability to purchase extremely high quality breeding stock and makes it more beneficial for the breeders to consign their very best animals. The rules for both programs are relatively simple and can be found in detail on www. Juniors may buy a top quality ewe lamb or yearling ewe at one of the following designated sales: Indiana Premier Sale in Greenfield, Ind. on April 26; National Shropshire Sale at the Classic in Eaton, Ohio on May 10, Great Lakes Sale in Wooster, Ohio on May 25; Shropshire Spectacular in Springfield, Ill. on June 21 and the Midwest Sale in Sedalia, Missouri on June 27. In 2014 certain online sales are also eligible. In addition, ewe lambs purchased as futurity lambs in 2013 can be re-nominated

by their junior owner as futurity yearling ewes in 2014. Re-nomination needs to be completed by May 15. To re-nominate your yearling ewe, send a copy of her registration paper with a check for $20 to the Shropshire office. (Please note that nominated ewe lambs purchased by juniors at the Stars of Louisville Sale last November are ready for the Yearling Ewe Futurity and do not need to be renominated.) Proceed to exhibit these ewes at shows you normally attend and accumulate points toward an end-ofthe-season cash award. A junior can add a top quality female to his or her flock and possibly win back sizable premiums. Double points are awarded at the All-American Junior Show as well as NAILE which is the last opportunity to earn points. In 2014, juniors purchasing recorded Futurity Ewes (either lambs or yearlings) will be sent the rules and five point cards directly

Eaton & Springfield are the dates. Fut ure shows with Grandpa... I can’t wait! See our consignments at the sales!

SS Shrops


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from the office. These cards may also be downloaded from the Shropshire website. Show placings should be verified with the show superintendent who will sign the form. All completed cards are to be mailed back to the office at 41 Bell Rd., Leyden, MA 01337 within 21 days of the show. Current standings will be posted on the Shropshire website as they become available.

New England Sale/ equipment auction This year the New England Sale will be a private treaty sale only. All exchanges will be considered private treaty between the consignor and the buyer; there will be no sale guarantee offered by the NES&WGA. Rams, ewes and wethers of any age or breed, pure-bred or cross-bred, can be sold, as well as boer goats. Registrations are not necessary, however if the consignor is hoping to sell to a youth that will be exhibiting the animal in the Northeast Youth Sheep Show the following day, then the animal will have to have a registration paper. We ask that all animals be properly presented and are shorn or fitted within seven days of the sale. All animals must be positively identified with an ear tag and accompanied by an approved interstate health certificate. Sheep must be in pens by 7 p.m. Friday, July 18. All sales must be

complete by 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 19. The entry fee is $10/head. The consignor must be a member of the NES&WGA, dues are $10/year. There is no pre-entry form, however let sale management know before Monday, July, 14. This is a new venture that we are trying out to offer a sale for our members. We will have staff on hand during the day to monitor the success of your sales and to gather buyer information so that we may promote this event in the future. We want it to be as beneficial to our members as possible, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us! Jessica Miniter can be reached via email at or via phone at (401) 829-0095. We will once again be hosting the infamous New England Used Equipment Auction. It will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 19 with Bill MacCauley auctioneering. We will be auctioning any sheep related equipment or supplies; no crafts please! There is no entry fee, however consignors must be a NES&WGA member and there is a commission of 10% on the sale price withheld from settlement checks. Equipment will be accepted all day Thursday, July 17 and until 6 p.m. on July 18. We cannot accept any equipment after this time. The sale committee reserves the right to sift any item and to group small items from a single consignor. The equipment sale order will be available to buyers Friday evening. We ask that all buyers settle their purchases on Saturday, July 19. 1300 S. Hwy 75 P.O. Box 188 Pipestone, MN 56164

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Our 2013 Ohio sale Consignments continue into success! Congrats to Triple J Farm with 2nd place ewe lamb at Big E, 5th at Maryland & Delaware State Fairs. Purchased from us at the Ohio Classic. >>>>>>>>>>> Congrats to Nathan Douglas with your success with Step Ahead Fall ewe purchased at the Classic, including 5th at All American and ILSF. 2nd place yearling ewe at ILSF and part of first pair of yearlings was purchased by McKay Grohmann at the Classic.

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Adult showmanship contest A new fun event will be held during the All-American Junior Show at the Kansas State Fairgrounds July 4-6 to help raise funds for all participating National Junior Breed Associations. This will be a fun activity to be held Saturday evening and will be a great way to help your National Junior Association raise a little money. Encourage your nominees to vote Shropshire! The guidelines for this fund raising activity are as follows: 1) The nomination fee is $10 per individual and/or team to be made by a show attendee. The nominee(s) has the option to opt out by paying a $20 fee. An individual can be re-nominated but it must be by a different individual and a person can’t be nominated more than five times. 2) There are two divisions: Individual and Team. An individual can be nominated for both divisions but can’t be nominated to be on more than one team. 3) Sign up forms will be made available in

entry packets. Turn them in at the announcer’s stand starting Saturday morning at 9 a.m. All day Saturday, nominees can pay out and renominations can be made up to 4 p.m. The show will be Saturday, early evening. 4) Classes will be made up, split by age and awards will be presented to top placings in both the individual and team divisions. (Note:Age can be an estimate within five years!) 5) A nominee(s) will need to designate which breed they are participating for when entering the show ring, as all nomination fees will be donated to the individual national junior breed association they are representing. If a breed does not have an active national junior association then the funds will goes toward the All-American Junior Show Scholarship program. 6) A nominee needs to be 22 years or older and is responsible for borrowing their own sheep to show. Nominees should all be old enough to hold onto their sheep so, no halters allowed!

To be held during National Social

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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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June 20, 10:30 a.m. Judge Evan Snyder, PA


June 21, 10:30 a.m.

Auctioneer Billy MacCauley, PA Sale held in conjunction with the National Cheviot Sale and National Oxford Sale


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Ram lambs, Yearling ewes, Fall ewes, Early spring ewes, Late spring ewes, Junior and Senior showmanship Classes will be flexible and worked in between sale classes.

Under new sale management! 2013 Champion Ewe

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Houston Stock Show & Rodeo

March 10 2014 Judge: Doug Peterson Lemmon SD Ram Lamb 1. Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, OK (Reserve Champion Ram) 2. Harley Brockelman, Sherman, TX 3. Hunter Brockelman, Sherman, TX 4. Hunter Brockelman Two-Tooth Ram 1. Timothy Roberts, Washington, OK (Champion Ram) 2. Dalton Hicks Pair Ram Lambs 1. Dalton Hicks 2. Hunter Brockelman Ewe Lamb 1. Dalton Hicks 2. Dalton Hicks 3. Timothy Roberts 4. Harley Brockelman Two-Tooth Ewe 1. Dalton Hicks 2. Dalton Hicks 3. Timothy Roberts the next issue of the Voice with an ad promoting your flock. Contact Rinda Maddox by Sept. 1. Story ideas, photos and letters always welcome. 217-288-9493 (evenings)   217-288-9365 (day time)

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Four to Six Tooth Ewe 1. Dalton Hicks (Champion Ewe) 2. Dalton Hicks (Reserve Champion Ewe) 3. Harley Brockelman Pair of Ewe Lambs 1. Timothy Roberts 2. Dalton Hicks 3. Harley Brockelman Best Pair of Sheep 1. Dalton Hicks 2. Timothy Roberts 3. Harley Brockelman Exhibitor’s Flock 1. Dalton Hicks

Jim and Donna Gruenhagen’s grandson, Warren, helps grandpa bottle feed a lamb this winter at their Davenport, Iowa farm. Warren, 15 months at the time, is the son of Willard and Stacy (Gruenhagen) Mott. __________________

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Midwest Junior Preview Show The 5th Annual Midwest Junior Preview Show is an annual breeding sheep show opened to all registered breeds of sheep, as well as commercial breeding sheep! The show, previously located in Chillicothe, Mo. is now at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia for the second year. The dates are June 12-15. The show has been designed to be a laid back, fun and educational day for everyone from the newest showman to the experienced shepherd! Each year the show has successfully handed out over $5,000 in cash awards to young breeders from all over the country! All overhead costs are funded so 100% of donation will be paid to the breed of your choice! There are several corporate sponsors including Missouri Sheep Producers, Ketcham Sheep Equipment, Larry Mead and Reproductive Specialty Group. Other general sponsors include Macon-Atlanta State Bank and Ag-Land. This show is largely run by youth directors from each breed. Dalton Hicks represents the Shropshires on the committee. Online entry are now open at Enter online by June 1 to be guaranteed a free T-shirt. The following classes for all divisions: Yearling Ram, Fall Ram, Spring Ram, Yearling Ewe, Fall Ewe, Spring Ewe. There will be no group classes. All registered breeds are eligible to show, plus commercial breeding sheep. No wethers will be shown. Supreme Champion Drive follows all division shows. Families are invited Thursday through Sunday, however, sheep and exhibitors do not

have to be in place any longer than Saturday during their shows. You and your family are free to come and go as necessary! There is a cook-out planned for Friday night. Registration starts at 6 a.m. on Saturday. Show day entry is possible with no late fees charged but no guarantee for a T-shirt and goody bag. All breeds must be registered no later than 10 a.m., even the afternoon breeds! Breed shows will start at 8:15 a.m. with breed order to be announced no later than one week prior to shows. There will be two show rings. Please note that all Shropshires must be shown slick-shorn from the poll back and all the way to the knees and hocks. Individual showmanship will be divided into three groups the day of the show. Sign up for showmanship will be throughout the day and there is no fee for individuals. Parent/Child Team Showmanship Jackpot will be held after the individual. Two divisions will be divided by the child’s age. Entry fee is $10 per team with 100% payout to the winning team. All breed champions will come back to the ring for Supreme Champion Ram and Supreme Champion Ewe with a $300 cash award to each winner, sponsored by Larry Mead at the Midwest Stud Ram Sale! The Supreme Drive will end with a Supreme Breed Flock award. The breed flock must be made up of five animals from at least two exhibitors. For more information contact Kate Lambert, (660) 541-0468 or If you would like to be sent an entry form in the mail, please contact us!

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All-American Junior Show The 2014 All-American Junior Sheep Show is going to be held at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson July 4-6. The All-American is the premier junior breeding sheep show in the country. The breeds participating this year are: Polled Dorsets, Horned Dorsets, Dorset Advantage, Hampshires, Southdowns, Cheviots, Columbias, Shropshires, Oxfords, Montadales, Shetlands, Natural Coloreds, Tunis, Dorpers and Lincolns. Judges will be Evan Snyder and Travis Hoffman. The All-American is much more that just a sheep show, as there are several activities for the whole family. The show features a lamb camp for the young sheep owners, a 3-on-3 basketball tourney for the exhibitors, a sheep skill-a-thon competition, a sheep judging contest, pizza and BBQ dinners for exhibitors and their families, free show morning breakfasts and an ice cream social, a team showmanship competition, wool show for breeds, promotional contests and an adult photography cat-

egory, a college scholarship program for older exhibitors, and much more! A new fun activity has been added this year. On Saturday evening an adult showmanship challenge is going to be conducted to raise funds for the participating breeds’ junior associations.This will include individual and team showmanship divisions for adults. Nominations and buyouts will take place all day Saturday with the actual classes taking place that night. Come join the fun and raise money for your junior association! (Details on Page 17.) The Kansas host committee is being organized by Jeff Ebert and has made arrangements with two local attractions for discounts to visit on your schedule. They are Strataca/ Kansas Underground Salt Museum, a free dark ride tram tour: and Salt City Splash Aquatic Center 20% discount on admission and Cosmosphere $2 discount on tickets: Entries close: JUNE 1. Check out the All-

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American website at 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. Following is information on these activities and the show would certainly appreciate your support in these fundraising efforts: Gift Basket Silent Auction Gift baskets will be on display during the show for bidding which will close on Sunday, July 6 at noon. Basket donations would be greatly appreciated. Just bring them to the show in East Lansing! Junior Show Raffle Tickets Cost $5 each or 5 for $20. 1st Prize: $1000 cash; 2nd Prize: Sydell hydraulic trimming stand ($530 value); 3rd Prize: basket of Kansas products plus $100 cash. Tickets are available at the Continental Dorset Club Office, P.O. Box 506, North Scituate, RI 02857. Many breeds mail out raffle tickets with their office work and annual dues notices so when you see them please lend your support! Need not to be present to win.

Fundraiser Auction The All-American Junior Show Fundraiser Auction will be held Wednesday, June 25 during the Midwest Stud Ram Sale Supreme Champion Show at noon in the swine barn at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. Get any item donated for the auction to Carrie Kelly, Millie Moore, Jo Bernard or Karey Claghorn before the event or bring to Sedalia. All donated items can be handed in at the FFA building where sale papers are checked.

Rueber Scholarship Deadline June 1 The deadline to return applications for the Royce Rueber Memorial scholarship is June 1. Mail application to Carol Rueber, 24632 210th St., Sumner, IA 50674 A $250 scholarship is available to undergraduate students majoring in an animal science and having exhibited at the AllAmerican four years.

2013 Ohio State Fair Encore Show At left, 1st place January Ewe Lamb 2nd place January Ram Lamb 2nd place Yearling Ram (Reserve Champion)

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21st Shropshire Scholarship The American Shropshire Registry Association will award two scholarships to students enrolling in a post-secondary, under-graduate program (university, college, junior college, vocational/technical school) during the 2014-2015 academic year. These scholarships are not intended for use by graduate studies. Both will provide $400. High school seniors or students currently enrolled in an under-graduate program

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How to Win the

Futurity By Josh Sargent

Josh Sargent at the 2010 All-American.

I have won Yearling Ewe Futurity in 2010, 2012, and 2013 and I also won Ewe Lamb Futurity in 2010, 2011 and 2013. In 2012, when I didn’t win the futurity, it was won by my younger sister, although I helped pick it out. I have picked out my futurity winners for the past four years and am very proud of how I’ve done. I hope I am able to help pass down some tips and ideas on how to win futurity for future years. Now, how to pick out your futurity ewe. You want to first look at what the breed wants at this point in the game. You also want to know what you are looking for in sheep you want to have and what style you want. I don’t tend to pick a class winner because the ewe is usually too finished to be grown out further and she will be a hard keeper. I normally tend to pick a ewe that is, or is very close to, the top five because I know there can be room for growth and potential. I also think that these ewes below the class winner will still be able to be ready by time

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of the first show you go to and she won’t be over finished. After looking at the top five ewes from every class at a sale I then start doing different things off of my checklist. I start by looking at how the ewe is on her feet, whether or not she sits low on her patterns. Then I look at her mouth and whether she is parrot-mouthed (top jaw is longer) or if she is monkey-jawed (bottom jaw is longer). If the ewe is either one of them then I cross her off my list and move on to my next choice. I then begin to find her 13th rib and feel back to her hip. This tells me how long the loin is. I like a ewe with a slightly long loin. Another thing to make sure of knowing is that when you see a big ewe it doesn’t always make her the best. After feeling out the ewe I begin to look at how much wool is on her legs and face. This will help determine if she actually looks like a Shropshire. I have found all of my futurity winners at the Ohio Classic. If going to a sale with a preshow you will want to make sure you watch that pre-show. This will help you compare different ewes and different styles. Then afterwards find which ewe you think will work best for you. Once you have the ewe home you will want to work her every day if you can. This work should include setting her up, walking her and also make sure she is used to you. This is your project and the futurity is for you. This shouldn’t mean that your parents are doing the work, it means you are doing the work. When you are ready you should try to go to all the shows you can with your ewe and at the end of every show there is a ewe futurity

Josh Sargent holds his Top Yearling Futurity Ewe in 2012. point paper you will have to fill out. I really recommend going to the All-American Junior Show and the NAILE Junior Show because these shows are worth double points.The top five highest point shows are recorded. Good luck to all the junior showmen. I would personally like to thank the farms that nominate ewes for futurity at every sale, because it is due to you guys that we have such a great program for the junior showman that is educating and fun at the same time. I would also like to thank Fred Heaton, Randy Rife, Tom Sargent, and the many others that helped me over the years to get where I am today. To me I have thought the winning has been nothing but luck, but I know it also takes hard work and dedication. Thank you!


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of those little ewe lambs would have on the High Life Farm Flock and on the Shropshire breed. The two little ewe lambs I am talking By David High about were exhibited that day by Evans Shropshires (Dave Evans and Family) of West Mansfield, Ohio. Evans 403 B and 406 B were purchased by Glenn High for his grandson, Trevor, so he could participate in the 2004 futurity contest. Throughout that summer Trevor was proud each time he was in the show ring with Evans 403 B. Trevor and his little ewe lamb were always toward the top I still remember the scene back in May of of the class each time she was exhibited. 2004 at the Ohio Classic Shropshire Show After the Ohio State Fair we decided and Sale. After the show I went around the to expose her, knowing she would hold pens to look at sheep, talk to exhibitors, condition to go to Louisville, to try to and look over pedigree cards. Two little finalize winning the national futurity contest. ewe lambs in the back corner of the barn In November 2004 Trevor and Evans 403 B caught my eye. What interested me more won the 2004 Futurity, one of our goals for was that the two little ewe lambs were the purchase was accomplished. Little did we RRNN (back in 2004 there were very few know the true meaning of futurity for Evans RR Shropshires available at sales), and were 403. Webster’s Dictionary defines futurity as sired by a Cabaniss ram out of Century. The “time to come.” two little ewe lambs were also nominated to What has come since November of participate in the national futurity program. 2004 was a pair of twin ewe lambs born in Little did I know the profound impact one early March 2005. One of those daughters still remains in the flock. After having and raising those twin lambs her yearling year, she stayed in showing shape to return to the show ring. Five months later she became Supreme Champion Ewe of the Ohio State Fair Junior Show, and Champion Breeding Ewe at the Scioto County Fair. In her production career to this point, she has dropped and raised 17 Pictures of Five generations of Females From left to right HLF lambs over that 10 year 1434, HLF 1214, HLF 1040,Trevor High 5051, Evans 403 B. All career and she appears to have more years four aged ewes have ewe lambs at side this year.

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ahead. Evans 403 is now the matriarch of five generations of females that are present on High Life Farm in Southern Ohio. Over the 10 breeding seasons Evans 403 has mated to a different sire every season, proving that her genetics are potent, showing success each mating, even though she was bred to a quality ram each year. Evans 403 presently has two daughters in the flock, many granddaughters, great-granddaughters and great-great-granddaughters. She has produced five ram lambs that were of stud ram quality in the Shropshire breed– Elvis 2006, Elmo 2007, Emperor 2008, Encore 2009, and Edge in 2010. Elvis was Supreme Champion Ram at the 2007 Ohio State Fair Junior Show. Elmo sired Extender, the Champion Ram at the 2008 Open Class show at the Ohio State Fair. Extender sired HLF Outlaw purchased by Erik Mrozinski after being named Reserve Champion at the 2009 Ohio State Fair. Edge was the Champion Ram at the 2011 Ohio Classic and to my knowledge is still a stud ram for Danny Roger’s Shropshires in Indiana. Her progeny has also produced other rams that are presently being used as stud rams in other flocks – Edgar, son of HLF Edge, working for Creamer Shropshires in Prospect Ohio, and Isler Shropshires; Red Hawk, presently being used as a sire

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for Bryant Shropshires of Fredericktown, Ohio, Creamer Shropshires and Barnes genetics of Radnor, Ohio. High Life Farm 1111, The Chosen One, still owned by High Life Farm, is a great-grandson of Evans 403 B. Many females with her in the pedigree have stood at the top of many shows and sales. Other generations of her progeny are found throughout the pedigrees at High Life Farm and at High Farm’s in Lexington, Ohio. Twenty of our 30 brood ewes show Evans 403 in their pedigree. Evans 403 B has lived the true meaning of a futurity champion and still processes the true meaning of the word even after 10 years of service. The definition remains the same –“time to come.” She still has a future in herself and has shown longevity and productivity traits we all should be striving for in our flocks. Even when her day is done, Evans 403 B will continue to impact my flock and the Shropshire breed.

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Rueber marries

Dr. Aimee Rueber and Jesse Stayner were married Dec. 12, 2013 at a courthouse ceremony in Marshalltown, Iowa. Aimee graduated from Sumner High School in 2002 and Oklahoma State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and in 2010 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She is a veterinary partner at Central Veterinary Services in Melbourne, Iowa. Aimee is the daughter of Carol and the late Royce Rueber. Jesse graduated from PCM High School in 2002 and Iowa State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business. He is a seed technician at Monsanto in Beaman, Iowa. Jesse is the son of Larry and Dixie Stayner of Prairie City, Iowa. The couple resides in rural Marshalltown.

Aimee and Jesse Stayner

Washburn celebrates Sam Washburn of Fowler, Ind. recently celebrated his 80th birthday with a large celebration. Some of his friends in the Shropshire Association attended the gathering and took along some memorabilia of the Shropshire Association. Sam was president of the ASRA from 1977-79. He produced several national award winners during his time in the ASRA. Following is Sam’s note to Secretary Becky Peterson: “Thank you for the birthday card for my 80th birthday. I’m sure that you had to dig through lots of Shropshire history to see that I had existed. I appreciate the effort and the thought. My friends turned out in force so I didn’t have to eat the cake myself with 150 in attendance. Larry Mrozinski and Enid Schlipf were both at my party with cards from other breeders from back in my era. I’m glad that _______ Page 32

Sam Washburn and his friend, Karen Erickson at his birthday celebration. Shropshires are both existing and thriving today. I’m active in business today, but don’t have any sheep. Thank you for your consideration and thoughtfulness. _________________________ Shropshire Voice May 2014

We strive to promote breed consistent, commercially viable, structurally sound sheep that can compete in the show ring, promoting the Shropshire breed because of it’s functionality and inclusiveness to all ages.

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A conversation with Libby Glasgow At the crossroads of the ASRA

that can be traced back to a small group of dedicated individuals, not the least of which was Elizabeth R. “Libby” Glasgow. In 1970, the American Shropshire Registry Association was at a fateful crossroads. Headquartered in Lafayette, By Kent Flora Ind. since its charter was formed 85 years President, ASRA 1971-1973 previously, the Board of Directors faced Guest Historian deep divisions among the breeders as to breed type and style. Consequently, Observers of today’s version of The registrations and transfers (and thusly, American Shropshire Registry Association revenue) were in steep decline. Lifelong see an independent and aggressive friendships were split. All of these issues association with a strong commitment to and more were being faced on a daily basis the next generation, a stable and growing financial base, and an ever-changing, dynamic by our beloved long-time secretary, Jessie F. Ritenour. She struggled valiantly with approach to the promotion of our historic these issues, doing more than anyone could breed. Some may be surprised to know this reasonably expect. Nonetheless, it became was not always the case. The foundation evident to the Board that if Shropshires of today’s success was laid as a result of were to survive as a viable and decades of hard work, dedication and independent, breed, changes must be foresight made. After much soul-searching and with a great sense of history, the decision was reached to relocate the national office. The Board recognized that whomever was selected to succeed Mrs. Ritenour, the circumstances he or she would face were difficult and uncertain.   To paraphrase (and take some license with) a common statement, “When the pupil is ready, the teacher appears.” The solution to our dilemma arrived almost as if by magic when Libby Glasgow volunteered to serve as secretary. Libby had married “Mr. le Shropshire?” (Everett Glasgow) “old-fashioned” sty in 1942 and over the years eir th of st la e th Libby with . 61 had acquired an encyclopedic 19 ca cir , Ill. Shropshires, Peoria knowledge of our breed, the _______ Page 34

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membership and the problems being currently faced. Kind and gracious to everyone, she was a long-time presence at major shows, state meetings, and summer picnics. With that thought in mind, at the direction of President Doug Chambers, in February of 1970 Libby, Everett and I, as Vice-President, embarked to Lafayette with two trucks to pack and sort 85 years of association records and transfer them to Monticello., Ill. It was at that moment The American Shropshire Registry Association finally emerged into the 20th Century and began the long ascent into becoming the vibrant group that exists today. As an added bonus, hubby Everett took on the responsibility as association fieldman Everett and Libby at the 1969 Illino for the princely sum of $1 per year. is State Fa ir before she beca To his credit, Doug Chambers paid me secretar y. him out of his own pocket! changed in A major disadvantage of the Lafayette a hurry. She and Everett became office was its isolation from major shows, fixtures at all Shropshire events, regardless sales, and the summer activities which of location. Armed with her friendly smile tend to bring an association together. Also, and loads of promotional materials, she aside from being extremely competent graciously gave of her time and resources in carrying out the “nuts and bolts” of to folks who had never even met a breed office procedure, the Lafayette staff had secretary. Moreover, she concentrated no livestock background and consequently on the issues that united our breed, not little personal relationships with the divided it. These changes were not created members. When Libby came aboard, all that overnight, but were developed with a solid foundation for future growth. As with any evolving association, there were always a few “hard-liners” who might disagree with her approach, but no one ever took it personally. Outside of delivering registrations in a timely manner, diplomacy became her priority.   There was something almost magical about the International Livestock ASRA secretaries at the 100th Celebration, from left, exposition in its final years in Charles Osborn, Jessie Ritenour and Libby Glasgow. the 1970s before relocating to

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The “new look” Shropshires at the Glasgow Farm in Monticello, Illinois. unsurpassed in their promotion of our enterprise. Also, it was there that the Shropshire Association became recognized for its cohesive (and fun-loving) board and its new determination to put past differences aside. One of the innovations Libby and the board developed at the International was informal social hours, where anyone who wished to attend was welcome. They were usually held at Trader Vic’s in the downtown Palmer House. It was a rare night that Libby and Everett were not holding court in the Illinois version of a Polynesian paradise. Doug Chambers was the moderator and his only requirement was that everyone must share their Pu-Pu platters with everyone else! Many people dropped by over the years as well as some fresh new faces (such as Randy Rife) who wanted to get acquainted outside the show ring. These informal times were more bricks in our developing foundation. This was “the big league” and thanks to Libby’s hard work, Shropshires once again became a player. The Libby Glasgow of today shows little difference from the lady who took on the association responsibilities in 1970. At 95 years of age, she remains as attractive and vivacious as she was on the first day of her new position. Snug and warm in her charming apartment, still in Monticello, her razor-sharp mind nt ide es w, left, with pr go as Gl recalled with great fondness her 17 t et er Ev Fieldman ’s home ca 1971 at Doug years of service: cir , rs be am Ch Doug a field of KF: As you look back on your ey are walking in Th . on eg Or , . lem in Sa ed them Shropshire experience, what is the s said his sheep lov onions. Doug alway first thing that comes to mind?

Louisville. It was held in the International Amphitheatre in the heart of the Chicago Union Stockyards. The amphitheatre itself echoed memories of political conventions, world championship boxing, auto shows and memories of past exhibitions from world class livestock producers. Staying and meeting in the fabled Stockyard Inn allowed us to walk in the footsteps of giants of the meat industry such as Armour, Swift, Cudahy and others. Our Shropshire banquets were held in the magnificent Founder’s Hall and board meetings in the Matador Room. Image was very important. We exhibitors were all required to wear ties. As representatives of the Shropshire breed, Libby and Everett were

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LG: The three days I spent in Lafayette with Jessie Ritenour. The job responsibilities were overwhelming. I wondered would I be capable of doing this? I was so fortunate over the years to have a wonderful summer office help that really cared about Shropshires. That helped a lot. KF: What do you think were the major milestones in your career? LG: Originating regional sales like the Shropshire Spectacular along with putting together national shows and sales. Working to bring back enthusiasm for our breed and our product. I was fortunate to work with a board that had great unity, which was a change for the better. We were able to stabilize declining registration numbers… at least stop the decline. We were able to provide a foundation for growth. KF: Do you have any funny memories you might like to share? LG: (Laughs) Well, like any association, there was always someone who would try to put something over on us for their benefit. Luckily, we were always able to catch them and we managed to do so with no hard feelings! KF: Do you have any regrets or things you might have done differently? LG: I wish we had had the time to have done more with young breeders. Today’s association does a wonderful job with that. KF: How would you like to be remembered? LG: As someone who loved Shropshires and had a great time as their secretary. KF: Tell us about your “life after Shropshires.” LG: I retired as secretary in 1987. Everett died suddenly in November of that year. The national office relocated to Michigan in 1988 and Kathy Buckham became secretary. The first issues of The Shropshire Voice were printed by a group called Fasprint which shared office space with us. After our office closed, I stayed on part-time with Fasprint as a hand-addresser. I volunteered at church, our local hospital, University of Illinois Allerton Park and the Bloodmobile. Had I

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not given up driving last year, I would still be doing volunteer work. I enjoyed travel with the Farm Bureau Prime Timers and am a 60 year member Libby Glasgow today. of the Piatt County Home and Community Education. I served on the board of that organization in various offices. I am now completely retired. I continue to go to church, play bridge, eat out and look forward to the next issue of The Voice. KF: Is there anything else you would like to add? LG: I was born in Monticello and have always had a Monticello address. The 17 years I was secretary were great. I witnessed some really great shows and met many wonderful people. I am still in touch with some of them. A final comment from your author: Today’s world has become so fast-paced with many activities and choices from which to select. What used to be a 10day excursion to the Illinois State Fair, for example, has now been condensed to barely more than an afternoon. What suffers most from this condensation is the loss by exhibitors of time to exchange ideas, memories and remembrances of folks like Everett and Libby Glasgow. Without their many contributions, both seen and unseen, the American Shropshire Registry Association might not exist today. My deep thanks to Historian Randy Rife for this opportunity to share some of our breed’s “golden moments” with our membership. Libby still enjoys hearing from her many friends. If you would like to drop a note to her, please do so at 511 E. Marion St., Apt. 102, Monticello, IL 61856. _______ Page 37

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Breeder’s Index This list is a paid subscription published both in the Voice and on Adams Shropshires 6898 S 7000 W Road Chebanse, IL 60922 (815) 697-2903 Anderson Farms Matthew, Christie, Emily & Andrew 919 Coates St. Macon, MO 63552 (660) 988-3503 Anderson, Michael L. 346 N 1600 E Paxton, IL 60957 (217) 379-3189 Cell: (217) 781-3348, Avery, Dennis & Nancy Avery Shropshires 1500 Douglas Road Bremen, IN 46506 (574) 209-0988 Floyd & Sharon Avery (229) 942-3415 Barnes, Shane & Kim SKB Shropshires 1122 Browns Creek Rd. Sycamore, PA 15364 (724) 852-2673 Barnes, Tim & Deb Barnes Farms 5707 Mooney Road Radnor, OH 43066 (740) 494-2125 Cell: (740) 815-2402

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Bechtold, Austin & Trent 4068 E 1100 N N. Manchester, IN 46962 (260) 578-7769 Botsford, Jason Rolling Hill Farms 4646 Rt. 536 Punxsutawney, PA 15767 (507) 301-1034 Brandt, Jim Brandt Sheep Farms 8181 SR 274 Anna, OH 45302 (419) 629-1188 Cell: (937) 658-3119 Brockmann Shropshires Gary, Vicky, Brianna & Austin 2011 Blake Road Garden Prairie, IL 61038 (815) 544-4515 Brooks, Wayne, Blaze & Jenny 2018 N. State Rd. 101 Decatur, IN 46733 (260) 301-1840 Brown, Rob & Ron Clay-Nob Farm 17527 Maple Drive Saegertown, PA 16433 (814) 763-3140 BWB Farms, Inc. 1779 Green Road Martinsville, OH 45146 Randy Barr (937) 288-0001 Rick Whiting: (937) 685-2603

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Corder, Ronnie Ronnie, Diane, Ryan 448 Corder Farm Road Monticello, KY 42633 (606) 348-6588 Cell: (606) 307-2419 Crago Brothers Shropshires Steve & Louise Crago & Sons 1499 Hiatt Road Clarksville, OH 45113 (937) 289-3167

Ebert, Jeff, Kerri, Christine & Monica Ebert Sheep Farm 10015 Flush Rd. St. George, KS 66535 (785) 494-2436 Cell: (785) 458-9174 Elsbury, David & Colleen 7800 N 250 E Greenfield, IN 46140 (317) 326-3893

Creamer, R.J. & Molly 4094 Centerville-Newmans Rd. Prospect, OH 43342 RJ: (740) 262-3972 Molly: (740) 391-8314

Elsbury, Mike & Karen Elsbury’s Shropshires 5385 E 500 N Greenfield, IN 46140-8939 (317) 326-4461

Diehl, J.L. & G.L. 902 St. Rt. 14 Deerfield, OH 44411 (330) 584-2192

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

Dirlam, J.N. & Sons & Matt Dirlam 11673 N. Bethesda Rd. Mooresville, IN 46158 (317) 831-2130 Dockter, Darrell, Janet, Stacy & Jason 3-D Sheep Company 19411 S. Carpenter Road Snohomish, WA 98290 Cell: (425) 327-1428 Douglas, Donna April Aire Farms 11802 Pleasant Valley Road Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 337-0598

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Estep, Rick Midnight Star Farm 6318 US 40 E Lewisburg, OH 45338 (937) 962-4089 Evans, Dave 5884 St Rt 292 West Mansfield, OH 43358 (937) 363-3610 Fiegl, Mark Lindenview Meadow Farm 5550 Eddy Ridge Rd. Marion, NY 14505 (315) 576-1930

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FitzPatrick, Dan and Lynn Shamrock Farms 8408 Carney Hollow Road Wayland, NY 14572 Office: (585) 669-2179 Cell: (585) 721-3038 Flanders, Rachel VIP Club Lambs 16260 Atlantic Rd Noblesville, IN 46060 (317) 773-3232 email Groverman DVM, Fred F & P Groverman Shropshires 400 Ormsby Lane Petaluma, CA 94954 (707) 763-3132 Cell: 707-953-4456 Gruenhagen, Jim & Donna SS Shrops 7622 Jersey Ridge Road Davenport, IA 52807 (563) 355-6730 Hawkins, Emma Joy EJ & AJ the Joyful Shrops 30737 Green Valley Rd. Shedd, OR 97337 (541) 990-2913 Heaton, Fred & family 622 Fessler-Buxton Rd. Russia, OH 45363 (937) 526-3118 Hiemke, Cody Hiemke Family and Mapleton Mynd Shropshires 1773 Koshkonong Rd. Stoughton, WI 53589 (415) 302-8035

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High Farms Glenn & Joan High 7078 Co. Rd. 47 Lexington, OH 44904 (419) 362-3666 High Life Farms David & Jodi High & Family 3388 McDermott Pond Creek Road McDermott, OH 45652 (740) 259-1907 Isler, Jim Isler Shropshires 1340 Klingel Rd. Prospect, OH 43342 Cell: (740) 360-7682 Jack Show Lambs Heinecke Family 29771 Rt U Stoutsville, MO 65283 (573) 721-2149 Jackson, Norbert 4125 W. State Route 28 Alexandria, IN 46001 (765) 754-7057 Jaycox, Elaine Willaine Farm 3758 State Rt. 30 Middleburgh, NY 12122 (518) 827-5726 Cell: (518) 231-7245 Johnson, Bob & Karen RoKaJo Farm 569 St. Hwy. DD Marshfield, MO 65706 (417) 859-4452 Josefson, Stacy Step Ahead Shrops 994 Step Rd Gilson, IL 61436 Cell: (309) 371-4260 Farm: (309) 876-2364

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Kerr, Ryan All Forage Farms W 8843 Old 54 Rd Shiocton, WI 54170 (920) 250-2783 Knepp, Donald Knepp Shropshires 128 Old Barrington Rd. Barrington, IL 60010 (847) 381-5872 Kowalyshyn, Lisa Kindred Crossings LLC 868 Route 32 North Franklin, CT 06254 (860) 642-4243 (860) 642-6210 Larimore, Larry & Sharon Triple J Farm 3370 Cattail Branch Road Harrington, DE 19952 (302) 398-4680 Cell: (302) 233-8912 Majors, Joe & Cheryl Majors Show Lambs 17864 Couper Rd. Milan, MI 48160 (734) 439-5651 McCabe, Mark & Family McCabe Shropshires 5154 Nickelson Road Prospect, OH 43342 (740) 360-1103 McKinzie, Chris and Sarah McKinzie Farms 334 Deerfield Place Jefferson City, MO 65109 (812) 219-2432 (812) 219-2903

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Melvin Family Shropshires 9347 White Oak Rd. Mount Sterling, Ohio 43143 (740) 207-0786 Mies, Ed & Family 14810 Maxwell Hall Rd. Laomi, IL 62661 (217) 435-7091 Miller, Bryan, Fabiola & Edith L. 15525A Motters Station Rd. Rocky Ridge, MD 21778-9711 (301) 514-7955 Motter, Jan Lane’s End Farm 12211 W. Rt. 973 Jersey Shore, PA 17740 (570) 398-2078 Mrozinski, Erik 6333 N 600 E Road Rolling Prairie, IN 46371 Cell: (219) 716-4921 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 Cell: (541) 868-6897 Peiter Shrops 5580 Shelby 234 Shelbyville, MO 63469 (573) 769-0003 Pence Farms 1083 W. Co. Rd. 61 Tiffin, OH 44883 Mike: (419) 992-4305 Doug: (419) 986-5848 Jay: (419) 992-4701

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Percival, Jim & Denise Schoolhouse Shropshires 961 Hoop Road Xenia, OH 45385 (937) 374-3371 Phillips, Shaun and Stephanie Rafter Club Lambs 21784 St Hwy 5C Tipton, OK 73570 (580) 305-2662 Proffitt, Jim 38208 Brady Creek Road Richmond, MO 64085 (816) 225-6032 Cell: (816) 210-3205 Rife, Randy & Julie Rife Shropshires 2423 Clifton Rd. Yellow Springs, OH 45387 (937) 767-1871 Cell: (937) 603-0535 Roberts, Tim Roberts Farms 27954 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, OK 73093 (405) 485-9255 Cell: (405) 314-3370 Rogers, Danny & Cynthia R&G Farm 2435 W. McCracken Road Monrovia, IN 46157 (317) 996-3301 Cell: (317) 358-3260 Rueber, Carol & Aimee Rueber Shropshires 24632 210th St. Sumner, IA 50674 Carol: (319) 231-7626 Aimee: (319) 230-9739

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Slutz, Tom City Limits Sheep Farm P.O. Box 177, 602 S. Main St. LaMoille, IL 61330 (815) 638-2177 Tom: (815) 866-5031 Brad: (815)766-0584 Smith, Lance or Brenda Smith Sisters Shropshires 2129 130th Ave. Russell, MN 56169-3072 (507) 823-4784 Smith, Gordon & Alyce Cedar Bend Farm N 7922 U.S. Highway 12 Elkhorn, WI 53121 (262) 742-3580 Snyder, Claudia & Cameron 2537 US Hwy 67 Monmouth, IL 61462 (309) 255-9500 Stephenson, Jon, Charlotte & Vivian Sugar Ridge Ranch E8977 Pierce Hill Rd. Viroqua, WI 54665 (608) 774-3151 Switzer, Jane, and Steve Ford Switzer Shropshires 6741 S. 1150 W Redkey, IN 47373 (765) 369-2844 Cell: (260) 729-2066 Verduin, Calvin Verduin’s Apple Hill Farm 4391 Miller Road Dansville, NY 14437 (585) 335-3703

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Ware, Kimberly KW Shropshires 565 N. Sunset Ridge Ln Kuna, ID 83634 Kim: (208) 921-3706 Floyd Avery: (208) 921-8740 Washburn, Emily Washburn Shrops 1755 Lead Mine Road Gouverneur, NY 13642 Cell: (315) 408-2478 Webster, William 413 Roosevelt Trail Windham, ME 04062 (207) 831-0608


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