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125th Anniversary Issue


October 2009



“Buck Naked” Crago 1285

Owned by Steven M. Spayd Hemlock Hollow Farm Manheim, PA

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“Great Genetics Make The Difference”

Our Ohio State Fair Winning Flock L-R, Res. Champ. Ewe, Champ. Ram, 1st Fall Ewe lamb, 4th Late Yearling Ewe and 1st Early Yearling Ewe. Sired, L-R, by “Hi Def,” “Rhino” and 3 by “Winn Dixie.”

Undeniably the world’s toughest Shropshire Show!

Congratulations to:

Jesse Long, MO State Fair Champion ewe, Rife 08-158 Tim Roberts Family on the Iowa State Fair Res. ewe, Rife 09-019. Pence Farms on their Champion Ram at IN, a “Duke” grandson. ashley Fuss, MD State Fair, Jr. Show Supreme ewe, Rife 08-115

2423 Clifton road, Yellow springs, Oh 45387 Only 6 miles south of I-70 (Exit 54) (937) 767-1871 Cell: (937) 603-0535

“Come on down to Louisville” Nov. 14, 15, 16 “We’re anxious to see ya’ all” _______ Page 2

Volume 29, Issue 3

October 2009

~ The Shropshire Voice ~

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. (2009) 5154 Nickelson Road Prospect, OH 43342 (740) 494-2969 Darrell Dockter – V. Pres. (2010) 19411 S. Carpenter Rd. Snohomish, WA 98290 (425) 334-9130 Gary Brockmann (2009) 2011 Blake Road Garden Prairie IL 61038 (815) 544-4515 Re Call (2009) 964 Mohawk Trail Shelburne, MA 01370 (413) 625-2436 Robert Dinsmore (2011) 5842 Broad Run Road Jefferson, MD 21755 (301) 371-4483 Cody Hiemke (2010) 2324 Webster St., Apt. B Berkeley, CA 94705-1970 (Family flock is in Wisconsin) (415) 302-8025 Norbert Jackson (2011) 4125 W. State Route 28 Alexandria, IN 46001 (765) 754-7057

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Robert Johnson (2009) 569 State Highway Marshfield, MO 65706 (417) 859-4452 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 Tim Roberts (2009) 27954 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, OK 73093 (405) 485-9255 Carol Rueber (2009) 24632 210th Street Sumner, IA 50674 (563) 578-8663 Bill Seals (2011) 2360 B Shafer Morgan Hill, CA 95037 (408) 779-1789 Brad Slutz (2010) 1144 Oxford Circle Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 899-0366 Sandy Cross(2011) 198 Shaws Mill Road Gorham, ME 04038-2233 207-839-8717 _______ Page 3

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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

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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) 494-2969 Tim Roberts 27954 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, OK 73093 (405) 485-9255

From the President I attended the All-American Junior Show on July 4th. I was born and raised in Greenville, Ohio and it was nice to go back there. A tremendous show, with young people from all over the East, Midwest, and Southwest, attending. Each young person brings with them enthusiasm, family, and sheep. What a great opportunity to make new friends from all over the country. There are lots of things to participate in besides the show. Over 200 head were entered with 173 head actually shown. There were 44 rams, 42 yearling ewes, and 77 ewe lambs shown. A lot of excitement and a nice crowd was watching the show. Make plans for next year to attend the AllAmerican Junior Show in Michigan at Michigan State University over the Forth of July weekend. The sale season this spring and summer was active and busy with lots of good Shropshires finding new owners. In my 20 years in the Shropshire breed I have not seen the interest or demand for rams. At the Classic Sale, the stands were full and most all of the rams in the sale found new homes. The eighth annual Shropshire futurity is once again bigger and better than last year. We had tremendous support from our Shropshire breeders as 106 ewe lambs were nominated for a purse of $2120. So far every year for eight years the futurity has grown! Wow! I have received point cards for 36 ewe lambs exhibited by 24 different junior exhibitors. Every year the futurity gets more competitive. Two ewe lambs have perfect point totals, one with five shows and 60 points and one with four shows and 50 points. The National Junior Show at Louisville will be monumental in determining our winner and final standings. The two regional open shows for the

125th were well attended, with 88 heads at the Oregon Northwest show and 215 at the Indiana regional Show. All Shropshire breeders should thank Becky Peterson, our breed secretary, for attending all regional and national Shropshire events this summer– a lot of time and travel! The first ever Shropshire NAILE sale will be part of the events at Louisville this November. Around 25 head of high quality bred ewes and show quality ewe lambs will be in the sale.The ewe lambs will be nominated for the 2010 first ever Shropshire Yearling Ewe Futurity. Should be an excellent opportunity to add high quality females to any flock. Plan to be in Louisville this November for the culmination of our 125th year celebration. Our events are such that everything happens over a three day period, starting Friday evening with lead-line and ending with the national show Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. See you in Louisville! Mark McCabe

Mailing lists If you know of anyone who has not been active for two years and is not receiving a copy of The Voice, but are still active in Shropshires, are life members and want to continue receiving the Voice, just let Secretary Becky Peterson know and she will see that they get back on the mailing list. Also, if you are receiving copies of the Voice but are not interested in continuing to do so, please contact Secretary Peterson. _______ Page 5

From the Secretary The summer of 2009 has been very busy for Shropshire enthusiasts. Shrops were tops at several state fairs and were featured at two special regional shows. The futurity program boasts record numbers with 106 ewe lambs nominated and 34 competing for points. There is a fine Junior Ambassador in Monica Ebert of St. George, Kansas. The All-American Junior Show hosted a record number event in Greenville, Ohio where 218 Shrops were shown. There has been a lot of remembering going on with 2009 being the 125th Anniversary of the incorporation in 1884. Several old-time Shropshire breeders or their families have ventured out to these events. Those showing now are celebrating their successes. The youth of the breed are definitely positioning themselves for the future. By the time this issue is out, two scholarships will have been awarded. I have had opportunity to travel to two regional shows, so far. The Midwest Regional was held in Indiana and the Northwest Regional was held in Oregon. Both shows were in honor of the 125th Anniversary and both had an excellent representation of the enthusiasm for the Shropshire breed. Each time I travel like that, I have another adventure and I meet more breeders and members. Of course, that helps to put a name with the voice on the telephone, on both ends of the line! I enjoy meeting with, and talking with, the members, young and old alike. It’s hard to tell sometimes which age group has more enthusiasm for the breed. Either way, there is a lot of it out there. In the Shropshire office, every day brings a new report on the weather and crop conditions from around the country. Stories are told from different events and shows. A youngster will report in with the honors they have won with their Shropshires and I still get a smattering of what is happening in other _______ Page 6

breeds. Registration numbers are very similar to last year. The ASRA would still appreciate receiving copies of the older style registration papers to help fill in the blanks on pedigrees. If you have current registration papers and wonder why the pedigree has holes in it, please take a little time and look through your collection of the previous papers typed on the half sheets. If those animals have a bearing on your current pedigrees and can fill in the empty lines, then go on, send it in! This will help us all recover from the loss of some of the old filed pedigrees that disappeared when the former registry office was cleaned out. Plans are coming along well for the culmination of the celebration of this momentous year. Things will be very busy for three days in Louisville in November. We’ll be kicking off the fun with the Stars of Louisville Shropshire Female Sale on Saturday morning, Nov. 14. We’ve worked hard making this first time event a great sale. The popular youth Quiz Bowl and also the wether show happen Saturday afternoon. The Annual Meeting and 125th Anniversary banquet will take place on Saturday evening. Please make your attendance intentions known to the office.A very impressive Shropshire Junior Show is scheduled for Sunday morning. The open Shropshire show will be the first open show out of the gate (that’s race track talk in Louisville) on Monday morning. Attendance as exhibitors and spectators is expected to be super. There are some very fine awards being created for the sheep shows. 2009 will be a year to remember in the Shropshire scheme of things. Just think, 2010 will be 126 years and counting. There has been a lot of fund-raising going on. There have been baskets at silent auctions since June 2008. The Centennial History Book “The First Hundred Years” has been auctioned at a few sales. Donations have been

made. Let’s not forget the T-shirts. Do you recall Janet Dockter’s logo that was unveiled in the spring? One can be yours on a T-shirt (long or short sleeved), a sweat shirt (crew neck or hooded), black or khaki hats or very nice decals. I put a decal on a sheet of plexiglass and hung it next to our outdoor farm sign and it has weathered our very wet summer very well. Prices and sizes of these items are elsewhere in this issue of the Voice and on I continue to enjoy the secretaryship of the American Shropshire Registry Association. I can work from home, continuing to meet some very nice folks with a common enthusiasm and interest in the sheep industry. I have made some good friends in my travels. I’m enjoying reading the pedigrees that I print. Registrations continue to go out in a timely manner with very few delays and many late nights. Most of all, I enjoy seeing the enthusiasm grow for the breed. Feel free to give me a call in the office to report on what’s going on in your neck of the woods. Becky Peterson, Secretary

American Shropshire Registry Association 125th Anniversary 1884-2009 We hope to see you in Louisville at the celebration

Bob and Karen Johnson & Family 569 St. Hwy DD, Marshfield, MO 65706 417-859-4452


Thanks to Our 2009 Buyers! Midwest Stud Ram Sale, Sedalia, Missouri Eli Sample – Annapolis, MO Mark Birkhimer – Hanoverton, OH Candy Lutz – West Salem, OH Wyatt Graves – El Dorado Springs, MO Shropshire Spectacular, Springfield, Illinois Amanda Bartholomew – Mendon, MO Britt Hallet – Sterling, MA J. Bond – Galatia, IL • Molly Jo Woods – IL Robert Sando – Ohio Ohio Shropshire Classic, Eaton, Ohio Amanda Bartholomew – Mendon, MO Britt Hallet – Sterling, MA • J. Bond – Galatia, IL Molly Jo Woods – Baylis, IL

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Thanks! to Jesse Long of Shelbina, Mo for purchasing 15 ewes and a yearling ram. Also, thanks to all the buyers at the Ohio Classic and Shropshire Spectacular. Congratulations to Mariah Shearer for her Supreme Champion ewe at her county fair on a fall ewe she purchased from me at the Classic.

Congratulations! American Shropshire Registry Association Michael L. Anderson

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125th Anniversary events to highlight National Show at 2009 NAILE The North American International Sheep Show will run from Nov. 13-20 in Louisville, Ky. at the Kentucky Exposition Center. A host of events for Shropshire enthusiasts, young and old, is planned to help commemorate the 125th Anniversary. Junior Division events begin on Friday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. with both the Market Lamb Showmanship and the Lead Line Contest. The Junior Wether Show begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Nov. 14 and will run all day. Kyle Smithwick of Miles,Texas will serve as judge for this contest. The ASRA will sponsor a Junior Quiz Bowl Contest and afternoon of bowling at 1 p.m. on Saturday.This will take place at the bowling alley right outside the main gate. Quiz Bowl teams shall consist of three persons, one of which shall be under 14 years of age and also shall contain at least one boy and at least one girl. Cash awards are as follows: $15 per team member for first place, $10 per team member for second place and $5 per team member for third place. A pizza party and meeting for all youth to discuss future plans will follow the Quiz Bowl. The National Junior Shropshire Breeding Sheep Show will be on Sunday, Nov. 15. Shropshires will be the second breed of the day and will be judged by Larry Shroyer. The ASRA provides special awards to all of the class winners. The National Shropshire Show Open Division will be at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16.These sheep will be judged by Brad Payne of Weston, Mo. Please note that the ASRA has added extra funding to both the Junior Division and the Open Division in 2009 and offers a total of $2806 for both shows.

The yearling ewe class has been split for both shows as has the spring ewe lamb class which is now split by month of birth. The Matching Funds program continues in 2009 but has been revised in order to fund the premiums provided. A fee of $10 per head and group class will be required from each exhibitor in the open show. These fees will be payable to the ASRA prior to show day and should be sent to the secretary. These fees will be retained by the association again in 2009. Shropshire show spectators might enjoy morning snacks in certain penning areas along the west wall of the sheep facility prior to the shows on Sunday and Monday. This would be an opportunity to catch up with folks you haven’t seen in some time. In conjunction with the 2009 National Shropshire Show, the Annual Meeting of the Members of the American Shropshire Registry Association and 125th Anniversary Banquet will also be held in Louisville. This gathering is set for Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. It will be a buffet-style meal catered by Center Plate, the official meal service at the North American. Past ASRA presidents have been invited and will be introduced. Larry Mead will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and will offer some of his Shropshire remembrances and anecdotes. Tickets are $22 for adults and at a reduced rate for youngsters. Tickets will be available at the door but please make your intentions to attend known with the Shropshire office. F o r further information regarding the 125th Anniversary schedule, see www.shropshires. org. For other aspects of the Exposition, go to _______ Page 9

LEGAL NOTICE Annual Meeting of the Members Official notice is hereby given to all members of the American Shropshire Registry Association, Inc. that the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Members will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. (EST) in Louisville.The purpose of said meeting is to hear and approve the reports of the President and Secretary/ Treasurer to ratify the acts of the Board of Directors since the last annual meeting of the members; to act on any old or new business which may be brought before the meeting; and to elect directors for districts having directors whose terms expire in 2009. Article VI, Section 2 of the By Laws allows for the direct election of a director for a district if that district has an active, recognized Shropshire association. Directors whose terms will expire: Robert Johnson – Southwest District (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana)

Tim Roberts – Southwest District Gary Brockmann – Illinois District Mark McCabe – Ohio District Carol Rueber – North Central District (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa) Re Call – New York, New England District (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.) Each membership in the American Shropshire Registry Association, Inc. is entitled to one vote at the Annual Meeting of the Members. Such vote must be cast in person. Those members attending the Annual Meeting shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting the business of the Association. All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Becky Peterson Secretary

LEGAL NOTICE ASRA By-Law Revisions to be voted on at Annual Meeting The following amendments to the ASRA By-Laws were approved by the Board of Directors at the June 18, 2009 meeting. These motions will be brought to the general membership for a vote at the Annual Meeting of the Members on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. EST at NAILE. Approved Motion: To add Article IV, Section 6 to the Articles of Incorporation, which will read: The Executive Committee of the Association will consist of the President, Vice President, most recent past President, and the Secretary/ Treasurer. Approved Motion: To change ARTICLE V, Section 3 to read the following: Notice of the annual or special meeting of the members shall be served by postal mail to each active

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lifetime membership at such address as appears upon the records of the association. This notice must state day, hour and location of the meeting and must be given at least 15 and no more than 45 days prior to the meeting. Notice can be made in the Official Publication of the Association in the issue preceding said meeting, providing the mailing falls within the appropriate time requirement. Notices regarding special meetings of the membership must state the explicit purpose of the meeting. Approved Motion: To rewrite Article VIII, Section 1 to read: Any person or persons interested in purebred Shropshire sheep and pays a lifetime membership is eligible to be a member of the Association.

Approved Motion: To strike Article VIII, Section 3 from the Articles of Incorporation. Passage of this motion will automatically renumber Article VIII, Section 4 so that it will be Article VIII, Section 3. Article VIII, Section 3 (the motion we are recommending should be struck) currently reads: Any owner of stock in the dissolved American Shropshire Registry Association will be issued a certificate of membership in this Association without charge upon surrender of his stock or satisfactory evidence to the Board of Directors of stock ownership. Approved Motion: To add Article VII, Section 4 to the Articles of Incorporation, which will read: Active lifetime memberships are defined as those which have paid annual dues in two of the preceding three fiscal years. Note: Becky will be changing “annual service fees” on the registration forms to read “annual dues”. Approved Motion: To rewrite Article X to read: By-Law Amendments must first be adopted by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Notice of the Board of Directors’ amendment adoption must be published in consecutive editions of the Official Publication of the Association. The second such notice will include a time frame for the vote to take place. The official ballot will be distributed by first class mailing.Votes are limited to one per active membership. Completed ballots will be sent to the Secretary/ Treasurer, who will be responsible for verifying there are no duplicate votes per membership. The Secretary/ Treasurer and three Board Members appointed by the President shall be responsible for tallying the vote. Approved Motion: To add Article VI, Section 2, Sub-point c, to the Articles of Incor-

poration, which will read: “If a director is expelled from the board the President will appoint an individual from said district to finish out the term. Lastly, Article III Section 2 requires: “every six years, beginning in 1994, the Board of Directors shall present to the Annual Meeting a proposal regarding the allocation of seats on the National Board.” In Fall 2008 the By-Laws committee evaluated memberships and registrations per state and district for each of the preceding three years. Based on this evaluation the Committee brought a redistricting recommendation to the Board. The Board opted to not adjust the Districts. The next evaluation of Districts should occur in 2014. ________________________________

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF THE AMERICAN SHROPSHIRE REGISTRY ASSOCIATION, INC. PREAMBLE Fully recognizing the importance to all interests in the culture of the Shropshire sheep, and of having reliable record, which may be accepted as final authority in question of pedigrees; desiring to unite the experiences and interests of all in guarding and perpetuating the purity of their flocks, we do now unite in organizing this Association. ARTICLE I. – NAME AND LOCATION The name of this Association shall be “THE AMERICAN SHROPSHIRE REGISTRY ASSOCIATION, INC.” with the principal office in the city and state of the residence of the secretary-treasurer. ARTICLE II – DURATION AND PURPOSE The Duration of this association shall be in perpetuity.The Purpose shall be to make and preserve an American Flock Record known as the “American Shropshire Sheep Record”, to promote the distribution and use of Shropshire Sheep registered therein, and to do all such other work necessary to be done in the management and maintaining of such Association. � ARTICLE III. – OFFICERS _______ Page 11

1. The officers of this Association shall be a President, a Vice President, a SecretaryTreasurer who shall perform both offices, and a Board of Directors. 2. The Board of Directors shall be composed of fifteen members, including the President and Vice President. All Board Members shall represent one of ten districts: Northwest – 1, West – 1, North Central – 1, Southwest – 2, Illinois – 2, Indiana – 1, Ohio – 2, Wisconsin/Michigan – 1, New York/New England – 2, Pennsylvania/ South – 2. Every six years, beginning in 1994, the Board of Directors shall present to the Annual Meeting a proposal regarding the allocation of seats on the National Board. This proposal will take into account the number of registrations by area, but in no case shall any district have more than two representatives. Should any redistricting result in the loss of the seat of an existing Board Member from a district, the existing member shall serve out the term. As the expiration of that term, the seat will no longer be available. Should redistricting add a member to a district, that district should elect a member at the next annual meeting. It is realized that this may occasionally result in a Board of greater than fifteen members for an interim period of time. 3. All officers and directors shall be members of this Association, not more than two of whom shall be residents of any one state. ARTICLE IV. – DUTIES OF OFFICERS 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association, and all meetings of the

Board of Directors. The President shall sign all certificates of membership which may be issued and shall be the custodian of all bonds given by the officers of the Association and renewals thereof and also perform all duties usually expected of such officer. In case of the absence or disability of the President, the Vice President shall assume the duties of the President. 2. The duties of the Vice President shall be to preside at all meetings of the Association and Board of Directors in the absence of the President and in such event he shall have the authority to perform the duties of the President. He shall also assume the duties of the President in the event of the death or disability of that officer. 3. The duties of the Secretary-Treasurer shall be to take charge of all properties, books, papers, records, and correspondence of the Association, and to hold them subject to the inspection of any member thereof; to have charge of all funds paying there from all bills ordered by the Association when presented in detail, making reports of such payments at the annual members’ meeting as well as at any time he or she may be required to do so by the Board of Directors; to conform with all instructions prescribed by the Board of Directors, and to record and maintain a registry of pure bred Shropshire sheep, under the direction of the Board of Directors for the benefit of the Association. He or she shall give a bond to the satisfaction of the Board of Directors.

Tim Roberts & Family Registered Shropshire Sheep

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We look forward to seeing you at the shows as we celebrate the 125th!

4. The Board of Directors shall have the power to transact all business necessary to be done under the By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation, and for the advancement of the breed. They shall audit or cause to be audited the books of the Association after the close of the fiscal year and before the annual member’s meeting. They shall determine the salaries of all salaried officers. They shall make rules for registrations, transfers, extended pedigrees and other work. They shall meet following the annual meeting of the members, and from time to time on their own motion or on a call from the President, signed by two members of the Board, or twenty members of the Association. Any and all voting is by a simple majority of those directors in attendance, with the following exceptions: any changes regarding salaries, rules for recording, breed standards, “Points of Excellence”, and registry changes will require an affirmative majority of a minimum of five directors. 5. All directors shall be notified of all directors’ meetings by U.S. mail at least 5 days prior to such a meeting. ARTICLE V. – MEETING OF MEMBERS 1. The Annual Meeting of the Members of the Association shall be held within twelve months after the close of each fiscal year of the Association at such time and in such place in the United States of America as may be designated by the Board of Directors. 2. Special meetings of members may be

called by the President, by a majority of the Board of Directors, or by written petition signed by not less than one-tenth of all the members authorized by the Article of Incorporation to vote. 3. Notice of annual or special meetings of the members shall be served by mailing a written or printed notice stating the place, day and hour of the meeting and, in case of a special meeting, the purpose for which such meeting is called, to each member of record at such address as appears upon the records of the corporation, at least ten days before the date of meeting provided, however, that in case the total number of members exceeds 1000 such notice may be given by one publication in a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the English language in the county in which this Association has its principal office, such notice to be published not less than ten days nor more than thirty days prior to the date of such annual or special meeting. Such notice shall also be published in the issue of the Official Publication of this Association for the month preceding the month in which such annual or special meeting is held. 4. Each membership shall be entitled to one vote at each annual or special meeting of the members. Such vote must be made in person and no proxy vote shall be voted. Those members attending any legally constituted annual or special meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. 5. All meetings shall be conducted �

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inaccordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. ARTICLE VI. – ELECTIONS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 1. Initially, four Directors shall be elected for a term of one year; four Directors shall be elected for a term of two years; and four Directors shall be elected for a term of three years.As these terms of office expire, five Directors shall be elected each year for a term of three years. 2. All Directors for districts not having an active state or regional Shropshire association shall be elected at the annual meeting of the members. A district which has an active, recognized Shropshire association may elect its director(s) through the association. All directors’ terms shall begin at the time of the annual meeting of the members and continue until their successors are duly elected and qualified. a. Only those members of the Association who are owners and breeders of pure bred Shropshire Sheep, and who regu-

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larly record Shropshire Sheep, shall be eligible to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. b. Directors missing two consecutive meetings of the board will be placed on probation. If a third meeting is missed, such director shall be expelled from the board. 3. The President and Vice President shall be elected by the Board of Directors for the commencing year, for terms of one year. a. To serve as President of the Association, not only should a person be a member of the Board, but he or she must have served the preceding three years as a Director. b. To serve as Vice President, in addition to being a member of the Board, he must have previously served a minimum of one, three-year term as Director. 4. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be employed by the Board of Directors for a term of one year and shall not be a member of the Board of Directors. ARTICLE VII. – VACANCIES In case of vacancy of any office, the Board of Directors may have power to fill such vacancy for a time not extending beyond the next succeeding annual members’ meeting. ARTICLE VIII. – MEMBERS 1. Each applicant shall be recommended by a member of this Association, and upon approval of the President and Secretary, and a payment of $10.00, said applicant shall be admitted as a member, subject to the review and sanction of the Board of Directors. 2. Membership in this Association shall be a life membership and non-transferable. 3. Any owner of stock in the dissolved American Shropshire Registry Association will be issued a certificate of membership in this Association without charge upon surrender of his stock or satisfactory evidence to the Board of Directors of stock ownership. 4. Any member charged with willful misrepresentation in regard to any animal, owned, bred or sold by said member or

with any other dishonorable conduct, and if such charge be fully sustained the Board of Directors may suspend such member until the next annual member’s meeting, at which time, after a full hearing of the facts, such offending member may be expelled by a two-thirds vote of the members present. ARTICLE IX. – PEDIGREES Pedigrees presented and passed upon by the Secretary, and meeting the necessary requirements of the rules shall be accepted for registry. ARTICLE X. – AMENDMENTS The By-Laws may be amended at any annual or special meeting of the members by a majority of the voting members present, provided such proposed amendment shall first have been adopted by the Board of Directors and notice of such proposed amendment, including a brief statement thereof, shall have been given to the members in the same manner as provided in Article V, Section 3 of the By-Laws for notices of annual or special meetings of members. The districts outlined above were approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting and By-Laws amended November 14, 1979. Numbers of Directors from Each District: Northwest-1 West-1 North Central-1 Southwest-2 Illinois-2 Indiana-1 Ohio-2 Wisconsin-Michigan-1 New York-New England-2 Pennsylvania & South-2 Amendment approved by the membership and By-Laws amended at the Annual Meeting, November 21, 1985: The Indiana District shall be reduced to one (1) director and the Pennsylvania & South District be increased to two (2) directors. The districts shall be evaluated every six years. No more than two (2) directors may come from any one district. Amendment approved by the membership and By-Laws amended at the Annual Meeting, November 15, 1994: The Wisconsin-Michigan District shall be reduced to one (1) director and the

Southwest District shall be increased to two (2) directors. Amendment approved by the membership and By-Laws amended in Article VI Section 2 at the Annual Meeting, November 12, 2001: Previous wording: All Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting of the members, and shall hold their offices until their successors are duly elected and qualified. New approved wording: All Directors for districts not having an active state or regional Shropshire association shall be elected at the annual meeting of the members. A district which has an active, recognized Shropshire association may elect its director(s) through the association. All directors’ terms shall begin at the time of the annual meeting of the members and continue until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Amendment approved by the membership and By-Laws amended adding Article VI Section 2b at the Annual Meeting, August 13, 2002: Directors missing two consecutive meetings of the board will be placed on probation. If a third meeting is missed, such director shall be expelled from the board. Amendment to By Laws in Article 1 approved by the membership at a special meeting of the membership on June 20, 2008, changing the location of the principle office from Harvard, IL to “the city and state of the residence of the secretary-treasurer.”

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  Chances are being sold to win a heavy duty blocking stand donated by Ketcham’s Sheep Equipment Manufacturing. Each ticket is $10 and the winner will be drawn at Louisville.The proceeds will go toward the Shropshire Ambassador program. Contact Tim Roberts: (405) 485-9255 _______ Page 15

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Information in this ad was printed incorrectly in the May 2009 issue of The Voice.

Stars of Louisville Sale The clock is ticking toward the first-ever Stars of Louisville Shropshire Sale on Saturday, Nov. 14. Being a first-time sale, effort has been made to ensure that high quality animals are entered. A number of elite females, including bred yearling ewes and bred or open ewe lambs have been committed to sell in this very prestigious sale. For those of you unfamiliar with the location, there is a hall just off the sheep facility, where the sales are held. This area is near the “office trailer” and will be identified and readily visible from the general sheep penning area. We have been very fortunate to have been able to secure the opening time slot in the day’s sale events. We will begin our morning with the entries being evaluated. Don Hopkins, noted Southdown breeder from North Scituate, Rhode Island, will be sorting the ewes beginning at 9 a.m. The entries will be available for buyers’ inspection. The order of sale will be posted and the sale will follow as soon as possible after 10 a.m. in order to maintain the schedule of the remaining breed sales of the day. Danny Westlake of Marysville, Ohio will serve as auctioneer. There will be a minimum bid of $300 on ewe lambs and $400 on yearling ewes.Terms of sale are cash or good check paid on sale day. If you are unable to attend the sale in person, any member of the sale committee can handle a bid for you but requests for mail bids should be directed to Sale Manager, Becky Peterson.The sale committee consists of Chairman Randy Rife, Bob Johnson, Gary Brockmann, Jim Brandt and Mark McCabe. As in any other sale, ownership transfers will be made in the ASRA office after the sale and will be returned to the buyer as soon as possible. Nancy Miniter, sheep breeder and ultrasound technician, will be determining pregnancy status, as of sale day, of consigned ewes. The resulting information will be an-

nounced at the sale block. Ewes DNA test results will also be made available. Consignors have been asked to guarantee that sale entries are free of the “spider gene” and be resistant to Scrapie by being either QR or RR at codon 171. A veterinarian will be on hand to issue health certificates. If your state requires a permit to enter the state, please contact your state veterinarian’s office ahead of time to make the necessary arrangements. All sheep will be identified by a USDA approved ear tag or tattoo. For a few other sale perks, consignors will be able to nominate ewe lambs entered in this sale to be eligible to compete in the new 2010 Shropshire Yearling Ewe Futurity, if purchased by youth buyers. Also, sale management has been able to allow consignors to retain rights to show their entries in the Junior Shropshire Show on Sunday, Nov. 15 and/or the Open Show on Monday. This encourages the breeder to consign a sheep that he considers worthy of showing in the National Show in Louisville and making that quality available to buyers. We will assist purchasers who are not exhibitors in obtaining an early release for purchased animals only after the Junior or Open Shows if the animal is entered. Also, with exhibitors attending from across the country, consignors and the sale committee will work with buyers needing transportation of sheep purchased at the sale. A sale catalog may be obtained by contacting ASRA secretary and Sale Manager Becky Peterson at 413-624-9652 or The catalog is also available on the Shropshire website Photos of consignments will also be available on the website. So be sure to join us in Louisville in November for the first ever Stars of Louisville Shropshire Sale. It is just another good reason to come and celebrate 125 years of Shropshire sheep in the United States! _______ Page 17

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Thanks to many supporters The planning of the 125th Anniversary Celebration has been a busy time. The event couldn’t have happened without the efforts of many people. A committee of just a few organized the works. Several more found time to gather items to put in baskets to be sold in silent auctions at shows and sale over the past two years. Many joined the fun and listed their winning bids for those items. Others saw value in the few remaining Centennial History Books and purchased them at events. Some members contributed stories of their Shropshire endeavors to be shared with others. A few sent in photos and other materials. Without all of your help, 2009 would have been just another year. Thank you to the following list of enthusiasts who either made outright donations, provided and purchased baskets or made or sponsored awards: Merle Miller, DC Rogers, Robert and Karen Johnson and family, Christopher McKinzie, Marie Gillett, Michael and Diane Friez, Tor Sorensen, Scott Long, Mary Mohr, Kristina Repasky, Mandy Swartz, Jim and Nancy Cessna, Country Silver, Matthew and Kristi Anderson, Glenn High and family, Ruth Hodges, Jim and Denise Percival, Robert Fogle, William Brandt, Brian and Jill Mohr, Randy and Julie Rife, Mark McCabe, Rebekah Pearson, Tim and Debbie Barnes, Becky Peterson, Steve Majchrzak, Russ and Molly Johnson, Heinold Feeds, Donna Gruenhagen, Don Knepp, Mitch Michalak, A.L. Hayward, Molly Woods, Larry Simmons, Jane Roalsvig, Re and Don Call, Lynette Taylor, the Ohio Shropshire Breeders Assoc., the North West Shropshire Breeders and Rinda and Steven Maddox for the Shropshire Voice & Website. Much appreciation goes out to all of you. Many thanks also go to the show committee at the North American. They

have been extremely cooperative in helping us to attain our goal of a really nice event. The job, however, is not complete. There are several expenses yet and information to put together.There will be more opportunity in Louisville to provide and bid on baskets. If you have an idea for a basket to offer in Kentucky, then go ahead and bring it. They will be on display for bidding from Friday through at least the open show on Monday. If you have been putting off writing that story about your flock, now is the time. If you have older photos or other memorabilia, then give Russ Johnson a call.Time is marching on and our stay in Louisville will be here before you know it.

New for 2010

Yearling Futurity The American Shropshire Association will have a Yearling Ewe Futurity as part of the futurity system in 2010. The yearling futurity will be similar to the Ewe Lamb Futurity in many ways. The exhibitor rules, payout percentages, and point scoring will all be the same. 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 ewe lambs sold in the NAILE Sale, if nominated by the consignor and bought by a junior exhibitor, will be eligible. The NAILE Sale ewe lambs will not need to be renominated by the junior exhibitor. All others will need to be renominated by April 1, 2010. A complete set of rules for the Yearling Ewe Futurity will be on the Shropshire website by November 1. Questions can be directed to Mark McCabe 740-494-2969 or _______ Page 19

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Pilot’s grand dam is Avery 03-36, Champion Ewe at the 2003 NAILE. We bred her to Rife’s “Fore Play” and got “Avery 06-36, the dam of “Pilot”. Pilot is sired by Bechtold 8078. I saw this ram at the 2008 Indiana State Fair and bred 06-36 to him last fall. Next spring we will have lambs for sale sired by “Pilot,” “Juice” 05-07 and Bechtold 8078. “A big thank you to all our buyers in 2009”

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Minutes of Board Meeting Thursday June 18, 2009 7 p.m. Springfield, Illinois The meeting was called to order by President Mark McCabe at 7:01 p.m. in the Illinois Extension Building on the grounds of the Illinois State Fair. The following board members were present: Mark McCabe, Darrell Dockter, Re Call, Sandy Cross, Cody Hiemke, Norbert Jackson, Jim Percival, Carol Rueber, Brad Slutz, and Gary Brockmann. Members Robert Dinsmore, Bob Johnson, Ralph Lovely, Tim Roberts, and Bill Seals were not in attendance. Also present were Rinda and Steve Maddox representing the VOICE. Becky Peterson attended as secretary. Monica Ebert was present as Youth Ambassador. Secretary’s report: The minutes of the last BOD conference call of Feb. 8 were previously distributed and there was no discussion. Carol Rueber moved, and Brad Slutz seconded, that the minutes be accepted as presented. Treasurer’s report: Becky handed out a re-

port of the activities from January 1 to May 31. The current checking account balance is $25405.55.Total income has been $15104.76. Total expenses has been $21586.29. The balance sheet dated May 31 showed assets of $34516.44. Becky noted that the accounting program Quickbooks does not keep track of the members’ balance so “Accounts Receivable” on this report does not include what is owed (approximately $5470 in fees and advertising). Becky noted that an audit had been completed during the winter and looked good. That report had been provided to the Board earlier. Committee Reports: 125th Anniversary–Norm Jackson: This committee met by teleconference in April. Shirts and hats with the new logo have been purchased to sell. Approximately $1565 has been raised so far with the baskets and shirts. The ewe lamb that Mark McCabe had provided at the Classic raised $675. Thank you to Randy Rife, Tim Barnes and Rebekah Pearson for their support on the lamb. Indi-

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The 1968 Illinois State Fair Premiere Flock, the late Boyd Maddox, left, David Maddox, standing, Steven Maddox, right. Today, Steven continues the Maddox flock that was started in 1955 by his brother, David. _______ Page 24

“Centurian” was Na Champion Ram at the tional Anniversary of AS 100th RA was bred and raised . He by ven and his father, StePictured: Steven, RinBoyd. da & Amanda Maddox at the 1985 Spectacular.

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ana State Fair will host the Midwest Regional Show Aug. 13 with Van Cruit judging. Oregon State Fair will hold the Northwest Regional Aug. 30 with Jim Brandt judging. Louisville arrangements are coming along. The Open Show will be on Monday, Nov. 16.The NAILE committee was able to contribute a total of $585 to add to the 2009 premium schedule with $200 going to the Junior Show and $385 going toward the Open Show. Budget–Re Call: Re had prepared a budget report with Becky. It showed that the year was pretty much on schedule with the budget prepared last November. Re Call moved, and Carol seconded, that Becky move about $10,000 to a CD or Money Market Account. Advertising & Voice–Rinda Maddox: The February issue of the Voice had been mailed by bulk mail from a service near Rinda. Some members received it quickly, others reported several weeks. The estimate savings was about $400. Discussion followed. Rinda thought that the February issue could be dedicated mostly to NAILE results and

the Ohio Classic while the May issue could address the Spectacular and other summer events. With that, all of the issues could be possibly sent via bulk mail. After more discussion, Brad moved and Gary seconded that the upcoming October and February issues be mailed via bulk mail and the May issue should be sent via first class mail. Mailing method should be reviewed again next June. No one was opposed. The motion passed. Website: Rinda also asked the directors to send scenic pictures and other news such as state fair stories to her for the website. She and Steve have also had printed 1000 flock record books with the 125th logo. The cost was $648.18. Becky has offered $100 toward the cost and Rinda will split the balance of the expense with ASRA. There is still talk about the Shropshire head on the home page of the website. The “perfect head” photo has not materialized. It was decided that Cody and Jim will work on finding the right sheep. Youth Programs–Mark McCabe (for �


KAtHerIne KuyKendAll, winner of this year’s Royce Rueber Scholarship.

Also, congratulations to the American Shropshire Association for their 125th anniversary.




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Tim Roberts): Mark reported that 72 lambs had been nominated at the Ohio Classic for a total of $1440 so far. There are two sales yet for futurity lambs to be nominated and sold. Youth participants will have to respond with three point cards to be eligible for awards in 2009. Monica reported that she has created a display that she will have at the Spectacular, the Midwest Sale and the All-American. She also has available raffle tickets for a trimming stand to raise money to fund the Ambassador Program. It was thought that there had been monies donated in Dale Blackburn’s memory to youth programs. Becky should check with George Buckham, and if so, perhaps the funds could be directed toward this program. This could be done at the November Board meeting. Mark reported that there were four very good scholarship applications and he has already had interest in the Ambassador Program for 2010. Futurity Program: Mark reported that 72 lambs had been nominated at the Ohio Classic for a total of $1440 so far. There are two sales yet for futurity lambs to be nominated and sold. Youth participants will have to respond with three point cards to be eligible for awards in 2009. Discussion followed regarding the Yearling Ewe Futurity Program that is scheduled to begin in 2010. It was thought that only yearling ewes who were nominated as ewe lambs the year before be eligible. Youth purchasers of such ewes should be able to re-nominate them as yearlings for $20 each. The ownership of these sheep cannot have changed since their purchase as futurity lambs. Ewe lambs sold in the 2009 NAILE sale will be eligible if nominated by the consignor at the usual $20 fee. Youth would be eligible to participate in these futurities until their 22nd birthday. It was thought that the points be distributed the same as the ewe lamb program but the payout will depend on the money collected. Performance–Cody Hiemke: Cody reported that there are 13 breeders signed up for the NSIP program. July 3rd is the _______ Page 26

deadline to submit data. He has a scale and Ultrasound Equipment to take measurements at the Spectacular if there is interest. He said he would also check to see if same scanning equipment would be available for NAILE. Becky should check with Jeff Zinner at NAILE to see of a scale would be available after the wether show and if measurements could be made there also. Probably the best time for such work would be Sunday afternoon after the Junior Show. NAILE Sale–Gary Brockmann and Becky Peterson: The committee had met via teleconference on June 7 to finalize plans. The sale has been approved for Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. Chairman Randy Rife has had commitments for 24 head. Entry info should be available after the board gives the go-ahead. Entry fee is $50 per head and a 10% commission will be charged on the gross amount. There will be a minimum bid of $300 on ewe lambs and $400 on yearling ewes. The sale catalog should be completed in time to mail out with the October Voice and will also be available on Sheep should collect in the sale area by 8:30 a.m. and will be evaluated at 9 a.m. to make a sale order. The auction should kick off promptly at 10 a.m. Darrell moved that the sale go ahead as planned and that consignors be able to guarantee that all entries be “spider-free” and at least QR. Carol seconded this motion. There was no discussion and the motion passed. Old Business: Photo Contest: A total of nine photos from two members had been submitted for the contest. They had been displayed at the Classic in May where people could cast their vote. The end result was a tie between two photos that were passed around the table. The board decided to split the prize money between the two. The winners were Cody Hiemke and Re Call. By Law Amendments: Revisions had been discussed at the Louisville meeting but it was felt that the Board had not had time to properly review them. Cody prepared revisions again and provided everyone with copies. A report of these revisions will be supplied by

Cody separate from these minutes. Slick Shearing of Shropshires: This had been tabled at the June 2008 Board meeting. There was no motion to untable this but there was discussion about what would be done if the issue were opened again. There had been member surveys before and no one wished to repeat them. If the issue were to remain tabled, then there would be no change and only shows involving ASRA funds (National Show and Junior Shows using the supporting funds) would have to be slick shorn. There was no further discussion. New Business: Judge Evaluation: There had been a member request to develop a program to evaluate judges of Shropshire shows. Jim suggested a committee of three to determine if there should an evaluation program. Jim will work on this with Gary and Mark. Expansion of Futurity Sales: There had been a member request to allow other sales to offer futurity nominated lambs. Currently they are offered only at the Classic in Ohio, the Spectacular in Illinois and the Midwest

in Missouri. Carol moved that there be no changes and Sandy seconded. There was no other discussion. All-American Junior Show: Becky reported on the budget for the AAJS. It is a very costly event. Each breed is assessed a certain amount which includes the Top Gun Buckles, premiums and other prizes. This is usually $1000 or more. It was thought that the ASRA could do a better job soliciting donations to help support this event. National Show Proposal from the Big E: The management at the Big E is soliciting to hold national shows for breeds that do not limit national shows to NAILE. 2011 is available for the Shropshire breed if ASRA is interested. The show had submitted a proposal using $5092 in premiums. That would include normal premiums, additional automatic $500 from the Big E and an additional $250 if matched by ASRA $250. The two New York and New England region directors, Re Call and Sandy Cross, were asked to go back to their association and see if it would spearhead the effort to hold this �

See you in Louisville for the 125th Shropshire Celebration.

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show. The board would be willing to consider this location if the ground work were done. Opportunity for Shropshire Sale in Oklahoma: The ASRA has been approached by an Oklahoma sheep breeder who would like to organize a multibreed sale and would like to partner with other breed registries to make it happen. His proposal was submitted to the board. There was little discussion but the general response was that the ASRA was not interested in being involved at this time. Emergency Office Planning: There was concern expressed over emergency planning for the Shropshire office. Becky will request a signature card to allow the President access to the checking account. Becky is planning on building a manual outlining office procedures so that someone else could fill in should circumstances require. She noted that the registry software is backed-up weekly as is the financial and other electronic files on an external drive which is kept outside of the office.

Banner Notes Assignments: The Banner Breed Notes schedule was discussed. Becky would welcome volunteers to submit “Notes” to alternate issues. Monica Ebert offered to write for the July/August issue. Becky will do September. Norm said he would do the pre-Louisville issue in October. Mark will write for the issue after Louisville. Becky said that she receives an e-mailed reminder from The Banner before each issue and that she will forward the request to the interested contributors. Next meeting: Mark has requested a teleconference for Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. The Annual Meeting of the Members will be at the 125th Anniversary Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 14. The Board of Directors will meet on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in Louisville. There being no further business to address, Jim moved to adjourn. Darrell seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 10 p.m. Respectfully submitted: Becky Peterson, Secretary

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George Buckham 6508 W ‘R’ Ave., Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269) 375-7676 buckhamfarms@


’09 Ohio Classic Champion Ewe

Show and Sale Results:

Ohio Classic Champion Ewe Shropshire Spectacular Champion Ewe Best Consigment Illinois State Fair Res. Champion Ram Res. Champion Ewe

Indiana State Fair Midwest Regional Show Res. Champion Ram Sr. Champion Ewe Jr. Champion Ewe Champion Ewe 1st Flock Congratulations To ASRA on 125 Years

Tom Slutz LaMoille, IL 61330 815-638-2177

Brad Slutz Sycamore, IL 60178 815-899-0366

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Two regional shows held to commemorate 125th Midwest Regional Show Indiana State Fair, Aug. 13 By Becky Peterson The Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion was the venue for the 125th Anniversary Midwest Regional Shropshire Show. Outside it was warm but inside was air conditioned. One could not ask for a more pleasant summer sheep show atmosphere. This milestone year drew 215 head, requiring several classes to be split including some groups. Breed superintendents Mike Elsbury and Mark Wisehart assembled the info and made the splits. Single classes were split by age and the groups were sorted by even or odd exhibitor number. Indiana exhibitors were entitled to extra premiums.

comfort of the sheep barn. The morning of the show, I took a quick trip through the donkey and mule show and then made the trek across the infield to the FFA building and the pioneer village. There was the antique tractor barn and the $389,000 combine and the pricey 12-row corn head. I also experienced public transportation in Indianapolis. There were several cab and bus drivers who wanted to know why sheep were exhibited at the Indiana State Fair. Promotion work goes on outside the sheep show venue, also! Many thanks to Mike and Karen Elsbury for the rescue from the bus lines. Van Cruit of Illinois sorted through the large classes. Pence Farms of Tiffin, Ohio garnered Champion Ram honors in their yearling ram. City Limits Sheep Farm of Lamoille, Ill. had Reserve Champion on their late spring ram lamb. Champion Ewe honors were won by City Limits Too of Oxford, Ill. on a yearling ewe. Bryant Shrops of Fredericktown, Ohio exhibited the Reserve Champion Ewe, also a yearling. Mike and Karen ďż˝

This show also drew several people who were no longer exhibiting Shropshires. Janet Jackson, wife of Norm Jackson, did an admirable job providing attendees with hot coffee, cold drinks, and many yummy snacks and there were many repeat customers to the hospitality table. The Shropshire promotion booth was on hand as were a good selection of 125th Anniversar y T-shirts and swe a t s h i r t s . Once again, the hat inventory sold out while at the Indiana Fair. There were things to do outside the A quality group of ewes was shown at the Regional Show in Indiana.

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Elsbury & Family were at the top of the points list for Premier Exhibitor. When all was said and done, the classes shook out as follows: Yearling Ram 1. Pence Farms 2. City Limits Sheep Farm 3. Knepp Shrops 4. Mike & Karen Elsbury 5. Mike & Karen Elsbury 6. Randy & Julie Rife 7. Tim Elsbury 8. Sean Bryant 9. Dave Elsbury Fall Ram Lamb 1. Randy & Julie Rife 2. Mike & Karen Elsbury 3. Mike & Karen Elsbury 4. Duane Elsbury 5. Duane Elsbury 6. Merle Miller & Family Early Spring Ram Lamb, Class 1 1. City Limits Sheep Farm 2. Mike & Karen Elsbury 3. Tim Elsbury 4. Pence Farms 5. City Limits Sheep Farm 6. Mark & Patty Wisehart 7. Sean Bryant 8. Tyler Bruhin 9. Steve Elsbury Early Spring Ram Lamb, Class 2 1. Mark & Patty Wisehart 2. Sierra Elsbury 3. Knepp Shrops 4. Tim Elsbury 5. Mike & Karen Elsbury 6. Randy & Julie Rife 7. Randy & Julie Rife 8. Sean Bryant 9. Knepp Shrops Late Spring Ram Lamb 1. City Limits Sheep Farm 2. Mike & Karen Elsbury 3. Sean Bryant 4. City Limits Sheep Farm _______ Page 32

5, Mike & Karen Elsbury 6. Knepp Shrops 7. Pence Farms 8. Knepp Shrops 9. Norbert Jackson Pair of Lamb Rams 1. City Limits Sheep Farm 2. Mike & Karen Elsbury 3. Mark & Patty Wisehart 4. Sean Bryant 5. Pence Farms 6. Knepp Shrops 7. Duane Elsbury 8. Tim Elsbury 9. Randy & Julie Rife Yearling Ewe, Class 1 1. City Limits Too 2. Mike & Karen Elsbury 3. Mike & Karen Elsbury 4. City Limits Sheep Farm 5. Duane Elsbury 6. Duane Elsbury 7. Julie Elsbury 8. Norbert Jackson 9. Kaylee Elsbury Yearling Ewe, Class 2 1. Knepp Shrops 2. Sean Bryant 3. Knepp Shrops 4. Randy & Julie Rife 5. Blaze Brooks 6. Mark & Patty Wisehart 7. Tim Elsbury 8. Wayne Brooks 9. Logan Elsbury Yearling Ewe, Class 3 1. Sean Bryant 2. Kaitlyn, Kyle, Kelsey     Verhaeghe 3. Pence Farms 4. Pence Farms 5. Jacob Elsbury 6. Merle Miller & Family 7. Jared Bruhin 8. Merle Miller & Family 9. Jacob Rogers Yearling Ewe, Class 4 1. Steve Elsbury 2. City Limits Too

3. City Limits Sheep Farm 4. Randy & Julie Rife 5. Julie Elsbury 6. Tim Elsbury 7. Mark & Patty Wisehart 8. Tyler Bruhin 9. Mariah Shearer Pair of Yearling ewes, Class 1 1. City Limits Sheep Farm 2. Duane Elsbury 3. Knepp Shrops 4. Wayne Brooks 5. Blaze Brooks 6. Mark & Patty Wisehart 7. Tyler Bruhin 8. Dave Elsbury 9. Rylie Miller Pair of Yearling Ewes, Class 2 1. Mike & Karen Elsbury 2. City Limits Too 3. Sean Bryant 4. Pence Farms 5. Julie Elsbury 6. Randy & Julie Rife 7. Tim Elsbury 8. Logan Elsbury 9. Merle Miller & Family Fall Ewe Lamb 1. Mike & Karen Elsbury 2. City Limits Sheep Farm 3. Mike & Karen Elsbury 4. BWB FARMS 5. Mark & Patty Wisehart 6. Randy & Julie Rife 7. Duane Elsbury 8. Mariah Shearer 9. Duane Elsbury Early Spring Ewe Lamb Class 1 1. Mike & Karen Elsbury 2. Tim Elsbury 3. City Limits Sheep Farm 4. Catherine Mrozinski 5. Mike & Karen Elsbury 6. Tim Elsbury 7. Steve Elsbury 8. Pence Farms 9. Pence Farms Early Spring Ewe Lamb, Class 2 �

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Elsbury 1121

Reserve Champion Ewe and top-selling Yearling Ewe at $1300 Ohio Classic Sale. Sold to Riley Peak of Ocoee, TN. THANKS to all our buyers at the sales and on the farm.

Premier Breeder IN State Fair 1993-2009 Premier Exhibitor IN State Fair 1995-2009

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1. Sierra Elsbury 2. Erik Mrozinski 3. Wayne Brooks 4. Sean Bryant 5. City Limits Too 6. Knepp Shrops 7. Kaitlin Whiting 8. Catherine Mrozinski 9. Erik Mrozinski Late Spring Ewe Lamb, Class 1 1. Randy & Julie Rife 2. City Limits Sheep Farm 3. J. N. Dirlam and Sons 4. Norbert Jackson 5. City Limits Too 6. Sean Bryant 7. Wayne Brooks 8. Wayne Brooks 9. Knepp Shrops Late Spring Ewe Lamb, Class 2 1. City Limits Sheep Farm 2. Mike & Karen Elsbury 3. Erik Mrozinski 4. Sean Bryant 5. Mike & Karen Elsbury

6. Randy & Julie Rife 7. Julie Elsbury 8. Duane Elsbury 9. Blaze Brooks Pair of Ewe Lambs, Class 1 1. City Limits Sheep Farm 2. Duane Elsbury 3. Catherine Mrozinski 4. Knepp Shrops 5. Erik Mrozinski 6. Mark & Patty Wisehart 7. Wayne Brooks 8. Blaze Brooks 9. Dave Elsbury Pair of Ewe Lambs, Class 2 1. Mike & Karen Elsbury 2. City Limits Too 3. Tim Elsbury 4. Pence Farms 5. Sean Bryant 6. Randy & Julie Rife 7. J. N. Dirlam and Sons 8. Julie Elsbury 9. Kaitlin Whiting Mixed Pair

1. City Limits Sheep Farm 2. Randy & Julie Rife 3. Mike & Karen Elsbury 4. Pence Farms 5. Erik Mrozinski 6. Sierra Elsbury 7. Knepp Shrops 8. Julie Elsbury 9. Sean Bryant Best Four Head, Class 1 1. City Limits Sheep Farm 2. Duane Elsbury 3. Knepp Shrops 4. Erik Mrozinski 5. Wayne Brooks 6. Mark & Patty Wisehart 7. Tyler Bruhin 8. Dave Elsbury 9. Mariah Shearer Best Four Head, Class 2 1. Mike & Karen Elsbury 2. City Limits Too 3. Pence Farms 4. Sean Bryant 5. Tim Elsbury

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Rams for sale

6. Randy Rife 7. Julie Elsbury 8. Steve Elsbury 9. J. N. Dirlam Flock 1. City Limits 2. Mike Elsbury

3. Pence Farms 4. Sean Bryant 5. Randy Rife 6. Knepp Shrops 7. Duane Elsbury 8. Tim Elsbury 9. Julie Elsbury

Northwest Regional Show at Oregon By Becky Peterson The dedicated attention of the Northwest Shropshire Association created a very nice display of Shropshires at the Oregon State Fair Aug. 30. Sue Barker and Christine Peppmeier, aided by Nellie Oehler, Laura and Cassidy Davis and Darrell and Janet Dockter, coordinated donations and prizes and presented a very nice show. Many, many thanks to the numerous sponsors who include Karol Willie, the Thompson Family, 3-D Sheep Co., the Davis Family, Matthew and Caleb Peppmeier, Stacey Robinson Neil, Ashley Harold, Marjorie Robson, Peppmeier Family Shropshires, Tracy’s Shrops, Koch Family Farm, Tatiana Thompson, Rachel War-

ren-Allen, Bill and Linda Seals, the Deedon Family, The Oehler Family, Stephanie Barker, the Keck Family, the Miller Family, the Kalina Barker Family, Bob McNeal, Midstates Wool Growers and Pendleton Woolen Mills. Each open show exhibitor received a prize sponsored by Wilco Farm Supplies.The open show Champion and Reserve Champion Ram and Ewe also received blankets. Single class winners received tote bags and group class winners were presented with sheep silhouette metal hangers. When the open show was over, the Northwest breeders also sponsored an informal get-together over lemonade, chocolate and carrot cakes and fruit. Northwest Shropshire Breeders Association secretary, Chris Peppmeier and husband, Mick, thankfully saw to all of my needs with Chris making the airport and fairgrounds runs and Mick making fine breakfasts. On the day after the show, Chris treated me to a brief, but very enjoyable visit to the Columbia River area near Portland. It was wonderful to get to go to the Northwest and meet the Shropshire breeders in that area. Results of the open show, judged by Jim Brandt of Anna, Ohio, are: ďż˝

Northwest Regional Open Show exhibitors, from left, Tracy Hannan, Stephanie Barker, Janet Dockter, Darrell Dockter,Tatiana Thompson, McKenzie Walker, Karol Willie,Chris Peppmeier, Ashley Harold and Nellie Oehler. _______ Page 35

Yearling Ram 1. Emma Joy Hawkins, OR 2. Darrell & Janet Dockter, OR 3. Tracy Hannan, OR 4. Kalina Barker, OR 5. Nellie Oehler, OR 6. Brett Deedon, OR Fall Ram Lamb 1. Karol Willie, OR 2. Darrell & Janet Dockter 3. Darrell & Janet Dockter 4. Kalina Barker Family 5. Karol Willie 6. Kalina Barker Family 7. Christine Peppmeier, OR Spring Ram Lamb 1. Darrell & Janet Dockter 2. Darrell & Janet Dockter 3. Emma Joy Hawkins 4. Kalina Barker Family 5. Ashley Harold, WA 6. Ashley Harold 7. Emma Joy Hawkins 8. Kalina Barker Family 9. Christine Peppmeier Pair Ram Lambs 1. Darrell & Janet Dockter 2. Karol Willie 3. Emma Joy Hawkins 4. Ashley Harold 5.West Coast Lambs, OR 6. Kalina Barker Family 7. Christine Peppmeier 8. Laurie Koch, OR 9. Brett Deedon

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Champion Ram   Darrell & Janet Dockter Reserve Champion Ram   Darrell & Janet Dockter Yearling Ewe 1. Karol Willie 2. Kalina Barker Family 3. Darrell & Janet Dockter 4. Darrell & Janet Dockter 5. Ashley Harold 6. Emma Joy Hawkins 7. Karol Willie 8. Emma Joy Hawkins 9. Kalina Barker Family Pair Yearling Ewes 1. Darrell & Janet Dockter 2. Karol Willie 3. Kalina Barker Family 4. Emma Joy Hawkins 5. Ashley Harold 6. Nellie Oehler 7. Christine Peppmeier Fall Ewe Lamb 1. Darrell & Janet Dockter 2. Darrell & Janet Dockter 3. Kalina Barker Family 4. Karol Willie 5. Kalina Barker Family 6. Karol Willie 7. Christine Peppmeier 8. Chance Olufson, OR Spring Ewe Lamb 1. Darrell & Janet Dockter 2. Hannah Myers, WA 3. Darrell & Janet Dockter 4. Ashley Harold 5. Karol Willie 6. West Coast Lambs 7. West Coast Lambs 8. Emma Joy Hawkins 9. Emma Joy Hawkins Pair Ewe Lambs 1. Darrell & Janet Dockter 2. Kalina Barker 3. Karol Willie 4. West Coast Lambs 5. Emma Joy Hawkins 6. Ashley Harold 7. Nellie Oehler

8. Palmer Deedon, OR 9. Christine Peppmeier Young Flock 1. Darrell & Janet Dockter 2. Karol Willie 3. Emma Joy Hawkins 4. Kalina Barker Family 5. Ashley Harold 6. West Coast Lambs 7. Tracy Hannan 8. Christine Peppmeier 9. Nellie Oehler Get of Sire 1. Darrell & Janet Dockter 2. Karol Willie 3. Emma Joy Hawkins 4. Kalina Barker Family 5. Ashley Harold 6. West Coast Lambs 7. Christine Peppmeier 8. Nellie Oehler 9. Brett Deedon Flock 1. Darrell & Janet Dockter 2. Karol Willie 3. Emma Joy Hawkins 4. Kalina Barker Family 5. Ashley Harold 6. Nellie Oehler 7. Christine Peppmeier Best Pair 1. Darrell & Janet Dockter 2. Karol Willie 3. Emma Joy Hawkins 4. Kalina Barker Family 5. Ashley Harold 6. Laurie Koch 7. West Coast Lambs 8. Christine Peppmeier 9. Nellie Oehler Champion Ewe   Darrell & Janet Dockter Reserve Champion Ewe   Karol Willie Best Headed Shropshire   Emma Joy Hawkins Premier Breeder   Darrell & Janet Dockter

Breeding Shropshires for 66 years By Gale Diehl Deerfield, Ohio My Shropshire flock was started in 1943, when my neighbor gave me a bottle lamb. The bottle lamb put me in the sheep business, as she had twin ewe lambs eight years in a row. There were a lot of Shropshire farm flocks in northeast Ohio and my first ram came from the Howard Flock. In 1958 I needed a new ram, so I went to the county fairs to look for one. I bought a ram from Mrs. Robinson, a well-known breeder from Ashtabula County. After searching for the ram, I decided to show at these county fairs. I showed all over eastern Ohio in the 60’s, sometimes even three fairs a week. My retired father cared for the sheep at the fairs and my three sons and one daughter helped. The county fair circuit was a good place to sell ram lambs as there were still a lot of farm flocks. In the 60’s I could make in winnings at one county fair the same as my job paid in a week. At most of these eastern Ohio county fairs I showed against Asa Liming from Cadiz, a long-time Ohio Shropshire breeder. I bought a ram lamb from Tim Barnes in the late 60’s, as I had sold all mine and needed one to show. The last females I purchased was from Max Bryant (Fredericktown Ohio) in 1984. I’ve owned and used a lot of rams over these 66 years. I have seen many changes showing Shropshires over the years. I have seen Shrops go from wool-blind to no wool on the face.

Gale’s first Shropshire lamb, Molly, 1943.

Gale Diehl in 1958 with his Robinson stud ram.

Shropshires and Southdowns were the kingpins of the market lamb shows in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Then in the 70’s the judges started picking sheep with long necks and lots of “air” under them. Shropshires still win a lot of carcass shows. In 1969 we started showing at the Keystone International in Harrisburg, Penn. We have only missed one show at Keystone in the past 40 years. We have shown at the Ohio State Fair from 1973 to 1981, and from 1995 to present. We also showed at the first North American in 1975. My son, John, has helped over the years and his wife, Sharon, and two sons, Chris and Mike, continue to help with the showing and care of the sheep. “Couldn’t have done it without their help.” It’s been a great ride, and I hope to continue with my Shropshires for many more years.

John Diehl with the first good ram they raised, 1960. _______ Page 37

2009 Classic Sale sells 132 lots By Becky Peterson The ever-popular Ohio Classic was held this past May. This is not the first Shropshire Sale of the season, but is most definitely the biggest. This sale is held in conjunction with other breed sales at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton, Ohio. A very nice showing of the consignments was held on Friday. Judge Farby McCarthy of Sycamore, Ohio sorted the classes. Prior to the sale on Saturday, all of the entries were displayed by class in the annual “Preview.” Buyers got the opportunity to view and handle their choices. When that was completed, a Come Back Class of the 2008 Ohio Classic Futurity Lambs was held. Nicole Martin won that go-round with a ewe from Rolling Hills Farm. There was a total of 132 lots sold in the sale with an overall average of $500.57. The high-selling ewe was an Early January Ewe Lamb from Rife Shropshires. She sold to Tim Roberts of Washington, Okla. for $2400.The Grand Champion Ewe was a yearling ewe consigned by City Limits Sheep Farm and she sold to Robert Peak of Ocoee, Tenn. for $800. The Reserve Champion Ewe, also a yearling, came from Elsbury’s Shropshires and

sold to Riley Peak of Ocoee,Tenn. for $1300. Other popular yearlings were the ewe from City Limits going to David Seals of Calif. for $900 and Knepp Shropshires’ ewe going to SS Shrops of Iowa for $800. Rifes consigned a fall ewe lamb going to Monica Ebert of Kan. at $950. Brianna Brockmann of Ill. picked up a Rolling Hills January ewe lamb for $1050. Kaitlin Whiting of Ohio found a Rife February ewe lamb she liked for $1050. Colby Clark of N.H. liked a Mrozinski February ewe lamb and got her for $900. The high-selling ram was the Grand Champion, a yearling ram entry from Highlife Farm. He sold to Schoolhouse Shropshires and Highlife Farm for $2500. The Reserve Champion Ram was also a yearling consigned by Rife Shropshires and sold to Jacob Wenner of Ohio for $575. Another highly-sought ram was a Caleb Fritz’s yearling selling to James & Terri Kipp of Wis. for $1400. Tom Sargent & Family found a yearling from Bee Ewe Shropshires for $1250. Colby Clark made his pick of the fall ram lambs on a Rife ram he bought for $1400. Rife Shropshires received $950 from Monica Ebert on a January ram lamb. Randy and Julie Rife received the Townsend Best Consignment Award. The nicest gesture of the day was when Mark McCabe sold a ewe lamb to benefit the fund raising efforts for the 125th Anniversary. She sold to Rebekah Pearson of Tenn. for $275. Before she sold, however, Randy Rife and Tim Barnes each contributed $200 toward the fund on the ewe. Thank you Mark, Randy and Tim, for your assistance and generosity. The preview ahead of the Classic Sale is popular for buyers.

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The Changing of the Breed 1937 ~ 2009 By Mary Steichen Joe Steichen, founder of Silvertop Farm in Ponca City, Okla., thoroughly loved his sheep and particularly promoting the Shropshire breed. Joe raised Shropshire sheep for over 70 years. Joe Steichen passed away in December of 2006. His children are overseeing the farm and ranch operations, which includes a major commitment to maintaining a Shropshire breeding flock. These pictures chronicle the changes in the breed over the years.

The Early Years ~ Lots of wool and short legs The beginning of Joe Steichen’s love of Shropshire sheep. John M. Steichen, Joe’s father, is holding some of his initial flock produced around 1937 from sheep purchased from John Rice, a Ponca City farmer.

Larry Steichen, Joe’s son, is showing the Champion Shropshire Ewe for Silvertop Farm at the 1966 Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show, Ft. Worth. _______ Page 40

Tom and Becky Steichen, Joe’s son and daughter, show the Champion Shropshire Ram and Ewe at the Kay County Free Fair in Blackwell, Oklahoma. Joe Steichen stands in the background grinning ear to ear for his kids. These sheep were 4-H projects.

The Later Years ~ Changes to the Shropshire Breed

Silvertop Farm showing the Champion Shropshire Ewe at the 2001 Houston Livestock Show. Donny Lauver, Silvertop employee 35 years, was the showman. Walter Stelzig, professional sheep showman from Oklahoma, shows the Champion Shropshire Ewe for Silvertop Farm at the 1988 Houston Livestock Show. Walter and Joe worked together for many years and participated in many shows promoting the Shropshire breed in the Midwest region.

Joe Steichen with his Champion Shropshire Ram at the Arizona National Show in 1995. Joe Stelzig, Walter Stelzig’s son, was the showman for Silvertop Farm.

Marc and Maggie Hodgson and Bud Coon, Silvertop Farm managers, carry on the Silvertop Farm Shropshire breed tradition by showing the Reserve Champion Shropshire Ram at the Houston Livestock Show in 2008. _______ Page 41

2009 Shropshire Spectacular By Becky Peterson The 2009 Shropshire Spectacular saw numbers declined in the Shropshire show. Champion Ram was a late spring lamb from Eric Mrozinski. He sold to Peiter Shrops of Shelbyville, Mo. for $900. Reserve Champion Ram was a fall lamb from 3-D Sheep Co. he sold to Lesley Hampson of Shirley, Mass. for $2400.

Champion Ewe was a yearling from City Limits Sheep Farm that sold to Bishop & Bishop Shrops of Gouverneur, N.Y. for $1600. Reserve Champion Ewe was a late spring ewe lamb from Craig & Patterson that sold to Mike & Karen Elsbury & Family of Greenfield , Ind. for $800 Winner of the Best Consignment Award was City Limits.

Midwest sells 32 head, averaging $359 By Becky Peterson It is normally pretty warm in Sedalia but most thought that this year was unusually hot and miserable. But, the Shropshire enthusiasts endured the temperatures and enjoyed the showing of the sale sheep on Wednesday and did their bidding Saturday. This year, the breed combined the wether sires and dams with the breeding sheep and had one show. Judge Gary Saylor of Ohio

evaluated the entries. The Champion Ram was a yearling consigned by Highlife Farm and sold to Kaitlyn Robinson of Arkansas for $200. The Reserve Champion Ram was an early spring ram lamb from The Cole Club Lamb flock that sold to Silvertop Farms of Oklahoma. The popular ram in the sale was the second place yearling ram from Morgan Cabaniss that sold to Randy Smith of Indiana for $3600. This made the yearling rams the highest averaged age group at $1333.33. The Champion Ewe was a yearling ewe from High Farms. She also sold to Kaitlyn Robinson for $300. In all, 32 head sold at an average of $359.56.

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Thanks to Cody Hiemke for providing these results. The Shropshires were judged by Jeff Held of Aurora, S.D. on Aug. 9. Exhibitors from Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana brought their Shrops for the judging. Grand Champion Ram honors were won by James and Terri Kipp of Loyal, Wis. on their yearling ram entry. Kipp’s March ram lamb garnered the Reserve spot. The ewe division Champion was a yearling ewe entry from the Knepp Shropshires flock of Barrington, Ill. Reserve Champion Ewe was won by City Limits Sheep Farm of LaMoille, Ill. on a January ewe lamb. The Exhibitor’s Flock class, as well as Premier Breeder, was also won by City Limits Sheep Farm.

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Google hybrid vigor and one of the first search results you will find is a Wikipedia link for heterosis. The definition reads: “heterosis is a term used in genetics and selective breeding. The term heterosis, also known as hybrid vigor or outbreeding enhancement, describes the increased strength of different characteristics in hybrids; the possibility to obtain a genetically superior individual by combining the virtues of its parents.”

The Groverman and Mapleton Mynd flocks result from decades of precise closed-flock line breeding. Their selection parameters are based on early growth, muscling, and true Shropshire breed type. Our Shropshires are different from what many breeders see today; they are shorter but more massive. They are only very distantly related to most American Shropshire flocks, and are the most pure Shropshires you will find in the United States. Use a Groverman or Mapleton Mynd ram - a ram that looks like a Shropshire, and is - if you’re looking add muscle or correct untrue Shropshire breed type. Their effect on your flock and the resulting hybrid vigor will show great benefits. Six of the rams in this photo are commercial range rams - Groverman Shropshires - pictured in April just before breeding on Ian Anderson’s ranch, a ranch producing premium lamb for Cody’s Niman Ranch Lamb Program.

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Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival By Cody Hiemke Five families participated in the Shropshire show held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. Three of the six Shropshire NSIP flocks were represented. Sheep were shown freshly slick shorn up to four weeks of wool (coinciding with a last shearing for the Wisconsin State Fair. ) The results of the open show on Sept. 12 are as follows: Yearling Ram 1. Ashley Rajek Winter Ram Lamb 1. Maura & Ed Wieners – Oak Shade Farms 2. Matt & Christie Anderson 3. Maura & Ed Wieners – Oak Shade Farms Spring Ram Lamb 1. Matt & Christie Anderson 2. Caitlyn Cull 3. Rajek Champion Ram Matt & Christie Anderson Reserve Champion Ram Maura & Ed Wieners, Oak Shade Farms Yearling Ewe 1. Matt & Christie Anderson

Matt and Christie Anderson won Champion with their Shropshire ram, Anderson 172, in the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. _______ Page 44

Winter Ewe Lamb 1. Maura & Ed Wieners – Oak Shade Farms 2. Maura & Ed Wieners – Oak Shade Farms Spring Ewe Lamb 1. Matt & Christie Anderson 2. Ashley Rajek 3. Hiemke Family Shropshires 4. Rajek 5. Caitlyn Cull 6. Hiemke Family Shropshires 7. Cordell Rajek 8. MariBeth Rajek Champion Ewe Matt & Christie Anderson Reserve Champion Ewe Matt & Christie Anderson Flock 1. Matt & Christie Anderson 2. Maura & Ed Wieners-Oak Shade Farms

Clarissa Cull received a silver plate for winning the “10 and under” Lead Line at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival with a Shropshire ewe. She is pictured with her sister, Caitlyn, who had both Champion Ewe and Ram in the junior show with her spring ewe lamb and ram lamb.

Knepp Shropshires Breeding for Capacity Knepp 810 1st Yearling Ewe and Grand Champion Ewe 2009 Wisconsin State Fair 1st in class Yearling Ewe at Indiana State Fair She is a Tommy (CLSF 622) Daughter

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Everett and Frances Douce are pictured with their son Tad, and his children, Savannah and Gabriel at the 2009 Ohio State Fair.The Douces were recognized as the longest running Shropshire breeders showing at the Ohio Fair.

Douce Shropshires started in 1926 By Everett Douce Caledonia, Ohio In 1926, R.E. Douce, my father, bought 10 registered Shropshire ewes from J.G. Sturtz of Plymouth, Ohio. We have kept registered Shropshire sheep on this farm ever since. The original ewes were large, open faced ewes. Then the trend turned to smaller shorter, with very woolly faced sheep that we had to trim wool off around the eyes so they could see. In the early 1940’s, F.M. Schutz (who at the time was winning most of the shows) imported a large Shropshire ram from England. He weighed over 300 lbs., which was huge at that time, and was bare faced. This seemed to bring on a rapid change in Shropshire type. We bought one of Schutz’s FlockMaster rams and that opened up the faces _______ Page 46

and made our ewes much larger. Over the years, we had two other breeds beside Shropshires for a while. We have found the Shropshire to be the healthiest and most profitable sheep for us. At one time we kept over 100 ewes. I now have 10 registered Shropshire ewes. We have enjoyed the sheep and the sheep people over the years and would recommend the Shropshire breed to anyone wanting to get into the sheep raising. “I’m sure we have used over 40 different rams over the last 83 years. We used to show at the county fairs, the state fair and the International in Chicago, Illinois State shows and sales. All of our children and many of our grandchildren have also shown Shropshires, so they have been a blessing to our family.”

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First year NSIP results By Cody Hiemke The 125th Anniversary of the American Shropshire Registry Association (ASRA) coincides with the inaugural year of Shropshires in the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP). NSIP provides Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) on sheep based on production data submitted by breeders. NSIP is also pedigree based; meaning future and past performance of progeny and parents will add greater accuracy to the numbers. The EPDs generated from NSIP provide breeders with: a tool to objectively measure performance within their own flock, compare their flock’s performance to others’ (provided there is shared genetics among the flocks), and a tool to market good rams to commercial buyers. Seven flocks participated in NSIP in 2009: Adams Shropshires, Illinois; Anderson Farms, Nebraska (formerly California); the F&P Groverman and Mapleton Mynd (Co. Hiemke) flocks, California; Hiemke Family Shropshires

and Oak Shade Farm (Wieners Family), Wisconsin; and Kindred Crossings (Kowalyshyn Family) Connecticut. The first two flocks lacked adequate genetic linkage to the other flocks in the program; therefore Shropshire EPDs cannot be compared across the board. However, those flocks can use the EPDs as an internal selection tool to identify high – or low – producing sheep. Each of these breeders submitted production data (most provided birth, 60-day, and 120-day weights) on July 3.The resulting EPDs were provided back to the group Aug. 17. Overall, 41 flocks were identified when the data was submitted. It is very possible a ram or ewe from your flock is in the database! Each of the breeders in NSIP agreed to share their information. If you want an e-mail copy of the results e-mail Cody Hiemke at Active trait-leading rams (not including 2009 ram lambs) are listed next page:

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The All-American If your family was in need of a sheep related vacation and you didn’t go to Greenville, Ohio over the 4th of July, you missed your chance. The 16th All-American Junior Show was a record-setter this year with a total of 1900 sheep shown of 13 breeds by 345 exhibitors from 23 states. Every breed showed good numbers. Fourth-ranking Shropshires had 218 animals. Many thanks to Shropshire supporters Steve and Rinda Maddox of the Shropshire Voice, Becky Peterson and also the Illinois Shropshire Association that contributed one half of it’s Spectacular banquet auction income. Also Thank-you to Pat Myers of Rushsylvania, Ohio for coordinating many of the on-site affairs at the Darke County Fairgrounds. The Three-on-Three basketball was a rousing success with many teams competing. Pizza was delivered in three van loads

All-American Champion Ram, a March Ram Lamb shown by Monica Ebert, KS.

to nourish the fun. A D.J.’d dance was held Saturday evening, however, the pool party was cancelled due to the cool temperatures. That was a blessing in disguise as there were still Shropshires being shown during the time that the party had been scheduled. Special Thank-yous go to event chairs Debra Hopkins and Carrie Taylor.Along with the regular help from event committee Stan Poe II, Karey Claghorn, Millie Moore and Jo Bernard, the event went off with a minimum of ripples. Dave Trotter did another stupendous job of keeping the show moving from the announcer’s stand. The 2010 event will be held July 2-4 in East Lansing, Mich. For more information, see Shropshire exhibitors won the following events: Group 4 Showmanship – Jacob Fowler,OH; Group 9 Showmanship–Hallie Walker, MA; Junior Skillathon–Ashley Blum, MD; �

All-American Champion Yearling Ewe shown by Catherine Mrozinski, IN _______ Page 51

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1st Place March Ram Lamb and Champion Ram All-American Jr. Show We also had the 1st Place March ewe lamb in Greenville. We’ve added Rife’s “Grandeur” to our flock. He was Reserve Jr. Ram at Ohio Shropshire Classic Sale Watch for his lambs in 2010.

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  2. Catherine Mrozinski   3. Sean Bryant   4. Tyler Bruhin   5. Caleb Fritz   6. Megan Hardesty, OH   7. Mary Evans, OH   8. Nicholas Cross, TN   9. Kaitlin Whiting, OH 10. Nicole Martin, OH 11. Catherine Mrozinski Show Results 12. Monica Ebert, KS Judge: Eric Bruns, Ohio 13. Jacob Fowler Senior Ram Lamb (2) 14. Megan Hardesty   1. Catherine Mrozinski, IN 15. Morgan Johnson, OH   2. Colby Clark, NH 16. Mitchell Gillett January Ram Lamb (13) 17. Brianna Brockmann   1. Hallie Walker, MA 18. Ashley Blum, MD   2. Trevor High, OH 19. Ashley Fuss, MD   3. Catherine Mrozinski March Ram Lamb (10)   4. Sean Bryant, OH   1. Monica Ebert   5. Caleb Fritz, TN   2. Dalton Hicks, OK   6. Mandy Swartz, NY   3. Trevor High   7. Trevor High   4. Tyler Bruhin   8. Sean Bryant   5. Catherine Mrozinski   9. Mitchell Gillett, Il Champion Ram–Monica 10. Tyler Bruhin Ebert, March Ram Lamb 11. Brianna Brockmann, IL Reserve Champion Ram – 12. Chris Whittaker, IL Dalton Hicks, March Lamb 13. Wes Evans, OH Yearling Ewe 1 (21) February Ram Lamb (19)   1. Catherine Mrozinski 1. Sean Bryant   2. Taylor High, OH   3. Monica Ebert   4. Trevor High   5. Catherine    Mrozinski   6. Caleb Fritz   7. Denise Hardisky, PA   8. Sean Bryant   9. Tyler Majchrzak, MD 10.Brianna Brockmann 11. Nicole Martin 12. Megan Hardesty 13. Nicholas Cross 14. Mandy Swartz 15. Chris Whittaker 16. Colby Clark 17. Tyler Bruhin 18.Kaitlin Klair, DE Reserve Champion Ewe (February Lamb), 19. Logan Van Horn,  shown by Trevor High, OH.      KS

20. Tyler Majchrzak 21. Morgan Johnson Yearling Ewe 2 (21)   1. Dalton Hicks   2. Sean Bryant   3. Tyler Bruhin   4. Dalton Hicks   5. Colby Clark   6. Caleb Fritz   7. Trevor High   8. Chris Whittaker   9. Monica Ebert 10. Jesse Long 11. Josh Sargent, OH 12. Brianna Brockmann 13. Josh Sargent 14. Mitchell Gillett 15. Ashley Fuss 16. Ashley Fuss 17. Mitchell Gillett 18. Nicholas Cross 19. Jacob Mingus, OH 20. Morgan Johnson 21. Jesse Long Pair Yearling Ewes (16)   1. Sean Bryant   2. Catherine Mrozinski   3. Dalton Hicks   4. Caleb Fritz   5. Tyler Bruhin   6. Trevor High   7. Monica Ebert   8. Jesse Long   9. Brianna Brockmann 10. Colby Clark 11. Josh Sargent 12. Chris Whittaker 13. Mitchell Gillett 14. Ashley Fuss 15. Tyler Majchrzak 16. Morgan Johnson Senior Ewe Lamb (5)   1. Kaitlin Whiting   2. Catherine Mrozinski   3. Brianna Brockmann   4. Monica Ebert   5. Tyler Majchrzak January Ewe Lamb 1 (14)   1. Tyler Bruhin   2. Catherine Mrozinski �

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3. Brianna Brockmann   4. Sean Bryant   5. Nicholas Cross   6. Mitchell Gillett   7. Josh Sargent   8. Chris Whittaker   9. Dalton Hicks 10. Seth Evans 11. Kaitlin Klair 12. Tyler Majchrzak 13. Jesse Long 14. Jansyn Van Horn. KS January Ewe Lamb 2 (15)   1. Trevor High   2. Catherine Mrozinski   3. Sean Bryant   4. Caleb Fritz   5. Taylor High   6. Trevor High   7. Morgan Johnson   8. Jacob Fowler   9. Ashley Fuss 10. Megan Hardesty 11. Jacob Fowler 12. James Mingus 13. Seth Klair, DE 14. Hallie Walker 15. Jesse Long February Ewe Lamb 1 (20)   1. Trevor High   2. Taylor High   3. Monica Ebert

Colby Clark, Group 8 Showmanship.

  4. Caleb Fritz   5. Sean Bryant   6. Megan Hardesty   7. Trevor High   8. Dalton Hicks   9. Mitchell Gillett 10. Kaitlin Whiting 11. Caleb Fritz 12. Colby Clark 13. Chris Whittaker 14. Kaitlin Klair 15. Josh Sargent 16. Morgan Johnson 17. Nicole Martin 18. Colby Clark 19. Ashley Fuss 20. Nicole Martin February Ewe Lamb 2 (19)   1. Catherine Mrozinski   2. Catherine Mrozinski   3. Denise Hardisky   4. Monica Ebert   5. Tyler Bruhin   6. Brianna Brockmann   7. Dalton Hicks   8. Jansyn Van Horn   9. Ryan Whiting 10. Megan Hardesty 11. Jacob Mingus 12. Kaitlin Whiting 13. Jansyn Van Horn 14. Wes Evans

15. Seth Klair 16. Mandy Swartz 17. Kaitlyn Fuss 18. Kaitlyn Fuss 19. Jacob Fowler March Ewe Lamb (14)   1. Monica Ebert   2. Catherine Mrozinski   3. Catherine Mrozinski   4. Tyler Bruhin   5. Denise Hardisky   6. Dalton Hicks   7. Caleb Fritz   8. Monica Ebert   9. Sean Bryant 10. Megan Hardesty 11. Sean Bryant 12. Nicholas Cross 13. Colby Clark 14. Mary Evans Champion Ewe – Catherine Mrozinski,Yearling (Cl.1) Reserve Champion Ewe – Trevor High, Feb. Lamb(Cl.1) Pair Ewe Lambs (23)   1. Trevor High   2. Catherine Mrozinski   3. Monica Ebert   4. Sean Bryant   5. Denise Hardisky   6. Caleb Fritz �   7. Taylor High

Jacob Fowler, Group 4 Showmanship.

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8. Tyler Bruhin   9. Dalton Hicks 10. Brianna Brockmann 11. Jansyn Van Horn 12. Colby Clark 13. Jacob Fowler 14. Kaitlin Whiting 15. Josh Sargent 16. Ashley Fuss 17. Tyler Majchrzak 18. Kaitlin Klair 19. Morgan Johnson 20. Chris Whittaker 21. Kaitlyn Fuss 22. Nicole Martin 23. Jesse Long Young Flock (17)   1. Sean Bryant   2. Monica Ebert   3. Catherine Mrozinski   4. Trevor High   5. Dalton Hicks   6. Taylor High   7. Megan Hardesty

  8. Tyler Bruhin   9. Caleb Fritz 10. Brianna Brockmann 11. Kaitlin Whiting 12. Jacob Fowler 13. Colby Clark 14. Chris Whittaker 15. Morgan Johnson 16. Ashley Fuss 17. Nicole Martin Best Four Head of Ewes (16)   1. Catherine Mrozinski   2. Monica Ebert   3. Trevor High   4. Dalton Hicks   5. Sean Bryant   6. Tyler Bruhin   7. Colby Clark   8. Megan Hardesty   9. Brianna Brockmann 10. Josh Sargent 11. Caleb Fritz 12. Jesse Long 13. Chris Whittaker

14. Tyler Majchrzak 15. Ashley Fuss 16. Morgan Johnson Market Lamb (20)   1. Trevor High   2. Catherine Mrozinski   3. Kara McCarthy, OH   4. Monica Ebert   5. Laurie Fitch, OK   6. Catherine Mrozinski   7. Tory Vanderwey, IN   8. Tyler Bruhin   9. Kyle Verhaeghe, IN 10. Sean Bryant 11. Monica Ebert 12. Adam Taylor, MD 13. Dalton Hicks 14. Grace Murphy, IN 15. Nicholas Cross 16. Allison Smith, KS 17. Seth Michel, IN 18. Mary Evans 19. Meaghan Stevens, NY 20. Megan Hardesty

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Ebert named First Shropshire Ambassador Monica Ebert is currently a freshman in college at Kansas State University. She grew up near Saint George, Kansas and attended Rock Creek High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Kerri Ebert and currently coowns Ebert Sheep Farm. Monica has been showing Shropshires for about 10 years and has enjoyed every minute of her show career. While at Kansas State she hopes to become actively involved in the sheep unit to continue her involvement with the sheep industry. She also hopes to become involved with ASI as she gets older. Her goal is to stay active with sheep while she is away at college and help others enjoy the sheep project just as much as she has.

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Oregon State Fair Jr. Show

Junior Showmanship winner Luke Hawkins at the Oregon State Fair.

Judged by Kurt Burns, Mollala, Ore. Each Junior Show exhibitor at the Oregon State Fair received a prize sponsored by Peppmeier Family Shrops. Class winners in the Junior Division received prizes and second place winners received gift cards supplied by Wilco Farm Stores. The Champion and Reserve Junior and Senior Showmanship winners, as well as Champion and Reserve Champion Ewes received sheep blankets with the 125th Anniversary design. Yearling Ewe 1. Stephanie Barker 2. Emma Joy Hawkins 3. Stephanie Barker 4. Tatiana Thompson 5. Tatiana Thompson 6. Emma Joy Hawkins 7. Chance Olufson 8. Laurie Koch Senior Ewe Lamb 1. Stephanie Barker 2. Stephanie Barker

Junior Show exhibitors at the Oregon State Fair, front from left, Chance Olufson, Emma Joy Hawkins and Hannah Myers. Back row, Cassidy Davis,Tatiana Thompson, Jaden Myers, McKenzie Walker, Palmer Deedon, Laurie Koch, Brett Deedon and Stephanie Barker. _______ Page 58

Spring Ewe Lamb   1. McKenzie Walker   2. Jaden Myers   3. Hannah Myers   4. McKenzie Walker   5. Emma Joy Hawkins   6. Brett Deedon   7. Brett Deedon   8. Palmer Deedon   9. Palmer Deedon 10. Laurie Koch 11. Emma Joy Hawkins 12. Tatiana Thompson Best Pair

1. Stephanie Barker 2. Tatiana Thompson 3. Emma Joy Hawkins 4. McKenzie Walker 5. Brett Deedon 6. Palmer Deedon 7. Chance Olufson Champion Ewe Stephanie Barker Reserve Champion Ewe Stephanie Barker Junior Showmanship 1. Luke Hawkins 2. Tatiana Thompson

3. Jaden Myers 4. Brett Cates 5. Jordan Cates 6. Chance Olufson 7. Charlie Millard 8. Hannah Myers Senior Showmanship 1. McKenzie Walker 2. Ashley Culver 3. Stephanie Barker 4. Laurie Koch 5. Palmer Deedon 6. Brett Deedon 7. Michael Hartman

Shropshire Spectacular Junior Show Fall Ram: 1. Brianna Brockmann Spring Ram: 1. Chris Whitaker 2. Brianna Brockmann 3. Tom Buckham 4. Maddison Kirchmann Futurity Yearling Ewe: 1. Brianna Brockmann 2. Chris Whitaker 3. Sarah Nyen Yearling Ewe: 1. Jayden Slutz 2. Brianna Brockmann

3. Chris Whitaker 4. Mariah Shearer 5. Mitchell Gillett 6. Monica Ebert 7. Maddison Kirchmann 8. Sarah Nyen 9. Sarah Nyen Fall Ewe: 1. Brianna Brockmann 2. Brianna Brockmann 3. Monica Ebert 4. Mariah Shearer Spring Ewe: 1. Chris Whitaker

Mitchell Gillett talks with Judge Jared Poynter in the junior show of the Spectacular.

2. Chris Whitaker 3. Maddison Kirchmann 4. Maddison Kirchmann 5. Mitchell Gillett Junior Showmanship Winner: Austin Brockmann Participants: Jayden Slutz Intermediate Showmanship Winner: Brianna Brockmann Senior Showmanship Winner: Monica Ebert Participants: Maddison Kirchmann, Mitchell Gillett, Chris Whitaker, Mariah Shearer, Julie Elsbury

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Supreme for Fuss Kaitlin Fuss had the Supreme Champion 4-H ewe on a yearling Shropshire ewe at the Maryland State Fair.The Shropshires had the most flocks exhibited and the judge (Debbi Jo Holmquist of Sugarloaf Dorsets)commented many times about the quality of the Shropshires and their breed character. Danielle Moore had the Grand Champion of the open show on a yearling Rife ram (Rife’s Cutting Edge) and Tyler Majchrzak had the Grand Champion Ewe of the open show on his fall ewe lamb (Rolling Hills).

Idaho. As well as caring for her sheep, she participates in cross country at school and likes to cook. Jordan would like to build her flock to have quality market lambs and future breeding projects. She would also like to be able to provide quality lambs to other 4-Hers for their projects and get more people interested in the Shropshire breed. The NW Shropshire Breeders Association feels that Jordan will be a great ambassador for the Shropshire breed in Idaho!

NW Starter Flock winner

2009 marks the 25th year that the NW Shropshire Breeders Association has awarded a Starter Flock. This year the association awarded the 40th Starter Flock to Jordan Cates of Filer, Idaho at the Western Regional Junior Shropshire Show at Oregon State Fair. Jordan has been involved in 4-H for three years and has served on the safety and community service committees. She has shown her sheep at several fairs in Oregon and Sydney Johnson and Rafiki Fantastic at Cow Palace.

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Jordan Cates was awarded the 40th Starter Flock.

Sydney Johnson’s junior ram, “Rafiki Fantastic,” was named Champion Ram, all other breeds recently at the Junior Grand National Rodeo and Livestock Exposition, at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. “Pretty high accolades for a lamb just 2-1/2 months old,” the 17-year-old breeder commented. “’Fantastic represents the fourth generation I’ve bred. It’s wonderful to see the dreams I had become a reality.” Sydney held her own against National Champion Cheviots with her flock of Shropshires. _______ Page 61

Futurity benefits Pearson and 125th

Mike Pearson of Tennessee took home the futurity ewe lamb auctioned at the Classic Sale in Ohio in May. The ewe was donated by McCabe Shropshires of Ohio with proceeds going to the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the American Shropshire Registry Association. The ewe was first sold for $400 to Tim Barnes and Randy Rife. They donated the ewe back for re-auction and Pearson bought the lamb for $275. All funds were donated to the ASRA 125th Celebration.

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Janice (McCabe) Vida holds McCabe’s Cathy 0911 which was sold, donated back and resold at this year’s Classic Sale.The futurity lamb generated $775 for the American Shropshire 125th Celebration.

Heatons win rate of gain, reserve Luke and Lauren Heaton of Russia, Ohio showed their Shropshire wethers at the Shelby County Fair. One of Luke’s Shropshire wethers won the Rate of Gain. Pre -weight: 61 lbs; sale weight: 132 lbs.; Rate of Gain: 0.7889. Lauren’s Shropshire wether was reserve Rate of Gain. Pre-weight: 72 lbs.; sale weight: 141 lbs.; Rate of Gain: 0.7667. Luke and Lauren are grandchildren of _______ Page 62

The Pennsylvania Farm Show Junior Show was held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Penn., Jan. 10-17. Junior Show judge was Doris Powell. Spring Ram Lamb 1. Shane Raffensperger Champion Ram Shane Raffensperger Yearling Ewe 1. Benjamin Shughart 2. Jeffrey McConn Jr. 3. Shane Raffensperger 4. Shane Raffensperger 5. Jeffrey McConn Jr. Fall Ewe Lamb 1. Jeffrey McConn Jr. Spring Ewe Lamb Class 1 1. Shane Raffensperger 2. Michael Hardisky 3. Shane Raffensperger 4. Benjamin Shughart Spring Ewe Lamb Class 2 1. Jeffrey McConn Jr. 2. Benjamin Shughart Champion Ewe – Yearling Ewe Benjamin Shughart Res. Champion Ewe–Spring Lamb, Class 1 Shane Raffensperger

Pizza, bowling & fun planned at NAILE The Junior’s pizza party and quiz bowl will be from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the bowling alley just outside the main gate at the Louisville fairgrounds. The finals of the

quiz bowl will be held at the banquet Saturday night. Plan for an afternoon of education, food, bowling and a big dose of fun for all Shropshire juniors!

Futurity Standing as of Sept. 18, 2009 Rank pts


1 60 Kaitlin Whiting 2 56 Josh Sargent 3 50 Sean Bryant 4 47 Megan Hardesty 5 46 Josh Sargent 6 44 Kaitlin Whiting 7 40 Sean Bryant 8 39 Jake Mingus 9 32 Kaitlin Klair 10 30 Seth Evans 11 29 Colby Clark 12 27 Seth Klair 13 25 Jesse Long 13 25 Seth Klair 15 24 Morgan Johnson 15 24 James Mingus 17 23 Ashley Fuss 17 23 Kaitlin Klair 19 20 Dalton Hicks 19 20 Seth Evans 19 20 Jansyn Van Horn 22 19 Colby Clark 23 18 Mandy Swartz 24 14 Morgan Johnson 24 14 Monica Ebert 26 12 Dalton Hicks 27 11 Molly Jo Woods 27 11 Molly Jo Woods 29 10 James Mingus 29 10 Tyler Majchrzak 31 9 Mariah Shearer 31 9 Kaitlyn Fuss 33 8 Tyler Majchrzak 34 5 Marissa Bilyea 35 1 Monica Ebert 2009 makes the eighth year for


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the Shropshire Futurity. Shropshire breeders nominated 106 ewe lambs which is the most ever and will make a purse of $2,120. Juniors and parents need to remember that only five point totals count also only two ewe lambs per exhibitor are eligible for payment. Questions about points can be directed to Mark McCabe. E-mail or phone 740-494-2969. _______ Page 63

Elsbury, Bruhin win ASRA Scholarships Four scholarship applications were received in 2009 and they were very similar. This year, two equal scholarships of $400 are being awarded. One award goes to Julie Elsbury of Greenfield, Ind. She is enrolled as a sophomore at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ill. where she is pursuing a degree in agricultural education. Julie is the daughter of Mike and Karen Elsbury. She graduated from Eastern Hancock High School in 2008. There she was a member of the National Honor Society and served as her class vice-president for three years. She was also active on the basketball team, played golf and tennis and ran track. She was also active in 4-H and FFA and was involved in numerous service activities. Julie was named Outstanding Senior Athlete in 2008 and was recognized for her outstanding achievement in several subject areas. In her first year at Purdue, she maintained GPA of 3.07 Here is a portion of her scholarship essay:

I ended up showing her at the All-American Junior Show at Franklin, Ind. in 1996. After the All-American Junior Show I fell in love with the sheep industry just like everyone else in my family. The fact that I have this passion for the Shropshire breed makes it very easy to help on our family’s farm. Depending on the season my family can have anywhere from 150 to 250 head of Shropshire sheep. I have many responsibilities on the family farm. I have dayto-day chores; including feeding, running water and making sure all the animals look to be in superior health. I also help during the lambing season. We lamb out about 100 Shropshire ewes each year. I assist by setting up lambing pens, feeding the bottle lambs in the middle of the night and making sure the new born baby lambs are doing well. I also help by mixing up the lambs feed. When it is time for worming, vaccination, ear tagging, banding tails, baling hay and shearing the sheep I am there to help. With all Julie Elsbury the hard work and time I My family has been have put into my Shropshire raising and showing Shropshire sheep for flock I still have time to have some fun by many years. It all started in 1945, which is showing them at shows and sales. I have been when my great-grandfather, Noble T. Apple, very fortunate to have the opportunity to bought his very first Shropshire ewes. I am show my Shropshire sheep at the county now the fourth generation of my family to and state level for 10 years. Last year was my raise and show Shropshire sheep. When I 10th year in 4-H and I exhibited at both the was just three months old I attended my county and state level. very first Indiana State Fair and have been Over my 10 years in 4-H programs I going back every year since. have received many honors. In 2003 at the I am very lucky because I was born into Hancock County Fair I won the Champion this passion that my family has for the ShropShropshire Ewe award. That same year I shire sheep industry. When I was six years was honored to have the Reserve Supreme old I received my very first Shropshire ewe Champion Ewe over all the other breeds at lamb. She was a bottle lamb and it was my my county fair. When I went to the Indiana job to take care of her. I named her Judy and State Fair that same year I also won the _______ Page 64

Champion Shropshire Ewe award. In addition to wining Champion Ewe, I was honored to be the Premier Breeder at the Indiana State Fair. The next year at the Indiana State Fair I won the Premier Breeder award again. Then in 2005, I won the biggest honor you can win at my county fair. My Shropshire yearling ewe was selected to be the Supreme Champion Ewe over all the breeds at the county fair. That same year I was also selected to have the Supreme Champion Best Three Head at the county fair. In 2005, I received the honor of being the Premier Breeder for the third year in a row at the Indiana State Fair. My last year in 4-H, my yearling ewe was selected as the Champion Shropshire Ewe and then I went on to win the Supreme Champion Ewe award. That same year my Shropshire ewes were selected as the Supreme Champion Best Three Head. At the state fair last year I was awarded a beautiful pen set for showing my Shropshire sheep at the state fair for 10 years. I also won the Premier Breeder award my last year in 4-H. In my years of exhibiting Shropshire sheep I have shown the Shropshires at numerous shows and sales. I have shown at the Shropshire Spectacular Junior Show and Sale for many years. I also have attended the Ohio Shropshire Classic Sale. I have also shown at the National Shropshire Show and Sale that was held in Indiana in 2002. I also attended the National Shropshire Show in Wisconsin in 2007. I did not take any sheep myself but I helped several different breeders during the show and I showed in the showmanship class. I have also shown at a couple

different county fairs the past few years. I have also represented the breed at a lot of different shows and sales over the years. I have been the Indiana Bo-Peep in 1997, the Indiana Shropshire Princess in 2003 and the Shropshire Queen in 2006. I plan on showing at the Midwest Regional Show at the Indiana State Fair this year. I am also thinking about showing at NAILE for the first time this fall if everything works out with school. I am also planning on applying to become the 2010 Shropshire Ambassador. I have enjoyed the past 10 years in the 4-H program tremendously, and I plan to continue showing and raising Shropshire sheep. I love the Shropshire breed so I hope my children will have the opportunity and love to raise and enjoy the Shropshires as much as I have.

The second winner is Tyler Bruhin of Sevierville, Tennessee. Tyler is the son of Alan and Debbie Bruhin. He graduated from Sevier County High School this past May. He studies ag business as a freshman at Walter State Community College. In high school, he was in the top 10 percent of his class and received the Rotary Youth Leadership award in 2007 and was named Outstanding Junior Livestock Producer for his school activities in agriculture in 2007 and 2008.Tyler was the Sentinel in his FFA Chapter and was named as a state finalist in the Sheep Proficiency contest. He has also been involved in 4-H and was the recipient of the Vol State Award (the highest State 4-H award given in ďż˝

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Tennessee) in 2008. Here is a portion of his essay:

Bill Bryant, Glenn High and Randy Rife. I used a ram from Mark McCabe and now have one third of my flock made up of his daughters. I first became involved with the sheep Along with the sheep came responsibilities. project in the fourth grade. I enrolled in 4-H Early on it was just feeding and exercising my and had to try all the animal projects. My lambs, however as I have grown so have my first year 1 was showing heifers, sheep and responsibilities. Today I assist with lambing hogs. Needless to say, my family stayed on and all management practices such as health the go that first show season. My dad encare. Learning to tube a lamb was pretty excouraged me to cut back so citing. I had always watched I could do a better job with but never felt comfortthe species I selected. After able doing it until this past a lot of consideration, I deyear. Getting lambs ready cided to focus on my sheep to show has also become project. more of my responsibility. My first year I showed With my brother showing market lambs and comas well, it is not uncommon mercial ewes. A friend of for us to have as many as the family wanted me to 24 animals to get ready for show a breeding ewe and our state junior livestock leased me a Hampshire. I expo. In addition to that, I really enjoyed the showing, have a small group of junior but never really could get 4-Hers from my county the hang of “fitting.” I was that I work with in a projTyler Bruhin always attracted to Shropect group. I often assist shires at the shows. Slick shearing was somethem in getting their lambs ready for show, thing I could handle. I convinced my Dad that as well. I have always enjoyed working with Shropshires was the way to go. younger 4-H members. The very next spring we made our way In addition to my project group, each year to the Shropshire Classic Sale held in Ohio. I hold an animal science day. I do this in coI picked out two ewe lambs and I was in operation with the local extension office. the Shropshire business. I really had a good Over the past three years, I have had over 50 time showing that year. We attended sevfourth and fifth graders come to learn about eral county fairs all over East Tennessee. We lambs. During this workshop I try to teach didn’t always win, but we always had a good everything they will need to know about time. Show season wasn’t over before I had lambs. I try to make the class as much “hands started on my dad that we needed to expand on” as possible. Each young person will wash, the show flock for the next year. I still have shear and show a lamb during the day. They that same feeling seven years later. also learn about nutrition, equipment and I have been very lucky to develop a small, showmanship. It is always a highlight of my but successful show flock of Shropshires. year to see some of these young people seWe have a very limited amount of pasture lect a lamb and follow through the project. at home so I am always culling to keep only My FFA advisors also keeps me busy. Each the very best ewes. Currently I have a small, year I bring lambs to school and help teach but high quality flock of two rams, 15 brood the sheep part of the animal science class. I ewes and four yearlings for show and rehave grown with my sheep project and so has placement. My flock is made up of ewes I the number of shows I attend. This past year have purchased or raised the past four years. was our most involved in the show ring. We The foundation is made up of the breeding of started the show season July 4th at the All_______ Page 66

American and did not finish until the North American. Shows in-between included all the small county shows and several of the larger state shows. I attended the four major fairs in Tennessee including the state fair, as well as the Georgia National, North Carolina and South Carolina State Fairs. My highlight of the show season had to be the All-American. My sheep placed first or second in 11 of the 13 classes I entered. Not bad for my first time at a show of this size! I would like to take this opportunity to thank the American Shropshire Association for the interest they have taken in young people showing sheep. The Shropshire Futurity and this scholarship show the commitment you have made to the future of our breed. I for one have benefited greatly from the programs you offer.Thanks for all you do.

Congratulations to both of these young Shropshire enthusiasts. They set an excellent example of what our students can do!


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Kuykendall wins Rueber Scholarship Scholarship Essay by Katherine Kuykendall In addition to maintaining my grades at Purdue, I recognize that one of the most crucial and rewarding experiences in college is being involved with co-curricular activities. During my time at Purdue, I have become active in several organizations within the college. I value my time with these organizations, as they have allowed me to meet and work with some outstanding faculty and students, in addition to developing my leadership skills. I am on the 2009 Purdue Livestock Judging Team, where I was recently the high individual for the judging and evaluation portions of the All-East Livestock Contest, and fifth individual overall. I was also eighth individual overall at the Purdue Block and Bridle Invitational Judging Contest. Block & Bridle has been a very important organization to my time at Purdue. In 200708, I was the Publicity/Scrapbook Chair, and in 2008-09 I was the Pledge Trainer. As a Pledge Trainer, I was responsible for approximately 60 new members of the club, including organizing events for the pledge class and running pledge meetings. This has prepared me well for my new role, as this spring I was elected 2009-10 President. I’m looking forward to working with everyone in the club and the new officer team. Some of the activities that B&B is involved

with include: Royal Showmanship Contest, Judging Contests, Tot’s Day (we invite area schools to come and learn about farm animals), Beef Production Sale, B&B Classic Hog Show, National Convention, in addition to variKatherine Kuykendall ous fund-raisers throughout the year. On the College of Agriculture Council, I serve as the Public Relations Officer. Ag Council hosts many events throughout the year, many that serve as socials for the entire College of Ag. Most recently, we hosted a Moonlight Pancake Breakfast in which we served free pancakes from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. on the ag campus. I’m also an Undergraduate Studies Program Ambassador, which is a program for students at Purdue who are undecided about the major. In addition, I’m a member of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, which is a great way for me to be active in a professional organization related to my career interest. In the future, I am looking forward to working either with a livestock publication

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as an editor or with a livestock organization in their communication department. I have also been looking into graduate school, getting a degree in either agricultural leadership or agricultural communication, while hopefully doing some research in the animal

science field. Although I am not completely sure of my future career, I do know that I will go into something related to showing livestock) whether that be sheep, cattle or hogs), and will most definitely remain active showing sheep.

Nichols wins Market Lamb Scholarship Eric Nichols, the 18-year-old son of Randy and Pat Nichols of Guernsey County was the winner of the Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb Scholarship. The scholarship was established to recognize the quality youth of Ohio, and to help those interested in furthering their education, which was established by the Ohio Expositions Commission. Applicants were judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation and financial need. Eric has been showing market lambs of various breeds for the past 10 years, as well as helping his sister, Sarah, show Shropshires.While showing at the Ohio State Fair, he has been named the Premier Exhibitor in his age division several times; exhibited the Champion Dorset Wether in 2006, as well as winning his showmanship division. He has won his division in skillathon as well as winning the livestock record book. At the county level he has won his showmanship division several years; exhibited the Reserve Champion Market Lamb in 2006 and the Grand Champion Market Lamb in 2008. He has won the skillathon several times, and been named the Premier Exhibitor three years. In 2008, Eric was named the 2008 Guernsey County Showman of Showmen. Eric not only shows lambs, but also shows market hogs. He exhibited the Guernsey County Reserve Champion Market hog in 2006 and was named the Swine Showman of Showmen in 2008. He has also taken several miscellaneous 4-H projects and exhibited at the Ohio State Fair all 10 years, and received an Outstanding of the Day in

woodworking in 2005; welding in 2007 and 2008 and was his age division overall winner; bicycle in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 and was the National Qualifier and placed third at the Nationals; rope in 2007; and electricity Eric Nichols in 2005. For the past two years he has served as a state fair judge in the bicycle competition. Eric was the 2006 Guernsey County Junior Fair Boy Ambassador and the 2007 Guernsey County Junior Fair King. Eric was a 2009 graduate of Buckeye Trail High School, where he was the Senior Class President; a member of the National Honor Society; four-year academic letterman; fouryear Student of the Month; four-year FFA Member and received his State FFA Degree, and was Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication Proficiency Winner; three-year academic all warrior; academic all Ohio in Basketball; two-year co-captain of the basketball team and letterman; four-year track and field letterman; three-year marching band letterman; four-year scholar athlete award winner; was a senior homecoming king attendant. Eric is currently a student at Duquesne University majoring in Pharmacy. _______ Page 69

Marathon shearing sets U.S. record Submitted by Cody Hiemke Two American shearers set an endurance shearing record in Texas in July. Gavin McKerrow of Wisconsin was one of the two shearers that set the record. Doug Rathke of Minnesota is the other. Gavin’s family is from Pewaukee, Wisconsin. The McKerrow family is one of the pioneering Shropshire families of the early 1900s. Gavin’s great-grandfather, George, was the 14th ASRA president from 1924 to 1925, and his grandfather, Gavin, followed as ASRA president from 1938 to 1940. The McKerrows had one of the premier Shropshire flocks in the United States for many decades, and continued raising Shropshires into the 1980s. The following article was published on the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) website, authored by Amy Trinidad, and is being reprinted with permission: Endurance Shearing Record Set in United States Two American shearers set precedent for marathon endurance sheep shearing in the United States on July 11-12 at Estacado Industries Inc. in Dimmitt, Texas. Attempting the feat of shearing for 24 hours straight was Doug Rathke, 48, of Minnesota who sheared a total of 607 sheep and Gavin McKerrow, 60, of Wisconsin who sheared 487 sheep. To put these benchmark numbers into perspective, Rathke sheared 25.29 sheep

every hour (2:23 minutes per sheep) and McKerrow sheared 20.26 sheep per hour (2:58 minutes per sheep).The shearers were allowed breaks, but the duration of each rest was added to the end of the time period to ensure each shearer sheared for a full 24 hours. As the sheep passed through the hands of the shearer, their physical stamina and mental preparedness wore; however, each animal that came out of the chute was as fresh and lively as the first one sheared. The two shearers participated in this endeavor to bring positive attention to shearing in the United States and to build an interest in sheep shearing as a means of employment. “It is troubling to me that I am continuously hearing about shearing records being broken in other countries, and nothing is being attempted here. We hope to get the ball rolling with U.S. shearers to see what kinds of records they can break and get more young people interested in the profession,” said Rathke on the reason for the event. Twenty volunteers were on hand to bring up the sheep, record times and monitor sheep and wool handling. A nurse monitored the well being of the shearers’ health while an extension agent ensured that the sheep were properly handled. Both shearers are participants in ASI’s Certified Sheep Shearer Program, which pledges commitment to shearing in a manner that promotes wool quality and good animal husbandry in the United States.

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Letter to the Editor Dear Rinda, Last week I received a package with eight issues – back to October of 2006 –of the Shropshire Voice. I don’t know who, or why, is responsible for this gesture but I do want to thank them and to compliment you on the make-up of these magazines. Since I dispersed my flock in 1992 I have completely and purposely removed myself from the sheep industry. I don’t attend shows or sales and dropped my subscription to all sheep publications, so it was a little like Rip Van Winkle to peruse these pages after a 17-year absence…shocking at the changes in Shropshire physiognomy, yet full of worthwhile content. You and the Association are to be complimented for a colorful, utilitarian breedpromotional publication! I particularly am impressed with the strong emphasis on 4-H participation. We strove - during my 40 years as an active breeder – to attract junior breeders but never came close to the levels evidenced in each of these issues, so I sincerely compliment all those who have made this possible. I also find the “Meet your Directors” articles very interesting, and helpful in an organization whose national nature makes it impossible for most breeders to know who’s “running the show” (and the very real sacrifices these leaders make on behalf of

their association). Finally, as an “old-time friend” and because I agree with what he writes, I enjoyed the several excellent articles by Randy Rife. I am going to write separately to him with some Thoughts to Ponder of my own. (He’ll understand where my thoughts come from because he knew “the great one:” the McKerrows, Farrell Shultz, Elwin Newcomber, Everett and Libby Glasgow, the Hartzells and Heggemeirs, Larry Meade, et al). Very Sincerely, Doug Chambers 1955 Dalla Hwy NW #321 Salem, Oregon 97304 Note: Doug included in his March 3, 2009 note that he and his wife of 67 years, Viv, sold their Illahe Hill Farm in 2004 and now reside in a retirement home. Doug turned 90 in February and had this to say about the big party given by his three sons and their families: “Watching their families and career accomplishments is all the “get of sire” reward I could ever want.”

Once the holidays are behind you make plans for the next issue of The Voice. Deadline Jan. 15.

Congratulations on 125 years

To t h e A m e r i c a n S h r o p s h i r e A s s o c i a t i o n ,

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Breeder’s Index The following breeder’s list is a paid

subscription published both in the Voice and on the Web site. Adams Shropshires 6898 S 7000 W Road Chebanse, IL 60922 (815) 697-2903 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, Michael L. 346 N 1600 E Paxton, IL 60957 (217) 379-3189 Avery Shropshires Dennis & Nancy Avery 1500 Douglas Road Bremen, IN 46506 (574) 209-0988 Floyd & Sharon Avery (229) 942-3415 Tim & Deb Barnes Barnes Farms 5707 Mooney Road Radnor, OH 43066 (740) 494-2125 Cell: (740) 815-2402 Benson, Robert Benson Brothers Shropshires 3839 E. 169th Street Noblesville, IN 46062 (317) 896-2213 _______ Page 72

Biogenetic Services, Inc. 801 32nd Ave. Brookings, SD 57006 (800) 423-4163 Fax: (605) 697-8507 Jason Botsford Rolling Hill Farms 4646 Rt. 536 Punxsutawney, PA 15767 (507) 301-1034 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 Brown, Rob & Ron Clay-Nob Farm 17527 Maple Drive Saegertown, PA 16433 (814) 763-3140 Bryant Shropshires Bill Bryant 6838 Bryant Road Fredericktown, OH 43019 (740) 398-2053 Cell: (740) 398-2053

Buckham Farms 6508 West R Avenue Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269) 375-7676 Burlingame, Jim & Steve Burlingame Farm 91 Burlingame Road Danielson, CT 06239 (860) 774-5975 Jim: Steve: BWB Farms, Inc. 1779 Green Road Martinsville, OH 45146 Randy Barr (937) 288-0001 Rick Whiting: (937) 685-2603 Barry Barr: (937) 403-4411 Call, Don & Re 964 Mohawk Trail Shelburne, MA 01370 (413) 625-2436 Calvert, Robert E. & Family 735 N. Perry Hwy. Mercer, PA 16137-4737 (724) 475-3119 Cessna, Jim & Nancy Cessna Farms 11100 Jerry City Road Cygnet, OH 43413 (419) 655-3209 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 Diehl, J.L. & G.L. 902 St. Rt. 14 Deerfield, OH 44411 (330) 584-2192 Dirlam, J.N. & Sons   & Matthew 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 (425) 334-9130 Cell: (425) 327-1428 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

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

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Elsbury, Tim Double Doc Farm W 7112 Cherry Hill Drive. Adell, WI 53001 (920) 994-2538 Gillett, Marie LMG Farm 2551 N 850 E Road Moweaqua, IL 62550 (217) 768-4601 Cell: (217) 972-3470 Groverman DVM, Fred F & P Groverman Shropshires 400 Ormsby Lane Petaluma, CA 94954 (707) 763-3132 Gruenhagen, Jim & Donna SS Shrops 7622 Jersey Ridge Road Davenport, IA 52807 (563) 355-6730 Hardesty, Megan & Molly Come Again Farm 00427 Clover Four Road New Bremen, OH 45869 (419) 629-7205 Hargrave, Kim & Katie 3759 State Rt 21 Wayland, NY 14572 (585) 534-5382 Harold, Ashley 11316 Durgin Road SE Olympia, WA 98513 (360) 456-3897 Heaton, Fred & family 622 Sessler-Buxton Rd. Russia, OH 45363 (937) 526-3118 _______ Page 74

Hiemke, Cody Mapleton Mynd Shropshires 2325 Webster St., Apt. B Berkeley, CA 94705 (415) 302-8035 Hiemke, Cody Mapleton Mynd Shropshires 2325 Webster St., Apt. B Berkeley, CA 94705 (415) 302-8035 Hiemke Family Shropshires Lynn, Mary, Cody, Carissa & Clayton, Heidi & Hope N87 W35753 Mapleton Rd. Oconomowoc, WI 53066 (920) 474-4589 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 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 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 Lisa Kowalyshyn Kindred Crossings LLC 868 Route 32 North Franklin, CT 06254 (860) 642-4243 (860)642-6210 Maddox, Steven & Rinda Maddox Shropshires 6503 E 700 North Road Sidell, IL 61876 (217) 288-9493 Majchrzak, Steve, Beth,Ashley & Tyler Lan-O-Lin Acres 3745 Bradley Road Federalsburg, MD 21632 (410) 754-7531 Cell: (410) 924-3510 McCabe, Mark & Family McCabe Shropshires 5154 Nickelson Road Prospect, OH 43342 (740) 494-2969

McCall, Cynthia CMAC Shropshires 1673 22nd Road Washington, KS 66968 (402) 730-9213 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 Miller, Sam D. & Family Miller’s Back Achers 3075 E. Rusk Road Troy, OH 45373 (937) 339-7811 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 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

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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 Peppmeier, Christine & Sara Peppmeier Family Shropshires 29323 SW Land Hill Road Sherwood, OR 97140 (503) 625-6691 Percival, Jim & Denise Schoolhouse Shropshires 961 Hoop Road Xenia, OH 45385 (937) 374-3371 Pipestone Vet Clinic 1300 S. Hwy. 75 Box 188 Pipestone, MN 56164 (507) 825-4211 Proffitt, Jim 38208 Brady Creek Road Richmond, MO 64085 (816) 470-6842 Riddick, Daniel Mayo Mountain Sheep Company 680 Mayo Road Huntington, VT 05462 (802) 434-2745 Rife, Randy & Julie Rife Shropshires 2423 Clifton Rd. Yellow Springs, OH 45387 (937) 767-1871 _______ Page 76

Roberts, Tim Roberts Farms 27954 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, OK 73093 (405) 485-9255 Cell: (405) 314-3370 Rogers, Danny & Cynthia Rogers Shropshires 2435 W. McCracken Road Monrovia, IN 46157 (317) 996-3301 Rueber, Carol & Aimee Rueber Shropshires 24632 210th St. Sumner, IA 50674 (563) 578-8663 Sargent, Tom Tom Sargent & Family 9811 Grandview Dr. Bradford, OH 45308 (937) 448-6154 Seals Family S Bar S Ranch 2360 B Shafer Ave. Morgan Hill, CA 95037 (408) 779-1789 (Cell:) (408) 472-8195 Schimm, Katie 29131 Winterbauer Ave. Athens, IL 62613 (566) 415-0671 Silvertop Farm 6151 West Fountain Road Ponca City, OK 74601 (580) 765-3727

Slutz, Tom City Limits Sheep Farm P.O. Box 177, 602 S. Main St. LaMoille, IL 61330 (815) 638-2177 Cell: (815) 866-5031 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 Roger Snyder Family 2537 US Hwy 67 Monmouth, IL 61462 (309) 734-4446 Cell: (309) 255-9500

Washburn, Emily Washburn Shrops 1755 Lead Mine Road Gouverneur, NY 13642 (315) 578-2443 Cell: (315) 408-2478 Webster, Ryan 413 Roosevelt Trail Windham, ME 04062 (207) 892-3824 Wilbur, Dellane and Brian RW Farms 5004 E Lewis Lane Nampa, ID 83686 (208) 461-8966 website: Wilson, Chris Lazy T Ranch 2103 Zeandale Rd. Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 232-2131

Steven Spayd 3261 Elm Tree Rd. Manheim, PA 17545  (717) 653-6860

Wisehart, Mark & Patty & Sons 9372 N 400 E Greenfield, IN 46140 (765) 778-7707

Switzer, Jane E. Switzer Shropshires 6741 S. 1150 W Redkey, IN 47373 (765) 369-2844 Cell: (260) 729-2626

Woods, Molly Jo Woods Wools Etc. 31359 County Hwy 2 Baylis, IL 62314 (217) 335-2001 Cell: (217) 242-4698

Trew, Emily 389 York Road Ocoee, TN 37361 (888) 831-2619 Verduin, Calvin Verduin’s Apple Hill Farm 4391 Miller Road Dansville, NY 14437 (585) 335-3703

Be sure you’re listed in the Breeder’s Index It’s the best “phone directory” to Shropshire breeders

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On the Cover: Our thanks to Randy Rife for selling “Buck Naked” Crago 1285 to us and thanks to Randy and Bryant Shrops for their helpful insights into the breed. We are currently using for sires: Rife’s 05-020 Bryant’s 08-02 and McCabe’s “Rains” 05-03. Hemlock Hollow Farm started 15 years ago as a 4-H project. We are currently running 50 brood ewes. Our flock consultant is Dick Kuzemchak of Pleasant Gap, Penn. Steven M. Spayd & Family 3261 Elm Tree Rd., Manheim, PA 17545-9641  (717) 653-6860 Visitors & Inquiries Welcome

Dedicated to the “Excellence” of the Breed

Index Adams........................................................21 Anderson....................................................6 Avery..........................................................19 Banner.......................................................69 Barnes........................................................40 Biogenetics................................................18 Brockmann................................................16 Bryant........................................................37 Buckham....................................................26 Call.............................................................65 Cross..........................................................48 Creamer....................................................65 Dockter.....................................................20 Ebert..........................................................50 Elsbury.......................................................31 Ewesful Gifts.............................................68 High............................................................41 Hiemke/Grovermann.............................41 Jackson.......................................................46 Jeffers.........................................................58 Johnson........................................................5 Ketcham....................................................11 _______ Page 78

Kipp............................................................14 Knepp........................................................43 Maddox......................................................22 McCabe.....................................................25 Merrick’s....................................................28 Mrozinski......................Inside Back Cover Pence..........................................................55 Percival........................................................5 Rife.............................. Inside Front Cover Roberts......................................................10 Rueber.......................................................23 Rull.............................................................63 Sheep Breeder.........................................41 Sheepman Supply.....................................45 Slutz............................................................27 Smith..........................................................32 Snyder........................................................52 Spayd....................................... Front Cover Sydell..........................................................12 Townsend’s Sales.....................................46 United Kingdom.....................Back Cover Washburn.................................................54

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Also, thanks to Brant Brewer for all his coaching and help over the last many years! They are times I will never forget!

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5844 N 500 E, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371 Email - / Phone 219-575-2251

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