Elaine Bristol has written the first of a series of articles for the Shepherd Magazine. The first one, which highlights her background and career, appears in the March issue. You will enjoy reading it.
Sheryl Oswalt was recently interviewed on a Battle Creek radio station about women in agriculture. Click here to listen to it.
Sheep shearing is a vocation and a sport in New Zealand and is highlighted in this video.
2017 MSPA Officers
A new slate of officers was elected at the MSPA Board of Directors meeting held on January 24, 2017. The new officers are:
President: Denise Bartlett
Vice President: Dave Meeuwse
Recording Secretary: Karen Scovill
Treasurer: Sheryl Oswalt
Over three hundred fifty people attended the 2017 Shepherds Weekend which was held in Lansing on January 6-8. The main speaker was Cat Urbigkit who is the editor of the Shepherd magazine and a Wyoming sheep producer. She presented excellent programs about sheep guardian dogs and sheep related publications. There were also many other programs and workshops about a variety of sheep topics.
Some of the highlights are:
The awards presented at the Saturday evening banquet.
Service to the Industry – LC and Jackie Scramlin
Click here for a photo of the Scramlins
Club Lamb Producer of the Year– Dick and Betty Seeyle
Click here for a photo of the Seeyles.
Purebred Producer of the Year– James and Donna Averill
Click here for a photo of the Averills
Commercial Producer of the Year– Bill and Jodi Kelley
Click here for a photo of the Kelleys.
FFA Sheep Proficiency – Xander Ludlam
4-H Sheep Proficiency– Samantha Ludlam
MSPA Scholarship– Anna Makela
Over five thousand dollars was raised for MSPA youth activities at the banquet auction conducted by Doyle Dingman.
The Board of Directors Election.
The following individuals were elected to the MSPA Board of Directors: Jim Bristol, Heather Ludlam, Karen Scovill, Matt Scramlin and Wendy Villarreal.
Harvey Warrick, Tim Wright, Brian Larson and Mark Chapman finished their time on the Board. Their service is appreciated greatly.
Photo contest winners
Youth – Portrait of a sheep – 1st place – Delaney Morris
Adult – Portrait of a sheep -1st place – Sandra Morris
2nd place – Lashell Baljeu
Adult – Shearers at Work – 1st place – Lashell Baljeu
2nd place – Jeff Stout
Adult – Human Interest – 1st place – Judy Moore
2nd place – Ramano O Kenna
Adult – Fairs and Exhibits – 1st place – Kalli Mier
2nd place – Lashell Baljeu
Adult – Flock Scene – 1st place – Sara Bronkema
2nd place – Micki Stout
Click here to see the award winning photos
Wool Crafts Awards
First Place: Kelly Brandt (picture)
Funds are available for wool related events.
Wool Outreach monies must be spent by August 31 of the
current year. Funds will not be provided for an event taking
place after August 31 in 2017. Those requests can be
requested from the following year’s Wool Outreach Funds.
Program must be completed by August 31 and a written report
submitted to MSPA Executive Director so documentation can be
sent to ASI by September 8, 2017. Documentation must be
received by Michigan Executive Director by September 1.
Click here for an application form wool outreach funds.