2017 Shepherds Weekend A Great Success

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

Skein contest:
Intermediate First Place: Martha Town  (click for picture)
Second Place: Martha Town (picture)
Advanced: Martha Town (picture)

Knitted/Crocheted:
First Place: Kelly Brandt (picture)

Other Crafted Items:
First Place: Kelly Brandt (picture)
Second Place: Kelly Brandt (picture)

ASI Wool Outreach & Reporting

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.