New or Prospective Producers: Would You Like the Help of a Mentor?

The Michigan Sheep Producers Association would be glad to arrange for a mentor for a new or established sheep producer.  This person can provide encouragement and guidance based on extensive personal experience in dealing with the many aspects of sheep production.

If you would like help from a Mentor, please look at the map below to determine the region in which you are located and then refer to the following chart for a contact person in your region.

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Region 1 – Upper Peninsula & Upper Michigan

Ben Bartlett
N4632 E T Road
Traunik, MI 49891
(906) 439-5210 (h)
(906) 630-5644 (c)
bndbartlett@tds.net

Larry & Sarah Hagadorn
11934 M-32E
Johannesburg, MI 49751
(989) 731-4160
lshagadorn@yahoo.com

Region 2 – Northern Michigan

Brett Pharo
12266 Cherry Avenue
Rapid City, MI 49676
(231) 322-2017

Jim Bristol
589 East Ogemaw Center Road
West Branch, MI 48661
(989) 685-3045
miwoolman@yahoo.com

Region 3 – West/Central Michigan

Tyler Martin
2414 18 Mile Road
Barryton, MI 49305
(989) 506-0300
Mart1298@frontier.com

Karen Scovill
9877 W. Britton Road
Laingsburg, MI 48848
(517) 651-6860
scovillsheepcity@wowway.com

Mike Bronkema
13275 Blair Street
Holland, MI 49424
mike@shadysidefarm.net
(616) 786-3827

Region 4 – Thumb Area

Cameron Lauwers
3148 Harvey Road
Capac, MI 48014
(810) 627-0608
cameronlauwers@gmail.com

Region 5 – Southwest Michigan

Letty Klein
6881 N Sprinkle Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49004
(269) 381-0980
lettykk@aol.com

Scott Oswalt
16029 S. 33RD Avenue
Vicksburg, MI 49097
(269) 290-6776
Scotto16029@aol.com 

Jason Scramlin
2532 Sheffield Rd
Hickory Corners, MI 49060
jason.scramlin@gmail.com

Dave Meeuwse
3020 16th St.
Hopkins, MI 49328
(269) 760-1268
dmmeeuwse@gmail.com

Heather Ludlam
3051 130th Ave
Hopkins, MI 49328
(269) 793-7311
drhludlam@gmail.com

Region 6 – Southeast Michigan 

Dale Thorne
10090 Hanover Road
Hanover, MI 49241
(517) 563-2683
Sheepfarmer59@hotmail.com

Wendy Villarreal
5384 Tompkins Road
Onondaga, MI 48264
wlvillarreal@gmail.com

Contact Maury Kaercher,  kaercher@msu.edu, if you need help getting a mentor.

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Want to Become a Mentor?

What does it take to be a good mentor? It takes the desire and ability to share ideas, knowledge, and perspectives in interesting ways. One doesn’t need to be a professional to do this. Anyone can be a good mentor by sharing experiences – successes and failures – through stories and anecdotes; thereby offering insights that can only come from experience. Mentors need to have a desire to help, a positive outlook and a sense of humor and most importantly be a good listener.

Contact an MSPA Board Member or Maury Kaercher, kaercher@msu.edu, if you are interested in being a mentor.