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 Mitten

Denise Bartlett
N4632 E T Road
Traunik, MI 49891

Larry & Sarah Hagadorn
11934 M-32E
Johannesburg, MI 49751

Region 2 – Northern Michigan

Tim Wright
4520 E Filmore Rd
Hart, MI 49420
Brett Pharo
12266 Cherry Ave.
Rapid City, MI 49676
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Jim Bristol
589 East Ogemaw Center Road
West Branch, MI 48661

 Region 3 – West/central

Tyler Martin
2414 18 Mile Road
Barryton, MI 49305

Region 4 – Thumb area

Cameron Lauwers
3148 Harvey Rd.
Capac, MI 48014

Region 5 – Southwest

Letty Klein
6881 N Sprinkle
Kalamazoo, MI 49004
Brian Larson
8291 S Cedar Creek Road
Dowling, MI 49050
Dave Meeuwse
3020 16th St.
Hopkins, MI 49328
Jeff Buckham
6730 West KL Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Mike Bronkema
13275 Blair St.
Holland, MI 49424
Scott Oswalt
16029 S. 33RD Ave
Vicksburg, MI 49097

Heather Ludlam
3051 130th Ave
Hopkins, MI 49328

Region 6 – Southeast

Dale Thorne
10090 Hanover Road
Hanover, MI 49241
Mark Chapman
5908 Sigler Rd
South Rockwood, MI 48179
Judy Moore
11989 Hinman Rd
Eagle, MI 48822
Karen Scoville
9877 W. Britton Rd
Laingsburg, MI 48848
Wendy Villarreal
5384 Tompkins Road
Onondaga, MI 48264

Contact Maury Kaercher,, if you need help getting a mentor.

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 a MSPA Board Member or Maury Kaercher,, if you are interested in being a mentor.