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.

Mentor Map Re-do

Region 1 – Upper Peninsula & Upper Michigan

Claudia Chapman
8480 Metzke Rd,
Alpena, MI 49707
989 356 3928
chapmancd45@gmail.com

Ben Bartlett
N4632 ET Rd,
Traunik, MI 49891
bndbartlett@tds.net
906 439 5210

Region 2 – Northern Michigan

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

Region 3 – West/Central Michigan

John Schut
8106 Ingalls Rd,
Belding,MI 48809
616 204 8530
jhschut@aol.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

Matt Scramlin
2535 Wildwood
Holly, MI 48442
scramlin79@gmail.com

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

Region 5 – Southwest Michigan

Tom Buckharm
6508 West R Ave,
Schoolcraft, Michigan, 49087
269 271 1097
buckhamt@gmail.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

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

Region 6 – Southeast Michigan 

Donna Averill
2415 Elm Rd,
Webberville,MI 48892
517 927 6399
wcfdorpers@gmail.com

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

Pat Schloss
5420 Farrell Rd
Dexter, MI 48130
734 424 0331
pdschloss@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.