BLU board encourages NSIP use

by Lisa Rodenfels on September 15, 2018

In this presentation, BLU board member Meredith Myers-Null explains the plan and points out its possible uses in selecting breeding stock in your BFL flock.   BLU encourages you to look into this program, and see if it is right for you.

NSIP National Sheep Improvement Program


Your 2018 advertising dollars at work

by Lisa Rodenfels on September 13, 2018

As the 2018 sheep show and fiber festival season draws to a close, BLU would like to remind our members of the advertising dollars spent promoting the breed and the breeders during the year.
Since 3 of BLU’s stated goals are promotion related:
* To engage in the education and promotion of Bluefaced Leicester sheep,
*To provide interested people with information about Bluefaced Leicester sheep and their products,
*To promote interest in the Bluefaced Leicester breed of sheep wherever possible in order to attract new breeders for the propagation and well-being of the breed.
the board feels strongly that a large portion of the budget each year should be spent on promotion and advertizing.

Here is a list of the shows and festivals where advertising dollars were spent in 2018. These events have traditionally been attended by BLU members, either showing sheep or BFL fiber, or as vendors in fiber shows.
*Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival – $350.00 This includes support for the working herding dog demonstration given by long time breeder, Nancy Starkey, using BFLs. New this year was a sponsorship for a special award for the winning BFL fleece in the wool competition.
*Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival – $85.00
*Northeastern Youth Sheep Show sponsorship of $50.00

Because the 2018 BFL national show will be held during the Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon, there were special ads place in magazines to promote the event.
*Banner Magazine – $211.50
*Black Sheep Gathering – complimentary ad valued at $99.00

Besides promoting BFLs at shows, there are also ads placed in the major sheep magazines – The Shepherd and Sheep! both have paid listings in the breed section of each magazine, at a total cost of $80.00 per year. The Banner magazine provides space for notes from breed associations at no cost – a great benefit! And because BFLs were the featured breed in the September 2018 issue of The Shepherd, we also placed a color ad in that issue for $105.00.

Because we also have members in Canada, an ad was placed in Sheep Canada for $392.14

And because our breed display was in need of updating, a new banner was designed and ordered at a cost of $111.99.

The board would like to invite any member who attends a show or festival with their BFL sheep or fiber to submit a request to advertise at that show. We’d also like to remind you that BLU has banners available to borrow if you’d like to promote the breed registry at events. Besides banners, there are also promotional materials available to print here on the website. (click on “about BLU” and then on “Promotional Materials”)


2018 BLU Election approaches

September 12, 2018

Deadline to submit resumes to run for  President or 3 board positions is OCTOBER 25th *** Send resume to BLU breed secretary at 44011 County Rd 23, Coshocton, OH 43812, or email to Timeline for Election: October 25th – Last day to receive resumes for candidacies. Resumes will be posted on the BLU website during the […]

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BFLs featured in the Shepherd magazine

August 25, 2018

Bluefaced Leicesters are featured in the September issue of The Shepherd Magazine. A big THANK YOU to the folks who answered the call and contributed articles and photos to this effort. If you do not receive this magazine, a copy of this issue can be obtained at this site:

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JoCo fair win!

August 15, 2018

Congratulations to Liongate Farm for their Best in Show white BFL fleece at the recent Josephine Co fair in Grants Pass, OR.  

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Deschutes County Fair

August 5, 2018

BFLs show at the Deschutes County Fair, Redmond Oregon. Correy McAtee, , Brin McAtee, and Rhiannon Curley.

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Some photos from the BFL National Show

July 24, 2018

 Breeders Young Flock – Pitchfork Ranch, Swartz Creek, MI Best Fleece – Kieran VanHorsen, Albany, OR   Best Head – 4G Farms, Ellensburg, WA  (also, Res CH Ram) Champion ram (natural colored ram lamb)  Pitchfork Ranch, MI Champion Ewe (white ewe lamb) – Pitchfork Ranch, MI

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Congratulations, Ellora!

July 23, 2018

BLU youth member Ellora Chapin with her champion BFL and first place ewe at the recent NEYSS

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Unofficial results of the 2018 BFL National Show

July 6, 2018

Unofficial results of the 2018 BFL National Show White Yearling Ram 4G Farms Liongate Farm Liongate Farm White Ram Lamb 1) Pitchfork Ranch Ironwater Ranch Ironwater Ranch Irish Hill 4G Farms Irish Hill Natural Colored Yearling Ram Liongate Farm 4G Farms Natural Colored Ram Lamb Pitchfork Ranch Liongate Farm 4G Farms Liongate Farm 4G Farms […]

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A special message from our national show chair, Karen Szewc:

July 2, 2018

I want to thank everyone that came out and supported the BFL national! Breeders, members, BFL lovers! What a great weekend hanging out with the sheep people. A huge thanks to all who assisted this temporarily disabled knee person. (I REALLY could not have done this without you all (and those nifty pain pills lol) […]

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