Eastern States Exposition West Springfield, MA
The North East Youth Sheep Show (NEYSS) is the 3rd largest and longest running youth sheep show in the country. It is the premier all-breed junior show in the northeast, attracting 200 youth exhibitors and 600 head of sheep, with 20+ breeds represented.

Weekend activities include: ? Breed Shows ? Market Lamb Show ? Fleece Competition ? Fitting & Showmanship Classes ? Skill-a-thon & Quiz Bowl Contests ? Educational Clinics ? Friday Fun Night – Pizza Party & Ice Cream Social ? Saturday Used Equipment Auction ? Presentation of the NESWGA Harry Hardwick Scholarship and Youth Grants

Premiums and participation awards are given, as well as breed Champion and Reserve Champion banners and sashes. The weekend culminates with the selection of the Supreme Ram, Ewe, and Flock awards. The NEYSS is open to youth 21 years old and under. The deadline to enter is June 15, 2017.

The NEYSS is sponsored by the New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association (NESWGA). It is supported by national breed associations, local organizations and individual sponsors. To learn more about the NEYSS, NESWGA, or how to become a sponsor, please visit www.nesheep.org.

Contact: Kim Syme
Cell phone: 860-202-7004 Email: scotchlanefarm@cox.net

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Your advertising dollars at work

by President on April 1, 2017

As the 2017 sheep show and fiber festival season begins, 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 2016. 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.
Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival – $40.00
Shepherd’s Harvest in Minnesota – $30.00

Because the 2018 BFL national show will be held during the Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon, the board will be placing ads in the Black Sheep Newsletter each of the next 4 quarters. Each ad will be $99.00.

Additionally, ads are planned for the Michigan Fiber Festival and for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool festival in 2017.

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. A special ad costing $350.00 was placed in the SpinOff Magazine in their winter issue which featured Bluefaced Leicester wool. The Banner magazine provides space for notes from breed associations at no cost – a great benefit!

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”)

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BLU Notes

February 24, 2017

A reminder to our membership; 2017 dues must be paid by March 1st to avoid interruptions in membership privileges. They are payable by check, or now by using a credit card. Make checks to BLU, and be sure to send them to the breed registry service in Wamego KS. The BFL National show committee had […]

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2017 lambs arriving daily

February 13, 2017

BFL lambs are beginning to arrive all over the country. Kat Bierkens of Terra Mia in Oregon shares her beautiful set of ram lambs with us. Be sure to contact our breeders early to be put on their list for breeding stock this year. A complete list of breeders can be found under the membership […]

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2017 YCP Program info

February 6, 2017

If you know an aspiring young shepherd between the ages of 9 and 18 years old, please tell them about the Youth Conservationist Program. Donated ewes of heritage wool breeds of sheep are awarded to the winning recipients, enabling them to experience the joys and responsibilities of conserving heritage breeds. In 2016, 15 ewes were […]

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Summary of January 19th 2017 board meeting

January 27, 2017

The BLU board met for its organizational meeting on January 19th at 7PM EST. Board members in attendance included newly elected member Kat Bierkens of Oregon. In the absence of President Margaret VanCamp, due to illness, VP Joan Chapin welcomed Kat to the board, and also recognized outgoing board member Bill O’Donnell for his time […]

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7th National BFL Show venue announced

January 22, 2017

The 7th National Bluefaced Leicester show has been set for June 22, 23 & 24th, 2018. The venue will be the Black sheep Gathering on the Lane County fairgrounds in Eugene Oregon. More information will be posted as details emerge. Please set aside this date, and make plans to join us in 2018!

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2017 membership dues

January 17, 2017

Don’t forget to pay your 2017 membership dues. They must be paid by March 1st to remain a member in good standing. Go to the membership tab above, print a workorder, write the check to BLU, and mail to the address on the form. Thank you!!

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2017 board meeting scheduled

January 17, 2017

The BLU board of directors will meet Thursday, January 19th at 7PM. Please contact any board member with ideas, concerns, topics that you would like discussed and acted upon. The board will be discussion plans for the 2018 National Show, as well as ideas to promote our youth membership.

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2016 Financial Report

January 13, 2017

The financial standing of the association is secure. Attached is our balance sheet and the statement of income and expenses for the year 2016. Dec2016YTDP&L Dec2016BalSht

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