News from Pennsylvania

by President on July 15, 2015

BLU member Kyle McCleary of Rock Jim Farm reports a win at the Mason Dixon Fair in Delta PA

Had a great weekend at the Mason Dixon Fair with my Bluefaced Leicester’s. We went home with a champion ram lamb as well as champion and reserve champion ewe lambs. (ram is still for sale;) ) I’m really proud of my lambs this year.
Fun fact: the newborn picture of the natural colored ram lamb posted on the BLU page a few months ago(March 3 entry) is the same natural colored ram in this picture.
ramlamb Champion BFL ram
Ewelambs Champion and reserve champion ewes

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Submitted by Margie Smith, BLU member
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1st place BFL fleece in 2014 MS&W fleece show
The fleeces shown, are from Marlindale Farm in New Oxford, PA. Margie
and Lynn Smith have been running Marlindale Farm since 1990 having moved
from Emmitsburg, MD to New Oxford in 2004. With support from BFL
breeders (giving us our foundation stock for BFL sheep) as well as our
sheep shearer, Emily Chamelin, and that of fellow Maryland Sheep
Breeders’ members, we started placing rather well in the Fleece Show at
Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in 2011. We’ve had the 1st place BFL
title for the past 3 years. We mostly have purebred BFL now, but have
crossbred BFL x BL with stunning results.
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The 2nd place fleece in 2015. Marlindale also had the 1st place fleece
Our fleeces sell from $45/ lb to $95/lb. We keep the sheep covered with Rocky Payne’s sheep sheets
which has kept the fleeces wonderfully clean.
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A couple of us, in
conjunction with Rocky are try to develop a sheet sheet with a
“turtleneck” to preserve and keep clean the lower neck and shoulders. We
average about 1.5 pounds of “waste” from that area, which is just too
good to lose each year. Ours is a learning experience that is taking us
quite a few tries to get right!!

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Good News from the Black Sheep Gathering

June 22, 2015

From BLU board member Karen Szewc, with her champion natural colored ewe, Corina. Be sure to read the attached file and enjoy all the photos from the Black Sheep Gathering! 2015 bsg report (2)

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President’s Notes from BLU Board meeting dated June 9, 2015

June 10, 2015

The BLU board met by teleconference on the evening of Tuesday, June 9th. Outgoing treasurer Cindy Cieciwa gave her report, stating that she has recently sent newly appointed secretary /treasurer Lisa Rodenfels all the records, files, checkbooks, and the most recent Quickbook financial recordsThe association is down on memberships, transfers, and registrations compared to last […]

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News from the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

May 29, 2015

Margaret VanCamp and Pitchfork #816, the reserve champion BFL ram at the MS&W festival show this year. Cindy Cieciwa and Margaret VanCamp with Pitchfork #791, the champion BFL ewe and best fleeced BFL at the MS&W show. Thank you for sharing your photos with the membership! If anyone else has photos or news to share, […]

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More BFL lambs

March 23, 2015

Week old twin BFL lambs play in the sunshine. Submitted by Lisa Richie-Wilson

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News from a Missouri Flock

March 17, 2015

Lace shawl, ear warmers, and fingerless mitts spun and knitted by Tamara Lasley from one of member Darlene Megli’s BFL fleeces.

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2015 Lambs arriving daily

March 3, 2015

A natural colored ram lamb from Kyle McCleary of Rock Jim Farm in PA.

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Election Results

December 9, 2014

Congratulations to Margaret VanCamp, new president of the Bluefaced Leicester Union as of Jan 2015. Incoming Board members are Bill O’Donnell, Rose Ellen Schmidt-Landin, and Karen Szewc.

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2014 Candidate for BLU President

November 6, 2014

Below is the resume of the candidate for President for the 2014 BLU election. Presidential candidate statement for Margaret Van Camp I’m Margaret Van Camp, and I am running for the President of the BLU board. I have been a partner in Pitchfork Ranch in Swartz Creek, Michigan since 1996, where Cindy Cieciwa and I […]

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