Announcing the judge for the BFL National Show

March 19, 2018

Zane Bone • College Station, Texas I am a 4th generation sheep and goat raiser from the Texas Hill Country. My father was a state winning sheep and goat vocational agricultural teacher; my mom was also from a ranching background. My mom’s brother was one of the best known sheep and goat 4-H agents this […]

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February 28, 2018

Don’t forget the 7th BFL National Show, held during the Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, OR on June 29th!!!

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February 20, 2018

Farms all over the US are reporting lambs on the ground. Lambing will continue through the spring months. The Chapins of Smiling Sheep in New Hampshire welcome this brand new lamb from a Pitchfork ewe and a TerraMia ram. Look for this youngster in the showring, handled by Ellora this year! Kathy Koning-Mcclure of Frivolous […]

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Sponsors needed for 2018 National BFL Show

February 14, 2018

Please put the Seventh National BFL Show on your calendar— June 29th at the Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, OR. BLU is accepting sponsors*** for the awards for this show. If you would like to sponsor an award, the cost is $50 per award (you may partner with another breeder if needed). Make your check […]

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2018 Youth Conservation Program

February 11, 2018

BLU supports this program, and has secured a donation of a registered BFL ewe for this year’s event. Youth interested in applying for the 2018 Youth Conservationist Program    * Must be between 9 and 18 years old.   *Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2018 that includes:   *An essay which introduces you and your experience with animals. Your essay should explain your interest in sheep and  answer the question: “Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep.” If for any reason the animal will not  be kept at your own home, please explain in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities will be.   *The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a particular breed or for any of the breeds available.   *Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from their 4?H advisor, FFA advisor, veterinarian, teacher or  clergy.   *The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length.   *The application must include address, phone and if available, email address. Interested young people should contact  Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, then submit their letter of application/essay to: Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR  58 Coshocton, OH 43812   ALL ESSAYS MUST BE MAILED. EMAILED ESSAYS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!   *Requirements if selected:   *Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday,  May 6, 2018.   *Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2018 at: 1) a county fair or local sheep show and 2) the State Fair in the state  where the recipient lives.   *Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of 2018, should consult the donor breeder for their  recommendations.   *Must either use the ewe’s fleece to personally make a wool item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter or weaver.   *Must submit an article, the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper covering their year and including information  concerning the next year’s YCP program.   *Must submit a scrapbook to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2018 and provide a scrapbook to be used at the Maryland  Festival which is then given back to the youth.   Any questions please contact Elaine Ashcraft 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, Ohio 43812   By phone at (740) 622?1573 or by email at  (please note the underscore between “tankewe”  and “cr58”)  Donors select the recipients from the essays submitted by the youth. 

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Oregon lambs

February 7, 2018

Photo courtesy of TerraMia Farms

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Contact Info for accommodations for the BFL National Show

January 28, 2018

The BFL National Show is fast approaching! Since the hotels near the fairgrounds do not block rooms for groups, rooms are first come, first served. So if you have not already made reservations, be sure to do that soon! Here is an info sheet that gives dates, websites for the BSG and show venue, and […]

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Board meeting notes from 1-17-18 meeting

January 23, 2018

The BLU board met for its organizational teleconference meeting on January 17th at 6PM EST. All board members were in attendance, including newly elected VP Meredith Myers-Null of MD as well as board members Katie Sullivan of VT and Shellie Ross of FL. President Margaret VanCamp welcomed them to the board, and also recognized outgoing […]

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$50 fleece award available

January 22, 2018

This year, BLU will sponsor a $50 cash award to the first place BFL fleece at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Details will be in the MS&W festival catalog and entry form. So if you have been considering entering a fleece in the contest, this is the year to do it! Here is the […]

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2018 BFL lambs arriving

January 19, 2018

Kat Bierkens of Terra Mia Farm shares her first lamb of 2018 “brag” with us. Her ewe, Clarice, had a nice, big healthy ram lamb today.

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