2016 Youth Conservation Program

Youth ages 9-18 can help preserve a heritage breed of sheep through the 2016 Youth Conservationist Program. Application deadline is April 1, 2016. I yearling BFL ewe has been donated by Pitchfork Ranch/Somerhill Farm. She is entered in the BFL National show, and so is both top quality, and fitted for show.

* Must be between 9 and 18 years old.
*Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2016 that includes:
An essay which introduces you, your experience with animals, if for any reason, the animal is not being kept at your own home, explain, in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities will be.
Your essay should explain your interest in sheep, and answers the question:
“Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep.”
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 applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a particular breed or for any of the breeds available.
The application must include address, phone and if available, email address.

Interested young people should submit their letter of application/essay to:

Elaine Ashcraft
46118 CR 58
Coshocton, OH 43812


All essays must be mailed, will not accept emailed essays!

Requirements if selected:
Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday, May 8, 2016.
Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2016 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 2016, 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 one to two page report, with pictures, to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2016 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


Donors choose the recipients from the essays submitted by the youth.

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