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In 2019 and 2020, I have worked hard with the board of BLU to bring improvements and updates to our organizational resources. Our new website with increased functionality, our recognition of Silver BFLs as a color designation, and our ongoing efforts to keep Blues in the News are all accomplishments that the board and I are proud of.
FOR 3 BOARD POSITIONS
Hi, I would like to be considered for re-election for a board position. I feel my passion for raising a traditional and correct flock of BFL’s while sticking to the highest standards would make me a good candidate for a position. My wife, Sharidyn, and I own 4G Farms which is a hay and sheep farm in the heart of Washington State. My passion for Bfl’s all started when my wife wanted to get a small flock of fiber sheep (6 ewes and a ram) which were all BFL/Gotland crosses. Well, with four of the ewes being related to my ram that put me out on a mission for a new unrelated ram. That’s when I got my first BFL, a ram named Walden and his daughter, and that’s when it all started! Then, over the next couple years, I have done a lot of research into the breed and talking with a lot of great people. I found out what characteristics/genetics I wanted in my flock, and then purchased Blues from a few different Breeders from across the country that met my breeding standards. These would be the beginning of my foundation flock. I have put a lot of emphasis on increasing the frame size and color while maintaining the true traits. We now have an all pasture/ hay flock without any grain being introduced. We currently have a flock of 30 plus BFL’s and still growing!! When it comes to my passion for the Blues, it doesn’t just stop at my sheep. Whenever possible, I try to promote the breed. Two years ago, we donated a Blue to our neighbor who was in 4H and she showed the very first BFL in the history of our Fair. I could say it was an eye opener for everyone attending, which met with a lot of questions and I was all so happy to talk about. It was also the first year we showed our own sheep at Black Sheep Gathering (also Nationals for BFl’s) which was a great experience and one that we will continue to do. I look forward to my continued involvement in the BLU, while also continuing to promote the breed!
Trial & Error Acres
Mt Airy, MD
I am honored to have been nominated to serve on the Bluefaced Leicester Union Board of Directors, and I will do my best to support the best interests of our breed. My first exposure to Bluefaced Leicester sheep was in 1992 at the Virginia farm of Frank Baylis. Frank was one of only two BFL breeders in the US at that time, and his Bayshore bloodlines can be found in the pedigrees of many of our BFLs. When I first saw Frank’s Bluefaced Leicesters, I was totally impressed by their regal appearance. These beautiful sheep had clearly captured my attention and admiration! Unfortunately, I was not able to purchase a breeding pair from Frank at that time (they were a bit out of my price range). After my introduction to this unique breed at the Baylis farm, I hoped that one day I would be able to purchase and produce beautiful Bluefaced Leicesters. In the interim, I purchased Border Leicesters, and started a Border Leicester breeding program. A few years later, I was very fortunate to meet several of the founding members of the Bluefaced Leicester Union at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. This gave me hope that I would actually be able to achieve my goal of raising BFLs! In 1999, I purchased two Bluefaced Leicester rams from Beechtree Farm to cross on my Border Leicester ewes. In 2000, I was able to purchase several BFL ewes and an additional BFL ram. In 2001, the first purebred Bluefaced Leicester lambs were born at my farm. Gradually, more Bluefaced Leicesters were added to the flock, and the Border Leicesters were sold. Over the years, I have strived to produce quality purebred Bluefaced Leicesters, and currently Trial & Error Acres is the home to a large flock of registered purebred BFLs. I do not show my BFLs, but I do use them in the sheepdog demonstrations that we perform at venues such as the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. My lovely BFL yearlings certainly attract a lot of attention from the crowds. I hope to continue to produce impressive Bluefaced Leicesters for many years to come, as I can not imagine not having a BFL flock on my farm.
Swartz Creek, MI
I’m Margaret Van Camp, and I am running for election to the BLU board. I have been a partner in Pitchfork Ranch in Swartz Creek, Michigan since 1996, where Cindy Cieciwa and I have a flock of 40 ewes, one third of which are BFLs.
I am well acquainted with the operations of the board. The policies and practices we have implemented have the BLU on a solid financial footing, with an excellent outlook. I am willing to use this experience to help the board continue this progress. BFLs are increasing in visibility and appeal to breeders with many different goals, and I hope to help continue this progress. In particular, I and encouraged by the growing interest of young breeders in our breed, and would love to see this growth continue.
I would appreciate your vote.