Contact Info for accommodations for the BFL National Show

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 contact info for the 2 hotels on site, as well as an RV park at the fairgrounds.
2018 National Show info sheet

The Working Herding Dog demonstration at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.


by Nancy Starkey, BLU member
I have been announcing the demos for over 20 years and have been performing in the demos for the past seven or eight years. We have used Bluefaced Leicester sheep from my flock in the demos for several years. The natural beauty and athleticism of the BFL makes for an eye-catching demonstration.

The dogs used in the demonstrations are Working Border Collies. We showcase the natural talent and ability of the dogs and show how they can be an asset to the livestock producer. We also have the dogs work in partnership with the handlers to maneuver the sheep through the various obstacles around the arena.

Throughout the demo, we stress that livestock should always be handled in a calm, quiet manner by the dogs. Our goal is for the demonstrations to be enjoyable as well as informative for the crowds.

33RD NORTH EAST YOUTH SHEEP SHOW JULY 13 – 16, 2017

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 http://www.nesheep.org.

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

2016 Candidate Bios

Ballots will be mailed out by the 1st of November, and are due back to the election chairperson by December 1st. Ballots will be mailed to all active members as of October 1st. Here are the candidates:

CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT:
Margaret VanCamp

I’m Margaret Van Camp, and I am running for re-election President of 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 have served as President for the last two years, and am well acquainted the operations of the board. The policies and practices we have implemented have the BLU on a solid financial footing, with and excellent outlook. I helped organize the 2016 National BFL Show in Allegan, MI in August. Most importantly, I have enjoyed the company of many and varied BFL breeders, both established and brand new, while cussing and discussing the many and varied attributes of BFLs.

Few would dispute that ours is a breed on the rise. Judges are more familiar with them, more breed shows are including them, shepherds of other breeds are more interested in them, and most BFL breeders I know of are getting more calls for breeding stock, fiber animals, and fleece. We need to take advantage of this moment while continuing to ensure that American BFLs retain their breed character and value as mothers, fiber producers, and crossing sires. I continue to view the Registry a “big tent” under which we all can gather and share our enthusiasm for the breed, no matter which aspect of it most appeals to people.

I would like to work on capitalizing on the growing visibility of our breed by pushing for more breed shows, familiarizing more judges with our breed standard, and try to coordinate more joint advertising opportunities for our members with breeding stock and fiber products to sell. I would also continue to in encouraging two-way communication between the board and the membership.

I would appreciate your vote.

CANDIDATES FOR THREE (3) BOARD POSITIONS
KAT BIERKENS

I would like to be considered for a position on the board as a representative of the BFL Union of North America. I feel that I would be a good candidate for this position because of my passion for education, my experience with being a board member and my love for the BFL breed.
Brief Bio: Located in Days Creek Oregon, Terra Mia farm began in 2010 with two bottle lambs and a couple of goats. My daughters wanted to be in 4H so I volunteered to become a co-leader with a local sheep breeder. It was a whirlwind introduction into the world of showing livestock at local fairs and regional events.I was hooked. I was fortunate to meet some great mentors along the way who taught me the basics of raising quality and healthy sheep. After the kids grew on to other projects I started working on my own flock of registered Bluefaced Leicesters. Terra Mia farm is currently home to a small flock of 18 consisting mostly of BFL’s and a few crosses. My goals for the flock include breeding for hardy stock which can thrive on grass pasture, have good temperaments and excellent fleeces. I feel that it is important for the BFL breed to be recognized locally and regionally for their value in breeding programs. This can only be done with an increased presence at livestock shows and wool breed events.
Related Experience: 2010-2016 4H Sheep and Dairy Goat leader in Douglas County, Oregon. Previous board experience: 6 years on the Days Creek Charter School Board and 2 years Days Creek Charter Fundraising Advisory Committee.
Became a member of Bluefaced Leicesters Union in 2014.
Education: Master Degree in Special Education UofP; Cross Categorical. BS in Liberal Arts, OSU
Employment: 2008-2016 Teaching in Special Education
Currently employed as the Special Programs Director at Insight of Oregon-Painted Hills.

ROSE ELLEN SCHMIDT-LANDIN
Cedar Fen Farm, Baldwin, Wisconsin
I have been breeding BFL’s and have been a member of the BLU since 2006-7 when I was 15. I started with two ewes and a ram, my 4H project for the year and plan to establish a commercial herd based on BFLs and mule ewes bred from Xs with Icelandics which have been performing very well for us. I graduate from UWRF with an animal science degree with an emphasis on large animal breeding. I am presently working with a herd of almost 100 ewes, 60 of which are BFLs. Last year we AIed with 3 UK rams we imported and I am working with a number of very promising rams this year that resulted from that breeding. My primary goal is to combine the meatiness of the UK lines with the structural soundness, heavier fleece, and cold weather resistance of the US lines. We market both locker lambs and fleece.
I have been a board member for the past two years and would like to continue on to assist with the national show next year and help promote the Bluefaced Leicester breed as a member of the BLU board.

KAREN SZEWC
I own and operate Liongate Farm located in Rogue River,Oregon with my husband Jon Updegraff. I am a shepherdess, fiberpreneur and maker of fiber crafts (as well as head barn cleaner) and would like to be considered for a board position with BLU. I have an “official” degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design and we both work FT outside of the Farm. I own an Etsy shop (Liongate.etsy.com) that features my fiber products and art and participate in 3 fiber shows and 4 craft shows throughout the year.
It all started with a quest for curly wool Santa beards. Wandering the aisles at the Black Sheep Gathering..Touching, feeling, talking about what would be the right breed to add to my small flock of Navajo Churro Sheep. Then I met the Blues. Perfect curls, perfect size, perfect personalities. Love!!!!
Our farm has been in operation since 1997, and I obtained my first blues in 2010 and it was instant joy. Since then I have almost finished converting my entire small flock (15 ewes and 3 rams) to a nicely diversified genetic pool of Bluefaced Leicesters (Thank you Kelly, Robina and Jared). Our mission is to produce exemplary quality fiber, wool products and crafts and outstanding healthy breeding stock as well as a marketable meat lamb using a terminal sire.
We also employ 6 Tibetan Mastiff livestock guardian dogs to protect our sheep and are involved in promoting this passive form of predator deterrent. Our farm forest interface is negligible and we border a main water source which results in a large predator problem (cougar, bear, coyote, fox). Having the working dogs reduces our probability of predator kills. We are very active in preserving this great breed in the world wide. I served as the final rare breed registrar for the breed, submitting our registry to the AKC which resulted in obtaining AKC recognition for our Tibetan Mastiffs. We are current active members in ATMA .
We host Fiber on the Farm each August at the farm, promoting local fiber farm and providing an educational opportunity for the public to experience the farm, meet the animals and learn the processes of fiber production. I also have a large knowledge in ovine health based on experience love to assist others in this category.
I have been a board member for the past two years and want to continue serving the breed. I plan to serve as hostess of the BFL National Show at Black Sheep Gathering in 2018 and make it a fabulous show for all that attends. Currently my goal is to educate the public and put the BFL breed prominently on the map on the west coast. We had our own class this year at BSG and with the new breeders that have been started and flocks that are growing this should be a solid class for the breed at the BSG. Most importantly I am trying to develop an interest in the breed in young shepherds. So far I have two young shepherd flocks started (under age 20) and a third will be joining the show ring soon! It is very exciting.
Thank you for your consideration!

Herding Demo at MS&W festival

Rye driving the ewes (1)
by Nancy Starkey
I have been announcing the demos for over 20 years and have been performing in the demos for the past six or seven years. We have used Bluefaced Leicester sheep from my flock in the demos for several years, and they were especially appropriate this year because of the Bluefaced Leicester National Show.
Kep and ewes at festival (1)
The dogs used in the demonstrations are Working Border Collies. We showcase the natural talent and ability of the dogs and show how they can be an asset to the livestock producer. We also have the dogs work in partnership with the handlers to maneuver the sheep through the various obstacles around the arena.
Rye in Demos by Garrett (2)Photo by Garrett Ramsay
Throughout the demo, we stress that livestock should always be handled in a calm, quiet manner by the dogs. Our goal is for the demonstrations to be enjoyable as well as informative for the crowds.Aggie and sheep2 (2)

Results of the Fiber Arts Competition at National Show

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The winner of the fiber arts competition is this gorgeous shawl, an all original design for the BFL National Show by Christine Kurk. It was created in Potosi Laceweight mill spun yarn.

RobinaEntry The 2nd place entry, Robina Koenig’s entry, is called a hooded wrap as it just goes over the shoulders with pockets on each side. There is a tassel on the end of the hood. It is handspun, 3-ply natural colored BFL from her flock.

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Third place is also an original design by Christine Kurk. The cables did not show well in the picture. It is done in a Potosi BFL tweed yarn, trimmed with white.
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And at 4th place is a shawl in progress, submitted by Kathy Davidson. The BFL wool was carded with silk noil to add subtle color. It is knit from wool from her favorite ram, Potosi Masterton.

National Show Results!

5th National Bluefaced Leicester Show
August 16, 2014
Allegan, MI
Judge: Dave Smith

White BFL Champion Ram-Brenda Lelli- Yearling
Res.Champion- Brenda Lelli- Ram Lamb
Champion Ewe- Margaret Van Camp- Ewe Lamb
Res.Champion-Cathleen Shiff-Yearling Ewe
Best Fleece- Wm & Sharon O’Donnell

Colored BFL Champion Ram- Brenda Lelli-Aged Ram
Res.Champion- Brenda Lelli- Ram Lamb
Champion Ewe- Margaret Van Camp- Ewe Lamb
Res. Champion- Brenda Lelli- Yearling Ewe
Best Fleece- Wm & Sharon O’Donnell

Class Standings: Natural Colored
Aged Rams:
1) Brenda Lelli #53
2) Heather Landin #12040
Yearling Rams:
1) Heather Landin #13044
2) Brenda Lelli #98
Ram Lambs:
1) Brenda Lelli #57
2) Heather Landin #14026
3) Brenda Lelli #59
Pair Ram Lambs:
1) Brenda Lelli
Aged Ewes:
1) Brenda Lelli #75
Yearling Ewes:
1) Brenda Lelli #91
2) Margaret VanCamp #735
3) Brenda Lelli #94
4) Heather Landin #13027
Pair Yearling Ewes:
1) Brenda Lelli
Ewe Lambs:
1) Margaret VanCamp #788
2) Wm&Sharon O’Donnell #27
3) Heather Landin #14027
4) Brenda Lelli #56
5) Brenda Lelli #58
Pair Ewe Lambs:
1) Brenda Lelli
Young Flock:
1) Brenda Lelli
Get of Sire:
1) Brenda Lelli
Flock:
1) Brenda Lelli

Class Standings: White
Aged Rams:
1) Brenda Lelli #62
Yearling Rams:
1) Brenda Lelli #96
2) Brenda Lelli #97
Ram Lambs:
1) Brenda Lelli #102
2) Brenda Lelli #104
3) Heather Landin #14052
4) Heather Landin #14053
Pair Ram Lambs:
1) Brenda Lelli
2) Heather Landin
Aged Ewe:
1) Margaret VanCamp
2) Brenda Lelli #72
3) Margaret VanCamp
4) Brenda Lelli #40
Pair Aged Ewes
1) Margaret VanCamp
2) Brenda Lelli
Yearling Ewe:
1) Cathleen Shiff #1324
2) Margaret VanCamp #751
3) Margaret VanCamp #738
4) Brenda Lelli #90
5) Brenda Lelli #93
6) Heather Landin #13019
7) Heather Landin #13028
Pair Yearling Ewes:
1) Margaret VanCamp
2) Brenda Lelli
3) Heather Landin
Ewe Lambs:
1) Margaret VanCamp #791
2) Margaret VanCamp #792
3) Wm & Sharon O’Donnell #35
4) Wm & Sharon O’Donnell #36
5) Brenda Lelli #54
6) Heather Landin #14035
7) Brenda Lelli #103
8) Heather Landin #14012
Pair Ewe Lambs:
1) Margaret VanCamp
2) Wm & Sharon O’Donnell
3) Brenda Lelli
4) Heather Landin
Young Flock:
1) Brenda Lelli
2) Heather Landin
Get of Sire:
1) Brenda Lelli
Flock:
1) Brenda Lelli

Best Head Ram:
1) Brenda Lelli
2) Heather Landin
Best Head Ewe:
1) Margaret VanCamp
2) Heather Landin
3) Brenda Lelli