I want to thank everyone that came out and supported the BFL national! Breeders, members, BFL lovers!
What a great weekend hanging out with the sheep people. A huge thanks to all who assisted this temporarily disabled knee person. (I REALLY could not have done this without you all (and those nifty pain pills lol) I think we made history with the most BFLs in one place at one time show wise. Black Sheep Gathering thanks us for supporting them!! Huge thanks to Shellie Ross for the video (of all my misbehaving sheep) all of you. Margaret VanCamp and I have something cooking for 2020 after a little research to get MORE of you involved. I learned so much this weekend. (mostly that I need to do more halter training) Working together we can put our breed on the map. A special thank you to Susan Mainland and Robina Koenig -I could not have gotten this together without the two of you! oh and Paul Genge for the awesome banner….Our judge was thorough and I really appreciated his individual input to each and every handler.
Here’s to 2020 make your plans to attend where ever it is~~
The breed display at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Our thanks to Blueland Farm (MD) for providing the ewe and lamb for the display. The new BFL feather flag is available for BLU members to use in displays at fairs and festivals in your area!
From long time BLU member, Nancy Starkey:
The 2018 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is this weekend, and here’s a photo of the yearling Bluefaced Leicester ewes that will be featured in the Working Sheepdog Demonstrations. The sheepdog demos are always well attended, and the crowds there will be able to see how lovely BFLs are when moving around the arena. So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bluefaced Leicester Union of North America for once again helping to sponsor our demonstrations. We certainly appreciate the BLU’s support!
You are invited to the
MD Sheep & Wool BBQ
Event for Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Enthusiasts
Saturday at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
5955 Old Bohn Rd, Mount Airy, Maryland 21771
We want to host all the BFL breeders that come to the festival for a friendly bbq and hangout. As farmers, we don’t get a lot of opportunity to just relax and hang out, swap stories, and not have to worry about getting home in time for chores.
So feel free to come by when you are able – we won’t be upset if you can’t stay for the whole time, we just want to see your faces!!!! If you need a ride over from the fairgrounds, just let me know; we are just a quick jaunt down I-70.
Mallory Complex, 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 600-700 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, Youth Grants & Spirit Awards
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, 2018.
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 or the NESWGA, please visit www.nesheep.org.
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 MS&W website with details on entry, and the entry form. http://sheepandwool.org/festival/fleece-show-sale/
Dreaming of attending the 2018 BFL National show, held during the Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, OR on June 29th!!!
Check recent posts on this site for sheep and fleece classes and information on judging. The deadline to enter is June 1st.