BLU members Tari Lohrey, Anne Bisdorf, and Lisa Rodenfels attended the fiber festival in Wooster, OH this weekend as vendors. Between the three, BFL fiber was well represented; raw fleece, dyed locks, rovings, yarns, and some finished knitted items sold well in the booth marked with the big BLU banner. Fellow breeders Mike Lilburn, and Allen Fraley and daughter Alex were also in attendance.
Somerhill had 2 BFL entered in the show and sale that is held in conjunction with the festival. Somerhill Nethy Bridge (Bo), yearling ram, and Somerhill Tabitha, yearling ewe were judged on Saturday, and then went through the sale ring on Sunday afternoon. As she did last year, junior BLU member Alex was gracious to offer to show the sheep for Somerhill, and did a wonderful job.
The National Bluefaced Leicester show will be held at this venue in 2012. The BLU show will be held on Friday evening, and exhibitors will have the opportunity to enter their sheep in the sale on Sunday if they are so inclined. Start making plans to attend this show on Memorial Day weekend in 2012 !
In January Maggie Hoffman 14, became a new BFL breeder, buying a bred ewe and a yearling ewe from Potosi Farm. Maggie had no experience with sheep but was confident with her decision to become a shepherd. When it was time for her ewe to lamb, Maggie was excited and ready for lambs. On the due date she called to tell me that her ewe had “egg yolk like fluid coming out”. What an observation for a novice!
With phone directions, Maggie put her hand right in the ewe, straightened a leg and pulled out her first lamb. I’ve had adults freak and tell me “I can’t” when I give them the same directions. Maggie also pulled a second lamb with the same calm confidence. With two beautiful black lambs to care for, we happily hung up and she sent me pictures of her lambs a few days later.
One month later, Maggie’s mom called with the sad news that their barn had burned and all of Maggie’s sheep and rabbits were gone. Maggie was devastated and broken-hearted. This has got to be the most horrible thing that can happen to a shepherd.
There’s a happy ending to this story though. By Easter, Maggie had a new flock and as you can see in the picture she is very happy to have a new lamb and ewe. Although these sheep will never replace the lambs she delivered Maggie is a shepherd again and this lamb and yearling are lucky to have Maggie as their shepherd. Welcome to BFL sheep, Maggie!
Originally published in the newsletter BLU Print; October 2010 issue, Vol. 1, No. 3
The Fraley girls of Running Briar Farm did well at the Ohio Stark County fair in September. They entered Bluefaced Leicesters in both the youth 4-H and open classes. Shown in the photo are Maddie (left with Babydoll), BLU president Lisa Rodenfels (center), and Alex (right with Vogue) with their 2nd and 3rd place open AOB yearling ewes. They went on to win 1st place pair of ewes in the AOB class.
Are you selling or donating a Bluefaced Leicester to a youth? Please consider paying for a Junior Membership in BLU for that youth. It’s very affordable at $5.00 per year. We need to encourage the next generation of BFL breeders!
Be sure to contact our BLU Youth Programs chairperson Jolene Vezzetti with any questions, suggestions, comments, or ideas concerning youth programs.