Iris with her ewe

2 BLU youth members showed at the 33rd NORTH EAST YOUTH SHEEP SHOW @ the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds, West Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend.
Ellora Chapin had champion AOB ram, and Iris LaRochelle showed the champion AOB ewe. Ellora also showed the 1st and 2nd place AOB JR ewe lambs.
Ellora with her ram

The North East Youth Sheep Show is the third largest and longest running youth sheep show in the country. It is the premier all-breed junior show in the Northeast, attracting over 200 youth exhibitors and over 600 head of sheep, with 20+ breeds represented!
BLU is a paid sponsor of this show.
Ellora with her 1st & 2nd AOB JR ewe lambs

BSG Youth Show Results

The Grand Champion Ram Lamb during the Youth show at the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene OR is Terra Mia Arthur, owned and shown by Isabelle Pierre. Isabelle is a new youth member, and Arthur is her first lamb in her BFL flock.

The Reserve Champion Ram Lamb is owned by Rhiannon Curley, also a BLU member. Both girls hail from Oregon.

Bluefaced Leicester classes full at the recent BSG

There was a great turnout for the BFL classes at the recent Black Sheep Gathering, held in Eugene, OR on June 23-25th. The BSG is the site of next year’s BFL National Show. Here are the class standings for the sheep show.

Yearling Ram
1) Liongate
2) Terra Mia
3) Liongate
Ram Lamb – 11 entries
1) Terra Mia
2) Terra Mia
3) Liongate
4) Custom Colored
5) Liongate
Pair of ram lambs
1) Terra Mia
2) Custom Colored
3) Liongate
4) Irish Hill Farm

Champion Ram – Liongate
Res Champ Ram – Terra Mia

Yearling Ewe
1) Liongate
2) Liongate
Ewe Lamb – 10 entries
1) Liongate
2) Terra Mia
3) Viking Wool Works
4) Custom Colored
5) Terra Mia
Pair of ewe lambs
1) Terra Mia
2) Liongate
3) Custom Colored

Champion Ewe – Liongate
Res Champ Ewe – Terra Mia

Show results from the Maryland Sheep & Wool festival BFL classes

Champion Ram – Margaret VanCamp – Pitchfork Ranch
Champion Ewe – Ellora Chapin
Res CH Ewe – VanCamp
Flock – VanCamp
Best Fleece – Ellora Chapin

Also showing were Meredith Myers-Null and Cathie Shiff. These are all white BFLs; the natural colored BFLs are shown in the natural colored longwool classes.

Here is Ellora – a BLU Junior member – with her Premier Exhibitor plaque. Congratulations!

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.


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

Contact: Kim Syme
Cell phone: 860-202-7004 Email:

BFL champion longwool white ewe at Lambtown USA!

BLU member Correy McAtee shares a photo of her 7 month ewe lamb, McAtee 1627, who was the champion white longwool ewe at Lambtown USA show in Dixon, CA this past weekend. “She’s been the top placing ewe lamb all summer at the west coast shows. Looking forward to her yearling year as a show ewe. Sire is a Schneidmiller ram, out of a Koenig bred ewe.” corey Photo by Brin McAtee-Rosenau