OFFF Show Report

Several BLU members enjoyed the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival this past weekend in Canby, OR. Linda Campanario had the First Place Yearling Ewe in the White Wool Class, with Terra Mia Addie. Terra Mia Caleb won Reserve Champion ram lamb in the white wool category for his breeder, Kat Bierkens. Youth member Rhiannon Curley also exhibited. Both Kat and Karen Szewc of Liongate had vendor booths during the festival.Liongate

TerraMia

Congratulations Charlie!

Our newest BLU youth member, Charlie O’Boyle, with his reserve champion ewe at the Allegany county fair in Maryland. Charlie was the winner of the YCP program yearling ewe, donated by Meredith Myers-Null during the recent Maryland Sheep & Wool festival. Charlie’s brother, William, is also a YCP recipient, having been awarded his yearling ewe last year. His ewe was donated by Pitchfork Ranch.

NORTH EAST YOUTH SHEEP SHOW results

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.

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!

2017 YCP yearling ewe recipient Charles O’Boyle

Introducing the 2017 Youth Conservation Program Recipient of the Bluefaced Leicester Yearling ewe, donated this year by BLU member Meredith Myers-Null of Maryland.

I am Charlie O’Boyle from Cumberland, MD. I am a 4-Her in the Mountain and Valley 4-H livestock club in Allegany county.
Sheep have always been a part of my life as well as my family as it was a smaller livestock that my brother and I could handle easier when we were younger. My family helps me with my projects and in keeping them updated and in helping me work with my sheep and other animals. One of the most peaceful places I have found is the barn though. When I am not in school that is where I am usually found. I love being in the barn working with the sheep and other animals with my golden retriever. I make sure that they are worked with, taken car of and in preparing them for shows and in showing the animals.
I am hoping that by participating in the Youth Conservationist Program on my own project it will allow me to help preserve our past and the farming way of life and to share it with others. I have helped my brother with his YCP project this past year through helping to care for his sheep as well as in telling others about the importance of sheep in our lives.
(Charlie’s brother William was the YCP recipient of the BFL yearling ewe in 2016)

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 www.nesheep.org.

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