Raising Finnish Landrace, Cotswold, Border Leicester, and Romeldales, in the Heart of Illinois, as well as working with rescue llamas.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2011 Youth Conservationist Program is again seeking young people interested in raising “Heritage” breeds of sheep.

 Below is a press release from the coordinator of the Youth Conservationist Program thru the American Livestock Conservancy. This program has been a real blessing to our family!! 3 of our kids won in 2010.
2011 Youth Conservationist Program is again seeking young people interested in raising “Heritage” breeds of sheep.

2010 was again a hugely successful year for the recipients, the Pullen Family of Walnut Springs Farm in Princeville, Illinois and boy have they had a extremely busy year. Nic was the recipient of the Border Leicester ewe donated by Bear Hollow Farms (John Moran and Don Morehouse) and he also was given a Registered Border Leicester Ram from the Moore Family of Spring Hope, NC.  Nic’s brother, Alex, was given the Cotswold yearling ewe from Orion Acres (Linda Schauwecker), of Plympton, MA, AND sister Lillian was the recipient of the Shetland ewe from Twin Springs Farm (Bill & Sandy Truckner) of Avonmore, PA.  These children spent their summer attending fairs all over Illinois, introducing fairgoers to their unique breeds of sheep and meeting breeders that have helped them get their ewes successfully bred with the exception of Nic who already owns his own ram.
The 2010 recipients are for the most part eagerly awaiting lambs.  Many have almost completed their requirements with the exception of their final reports, several have send examples of their fiber activities.
 Many recipients with the help of their families have been able to encourage their local County Fair Boards to add a Wool Breed Classes to their Sheep Shows that traditionally have been oriented towards the meat breeds and the Show lamb classes.
Youth interested in applying for the 2011 Youth Conservationist Program   
                   * Must be between 9 and 18 years old.
           *Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2011 that includes:
     An essay which introduces you, your experience with animals, if for
     any reason, the animal will not be kept at your own home, explain,
     in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities
     will be.  Your essay should explain your interest in sheep, and  
     answers the question: “Why  I would like to help preserve a heritage  
     breed of sheep.”

The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a
particular breed or for any of the breeds available.

Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from
Their 4-H advisor, FFA advisor, veterinarian, teacher or clergy.
The total application/essay should be no more that 2 pages in length.

The application must include address, phone and if available, email address.  Interested young people should contact Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, then submit their letter of application/essay to
        Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, OH  43812

                               Requirements if selected: 
               Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool
                      Festival on Sunday May 8, 2011.
               Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2011 at: 1) a county fair or local
                      Sheep show and 2) the State Fair in the state where the recipient lives.
              Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of
                      2011, should consult the donor breeder for their recommendations.
              Must either use the ewe’s fleece to personally make a wool item or sell
                      The fleece to a spinner, felter or weaver.
              Must submit an article the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper
                      covering their year and including information concerning the next
                      year’s YCP program.
              Must submit a one to two page report, with pictures, to the Donor
                      Breeder by April 30, 2012.

Any questions please contact   Elaine Ashcraft  46118 CR 58 Coshocton, Ohio 43812

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