Our BFL flock at Michigan Fiber Festival

by Margaret on August 23, 2011

in BFL Lambs, News, Sheep

We attended the 2011 Michigan Fiber festival in Allegan, MI on August 19-21, 2011 with just our white Bluefaced Leicester

Cindy poses with PFR 635, Beastie Boy, 2011 ram lamb. He won Reserve Champion White Long Wool Ram, conceding champion to the eventual Supreme Champion Ram, an outstanding yearling Lincoln from Brian Larson's flock.

flock. We decided to give the Romneys the weekend off to save prep time and showring aggravation, since the white long wools were all combined. It ended up being a fairly relaxing and rewarding weekend. This venue is small enough to be friendly and large enough (this year more than past) to provide some pretty stiff competition. Ours were the only BFLs in the show, but they held their own against some excellent sheep from both in and out of state. This was the last show for the yearling girls, since they will be meeting their AI boyfriends on September 17. We were lucky enough to be selected as white long wool reserve champion with our only ram, a precocious ram lamb by the name of Beastie Boy. Our yearling girls had a tougher draw, being in a large class with the eventual Supreme Ewe  from Jerry Early’s Border Leicester flock. The best we placed was third, behind both of the Early entries. One of our ewe lambs was second in a very large class, beaten by another outstanding Border Leicester entry from Bill and Linda Koeppel. Overall, we were pleased with the judging  (Ed Julian) and how smoothly the show ran (Heather and Mike Ludlam). As always, the cameraderie was second to none, with our very informal wine, cheese and anything-else-in-the-cooler gathering at the pens on Saturday evening.

If you have never been to this show, or have but not recently, please consider joining us in 2012. Heather and Mike Ludlam are doing a great job in attracting  bigger numbers of quality sheep, excellent judges, and interest in a variety of classes and events in the sheep show.


Pitchfork Flock Entry: (left to right) ewe lambs, yearlings and ram lamb. Ably assisted by good friends Brian Larson, Neil Kentner, Wayne Barber, Jerry Early. Cindy on the right with the ram lamb.


Pitchfork BFL flock from the rear.











It's hard to get 5 sheep to cooperate all at the same time, but we tried.



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