Winter 2022 Maryland Sheep News Now Available

The Winter 2022 issue of the Maryland Sheep News is now available for download.

A full archive of past issues dating back to 2015 is also available.

MSBA Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

The Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, in conjunction with the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, is offering a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 to a student who has been accepted or is in the process of applying for continuing education at a college or university, technical school, or vocational school. All academic majors will be considered, but priority will be given to agricultural or agriculture related majors (such as food science, veterinarian, ag. teaching, etc.). Preference will be given to those applicants who are members or whose families are members of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association. Payment will be made upon provision of school acceptance documentation and/or evidence of attendance.

Applications can be downloaded from marylandsheepbreeders.org/awards/scholarships and must include:

  • Completed application
  • 500 word essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Recent high school or college transcript

Selection criteria:

  • Experience and involvement with sheep and or sheep related activities (4-H, FFA, Make It With Wool, etc.)
  • Agriculture or agriculturally related education/career goals
  • Community service activities
  • Leadership and/or extra-curricular involvement
  • High School/college academic achievement

Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2022. The scholarship presentation will be made in the Show Ring at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday, May 7 at 3:15 p.m. The winner will also be honored at the Maryland Sheep Breeders Annual Dinner in October.

Please email Carolann McConaughy, , if you have any questions or need additional information.

Newsletter Archives and Fall 2021 Issue Now Available

The Fall 2021 issue of the Maryland Sheep News is now available for download.

A full archive of past issues dating back to 2015 has also been added.

2021 Scholarship Winner Announced

The MSBA scholarship of $1,000 for 2021 was awarded to Ms. Lynne Thomas from Fallston, Maryland.

Lynn is an MSBA member who is attending WVU majoring in Agriculture and Extension education with minors in agribusiness management, horticulture, and food science and technology. Her career goal is to become an agri-science teacher and FFA advisor. Lynn has been involved with sheep since she was a toddler growing up on her great-grandparents farm. She began her own flock when she received ewe lamb through the YCP in 2016. Since then she has helped to promote sheep and wool through showing her sheep and several years of participating in MIWW. Throughout her involvement in 4-H, FFA, and leadership positions in school Lynn has consistently worked to share her knowledge and appreciation for sheep, wool, and agriculture. She clearly is a deserving applicant.

Interview with Erika Sanko from ASI and our regional representative Jimmy Parker

Our feature presentation from our annual meeting is now available for viewing.  Jeff White (MSBA president) and Patty Sanville (our ASI representative) spoke with  Erika Sanko from ASI and our regional representative Jimmy Parker.  We spoke about ASI’s role in getting sheep producers access to vaccines that have been available in other countries and the benefits ASI provides to members.  Take it a look, I think you will find it informative and worth your time.