Ohio sheep producers honored at Buckeye Shepherds Symposium

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program honored many significant contributors to the sheep industry during its annual meeting and awards ceremony held in December.

Master Shepherd Award

Bob Hendershot of Circleville, Ohio was named the 2010 Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award winner.

Hendershot and his family operate Windy Hill Farm and have primarily been involved in the area of commercial and grass-based sheep production. He is a long-time member of OSIA, of which he has served as president, and also currently serves as a representative for the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program.

“Bob has always been on the forefront of many areas of sheep production and business management including Management Intensive Grazing, forag-based nutrition, marketing, public speaking and leadership,” said OSIA Executive Director Roger A. High. “He has been successful because he has made necessary modern changes in his operation, and has kept up with industry trends over a long period of time.”

Presented since 1987, the Master Shepherd Award is named after Charles Boyles, a long-time teacher, industry friend and sheep man at the Easter Ohio Research and Development Center who contributed significantly to the sheep industry.

Friend of the Ohio Sheep Industry

Bob Taylor of Granville, Ohio was named the 2010 Friend of the Ohio Sheep Industry, an award given to one person for their contributions to the Ohio Sheep Industry, but who has not necessarily been involved with the production of sheep or has held leadership positions at the state or national level.

Taylor has been a sheep shearer in Ohio for 53 years, and has also been involved as an instructor in many of the local and statewide sheep shearing schools, passing on his passion for shearing to hundreds of young and old alike. He was also the Superintendent of the Ohio State Fair Sheep Shearing Contest for many years including the contest’s 50th and 75th anniversary.

2010 Distinguished Service and Service Award winners

Those receiving the Distinguished Service Awards were honored for their tremendous contributions to the infrastructure of the Ohio Sheep industry through their contributions to the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program. They include:

Larry Mead, Sheep Breeder Sale Management Service, Columbia, MO, has been a leader in the marketing of Purebred Sheep for several years, and is the manager of the Mid-West Stud Ram Sale in Sedalia, MO.

Gary Saylor, Saylor Sale Management, Belle Center, Ohio, has been the sale manager for Ohio-based Purebred Sheep for several years, and has been the manager of the Ohio Dorset Show and Sale as well as the Ohio Classic Shows and Sales.

Greg and Deb Deakin, Banner Sale Management, Cuba, IL, have been sale managers for prominent national purebred sheep shows and sales, including the Ohio Suffolk and Shropshire Show and Sale, and have provided valuable services to Ohio purebred sheep farmers.

Service Award: Curt Cline, Athens County, Ohio, has served on the OSIA Board of Trustees, of which he recently announced his retirement, and has made significant contributions to the area of OSIA membership marketing.

Youth Recongition

OSIA recognized four young sheep producers for the awards they received.

Emily Shellhouse ($1,000) of Delaware County and Issac Kauffman ($500) of Wayne County were each recognized as recipients of the Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Schloarship. Funds for the scholarship come primarily from the silent auction held annually at the symposium.

Linsey Howell of Knox County was recognized as the 2010 State FFA Sheep Proficiency Award Winner. She is a student at Ohio State University majoring in animal science.

Becca Goodman of Fairfield County was recognized as the 2010 State 4-H Sheep Achievement Award Winner. She attends OSU-ATI and is majoring in animal science.

Additional recognition

OSIA also honored its outgoing president, Susan Shultz of DeGraff for her leadership, and also recognized Ray Family Farms of Noble County for winning the 2010 Ohio Livestock Coalition and OSIA-sponsored Environmental Stewardship Award.

Approximately 240 sheep and goat producers were in attendance at the symposium, where the focus was “Marketing for a Profitable Sheep Farm.”


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