Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative Scholarships

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YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

**Scholarships: Up to $4000.00 in scholarships will be awarded annually based on qualified applications submitted. Scholarships to be divided at the Scholarship Committee member’s discretion.

CRITERIA FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS

  • Parents or applicant must have been members of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Coop for a minimum of (2) years including the year of application.
  • Must be a high school senior graduating in 2018 or college student age 25 or younger.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in UW-Madison Agriculture Short Course, technical school, community college or an accredited 4-year college in the fall of 2018.
  • Previous WSBC scholarship winners are not eligible to re-apply.
  • Applicant must have carried sheep as a 4-H or FFA project for a minimum of 2 years.

DEADLINE: Postmarked by June 15, 2018.
Late applications will not be considered.

Return to:  Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative
7811 N Consolidated School Rd
Edgerton, WI 53534                   

Questions: wisbc@centurytel.net or (608) 868-2505
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SUBMIT YOUR REQUEST FOR REIMBURSEMENT TO:

Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative
c/o Jill Alf
7811 Consolidated School Road
Edgerton, WI 53534

For questions, call Jill Alf – 608-868-2505

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Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op
Names Scholarship Winners for 2018

Brodric (Brody) Jones

I have learned a great deal in the sheep project. Our family had never raised sheep before, so we had to learn everything along the way. I have learned about biology, breeding and genetics. I have also learned about the care and responsibility needed the do well in the sheep project, such as conditioning and feed differences. I have also learned about health of meat sources and biosecurity. I always participate in educational sessions at Arlington sheep days and the skillathons and industry interviews at state fair. This has helped me learn a lot about large scale sheep breeders as well as small farms like mine. It was interesting to learn about different cultures in our area and different beliefs and religious activities for eating lamb. We have had several Muslim people buy our lambs and there is a halal butcher nearby. We are limited in size of our flock, size of our land and the amount of money we put into the project, so that has limited how competitive we can be in the show ring. We enjoy raising our lambs and caring for our flock well, even though we know we are not likely to win. However what we have learned in good sportsmanship, being responsible and having a positive attitude (even when you are last) is more important than the champion ribbons.

My sheep projects span to about twenty sheep now, with lambs every winter. We started with two ewe lambs when I was in 4th grade, and have built our flock over the years. When the lambs are old enough I walk and exercise the sheep with my sisters, check and fill their waters and feed daily. We have two rams, so we determine who we are going to breed each year and select who to keep for breeding and who to market. I help with the lambing process often cutting umbilical cords, docking tails, bottle feeding, giving immunizations and medications, and other care. We have had many orphaned lambs over the years, and they require a lot of care. I have become more independent over the years getting ready to show, by bathing and fitting the sheep. When I was young my parents helped with that a lot, but now we can do it alone.

I have participated regularly in the Arlington Sheep Day educational activities, as well as attend the Sheep and Wool festival every year. I have participated in the youth activities at Sheep and Wool including showing, showmanship, photography contest, poster contests, and lead line over the years.

We participate in the Wisconsin Junior Southdown organization and show at State Fair every year. We participate in county sheep educational activities, lead line and livestock auction each year. My sister and I have also been doing our county’s educational display for state fair, and have won the state award for it multiple times. We have introduced many other youth to the sheep project by encouraging them to borrow our sheep for the lead line at county fair and have led cloverbud meetings at our house to teach young 4-H members about sheep. My sister and I have also hosted vet tech students from the Milwaukee Career College multiple semesters who come out to our farm with their instructor to learn about ruminants and practice giving our sheep exams and drawing blood. Most of the students have not had much experience with farm animals, so it has been fun to teach them about our sheep project. I have served as the Reporter, Treasurer, Vice President and President of my local 4-H. I have also been on various county wide committees, including promotions, activities and camp counselors. Currently I am on the county food stand committee where I currently serve as their graphic designer. I am a junior leader for multiple projects. I received the Key award, County Leadership, Achievement, Citizenship Awards. Bronze, Silver Gold record book medals, many project honors, medals, and champions. I attended the State 4-H Conference, 4-H Space Camp, Youth Leadership Camp, 4-H Fall Forum, National 4-H Congress. In school, I served on the School Yearbook Committee, Student Council Volunteer at local elementary school hot lunch last 3 years. In addition, I am the Wisconsin Junior Poultry Association State Secretary and website developer

I plan to go to UW-Parkside for the next four years. While there I plan to get my degree in Graphic design, and minor in computer science. I do plan to continue with hobby farming in my future, building on my sheep and poultry knowledge. I am also working towards being an American Poultry Association judge. I also plan to continue the family tradition of being 4-H leaders to help other kids and families in the future. My career in graphic design will also be helpful volunteering in organizations I get involved with in the future, to help with creating flyers, media and promotions.


Katharine (Katie) Bugenhagen

I started with sheep showing about 8 years ago. I started by showing one market lamb at my county fair. A natural named Bubba. He stole my heart and ran with it because the next several years saw me showing market lambs, ewe lambs, and yearlings at my county fair, then jackpot shows, and the Wisconsin State fair among other places.

My project has grown to include a few ewes that I breed, and several market lambs for the county and state fair. My sister and I manage all our lambs and do all aspects of chores including feeding, clipping, cleaning, and more. In addition to our lambs, we have allowed other kids to keep lambs on our property, teaching them everything there is to know about sheep. Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to take my sheep into the community to teach others about them. I've taken sheep to a vacation bible school, an Easter community event, and will be taking them to the Waukesha Friday Night Live events to promote the Waukesha County fair and to teach the community about sheep. The 4-H sheep project has been getting smaller, therefore promoting and showing people what it's about is more important than ever at events like these. Doing events like these encourages others to try the hobby of owning sheep

I love to learn about all aspects of agriculture, particularly sheep. I didn't grow up with sheep and had to learn everything from scratch when I first started out. Since starting out, I have gained knowledge and experience, and now know how to correctly feed, exercise, and show my animals properly. I am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge beyond market sheep and have participated in many skill-a-thons and other contests to test my knowledge. One of the biggest advantages to participating in these events is meeting those in the industry who are always willing to teach us what they know and offer suggestions that might improve our sheep management. The 4-H sheep project has been a great way for me to grow into something more than just a showman. I have become a leader by teaching those who keep their lambs on my property how to properly care for and show their lambs, educating the public at fairs, and setting an example of good showmanship at fairs and shows. I have grown by learning to lose graciously, win humbly, and to accept things I couldn't change. I also gained great friendships and learned how to ask for help when I needed it.

For several years my family has been a part of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative. We have gone to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival for about 5 years and have participated in the breeding and market shows. I always make it a point to do the skill-a-thon, judging contest, and have made posters for the poster contest as well. Several years ago, participated in the Livestock Show Camp at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. Though I was unable to attend this year due to college, I have in years past gone to the Arlington Sheep Day. It was a great educational experience and a wonderful way to connect with new people. This year I was able to attend the Spring Preview. I am a member of the Wisconsin Club Lamb Association and have attended several jackpot shows each year as a way to gain more experience for myself and for my animals. I have been a 4-H member for 13 years. Through those years I have been my club's president for two years, vice president for two years, secretary, junior rep, and games coordinator. I was a junior leader for our clubs photography and sheep projects as well. I organized our club's involvement in the Mukwonago Father's Day parade. My family, naturally, brought our sheep to the parade to show to people how fun sheep can be. At the county level, I have been a poultry junior leader and assisted with planning and running poultry meetings. I was also a member of the Waukesha County 4-H teen council group for three years, and was asked to coordinate a state event for the Wisconsin Junior Poultry Association's Wisconsin International Poultry show. I coordinated and emceed a “Stump the Experts” activity where people could write questions and ask highly experienced poultry breeders for their expert.

I have received multiple awards, honors, and recognitions through my 13 years of 4-H. I have received project medals in 10 of my 11 carried projects and project honors in three of them. I was awarded the Leadership and Citizenship county medals, and received the state Key Award. Additionally, I received the 4-H scholarship this past year. Over the years I have been a multiple time grand and reserve grand champion winner in all of my projects. I also had a photo be chosen to go to state fair, and was chosen as a Governor's Blue Ribbon Scholarship recipient in 2017.

At the University of Arkansas, I am involved in the Poultry Club, the Block and Bridle club, and am a member of the professional agricultural sorority Sigma Alpha. In Sigma Alpha, I am on the social committee which is responsible for planning one social event a month, and the banquet and formal we have each year.

I was recently installed as the secretary for the Block and Bridle club and will assume my duties when the school year starts. This past year I was honored in Sigma Alpha as the Outstanding Freshman in the sorority, and the poultry club honored me as their freshmen of the year.

I am planning on continuing at the University of Arkansas and receiving my bachelor's in Poultry Science. My current intentions are to go into the live production or nutrition side of the industry but would like to explore other aspects of the industry through multiple internships to gain experience in other areas. I am keeping my options open and intend to gain as much experience and knowledge as I can through my studies and internships. In summary, I am a driven student with a passion for agriculture and sheep showing. I am honored to be considered for such a prestigious scholarship and consider it the pinnacle of my sheep showing career.


Brianna Jones

My name is Brianna Jones and I have been involved in the Sheep Project for 8 years. Back in 2010, My family and I did a lot of research before getting our first sheep, and found that the Southdown breed would be the perfect fit for us. At 10 years old, I entered The Started Ewe Lamb Program essay writing contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Southdown Association and won, where I received my first Southdown lamb as my prize. It was on that day that my love for the sheep project began. I started off slow with my little ewe lamb, and just showed at the Waukesha County Fair through 4-H. Through the years, my flock has grown a lot! Now I’m doing a lot more things like, going to more shows and putting lambs in the auction at county fair. My siblings and I do all the day to day work in caring for our sheep. Feeding, watering, exercising, halter-breaking, cleaning bedding, working with, and caring for sick or injured sheep are all part of our duties that we do every single day, no matter what. A few years into my project, I bought a ram and started breeding. Lambing season is definitely my favorite time of the year!

This year was my sixth year lambing and I’ve definitely learned a lot. I’ve learned how to dock lamb tails, when and where to give lambs shots, how to put ear tags in, and how to feed a lamb a bottle. A few years ago one of our first time mothers had twins and rejected one of her lambs. I’ve learned ways to help the ewe realize that the lamb is hers, but it doesn't always work. That year I didn't know about those techniques yet and the ewe ended up killing her own lamb. Then I saw another ewe do the same thing to one of her lambs and I tried everything I could to get the ewe to recognize that the lamb was hers, like getting the lamb covered in water and molasses so the ewe would want to lick her off. But nothing worked so I ended up keeping the lamb in a separate pen, bottle feeding her 3 to 4 times a day, and keeping her warm in the cold winter. The most important goal I had was to keep the little lamb alive, and it was a ton of work. This little lamb, and my entire sheep project in general, has taught me a lot about responsibility. My sheep obviously needed to be taken care of no matter what. Throughout the years there have been some hard moments, such as having to wake up at 3am to check on the newborn lambs, trudging through the snow in below 0 degree temperatures to go feed the lambs, or even working with a stubborn ram lamb under the blazing summer sun. However, these experiences in the sheep project have all shown me that all hard work pays off in the end.

Every year I participate in the Make it with Wool Contest at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. I’ve loved doing this as it gives me the opportunity to learn more about wool, and use my skills in sewing to create interesting and unique wool outfits. I also participate in sheep Lead Line competitions at the Waukesha County Fair, Wisconsin State Fair, and the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. This has also been a favorite of mine over the years as it gives me an opportunity to promote the sheep meat and wool industries to the public. I regularly attend the Arlington Sheep Day clinic where I always learn something new. I also have participated in the State Fair Sheep Premier Exhibitor Contest, where last year I even placed in the top 10! I am a member of the Wisconsin Southdown Association.

Teaching others has been a big part of my sheep project. I’ve ran multiple meetings where I’ve taught young Cloverbuds in my 4-H Club about taking care of sheep. I have also hosted students for their sheep clinic for vet school. I helped teach them about how we take care for our sheep, medications we give them, lambing, and overall how we keep our sheep and lambs healthy. It has been really neat to teach college students about our flock. Recently, I also did a hands on demonstration to students from a local elementary school on shearing sheep. It was many of the kids first time ever interacting with a sheep, which was really great to be a part of. Being able to talk to and teach the public and fairgoers at County and State Fair has always been a favorite of mine.

  • 4-H Leadership Experiences: 4-H Member, Washington 4-H Club, Waukesha County, 11 years Washington 4-H Club Officer: Secretary, Reporter, President- 5 years Waukesha County 4-H Leadership Board – Junior Rep 3 years Waukesha County 4-H Fundraising, Promotions and Banquet Committees- member Waukesha County 4- H Teen Council/ Teen Ambassador – Member 5 years. Waukesha County 4-H Summer Camp – Counselor 3 years Washington 4-H Club Cloverbuds Leader- 3 years Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council member- 2016-2018 4-H Junior Leader for multiple club and county projects over the years, teach and assist seminars Wisconsin Junior Southdown (Sheep) Association Member.
  • School & Community Leadership Experiences: School Student Council– 4 years. Secretary, Co- President School Yearbook Committee- 4 years, Chairman High Honor Roll National Honor Society Christ Lutheran Church Girl Pioneers Leader- 3 years, teach 5-6th grade group
  • Honors and Awards Received in 4-H: Danforth Award Key award County Leadership, Achievement, Citizenship Awards County Bronze, Silver Gold record book medals Many project honors, medals, champions Trips: State 4-H Conference, 4-H Fall Forum, National 4-H Congress, American Spirit Trip, National 4-H Conference Culvers 4-H Scholarship

In the fall, I will be attending UW Parkside majoring in Marketing. Even though my time of showing sheep is soon coming to an end, my sheep project is far from over. Since I will be going to school locally, I plan on continuing to help out with the daily care of my sheep and will help my younger sister at future shows. I plan on becoming a 4-H leader where I will be able to continue helping with the Waukesha County 4-H Sheep Project and teaching kids about sheep.

Brady Meudt

I manage my 10 ewes and 6 market lambs annually that I own. I purchase feed and bedding to provide the animals with everything they need. They have access to an outside run where they can socialize and have a constant supply of fresh air. They have an automatic waterer that I clean on a daily basis that provides clean, cool water and have fans that run in the summertime to keep the lambs cool. The wethers and ewe lambs that I own are kept in the same pen but are fed in individual feeding stalls to manage their own specific diet requirements as well as to ensure they are eating sufficiently. My role in the care and management of my sheep is to feed them and to make sure they stay healthy and comfortable. I am in charge of purchasing all feed including the base mix, top dresses, and hay as well as creating a dietary plan for all of the lambs individually and the ewes collectively. I purchase medicines and vaccines and supplies to give them such things including syringes, drench guns, and bolus guns. I purchase most of the show supplies (i.e., soap and conditioner, hide lotion, sheen) and maintain the equipment that I was given when starting my operation (i.e., trimming stand, blower).

Being a child raised in the livestock industry is both the most enjoyable and sometimes most disheartening way to be raised. We get to see many things that other youth do not, both good and bad. The good typically outweighs the bad, or at least that is what we hope for. We get to experience new life firsthand as we are helping deliver lambs, we get to watch lambs socialize and play and also get to network with some of the best in the nation. I have learned the importance of not being afraid to ask questions, most are willing to help if questions are asked. As for witnessing the bad, it never gets easier when you have to cull an old show ewe because she is no longer productive or load your market animals on the trailer for the last time. If we didn’t have these feelings we wouldn’t be doing our projects correctly. The attachment shows our passion and time-invested in each animal. The livestock world also teaches us responsibility, time management and how to socialize with others. The industry is a true character builder. We are taught responsibility through the repetition of feeding animals day in a day out. Time management is important to help ensure we have a farm and school balance. In our household, school comes first and if I have a big project I am able to communicate this with those needed to make sure that chores are done.

My participation in Wisconsin Sheep Breeder Cooperative Activities includes showing at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival for the past 7 years and am a current member. I have been a member of the Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association for the past 7 years where I have shown at both the Spring Preview and Summer Spectacular shows as well as been a participant and guest presenter at the livestock show camp. I have also been a member of the Wisconsin Club Lamb Association for the past six years where I have shown competitively against other sheep-showing youth in the state of Wisconsin.

4-H AND/OR FFA OFFICES AND LEADERSHIP POSITIONS HELD FFA: President 2017-18 State Delegate 2016-17 4-H: President 2017-18, Vice President 2014-16

HONORS AND AWARD RECEIVED IN 4-H AND/OR FFA - Whitewater FFA:, Star Chapter Member - outstanding second year member Star Junior - outstanding junior member, Chapter Proficiency Winner - Sheep Production 2016, 2017, District Livestock Judging - 3rd high individual 2017, Jefferson County Master Showman 2017, Whitewater 4-H Club, Outstanding Senior member 2016, Showmanship award winner 2017, Walworth County Outstanding 7-8 grade youth 2014, Walworth County Master Showman 2017

In my school, I am a part of a wide variety of organizations both academically, extracurricularly, and physically. I am a part of the Whitewater Track and Field team and run sprints and compete in the triple jump. I earned my athletic letter in 2017 for earning a sufficient amount of varsity points. I am a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars which are two prestiged organizations that recognize incredible academic work and participation in other activities at the national level. I am a member of the spanish club as well as the National Spanish Honor Society which recognizes those who have taken rigorous Spanish courses in high school and have shown their mastery of the language to their adviser through essay format. I have earned my academic letter at my high school for achieving a very high GPA and being on the High Honor Roll every semester thus far as well as earning the bronze and silver High Honor medals for being on the High Honor Roll as a sophomore and junior. I was a part of the Future Business Leaders of America for an interest in competing in the Public Service Announcement competition and learning about other areas of business. I am a member of the organization, Students Against Destructive Decisions to promote student well-being and teen safety among my peers. I also served as a “Lead Dog” in my school which is a group of seniors selected anonymously by the staff showing great leadership and excellent work in the classroom to help the incoming freshman class to better transition into high school. The Lead Dogs prepare group-led activities that help freshmen to learn how to work together and to become involved as well as develop good rapport with one another.

I will attend UW-La Crosse in the fall to pursue a degree in biology with a medical emphasis. My intention is to become active at the UW-La Crosse campus. My goal is to go on and get a post-secondary degree and become a Physician's Assistant. I plan to maintain my livestock enterprise through my junior livestock eligibility. My future plans are to maintain sheep and continue to show competitively throughout the state and across the nation.



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