The Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative annually seeks nominations for its awards and recognition program each year. Recipients of these award are recognized at the WSBC Annual Meeting scheduled in early March. Wisconsin Sheep Breeder Cooperative members are encouraged to submit nominations throughout the year for four categories of awards.
These awards include:
The Art Pope Award
This award is named for the long-time purebred Hampshire breeder and member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Meat & Animal Science faculty for 43 years. The award, which got its start in 1995, recognizes exceptional service to and active involvement in the sheep industry, both in Wisconsin and nationally, over many years. Dr. A.L. Pope’s outstanding contribution to sheep research and outreach within the sheep industry, both as a professor of sheep science and as a producer of purebred seedstock, exemplifies the type of person this award acknowledges. Nominations are not limited to only Wisconsin residents.
The Wisconsin Sheep Industry Award
The Wisconsin Sheep Industry Award recognizes people and businesses with a long history of support and service to Wisconsin’s sheep industry and is limited to Wisconsin residents, businesses and/or Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative members.
The Master Shepherd Awards
The cooperative’s oldest award recognizes Master Shepherds within four separate categories, Purebred, Commercial and/or Club Lamb, Wool, and Dairy Sheep. The first Master Shepherds were recognized at the 1979 Wisconsin Sheep Industry Conference held in Madison. Award winners must be current WSBC members.
The Friend of the WSBC Award
A new award, being introduced in 2011 is given to a person, business, or organization that has provided outstanding support and/or service to the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative or the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. Nominations are not limited to only Wisconsin residents, businesses, or organizations.
Nominations for WSBC annual awards are due January 15 and should be submitted to; Jill Alf, Executive Secretary, Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, 7811 Consolidated School Road, Edgerton, WI 53534 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Nominations should explain why the nominee deserves the award and the scope of involvement in the sheep industry.