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How farmers and their cyclops sheep led to a cancer treatment breakthrough

Lessons of life are sometimes found in the strangest of places. That was the case for a group of Idaho ranchers in the 1950s that found a mysterious case of cyclops lambs among their sheep. That’s right — one-eyed mutant lambs were being born. An interesting video on the subject from the folks over at [...]

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Leroy Kuhns was among the first to ramp up to commercial-scale sheep production in his Amish Holmes County community.

Amish sheep production continues dramatic expansion

On Wednesdays, the Mt. Hope Auction is abuzz with the excitement of the livestock sales as buyers and sellers crowd in to monitor prices. In recent years, sheep have become a much more significant part of the sale. “In the mid-90s, Mt. Hope was selling maybe 1,000 head of sheep and goats combined annually. Today [...]

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Dyaln Harsh, and Chris Sprang loading up the lambs and getting them weighed

Mid-Ohio Lamb Classic held by West Holmes FFA

On May 23rd, the West Holmes FFA Chapter held their annual Mid-Ohio Lamb Classic show at the Holmes County Fairgrounds. The show had over 170 lambs shown. The judge for the morning event was Jason Schuck. The people across Ohio came to show their lambs and to help recognize the West Holmes FFA Chapter and their [...]

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Ohio sheep industry poised for a larger national role

The nation’s sheep industry is facing some significant political challenges in the coming years, according to Roger High, with the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. “We have the potential to lose 50% of our national sheep flock due to H-2A and the environmentalists in coming years,” High said. “Politics will play a huge role in the [...]

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ASAS shows support for Sheep Experiment Station

In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the American Society of Animals Science (ASAS) voiced its support for keeping open the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station (USSES), explaining how closing USSES “will result in immeasurable losses to the sheep industry, animal agriculture and animal science.” “The research, extension and educational prolificacy [...]

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More 2014 sheep results from the Ohio State Fair

Get the results from the 2014 Sale of Champions here!     Columbia Saturday, July 26, 2014 Judged by:  Dave Clouser, Minerva, OH     Fall Ram Lamb                                                                                 1 shown 1.  Cobb Y-7                                                                            Jessika Cobb, McComb   Ram Lamb                                                                                        2 shown 1.  Borcher RD 4052                                                                Megan Inbody, Bluffton 2.  Diller R344                                                                          Wyatt Hilty, Harrd [...]

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Kristyn and Kevin Henslee milk ewes.

Anything but ordinary: Yellow House Cheese

Timing and circumstance led Kristyn and Kevin Henslee to pursue what many may find a most unusual farm business. Three years ago, the Henlees started Yellow House Cheese, a sheep dairy and artisan cheese business in Seville, Ohio. The Henslees operate one of just two sheep dairies in Ohio, and they are part of just [...]

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Sheep producers and USDA officials share goals

Sheep producers from across the country met with officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week to hear the progress of sheep related programs within the department. According to Jack Shere, DVM, associate deputy administrator of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Veterinary Services, APHIS is committed to eradicating scrapie from [...]

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Sheep Award nominations due June 1, 2014

In 2010, the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) Board of Trustees initiated an award nomination program to recognize outstanding accomplishments made by sheep farmers as well as people who are associated with the Ohio sheep industry. Nominations for these awards can only be submitted by OSIA members and must be received by June 1, 2014. [...]

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