Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Youth Conservationist Program

This program is for youth who would be interested in helping to preserve heritage breeds of sheep.    Youth who are selected for this program would be given a ewe that they would keep.

Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2015 that includes:
An essay which introduces you, your experience with animals, if for any reason the animal would not be kept at your own home, explain, in detail, where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities would be, your essay should explain your interest in sheep and answer the question: "Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep."

The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a particular breed or for any of the breeds available.
Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from their 4-H advisor, FFA advisor, veterinarian, teacher, or clergy.
The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length.
The application must include address, phone number, and if available, e-mail address.  Interested young people should contact Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, and then submit their letter of application/essay to:
Elaine Ashcraft
46118 CR 58
Coshocton, OH 43812
e-mail: tankewe_cr58[at]

All essays must be mailed, will not accept emailed essays!

Requirements if selected:
-Must be present o receive the ewe at he Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
-Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2015 at:
     1.) Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on Sunday, May         3, 2015
     2.) the State Fair in the state where the recipient lives
- Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of 2015, should consult the donor breeder for their recommendations
- Must either use the ewe's fleece to personally make a wool item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter, or weaver.
- Must submit an article the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper covering their year and including information concerning the next year's YCP program.
- Must submit a one to two page report, with pictures, to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2015 and provide a scrapbook to be used at the Maryland Festival which is then given back to the youth.

For more information or with questions, please contact Elaine Ashcraft at the contact information above.