Claire Lee of Indianapolis was named the 2018 National Senior Wool Ambassador at the 2018 National Make It With Wool Finals in San Antonio, Texas on February 3rd. Claire won out over 22 other contestants from across the country.

Molly Grotjan of Zionsville was 5th runner-up in the Junior Division.

Anita Hardwick placed 5th in the Adult Division.

Congratulations to all. Thanks to Robyn Heine, the Indiana MIWW State Director for her efforts.

For more information about the National Contest goggle “Indiana Make It With Wool"

Hoosier Sheep Symposium
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Save the date!
Location to be determined.

Dr. Stanley Poe joined American Sheep Industry Association President Mike Corn of New Mexico to meet withU.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney in Washington D.C. to discuss trade issues affecting the American sheep industry.

The key point of the meeting was lamb imports which have consistently affected domestic sales of American lamb. The unregulated flow of cheap, frozen imports is even more of a concern given the lack of export markets for the American sheep industry. Poe and Corn addressed the importance of opening markets such as Japan, Europe and China for American lamb. USDA worked with ASI to reopen Taiwan nearly a year ago, and ASI is encouraged about Japan negotiations.

Secretary McKinney was thanked for the efforts of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, which is a valuable partner in marketing American woofer manufacturing abroad.

Dr. Poe indicated upon hie return, that it was a very worthwhile meeting to strengthen ASI's working relationship with USDA. Further discussions are planned during ASI’s Spring Legislative Trip to Washington March 6th and 7th.

They're Back!

The Master Shepherd and Shepherd of the Year awards are back and will be awarded at the Hoosier Sheep Symposium on Saturday, September 23 during the noon luncheon.

Outstanding service to the sheep industry and community are qualities the Indiana Sheep Association is looking to recognize. ISA is seeking nominations for the Master Shepherd and Shepherd of the Year awards. These awards recognize individuals who have established a positive impact on the Indiana sheep industry, assisting youth and providing services to their local community.

The MASTER SHEPHERD AWARD the nominee must:

  1. Be a resident of Indiana and a member of ISA.
  2. Have been involved in the sheep industry at least 25 years
  3. Presently own or have owned sheep
  4. Have demonstrated a commitment to the sheep industry
  5. Have given service to youth and local community
  6. Have been involved in other agriculture related activities.

The SHEPHERD OF THE YEAR AWARD that nominee must:

  1. Be a resident of Indiana and a member of ISA
  2. Presently own sheep
  3. Have involvement in local and state associations and agriculture related activities
  4. Have developed an innovative idea or service to the sheep industry this past year.

Nominations are now being accepted and will be accepted until September 1, 2017. Your nominations for these awards must be accompanied by a one page typed written support of your nominee. Selection will be made by the ISA Executive Committee.

Nominations along with support materials should be sent to Bob Benson, 3506 Heathcliff Ct., Westfield, IN 46074 or e-mail to


A good crowd turned out for the Hoosier Sheep Symposium on September 23, 2017 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Noblesville.

Ken McMichael was the winner of a scholarship to attend the 2018 Howard Wyman Sheep Leadership School at a location yet to be determined. Many attendees went home with various door prizes. Many thanks to our door prize donors including American Sheep Industry Association, American Lamb Board, Sickels Christmas Tree Farm, Hunter Feeds, Lowes Feeds and Purdue University Departments of Animal Sciences.

Educational presentations were given by Dr. Justin Kieffer, DVM from the Ohio State University on the subject of a “Healthy Flock Management” and “Artificial Insemination”. Attorney David Day of Noblesville discussed the "Legal Aspects” of rising and selling sheep. Wendy Feller of Crawfordsville related her experiences at the 2017 Howard Wyman Leadership School in Oregon. Ken McMichael , Chair of the Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Council shared with attendees the activities and efforts of the Market Development Council. The Market Development Council was established in 2013.

Dr. Emily Buck from the Agricultural Communications Department at the Ohio State University concluded the program with a presentation on use of "Social Media”.

Mark your calendars for September 29, 2018 and plan to attend the 2018 Hoosier Sheep Symposium!
Many thanks to all those who helped make the ISA 2016 Annual Symposium a tremendous success!

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