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Hello all. If you are coming to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, please join us in celebrating the life and joys of Sue Stewart on Friday evening after the completion of the Banner Sale Show. Come gather to laugh and share the wonderful memories with Graeme in the show ring Friday evening at 8:30 as we party Sue style – an ice cream sundae bar! There will be a table for kids and kids at heart to leave colorful creative memories for Graeme and also a picture memory show. We look forward to seeing you there and would also like YOUR HELP – if you have any pictures of Sue (she was always behind the camera), please e-mail them ASAP to email@example.com Emailing the pictures to this account just like you would email to a friend will allow them to download to our digital frame for the party.
Also – please let any youth know this part. We have created an annual Sue Stewart Banner Sale Youth Credit. This year there will be a ticket drawing open to all youth under 21 and at the beginning of the sale Saturday night the winner of a $100 Banner Sale Voucher will be drawn. Wooly Wonders Farm has donated a Registered Natural Colored Ewe Lamb to raise funds to support this scholarship. Thank you and we look forward to celebrating Sue with you! Please share the word!
Tracy Sands – Wooly Wonders
The Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program, dedicated to changing sheep production to make it more profitable for producers, is excited to offer an idea filled sheep facility tour. The Pipestone Lamb and Wool program offers this tour every other year and this will be the fifth tour offered. The purpose of the tour is to give producers an opportunity to see various types of sheep facilities, including the latest innovations in sheep buildings, handling systems, feeding systems and facility layout.
The tour will be a full day, visiting five Lamb and Wool producers with new and remodeled facilities. All of these operations have devised their buildings and feeding systems to reduce labor and enable them to run larger numbers of ewes with the same labor. Tour participants will see lambing barns, hoop barns, remodeled buildings along with various feeding systems designed to reduce labor and minimize feed waste. In addition, this will be an opportunity to hear the philosophy of sheep production from five successful sheep producers.
Visit our website www.pipestonesheep.com for registration information and to view pictures of tour locations. Registration forms and additional information about our facility tour are available on our web page or individuals can contact the Pipestone Lamb and Wool Management Program, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, P.O. Box 250; Pipestone, MN 56164, (800) 658-2330, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
On March 17, a beloved shepherd and friend, Susan Stewart passed away – leaving many tears of sadness and smiles of joy from beautiful memories. For 12 years she was well known in the Romney community as a part of the Anchorage Farm team and before that could be seen fitting and showing with Moosehill Farm. Susan became involved with the sheep industry when she first met Graeme Stewart over 20 years ago and we know that our wooly world will not be the same without her. Those of us that met Susan found a person who always put others first, gave above and beyond to children, smiled through the toughest of pains, took beautiful photographs and had an uncanny ability to make each of us feel important no matter how “good” our sheep were! Many were unaware that Sue battled cancer bravely for almost 20 years because she refused to let cancer determine who she was. At 2015 New York Sheep and Wool Festival, despite incredible pain, Sue continued to do what she loved – capturing many wonderful candid moments on her camera as we all laughed with her and enjoyed what she and we love the most – our sheep and the friends that they bring. Through Sue’s pictures, and our memories, we will hold on to her and to those we love the most.
In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations towards medical expenses. Condolences and memorial contributions may be sent to Graeme Stewart, 8 Mynderse St, Saugerties NY 12477.
A favorite poem of Sue’s is brought to mind as we have lost so many wonderful shepherds over the last year.
“A sheep farmer’s prayer”
“Heaven won’t be so lonely if what I hope is true. If a little lamb of God is there or some old friendly ewe, in those celestial pastures, beside still waters deep. May the eternal future find me with a little bunch of sheep.”
(write-up by Tracy Sands)