Late last Sunday, we returned from a wonderful time at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival! Highlights included a workshop by British judge Maurice Wakefield where we learned how to assess our Shetlands for breeding, showing some of our sheep, seeing/meeting many fellow Shetland Sheep owners and breeders and getting to know them better! Our 3 "Show Girls" in the photo at left came home with the 3 ribbons pictured (earned at the Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeder's Association Show, judged by British Judge Maurice Wakefield to the 1927 British Standard). Third place Senior. Ewe, Arabesque (left), in a class of 9; Fifth place "Pair of Ewe lambs, Adrienne (moorit) and Ashberry (fawn katmoget) in a class of about 10 pairs; and First Place, Dam and Daughter (Arabesque and Adrienne)-can't remember how many were in that class. We were proud of our girls, who all behaved well during the show, although Adrienne and Ashberry were noisy in their 2 ewe lamb classes. Adrienne quieted down and was a model show lamb when paired with her well-behaved mother in "Dam and Daughter". Mimosa was also there with us, on exhibit as a horned ewe. A Shetland breeder named Becky from Indiana fell in love with Mimosa's good looks and gentle ways, and after much discussion, we decided to sell her to Becky; we had been kind of thinking about it anyway since we need to reduce flock size. Becky already has sheep and we know she will provide an excellent home for our dear Mimosa, so we came home without her. There is a hole in the flock; we miss her, but we have limited space and are keeping her moorit daughter, Shelley.
Jeanne Dukerschein loves animals and also has enjoyed lifelong interests in fiber arts, nature, and writing. In 2006, she learned to spin her own yarns and purchased her first Shetland ewe. Her poetry and fiber art, as well as her 20-year career as a freshwater biologist, carry common themes of nature, ecology, and