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Free registered Targhee sheep to be awarded to deserving youth

The U.S. Targhee Sheep Association is offering for the first time a free registered Targhee Starter flock to be awarded to a deserving youth at the USTSA National Show & Sale in Miles City, MT, July 16-18th. The winner will be awarded one (1) ewe lamb, one (1) yearling ewe, and one (1) brood ewe donated by members of the USTSA. Each animal will be a USTSA registered animal, and at least QR in Scrapie Codon 171 genotype. The winner will also receive a $150 credit for use toward purchase of additional animals at the 2009 sale.

Applications, due April 1st, are now available to download at or by contacting Tracie Roeder at the USTSA office (406-467-2462). Any young person, ages 9-17, as of Jan. 1, 2009, may apply. Applicants should possess a keen interest in the U.S. sheep industry, commitment to raising Targhee sheep over time, and a firm belief in the abilities of the breed. Applicants must demonstrate proof of care, facilities, and transportation. Aside from receiving the flock of sheep, the winning youth, will be paired with a Targhee breeder living near them who will act as a mentor. The association is committed to helping the winner succeed.

Targhee sheep are one of the few breeds developed in the United States at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, ID. Withstanding harsh environments and minimal human intervention, while still producing high quality lamb and wool are hallmark traits of Targhees. Mothering ability and gentle dispositions are additional positive traits of the breed. Also, vital to the Targhee breed is its involvement with the National Sheep Improvement Program or Targhee NSIP. A significant portion of our membership has committed to improving the breed by objectively measuring weaning weight, yearling weight, maternal milk, milk and growth, fleece weight, fiber diameter, staple length, and the number of lambs born traits.

It is easy to talk ourselves into despair. And, it is easy to begin to believe it. The newspapers, radio, and T.V. all remind us incessantly of the situation before us. However, that outlook only goes so far. In the morning, the horizon is still out there. We, in the agriculture industry, know what hard work and ingenuity are about. We remain optimistic and know value when we see it. The U.S. Targhee Sheep Association believes in the future. We are still investing in it.

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