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KSWPA Annual Meeting 2020

The 2020 Annual Business Meeting for KSWPA will be held on this page! We are taking votes from our members starting today. 


Below are the business meeting items and link to vote:

Secretary's report – This is the minutes from the 2019 Annual Business Meeting. Please review and vote to "Accept" or "Not Accept". 

Treasurer's report – Dorothy Vale has provided a financial statement though September 30, 2020. Please review and vote to "Accept" or "Not Accept". 

ASI Report – Madeline Rosenberg reports that ASI continues to work for legislation on our behalf. The most noteworthy assistance right now is the CFAP program, which applies to both hair and wool sheep producers. Round 2 of this funding has been extended so please make sure you take advantage of this money! It's not time-consuming or difficult and can help you get your flock through the winter. If you need marketing ideas or materials, ALB offers them for free and the Wool Council has low-cost materials. You can even get merchandise to wear, raffle, or sell!

Kentucky Natural Fiber Center, Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival & Kentucky Fiber Trail - Sarabeth Parido, KSGDO Fiber Director, has provided a report on fiber events, activities, and initiatives for the state. This is just for your review and does not require a vote. 

Funding Reports- Each year KSWPA receives funds from the American Sheep Industry Association to provide programming in areas of wool, Scrapie, and mentor support. These reports are just for your review and do not require a vote. 

KSWPA Officer Slate- You will vote to either "Accept" or "Not Accept" the following people as officers to the board:

1) President- Richard Popham
2) Vice President- Bill Decker
3) Secretary- Sue Churchill 
4) Treasurer.-. Dorothy Vale
5) ASI Representative- Madeline Rosenberg

Choose one candidate to fill 1 spot on the KSWPA Board of Directors as presented from the Nominating Committee- See bios below. 

Patrick Angel

Since the early 1980s, Dr. Patrick Angel has operated a commercial sheep farm near London, Kentucky. He has raised Hampshire and Suffolk sheep and is now running a flock of Katahdin ewes on his hill land farm in Laurel County.

Patrick’s grandparents immigrated from Romania where they were shepherds of the Tsurcana sheep breed in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. They came to America at the turn of the last century to farm and raise sheep. Patrick, his wife Glenna and their five grown children and three grandchildren have followed the Angel family tradition of practicing conservation of the land by raising sheep and keeping honey bees.

Patrick is retired from the U.S. Department of Interior where he worked as a Soil Scientist and Forester across the eight Appalachian coal states. Prior to working with the federal government, Patrick worked for the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Division of Reclamation. He has over 45 years of regulating the coal industry. He also has conducted extensive research on re-establishing healthy, productive forests on reclaimed surface mines.

Dr. Angel is a graduate of Hazard High School, Alice Lloyd College, and the University of Kentucky’s Forestry and Wood Technology School. In 1972 and 1973, he graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas with a BS and MS in Forestry.  He is also a 2008 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky with a Ph.D. in Soil Science.  

Shawn Harper

Shawn Harper serves as the Adult Agriculture Instructor for Graves County.  He and his wife Ginny live in Marshall County.  They have recently started breeding Katahdin sheep after raising goats for several years.  He currently serves on the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office Board of Directors, KY Farm Bureau Sheep & Goat Advisory Committee and the Breathitt Veterinary Center Advisory Committee.  Shawn teaches classes on sheep and goat production for area producers and for Murray State University.  Shawn has served on the board of directors for the American Goat Federation and the Kentucky Goat Producers Association.  Shawn has also served as a mentor and instructor for the Small Ruminant profit school.

Deborah Cook

I would like to help promote Kentucky stock and services and learn from and share knowledge with other breeders in our state. My friend Stephanie and I partnered last year to raise registered Jacob sheep, Shetland Sheep and Angora goats. We are members of the KY Fiber Trail, Appalachian Proud, Kentucky Proud, and Shave-em 2 Save-em. I used to raise American Paint horses and pygmy goats back in the 90s and early 2000s. So, though I'm new to these breeds. I have years of farm and stock experience and know that every day there is something new to learn. I am interested in multiple sheep and goat breeds from a genetic standpoint as well, as I have a PhD in Veterinary Science, Equine genetics from University of Kentucky and would like to use my knowledge in that aspect to help learn more about and improve Kentucky's sheep and goat breeds.

Jordan Kreisle

My name is Jordan Kreisle. I am 26 years old and a first generation farmer in Whitesville, Kentucky. I grew up around cattle and grain farming through friends and neighbors. Two years ago, I bought my first farm. I started with cows and sheep. I have now sold the cows and switching to all sheep and a few goats. I am still building my farm everyday trying to make it a great operation. I also raise tobacco and sell hay. I want to become a board member because I know how hard it is starting from the ground up. I want to show that it is possible to start from scratch and become a successful farmer. This state is made up of new and smaller producers and I would really like to give them a voice.

Lindsay Merchant

I have a commercial operation of about 200 head of Polypay and Hampshires in Bagdad, KY. I have had sheep for about as long as I can remember but started farming full time when I graduated from UK in 2014.

I think being a board member would be interesting and fun. I'm not really connected to the sheep industry, and I think that this would be a great opportunity. I also think I could help provide new ideas for current and future producers.

Deb Schoenberg

I am a sheep and alpaca farmer from Lexington, KY interested in carbon smart farming for fleece and animal production. I have a landscape architecture degree with a minor in horticulture from UC Davis and have been raising animals in earnest since 2016. My flock is composed of moorit merino sheep originating from Mendenhall lines in California, and I have Huacaya alpacas with strong lineage. My animals are not bred for the meat and show market although they do compete in fiber shows, but are rather bred for good bodies, fine fleeces, lingering fineness, natural color and good temperament. My fulltime job is with the US Forest Service as a staff officer, managing multiple resources so my communication and collaboration skills are very good, I am a confident writer and articulate presenter, and feel I would make a strong advocate and spokesperson for this organization.

Kristan Wright

I have South Down Baby Doll and Shetland sheep that we raise in Henry county. I am very passionate about my sheep and would really enjoy the opportunity to help advocate and promote sheep and wool in my state.

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