Youth Interested in Applying for the 2018 Youth Conservationist Program

Are you interested in conserving heritage breeds of sheep?  Youth must be between 9 and 18 years old.  Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2018, that includes:

*An essay which introduces you and your experience with animals. Your essay should explain your interest in sheep and answer the question: “Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep.” If for any reason the animal will not be kept at your own home, please explain in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities will be.

*The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a particular breed or for any of the breeds available.

*Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from their 4‐H advisor, FFA advisor, veterinarian, teacher or clergy.

*The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length.

*The application must include address, phone and if available, email address. Interested young people should contact Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, then submit their letter of application/essay to: Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, OH 43812


Requirements if selected:
*Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

*Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2018 at: 1) a county fair or local sheep show and 2) the State Fair in the state where the recipient lives.

*Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of 2018, should consult the donor breeder for their recommendations.

*Must either use the ewe’s fleece to personally make a wool item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter or weaver.

*Must submit an article, the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper covering their year and including information concerning the next year’s YCP program.

*Must submit a scrapbook to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2018 and provide a scrapbook to be used at the Maryland Festival which is then given back to the youth.

Any questions please contact Elaine Ashcraft 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, Ohio 43812, By phone at (740) 622‐1573 or by email at (please note the underscore between “tankewe” and “cr58”)  Donors select the recipients from the essays submitted by the youth.

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