Thursday, March 17, 2016

MSSBA Sponsors 2016 (only 6 spots left)

What a great way to get your farm name out in front of folks!!!  Sponsor a sheep or fleece class at the 2016 WSWF/MSSBA Shetland sheep show.  

You will have your name and your farm name in the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival catalog, on the Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders website, on the WSWF website, in the sheep barn during the festival and announced during the show!!!  For the low price of $40 for Sheep class sponsorship you can have your advertising dollars in all those places with the added bonus of supporting Shetland sheep.  I don't know how it could get any better........

Below is a list of the classes that are still available as well as the generous folks that have already agreed to sponsor a class for us.  I'll up the list as I get more sponsors, so take advantage of having your name be in front of future customers NOW!!!  

Contact Kelly at to reserve your spot today!!!

A sincere Thank you to all our sponsors for continuing to dig deep so this show can's the one of the largest Shetland shows in the US and is the largest single breed show at WSWF every year!!

Youth Showmanship
Shet-Tu Farm
Debbie Powers
Senior Ram

Yearling Ram
Creedy Flock
Sue Watson-UK
Ram Lamb

Pair of Ram Lambs
Senior Ewe

Yearling Ewe
Ewe Lamb
Ramsay Farm
Garrett Ramsay
Pair of Ewe Lambs
Windy Maple Shetlands
Jon & Terry Yapp
Dam & Daughter
Lancien Farm
Cindy Wolfe
Best Fleece on Hoof
Round Barn Fiber Mill
Tim & Margie
Best Small Flock
Champion Ram
OK Acres Shetlands
Mike & Kelly Bartels
Reserve Champion Ram
Emancipation Acres
Eric Solis & Joel Helge
Champion Ewe
Mahlkuch Electric
Jeff & Terri Mahlkuch
Reserve Champion Ewe
Kindred Spirit Farm
Donna & Ken Carlucci
Supreme Champion
Reserve Supreme Champion

White Lamb Fleece

Colored Adult Fleece
Ewes Have It
Barb Reiter
White Lamb Fleece
Glen Tamarack Farm
Russ & Terry Dukerschein
Colored Adult Fleece
Illinois Wool & Fiber Mill
Champion Shetland Fleece
Reserve Champion Shetland Fleece
Champion Rooed Fleece                                    
Pretty Oak Farm
Maurice & Gillian Wakeling -UK                          

Monday, February 15, 2016

2015 MSSBA Sheep Show Results

Featuring our esteemed Judge: Gilbert Meilke
Gilbert is a past SSS chairman and current committe member of the Shetland Sheep Society, sits as Chairman on the Judges and Inspectors Panel and has served as an SSS judge since 2002.   Tyninghame, East Lothian was the home to the St. Baldred's flock for many years in Scotland and the pride and joy of Gilbert and Jean Meikle. 
Our sincere thanks for their time and effort to help us with our 2015 Sheep & Fleece Show!!!  
Gilbert and Jean would not take any judges fees from us and we are beyond grateful for their generosity and support of our effort in America. 

Youth Showmanship                     
1st place: Taite Wicke 
2nd place: Campbell Wicke
3rd place: James Wicke
4th place: Clayton Mahlkuch

Senior Ram                                                                          
1st  Terri Yapp-OK Acres Elvis

Yearling Ram
1st  Erica Solis-Emancipation Bruce
2nd Kelly Bartels-OK Acres Danby
3rd  Lori Stephenson-Sommarang Luca

Ram Lamb                                                                           
1st  Debbie Powers-Shet-Tu Yarrrow                    
2nd Terry Dukerschein-Glen Tamarack Jupiter     
3rd  Meghan Namaste-Wintertime Turbulant          
4th  Erica Solis-Emancipation Washburne            

 Pair of Ram Lambs
 1st  Garrett Ramsay-White Pine Shetlands
 2nd Russ/Terry Dukerschein-Glen Tamarack Farm
 3rd  Lori Stephenson-Sommarang Farm
 4th  Debbie Powers-Shet-Tu Shetlands

Champion Ram: Erica Solis-Emancipation Bruce (see below)
Reserve Champion Ram: Debbie Powers-Shet-Tu Yarrow

                              Reserve Champion Ram
                                              Shet-Tu Shetlands: Debbie Powers
Shet-Tu Yarrow
Senior Ewe                                                                          
1st  Mike/Kelly Bartels-Shltg. Pines Salicional         
2nd Mike/Kelly Bartels-OK Acres Shania                
3rd  Erica Solis-Emancipation Cleo                           
4th  Lori Stephenson-Sommarang Ilena                     

 Yearling Ewe
 1st  Kelly Bartels-OK Acres Tiree
 2nd Kelly Bartels-OK Acres Cardoness
 3rd  Sharrie Brockhaus-High Ridge Jasmine
 4th  Lori Stephenson-Sommarang Lira

Ewe Lamb                                                                            
1st  Lori Stephenson-Sommarang Maegan              
2nd Garrett Ramsay-White Pine Iana                      
3rd  Terry Dukerschein-Glen Tam. Ganymede        
4th  Sharrie Brockhaus-High Ridge Wild Thing      

 Pair of Ewe Lambs
1st  Garrett Ramsay-White Pine Shetlands
2nd Erica Solis-Emancipation Acres
3rd  Kelly Bartels-OK Acres Shetlands
4th  Russ Dukerschein-Glen Tamarack Farm
Champion Ewe: Mike & Kelly Bartels-Sheltering Pines Salicional
Reserve Champion Ewe: Lori Stephenson: Sommarang Maegan

                         Reserve Champion Ewe
                                 Sommarang Farm: Dwight & Lori Stephenson 
Sommarang Maegan

Dam & Daughter                                                              
1st  Mike & Kelly Bartels-OK Acres Shetlands      
2nd Lori Stephenson-Sommarang Farm                  
3rd  Clayton Mahlkuch-Clay-Mahl Farm                

 Best Small Flock
 1st Garrett Ramsay-White Pine Shetlands
 2nd Russ/Terry Dukerschein-Glen Tamarack Farm
 3rd Lori Stephenson-Sommarang Farm

 Best Fleece on Hoof
1st Debbie Powers-Shet-Tu Shetlands
2nd Erica Solis-Emancipation Acres
3rd Russ/Terry Dukerschein-Glen Tamarack Farm

Supreme Champion
OK Acres Shetlands: Mike & Kelly Bartels
Sheltering Pines Salcional

Reserve Supreme Champion
Emancipation Acres: Erica Solis & Joel Helge
Emancipation Bruce

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Terribly behind this year..........

Since I've completely neglected my blog this year, I wouldn't  be surprised to find that all of you have assumed I've dropped off the face of the earth.  But alas, this is not the case (no moans from the peanut gallery)  as I have only been so completely overwhelmed by life's events that I've found it hard to keep up my Facebook page AND the blog.  I'm hoping that I can pull myself out of this rut and exhaustive carousel of events to keep this blog more current in the coming months.

First things first........

I'd like you to join me in welcoming our new daughter to our family!!!!  We simply adore this lovely young lady, so it was a day filled with joy  for all of us.
Shelby and Tyler were married on October 31st on our farm and the weather did it's best to throw a monkey wrench into our plans, despite the wind, chilly temps and the rain we managed to make it all work by moving the ceremony into the tent.  There were approximately 150 people that attended the ceremony and we had just enough tent space for everyone to squeeze in for the ceremony and the reception.  Tyler had planned a surprise for Mike during the ceremony by changing his last name to Bartels and having my dad (who performed the ceremony) announce them as Mr & Mrs. Tyler Bartels!!  There wasn't a dry eye in that place, Mike was completely blown away and he was crying with joy.  Tyler felt that he wanted to honor Mike for being a dad to him all these years and so the surprise was planned for the end of the ceremony.  
Mike was and is a father to Tyler in every sense of the word, he's always there for him and has never treated him as anything but his son.  I am proud to have raised a son that would do something so special for someone he loves.  We were all overwhelmed..........

Mike's face right after he heard them pronounce Tyler and Shelby Mr. & Mrs. Bartels

Tyler and words needed here. 
Mr. & Mrs. Tyler Bartels 
I could not have picked a girl more perfect for my son than Shelby, she's kind, but tough and she values the things in life that are important---family and friends.  

Love and Light to each of you!!!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tyler and Shelby

When Tyler (my son & only child) and Shelby announced their engagement to me, I was so happy!!!  They just seem to fit, and Shelby is such a lovely young lady and we adore her.  Tyler is happy, which is all I've ever wanted for him. So now we are frantically trying to prepare for a wedding at our farm on October 31st (OF THIS YEAR!!!!) and enjoying watching Shelby be so excited about it all. 

This photo was taken by one of my best friends, along with so many other great photos that were taken that evening, some serious and some pretty silly. 

I finally get my daughter........I'm a happy mom. 

Life is quite simply........grand!!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Introducing our 2015 MSSBA Sheep & Fleece Judges

Gilbert Meikle

Jean Meikle

Gilbert Meikle, the son of a Scottish Hill Shepherd, left school at fifteen years of age to look after a herd of cattle and some black faced sheep.   At twenty one years of age he joined the Police Service and served for over thirty years.   During his Police service he always remained interested in animals especially sheep and was for a considerable part of his service the Area Animal Health Inspector.   This duty was eventually taken over by the Local Authority.   Police Officers no longer had to attend sheep dipping or local livestock markets to issue animal movement licenses.

Gilbert’s ambition was always to breed and show his own flock of sheep.   In 1988 along with his wife Jean he was able to purchase a small parcel of land and a house in Tyninghame East Lothian. There they were able to breed some commercial sheep, along with Soay Sheep, Black Welsh Mountain Sheep and Shetland Sheep.   The breeding of Soay Sheep led to him going to the Archipelago of St Kilda to study Soay Sheep.   The St Baldred’s Flock of Shetland Sheep was established.   The Meikles competed in shows all over Scotland and the North of England with their Shetland and Black Welsh Mountain Sheep.   There are very few trophies awarded by these shows that do not have the name G E and J Meikle engraved on them.
Gilbert is a Committee Member of the Shetland Sheep Society and Past Chairman. He has been a recognized Society judge since 2002 and is present Chairman of the Judges and Inspectors Panel.

Jean Meikle, also born in the country, spent all her school holidays at her grandmother’s home in the Peeblesshire Hills.  Her grandfather was a Scottish Hill Shepherd keeping and shepherding Black Faced Sheep. All her life Jean has been interested in animals, especially sheep.   She is not a spinner but has been crafting woolen items since attending primary school.   She was always involved when the animals were chosen for the shows, and took half the animals into the ring at judging.   It was Jean who prepared and chose the fleeces for the shows and over the years has won many awards from Colored Champion at the Royal Highland Show to overall Champion at Peebles Show.

Monday, May 11, 2015

My family is growing!!!!

Friday, May 9th
Mike and I headed to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to bring home a new family member.  We were both sick (still are) me with an upper respiratory bug and Mike with lower GI bug.   Our trip was still very exciting because we got to bring home Abby, our new Australian Shepherd puppy that is proving to be a perfect fit for us and our farm.  She's got this quiet, thoughtful way about her that doesn't affect how sweet her personality is at all.  Her intelligence is apparent after just a few moments, but I was quite shocked to find out that a stern NO when she is thinking she needs to eat the cat food is sufficient to deter her.  We have a lot of lesson yet, but I'm certainly happy with this little girl and our Corgi, Campbell is in love with her as well.  I am lucky enough to have a place that allows me to bring her to work, so for the next 6 months or so she will be with me almost constantly. 
Allow me to introduce Abby...........
Helping dad in the shed

Campbell and Abby chewing on cow hooves during their bonding yesterday

Today at work spilling out of her doggie bed under my desk.
Then on Sunday, MOTHER'S DAY!!! 

I got the best Mother's Day gift son Tyler, announced his engagement to his lovely girlfriend Shelby!  I could not have picked a better young lady for my son and we are thrilled to welcome her to our family.  They are even going to have the wedding at our farm, just like we did when we got married, they will be married on our property.  I am a blessed woman. 

Shelby and Tyler 

So, in conclusion.......that's one new daughter, 28 new lambs and one new puppy!!!  Not bad for April & May 2015. 

Had a great day with my mom, sister, Tyler and Shelby.  (Mike spent the day with his mom) 
Tyler, me, mom, Leslie and Tiffany (my niece) Great nieces and nephew.  I am so happy at how well my mom is doing now, she's rallied and looks great. 

Friday, May 01, 2015

Safe Journey Terry

We lost a wonderful family member and all around great guy this week to Alzheimer's.  Mike's uncle, Terry Babler, was a loving husband, father and grandfather, was a veteran that fought for this country and never got to truly enjoy his retirement as he and Judy, his wife, had planned.   I only hope that his wife, children and grandchildren can find a way to say goodbye to this lovely man and not let the hurt lay too heavily on their hearts for too long.

Life Legacy

Terry Duane Babler, age 65, of New Glarus passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital in Madison following an eight year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born on February 13, 1950 to his parents Duane and Virginia (Duerst) Babler in Monroe Wisconsin. Terry graduated from New Glarus High School in 1968. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971 as a combat medic in Vietnam. After serving his country Terry was united in marriage to his soulmate Judy Bartels at St. Victor’s Church in Monroe on October 7, 1972. He then worked for Rayovac in Madison and later the Carnes Company in Verona for several years. Terry enjoyed softball he played and coached with the Swiss Lanes team for many years. He was proud of his military service and was very active as member of many veterans’ organizations including being a founding member of the WI Vietnam Vets Chapter III and the 1st Squadron 1st Calvary National Association. He was also a member of the Howard County, IN Vietnam Veterans, Vietnow, VFW Post #10549, American Legion Post #245, and Kenosha Area Vietnam Vets. Terry was also instrumental in organizing the Annual New Glarus WinterFest Veteran’s Rally R&R. Terry and Judy enjoyed making their annual trip to enjoy the warm Florida sunshine at Daytona every year. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, dogs, New Glarus, and Country.

Terry is survived by his wife Judy of New Glarus, WI, children Cindy (Eric) Deml of Evansville, WI and Tony (Amanda) Babler of New Glarus, WI, grandchildren Noah and Camden Deml, Anthony, Christopher, and Sada Babler. He is further survived by his siblings Vicki (Ken) Bavery of Madison, WI, Debi (Ken) Schickert of Waukesha, WI, Jeff (Carolyn) Babler of New Glarus, WI, brothers-in-law John (Pam) Bartels, Irv (Connie) Bartels, Bill (Joann Borchart) Bartels, and Bob (Pam) Bartels, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, special grandmother Lydia Duerst, father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Ann Bartels, and a brother-in-law Gary Bartels.
Terry's Obituary

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Second wave of lambs.........cuteness alert

Duchess x Kennsington with her twin ewe lambs from 4/14/16.

Salicional's grey katmoget ram and black ewe (possibly modified) from 4/11/15, sire is Danby (loving Danby's offspring, he's staying!!!)

And my last purebred Shetland ewe, Sarafina,  had a really lovely moorit krunet ram lamb on 4/21/14, his sire is Khan

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Lambapalooza 2015

It seems I've fallen behind with my lamb posts.  The last several days have been a bit crazy and I'm a walking zombie after yesterday's busy schedule.  I took the day off to have the vet come out and draw blood for OPP and Johnnes testing, then had a meeting in Brodhead, doctor appointment in the afternoon and then had to shear 3 rams that are going to the freezer today.  Since yesterday morning, 5 ewes had lambs and one of them was a gal that prolapsed 2 weeks ago, she had 2 lovely lambs about 6:30 pm and is doing well but I'm still watching her closely.

Here are the last several lambs to hit the ground.

Alabama x Khan gave me a single moorit ewe with minor head spotting

Catherine x Danby gave me 2 ewes, a black w/ minor head spotting and a black flecket (yuglet)

Cherish x Kennsington gave me 2 ewes, grey kat and fawn kat.  (spot carriers)

Seneca x Einstein gave me a moorit smirslet ewe and a black flecket (yuglet) ram

Seneca x Einstein Black flecket ram

Ellie Mae x Kennsington gave me a dark grey kat ewe and a fawn kat ram

Shania x Khan gave me this smirslet fawn kat ewe

Angel x Danby gave me a lovely set of ewe lambs, a flecket (yuglet) and one that is almost entirely white except for a fawn spot under her tail adn some dark spots on her legs.  She is one giant spot over that katmoget marking. 

Irish Mist x Danby gave me 2 stunning rams, this one that is dark grey with a krunet and some white bands on his ankles and a totally white tail.

Irish Mist x Danby's 2nd ram lamb, with a large krunet, some white spots on his ankles and a white tip on his tail.

Bee Sting x Danby gave me two ewe lambs, a lovely moorit krunet

Bee Sting x Danby's other ewe is a moorit flecket

Attina x Khan gave me a lovely black smirslet flecket ram

Attina x Khan black krunet ewe
I am pretty happy with the lambs so far, several are stand outs for me at this point, but I won't be too quick to judge since they can change as the mature.  I see little signs of what they will be as they grown and that has me pretty excited about his group.  I know I have 1 smooth polled ram so far, will see how the others develop. 

Mike and I

Mike and I
Mike and I at Nick and Emily's wedding

Raised beds & chickens coops

Raised beds & chickens coops
Can't wait for this stuff to actually be food....