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Wayne, Armstrong Youth Win Ram, Ewe Jr. Breeding Show
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 01/14/2020

At the 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show, Rachel Oliver of Beach Lake, Wayne County wins Supreme Ram with her Hampshire and Callie Taylor of Timblin, Armstrong County won Supreme Ewe with her Shropshire.

The Pennsylvania sheep industry currently ranks 4th in the country for the number of sheep producers. There are approximately 3,590 sheep operations, valuing PA's sheep and lambs at $19,872,000. Pennsylvania also ranks 14th for the number of sheep and lambs produced by a state, with approximately 96,000 per year.

The number of sheep and lambs in PA has increased by 3,000 head from 2017 to 2018. Growth can be partially attributed to dairy farmers adding sheep to their operations to diversify their revenue streams.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to our capital city every year for a mid-winter celebration of Pennsylvania agriculture. It is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, featuring nearly 12,000 competitive exhibits, including more than 5,200 animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibits and hundreds of educational, entertaining events. Visitors get a peek into the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $135.7 billion to Pennsylvania's economy every year.

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion for each breed:

All Breeds Meat

Grand Champion Ram -- Emma Oberholtzer of East Earl, Lancaster County.

Grand Champion Ewe -- Emma Oberholtzer of East Earl, Lancaster County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ram -- Amanda Oberholtzer of East Earl, Lancaster County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe -- Amanda Oberholtzer of East Earl, Lancaster County.

All Breeds Wool

Grand Champion Ram -- Wyatt Kerper of Fleetwood, Berks County.

Grand Champion Ewe -- Wyatt Kerper of Fleetwood, Berks County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ram -- Marshal Kerper of Fleetwood, Berks County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe -- Ryan Milheim of Columbia County.

Corriedale

Grand Champion Ram -- Rebecca Kugler of Oley, Berks County.

Grand Champion Ewe -- Rebecca Kugler of Oley, Berks County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ram -- Rebecca Kugler of Oley, Berks County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe -- Rebecca Kugler of Oley, Berks County.

Cheviot

Grand Champion Ram is Emma Oberholster of East Earl, Lancaster County.

Grand Champion Ewe is Emma Oberholster of East Earl, Lancaster County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe is Catherine Miller of Newville, Cumberland County

Dorset

Grand Champion Ram -- Olivia Waggoner of East Berlin, York County.

Grand Champion Ewe -- Olivia Waggoner of East Berlin, York county.

Reserve Grand Champion Ram -- Katherine Rapp of Paxinos, Montour County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe is Katherine Rapp of Paxinos, Montour County.

Hampshire

Grand Champion Ram -- Rachel Oliver of Beach Lake, Wayne County.

Grand Champion Ewe -- Clayton Landis of Pa Furnace, Centre County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ram -- Mikara Anderson of Three Springs, Huntingdon County. Reserve Grand Champion Ewe -- Rachel Oliver of Beach Lake, Wayne County.

Montadale

Grand Champion Ewe -- Brendan Anderson of Three Springs, Huntingdon County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe -- Brendan Anderson of Three Springs, Huntingdon County.

Natural Color

Grand Champion Ewe -- Mikara Anderson of Three Springs, Huntingdon County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe -- Mikara Anderson of Three Springs, Huntingdon County.

Shropshire

Grand Champion Ram -- Colette Hoffman of Mt Pleasant Mills, Snyder County.

Grand Champion Ewe -- Callie Taylor of Timblin, Armstrong County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe -- Makenna Hoffman of Mt Pleasant Mills, Snyder County.

Southdown

Grand Champion Ram -- Jade Wilson of Titusville, Crawford County.

Grand Champion Ewe -- Jade Wilson of Titusville, Crawford County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ram -- Jade Wilson of Titusville, Crawford County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe -- Jade Wilson of Titusville, Crawford County.

Suffolk

Grand Champion Ram -- Zachary Bolinger of Reinholds, Lancaster County.

Grand Champion Ewe -- Emily Bolinger of Reinholds, Lancaster County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ram -- Emily Bolinger of Reinholds, Lancaster County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe is Rylee Colteryahn of Reinholds, Butler County

Tunis

Grand Champion Ram -- Marshall Kerper of Fleetwood, Berks County.

Grand Champion Ewe -- Marshall Kerper of Fleetwood, Berks County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ram -- Marshall Kerper of Fleetwood, Berks County.

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe -- Marshall Kerper of Fleetwood, Berks County.

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