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Both the Wisconsin Junior Targhee Sheep Association and the U.S. Targhee Sheep Association will be giving away a starter flock of three Targhee sheep in 2019 to Wisconsin youth.

To be eligible for the Wisconsin Junior Targhee sheep give-away, applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 17 as of Jan. 1, 2019, must be residents of Wisconsin, and must not currently raise Targhee sheep. The winner must also be eligible and agree to exhibit their animals at both the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair open sheep show and Wisconsin Junior State Fair sheep show. The winner will receive a combination of ewe lambs, yearling ewes and/or brood ewes, and take ownership of the animals before any 2019 State Fair entry deadlines. Deadline is April 1.

To be eligible for the U.S. Targhee Sheep Association sheep give-away, applicants must be between the ages of 9 and 17 as of Jan. 1, 2019, whose family doesn’t raise Targhee sheep. 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 winner must be present to receive the flock and will be awarded one ewe lamb, one yearling ewe and one brood ewe donated by association members. Each animal will be a U.S. Targhee Sheep Association-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 2019 national sale. Deadline is April 1.

The Targhee breed has a long history in Wisconsin; the purpose of the program is to promote growth and visibility of the breed along with promoting youth involvement and education within the breed. Visit www.ustargheesheep.org or myplace.frontier.com or contact 608-592-7842 or AandJNevensLivestock@frontier.com for more information about the Wisconsin association. Contact ustargheesheep@gmail.com or 702-292-5715 for more information about the U.S. association.