Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Grilled ~ Grass Fed Lamb

The American Lamb Board had a display table at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival last weekend, and they were handing out recipe booklets and flyers.
I took the opportunity to taste test their 'Herb-Parmesan Rub' this evening on grilled, 2" thick, grass fed, lamb chops. Yumm!
Lamb loin chops 'resting' for approx. 1 hour before grilling.

"Herb-Parmesan" Lamb chops, half way thru grilling.

Grilled 'Herb-Parmesan Rub' grassfed lamb loin chops,
ready to enjoy!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Promoting Mules

We started off the New Year by promoting the NAMSS, Mule Sheep,
and the 3-Tier Breeding System at the:
Michigan Sheep Breeders Assoc. 'Shepherd's Weekend'
held in Lansing, MI on a very cold and blustery weekend January 2nd & 3rd.
Our display table contained newsletters, tri-folds, and flyers for the NAMSS, and the BFLBA. As well as handouts announcing the dates for the 2010 Mule Sheep & Progeny Show,
and the Great Lakes ~ Bluefaced Leicester Show
to be held at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, September 10 - 12, 2010

We also had a laptop and display screen running different photo slideshows promoting Mule Sheep, grass fed lamb, and the different breeds associated with the 3-Tier Breeding System.
We had many interested sheep producers asking about the 3-Tier system, the breeds involved, and picking up the informational flyers and newsletters.

If you would like to read the newest issue of the NAMSS newsletter
Mule Sheep News 'Winter 2009'
you can find it in pdf. format on the website,
it listed under the 'NEWS' page

Monday, August 3, 2009

BFLBA - NAMSS Online Auction - Place Your Bids!

Welcome to the BFLBA - NAMSS Online Auction! Our auction features Bluefaced Leicester and other sheep related items. Click here to access the auction site.

Whether you're looking for actual livestock or a gift for a fiber enthusiast, the auction will no doubt be a great way to buy BFL/sheep related items!

Proceeds from this fundraiser will help defray the cost of a UK judge at next month's 2nd Annual Mule Sheep & Bluefaced Leicester Progeny Show, and the 1st ~ Great Lakes Bluefaced Leicester Show at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. The show will feature the UK judge, John Stott, President UK-BFLSBA.

The opportunity to have the president of the UK-BFLSBA judge our Mules & BFLs will greatly benefit so many areas--the U.S. BFL breeders and the surrounding communities where the BFLs and grass fed genetics play a role. John Stott's experience, insight, and knowledge of the breed will allow breeders to further promote the awareness and advancement of the Bluefaced Leicester sheep.

Place your bids!

Thank you for your support!

New: UK ~ BFLSBA Website

The UK ~ Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Breeders' Association has just launched its redesigned website. The layout and format is user friendly and vibrant, with plenty of colored photos of sharp Bluefaced Leicesters and Mules.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Press Release: Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival

The 2nd Annual ~ NAMSS
Mule Sheep & Bluefaced Leicester Progeny Show

The North American Mule Sheep Society (NAMSS) will be hosting the second annual ~ Mule Sheep & Bluefaced Leicester Progeny Show held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival in Jefferson, Wisconsin on September 11th - 13th, 2009.

The NAMSS will be coordinating its Mule Sheep & Bluefaced Leicester Progeny Show along with the Bluefaced Leicester Breeders Association's (BFLBA) 1st Great Lakes ~ Bluefaced Leicester Show. The judge presiding over both the Mule Show classes as well as the Bluefaced Leicester classes will be John Stott the newly elected president of the UK's Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Breeders' Association. John has also agreed to do several educational presentations highlighting the Mule ewe and the Bluefaced Leicester. The NAMSS's Mule Sheep Show and the BFLBA's Great Lakes ~ Bluefaced Leicester Show will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the hardy and prolific commercial Mule ewe, and the 3-tier breeding scheme, as an economically sound choice for grass fed lamb production too.

The NAMSS and BFLBA would like to thank the UK- BFLSBA for their generous contribution in providing us once again with our guest breeder-judge; and for their continued support of our efforts here in the States promoting Mule's, Bluefaced Leicester's, and the Three- Tier Breeding Scheme.


John Stott and his family live on and work 'LAUND FARM' which is located in Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, UK. Laund Farm is a 500 acre family farm, which runs approximately 700 hill sheep mainly Swaledales and Beulah Speckled Face producing 400 Mules that are sold each year, plus a 400 ewe Freisland flock for their sheep milking enterprise, and around 30 suckler cows and 20 pedigree Simmental, as well as John's 50 pedigreed Bluefaced Leicesters. On June 3rd 2009, the Stott's and Laund Farm was the host location for NORTH SHEEP '09'. North Sheep is a biennial event run by the UK's National Sheep Association (NSA) an organization which represents UK sheep breeders. North Sheep is an industry event which brings together agricultural companies, sheep farmers and agricultural experts for a day. North Sheep '09' attracted over 9,000 visitors and 250 trade stands from across the sheep sector. Around 100 foreign delegates also flocked to the event which showcased Britain’s 70-plus sheep breeds. We look forward to meeting John and his wife, Christine, in September.
Champion Penrith Sale 2008
John Stott 'LAUND'
photo courtesy of Wayne Hutchinson ''

Saturday, May 23, 2009

2nd Annual NAMSS Mule Sheep & Bluefaced Leicester Progeny Show

North American Mule Sheep Society

Mule Sheep
Bluefaced Leicester Progeny Show

In conjunction with the:
Sheep & Wool

September 11 - 13, 2009

Jefferson Fair Park
Jefferson, Wisconsin

Stratified Three-Tier Breeding System
Sheep Breed Displays
Hill & Upland Ewe Breeds, Maternal Crossing Sire, Terminal Sire Breeds

NAMSS Mule Sheep Show
Judge: John Stott, President UK-BFLSBA
LAUND FARM, Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, UK
Sunday ~ September 13th, 2009
At 10:00 AM

Educational Presentation

Selecting Ewes for the Three-Tier System
John Stott 'Laund Farm" Lancashire, UK
Sunday at 1:30 PM

Friday, May 22, 2009

The UK Mule

The UK - Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Breeders' Association has been working on a project for about the last year that pertains to the Mule ewe. With the increased use of the Bluefaced Leicester as a crossing sire on a wide variety of breeds, it has become necessary to encompass the mules under one broad title, thus the formation of the educational & promotional group: The UK Mule.

The UK Mule website is already up and running and can be accessed at:

The "UK Mules" will have its' "coming out" debut with their new stand and promotional information on June 3rd at the UK's NSA ~ North Sheep '09' event that will be held at the host 'LAUND FARM'.

You might recognize the Laund Farm and the name John Stott, who will be our guest judge for the 2009 NAMSS Mule Sheep & Bluefaced Leicester Progeny Show, as well as the Great Lakes ~ Bluefaced Leicester Show, John is also the incoming president of the UK- BFLSBA.