The future of agriculture and especially of our heritage breeds of livestock rests with our youth. This program is a way of enabling youth to experience the joys and responsibilities of conserving heritage wool sheep breeds. It is a way of introducing the breeds to individuals who otherwise might never know about them or get involved with them.

The Youth Conservation Program was established in 1998 when Richard and Donna Larson gave one aspiring young shepherd a Registered Karakul ewe. The program has grown over the years. In 2012, seventeen heritage breed sheep will be awarded to a new group of aspiring young shepherds.

2013 Awards

The following sheep will be awarded at the
2013 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on May 4, 2013:

Blueface Leicester
Border Leicester
Hog Island
Leicester Longwool
Navajo Churro
Scottish Blackface
Shetland (3)

We hope to add more breeds to this list. Check back often.

To apply, see Application, Rules & Regulations.

Monday, March 4, 2013

2012 Winners - we need photos of your sheep!

We would like to include you on the slide show that will be shown this year at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

Please send a variety of pictures of you and your sheep (at the shows, lambing, etc.).
Larger resolution files are better. These are usually too big to email, so please EITHER:
  • upload them to your favorite photo sharing site and send a link to me (at
  • OR put them on a DVD or CD and mail it to:
Alesia Moore
352 N Raleigh Farms Rd
Youngsville, NC 27596

Please send pictures by April 15, 2013.
Email me at if you have difficulty.