Wenschhof Honored For Sheep Production
McConnellsburg FFA member Sara Wenschhof was honored last month during Penn State Activities week as Pennsylvania’s State Proficiency winner in the area of sheep production. The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their SAEs, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. She is the daughter of Ed and Lisa Wenschhof of Needmore.
Sara has been working on growing her sheep flock with the long-term goal of raising and marketing purebred Montadale sheep and their fleeces. She started her project with crossbred lambs that she selected and bred from her parents’ flock and animals purchased. This past spring, her first ewe lambed with twins, and Sara learned to care for newborn lambs including vaccinating, docking and castrating. Other livestock skills she has learned through her project include shearing and marketing wool, transporting animals and recordkeeping. Her accurate, detailed records are what enabled her to be considered for this award. Sara recently purchased her first two purebred Montadales with the award money she has received through the program.
The application process started in March when she was chosen as FFA’s winner in sheep production for the south-central region. After making revisions and resubmitting her application, she was chosen as the state winner. Her application has been forwarded to the National FFA in the hopes of receiving national recognition in the fall.