This year marked the first time the Alberta Sheep Breeders Association created a unique opportunity for young Alberta sheep breeders to purchase a registered purebred sheep. ASBA asked Alberta junior producers to submit a "Top 10" list in which they expressed why they would benefit from obtaining a purebred sheep. This contest allowed for them to be considered for a chance at a $500 Purchase Incentive. The board of directors were more than thrilled with the submissions from young sheep breeders from across Alberta. Candidates ranged from 3 years to 18 years old and provided a wide variety of reasons why they would love to be considered for this opportunity.
The board of directors received 24 applications expressing their interest and Involvement within the sheep industry. ASBA is proud to support the development of youth as we continue to encourage overall and consistent improvement in the breeding and management of purebred sheep in Alberta.
Congratulations to Kate Grimmeyer who was the successful recipient of this year's Youth Purebred Sheep Incentive. Kate now has the opportunity to purchase a purebred animal and ASBA will contribute $500 towards this purchase.
Honorable mention goes to Hunter Farr and Ayden Baker who also provided outstanding applications and the ASBA board would like to award them with a complimentary CSBA membership for the year.
We also want to congratulate all of the applicants for taking the time and showing interest in purebred registered animals. The board wishes them all success in the industry as they all did a fantastic job in providing insight to our future sheep producers!
The Stephen family had a long history in the sheep industry in Canada. Sheila Stephen, daughter of long time sheep breeders Bill and Marian Stephen of Strathmore area, was killed in a tragic industrial accident in May of 1999.
The Memorial scholarship is for young sheep producers pursuing post secondary education.
Sheila’s grandfather Jock Stephen came to Canada from Scotland in 1921. In 1926 he secured a Shepherd position on the CPR farm in Tilley, Alberta. In 1935 the CPR moved his family to the CPR farm near Strathmore after they sold the Tilley farm to the Eastern Irrigation District. The farm was home to at least 100 ewes each of registered suffolk and registered hampshires.
Stud suffolk rams were imported from England and the hampshires from the USA. Their sheep travelled to many shows and sales. Each fall about 40 rams were sent to the Salt Lake ram sale in Odgen, utah (a prestigious sale in western North America) where they sold very well.
Jock was also successful at the Royal Winter Fair winning many classes.
In 1944, the CPR sold the livestock from the Strathmore farm. The purebred percheron horses, yorkshire pigs and holstein cattle were dispersed as well as other livestock and sheep. Harry Viner bought the sheep farm and the sheep. The sheep eventually were sold to Phil Rock of Rockville stock farm. (memories of Charlie Stephen Aug 2011).
Jock’s son Bill Stephen followed his father’s footsteps and after marrying Marian they became well known for their solid, sturdy and dependable lines of north country cheviots and suffolks. They were also successful in the various shows in Canada. Bill was also asked to judge various shows in western Canada.
Sheila, Bill and Marian’s daughter, learned showmanship and other shepherding skills from her parents and was preparing to take a more active role in the farm when her tragic accident ended her life in 1999.
When Sheila died, the need to emphasize youth in agriculture became apparent. The Alberta Sheep Breeders Association took donations in her memory and the “Sheila Stephen memorial scholarship” was started.
Application Deadline for 2022 Scholarship is September 30, 2022
To apply for the ASBA Scholarship:
1) Apply online
2) Fill out the application form as requested below.
3) Submit the completed application form, and attach a recent digital photo (at least 2 MB). and a recent transcript.
The Alberta Sheep Breeders' Association would like to acknowledge the generous sponsors who make the ASBA Memorial Scholarship possible.
The ASBA Memorial Scholarship maintains its fund through the proceeds of the Silent auction held biannually at the ASBA Symposium. Items for the auction are generously donated by industry members and producers. t is through the auction of the donated items that the Memorial Scholarship Fund is maintained and the awards are presented.
If you would like to make a donation to the Memorial Scholarship Silent Auction please contact the ASBA office either by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 866-967-4337.
1. Applicant, parent or grandparent must be a current member.
2. Applicant must be enrolled in a college, university or apprenticeship program and provide proof of enrollment.
3. Past recipients are not eligible to apply.
4. Application must be received by September 30, 2022
The "Good Shepherd Award" is intended to recognize sheep producers who have made valuable contributions to the sheep industry in Alberta. To nominate someone, please fill out the application below.
Shepherds Honoured in the Past
1992 Chester Fowler
1993 Jack Francis
1994 Helen Annis
1997 Ross Mouser
1997 Joyce McCart
1997 Bill and Marian Stephen
1999 Gordon Fulton
1999 Mike Rieberger
1999 Lana Cadsand
2001 Peggy Newman
2005 Gerry Schneider
2009 Clarence and Karen Jones
2009 John and Edith Williams
2013 Alan and Liz Breakey
2013 John and Nel Haarman
2013 Sue Hosford
2015 Gwen Hopkins
2017 Glen and Kathy Parker
2019 Dr Ileana Wenger & Dan Sinclair, Dr Chris Clark, Roger Albers
This memorial came into being as a way to recognize and honor those who have made a contribution to the Canadian sheep industry.
Canadian Co-operative Woolgrowers in Lethbridge has agreed to donate wall space in their store to hang the board.
If there is a past producer who you feel has made a contribution to the Canadian sheep industry or who has positively influenced or helped you personally you are welcome to include them in this memorial.
To have someone’s name added simply fill out the form and send it to Warren or Norine along with $10.00 to cover the cost of having their name put on the board.
Please forward your request to:
SECOND CHANCE LIVESTOCK COMPANY
Warren & Norine Moore Box 203, Stavely, Alberta T0L 1Z0
Phone: (403) 549-2464 FAX: (403) 549-2465 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make your cheque payable to: Warren and Norine Moore
Congratulations to Abigail Nikkel
I have always taken pride in being a part of the agriculture industry. From the beginning
farming has been my passion and I have spent much time learning and improving skills.
Whether the skills be in soil health or livestock evaluation, I am committed to furthering my understanding of agriculture.
My time on the ASBA board has demonstrated to me how important it is to have passionate, well informed, and hard-working people involved in the agriculture industry.
Working with induvials like this has inspired me to set myself up to be that type of person. For me, the first step to achieving this is through education. I am currently a fulltime student at NAIT, enrolled in Business Administration. My goal is to finish my diploma program and continue NAIT’s degree program in Business Administration with a focus in management. This program is very important to me, as it will be an asset in all future endeavors, including agriculture.
In the future I see myself continuing as a sheep breeder. One of my goals is to manage
sheep in a way that benefits the environment. As a small ruminant, sheep have a mostly
untapped ability to improve soil health and sequester carbon. I want to explore and take advantage of this opportunity and to help promote those benefits and inform consumers about the positive side of agriculture, especially regarding the meat industry. I will promote the industry by staying active in agricultural organizations.
Receiving the Sheila Stephen Memorial Scholarship would help me in my lifelong learning endeavours. ~ Abby
Congratulations to Garret Crawford!
"My name is Garret Crawford, I grew up in the town of Didsbury but we farm west of Carstairs. We have a mixed farming operation consisting of cattle and sheep. My mom has purebred Charollais sheep and a commercial flock and I have my own purebred Romanov flock of sheep. I have been active in 4-H for 10 years, where I’ve shown cattle and sheep. My real passion is with the sheep and I really enjoyed showing the sheep at the 2017 Canadian Sheep Classic for my family and Half Diamond Farms. I’m presently attending college out at Three Hills Alberta where I’m taking the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) program. I would like to thank the ASBA for picking me to receive this scholarship which will help me accomplish my schooling." Garret
Donations to the Sheila Stephens Memorial Scholarship may be made at any time using PayPal.