(Neb.)-Lien Receives Dawes County 4-H Breeding Ewe Scholarship
Dawes County 4-H proudly announces the winner of the 2017 Breeding Ewe Scholarship, Miss Hailey Lien, 12-year old daughter of Jeff and Kayla Lien of Chadron. Lien had to complete an application describing why she was a worthy recipient as well as stating how she would care for the animal if selected. In her essay, Lien stated, “This scholarship will help me be successful in the future by providing a ewe to grow some babies for the project that I love to participate in. Many people can’t have an experience like this so I am thankful for having this wonderful opportunity.”
In October 2015, the Lambert family, long time 4-H members and volunteers in Dawes County, introduced the 4-H Breeding Ewe Scholarship Program in an effort to encourage greater participation in the breeding and market sheep project. The 2016 recipient, Jack Phillips was given a meat breed ewe raised by the Lambert family. In 2017, the winner was given a choice, thanks to the generosity of Tim and Vicki Milner of Crawford who raises wool breed sheep and wanted to donate to the program. Lien took them up on their offer, selecting a wool breed ewe lamb. Through the support of the Lambert and Milner families, young 4-H members are given an opportunity to learn more about production agriculture, build a flock, and start saving for future educational opportunities. In addition, this program also promotes responsibility and dedication. Lien will receive her new lamb on Tuesday, May 30, at the Dawes County 4-H Sheep and Goat Weigh In. She will be exhibiting her ewe at the Dawes County Fair in August and then taking it back home to start a flock of her own. As the requirements of the scholarship state, the first ewe lamb born to the breeding ewe must be donated back to the program to help it become self-sustaining.
Nebraska Extension Dawes County congratulates Hailey Lien on this honor and sincerely thanks the Lambert and Milner families for their generosity and support of youth and agriculture.
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