September 9, 2011
The American Sheep Shearers Council (ASSC) is hosting a shearing event at Kyle Farms near Avon, N.Y., to benefit the Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC) in December. Coordinators for this event are Elaine Bristol, Matt Kyle and Doug Rathke.
"Up to 10 shearers will be shearing 1,000 ewes to raise money for the FVC," said Doug Rathke, longtime USA Shearing Team member for the ASSC. "Not only will this event provide an opportunity to promote the shearing industry, but the proceeds will be donated to an organization that is advocating agriculture and helping America's veterans."
The FVC is a nonprofit organization that works with recent military veterans to assist them in using their many relevant skills to create a new generation of innovative, ecological and financially successful young farmers.
The ASSC is seeking sponsors for the event; in addition, individuals will be able to donate per head shorn to the FVC. For more information on the event, contact Rathke at 320-587-6094. To learn more about the FVC, visit www.farmvetco.org
The promotional committee of the ASSC is looking for new ways sheep shearers can support agriculture and the sheep industry outside of sheep shearing competitions.