NLFA?s Cane of Appreciation Award Recipients
March 31, 2005
March/April 2005 -- SThe 2005 recipients of the National Lamb Feeders Association's (NLFA) Cane of Appreciation were Bill Chandler of Davis, Calif., Marie Bulgin, Ph.D. of Caldwell, Idaho, and Jim Elliott of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Although Chandler was unable to attend the convention to receive his award, Tom Watson, NLFA president, made the presentation to thank Chandler for his contribution to the entire West Coast sheep industry. During his career, Chandler has been a major producer, lamb feeder and packer-buyer. He has been a life-long supporter of the NLFA and mentored a number of young sheep producers over the years.
Bulgin, well known for her research into neonatal lamb death, ram epididymitis, abortion in ewes, ovine footrot, Ovine Progressive Pneumonia hardbag, yellow lamb disease and scrapie, was acknowledged for her research contributions to the industry. Bulgin is the coordinator of the Idaho Veterinary Teaching Program and the Caine Veterinary Teaching Center at the University of Idaho. She joined the staff at the Teaching Center in 1978 as Idaho's small ruminant veterinary specialist. To support her scrapie research, Bulgin maintains a flock of naturally exposed scrapie sheep. Prior to a grant from the National Institute of Health, NLFA assisted Bulgin's research by providing funds to support the research flock.
Jim Elliott has spent nearly all of his 79 years in the wool business. He began learning the business from his father, R.C., when we was 7-years-old and continues today to travel the Western states buying wool. During his career, Elliott also designed systems and machinery to help cut the costs of warehouse operations. Today, R.C. Elliott & Co. and Utah Wool Marketing Association are one of the few wool brokers in the United States with the capability of grading large quantities of wool in the warehouse. NLFA's Cane of Appreciation acknowledges Jim Elliott's lifetime contribution to the wool industry.