WEST VIRGINIA SHEPHERDS FEDERATION
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DENVER, Colo. - Outstanding U.S. sheep industry members were honored for their contributions to the industry at an awards luncheon held Jan. 22, 2010, at the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
Joseph 'Joe' Harper of Seneca Rocks, W.Va., received a standing ovation as he accepted the McClure Silver Ram Award for his lifetime of achievement and dedication in and for the U.S. sheep industry. An eighth-generation family farmer, Harper has built his flock to 400 ewes, operated a lamb feedlot, became a wool buyer in the area and has utilized a number of innovations in marketing, breeding and predator control. He has served nine years on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Wildlife Service Advisory Committee as a representative of the sheep industry and led support for a self-help predator control program in West Virginia which took effect in 2005. Harper was an original member of the American Lamb Board from 2002 to 2005 and served a second term from 2006 to 2008. He is active in the American Farm Bureau both nationally and in the state, and chaired the organization's Sheep Advisory Committee for two terms. One of his successful projects as chair was the effort to couple yield grades and quality grades in the USDA grading system. And in 2006, West Virginia University presented Harper with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences.
In his acceptance speech, Harper thanked all his family and fellow sheep industry members for the years of support, saying, "I am happy to be a part of an industry full of God-fearing, patriotic Americans."
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