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Program Helping Young Sheep Producers Get Started

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It's a program that's adding to the number of sheep in North Dakota.
The Starter Flock Progarm is open to kids ages 10-22.
Recipients receive 10 ewes, and only have to pay 60% of the cost back over a period of 4 years.
Plus a mentor helps guide these new producers every step of the way.

Chance Porsborg is a young, inspiring sheep producer.
(Chance Porsborg / Starting a Sheep Flock) "My favorite part is feeding them because they always like to follow you."
Wyman Scheetz is his mentor.
Trying to keep up with all the energy.
(Wyman Scheetz / Mentor) "Enthusiasm. These young kids they wouldn't have applied if they didn't have the enthusiasm. They apply and you nurture them through it and you learn something from them. You learn something from them because they ask why do you do it this way? Well, that's how i do it. Well how would it be this way? It's good. Rewarding, very rewarding. "
This isn't your typical team.
While all youth involved in the program have a mentor...for Chance those words of wisdom come from Grandpa.
(Chance Porsborg / Starting a Sheep Flock) "I really wanted to be in it, because I have' been around it so much, my grandpa as been in it pretty much his whole life. It's just really fun. I love being outside."
(Wyman Scheetz / Mentor) "Workload gets less all the time. He's always had an interest here. The biggest thing is just to see the excitement." 
Chance Porsborg got his first set of 10 ewes in August of 2012.
Since then his flock has grown to 12--and that doesn't include his 16 lambs that were born this year.
(Chance Porsborg / Starting a Sheep Flock) "The hardest part is when they don't listen." 
Chance doesn't have any plans of letting his retired grandpa quit anytime soon.
(Wyman Scheetz / Mentor) "Just the other day I said, what's the scoop with the sheep and he said, I would like to keep them here as long as I can. 
(Chance Porsborg / Starting a Sheep Flock) "I really hope to grow my flock. And after college I hope to come out to the farm and keep growing my flock as I get older."
Grandpa says he wouldn't have it any other way.

The North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers sponsor 10 new flocks each year.
For more information on the program or for an application log onto N-D-L-W-P-A or email Curt or Reid at the email addresses on your screen.
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