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Welcome to Windswept Farms The Ludlam Family
Hopkins, Michigan

NASSA Flock #240 USDA Scrapie Flock #MI17
Member Michigan Sheep Breeders Association
  • Raising quality Shetland Sheep since 1993.
  • Veterinarian owned and managed.
  • Our primary flock goals are excellent conformation and health. Secondary goals are preserving a diverse range
    of colors, patterns and fleece types.
  • Our award-winning Shetland sires and dams consistently produce championship offspring.


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FALL 2014

Happy Fall! We are finishing up breeding season here on the farm and everyone’s busy preparing for winter as usual. However, much has happened since the beginning of our summer show season!
We wrapped up the summer show season at the Michigan Fiber Festival and the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair. The Michigan Fiber Festival sheep show was run by Mike and Heather again this year, and went very well. Alex and Joe had Reserve Champion Ewe as well as the Premier Exhibitor Award. This was our first year attending the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair at the Suburban Showcase Collection Expo Center in Novi, Michigan. Only Sammy took her flock to the show, but did extremely well. She swept the junior Any Other Wool Breed Show and took Grand Champion Ram, Reserve Champion Ewe, and Premier Michigan Breeder in the Open AOW Breed Show. She was also named the Reserve Champion Sheep Showman and placed first in the Ladies’ Lead Contest. And to top off an already successful weekend, Sammy was the winner of the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Overall Rural Livestock Scholarship.

The beginning of September was as usual dedicated to the Allegan County Fair. All of the kids had a fantastic year and much of their hard work throughout the summer months paid off. Joe was second in his sheep showmanship class and had a 1st place market wether. Alex had a 2nd place market gilt and won her 14 year old sheep showmanship class. Sammy won her 17 year old sheep showmanship class, had a 1st place market wether, as well as the Grand Champion Market Ewe. Sammy was also named the Top Sheep Showman for the second straight year. She then participated in the All-Around Showmanship Derby where she showed 13 different types of large and small livestock and was the named the 2014 Champion Overall Top Showman.

The rest of our fall has been filled with projects, work, school, sports, FFA, and more sheep shows.  Mike has been very hard at work putting up fences, installing new automatic waterers, and building infrastructure in the new barn. Mike has also been hard at work as a MAEAP Technician and was presented with the 2014 MAEAP Award of Excellence for having the most new MAEAP verifications in the state in 2014!

Joe had a great cross-country season and finished his Middle School season third in the conference.  Alex and Sammy attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of October. Sammy returned home two days early to run in her last MHSAA Cross Country State Finals.  In mid-November our family headed back to Louisville for NAILE- we left for the Junior Show ahead of the first snow storm of the season and returned for the Open Show during the second snow storm of the season. 

NAILE was a great show for Windswept Farms this year. In the Junior Show, Alex and Joe had the Reserve Champion Shetland Ewe with Windswept Syrah, and Sammy had the Reserve Champion Shetland Ram with SammyLudlams Pumpernickle.  In the Open Show, Sammy had Grand Champion Shetland Ram with SammyLudlams Hermitage and Grand Champion Shetland Ewe with SammyLudlams Ciabatta. Alex and Joe had the Reserve Champion Ewe with Windswept Syrah and were Premier Shetland Exhibitors!  
We are now home for the Holidays and looking forward to spending Christmas with the family.  We would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



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