December 9, 2010 by staff 

Lamb, Minnesota producer’s lambswool Association gave their adult Silver Bell Award from Jeremy Geske, former president of the group. This is his 11th year and the last member of the Board MLWP. “Without his help, the Minnesota Lamb and wool producers would not be as effective as it is now,” said President Don Adelmann at the awards ceremony on December 5, the last event in two days group’s annual conference Morton. Geske started raising sheep in nine years when he took a couple of sheep of the flock of his father. All sheep 35 years, he has now have the genetics can be traced back to his father’s sheep. Geske bought a farm south of this last spring in New Prague and plans to expand its herd to expand its business of seed stock, JMG Suffolks.

As an employee of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, he focuses on public policy issues related to animal agriculture. Geske has worked as a specialist in Farmington University of Minnesota Extension livestock.

He and his wife, Tracy, have two children, Michael, 7, and Milly, 4.

Geske felt honored to get the price.

“There are so many deserving people,” he said.

Mercedes Lee, 19, of Perley was chosen for the Junior Silver Bell Award.

“I’m really excited, it’s a nice surprise,” she said.

Lee is promoting lamb and wool of America as a “lambassador” for MLWP since 2007, helped launch the Junior Association MLWP and organizes the activities of this group. She is the Force of the American Sheep Industry working youth.

The daughter of Wayne and Lynn Lee is double major in culture and science of weeds and communication management North Dakota State University. She has a flock of 26 sheep registered Hampshire and recently had its first harvest in autumn lamb.

The Silver Bell recognizes role models in the association. The prize goes to an adult member who has excelled as a producer and has worked to improve the industry. The award honors junior members until the age of 21 who have their own herd, to promote the industry and involve other people.

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