Ohio sheep association honors leader

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COLUMBUS – Gene McCluer, Hardin County extension agriculture and natural resources agent, recently received the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

McCluer was recognized at the Buckeye Shepherds Symposium for his service to the sheep industry during his 11 years as an extension agent.

True supporter. McCluer has worked closely with the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association, providing educational and programs support for the organization.

He has been instrumental in organizing a number of sheep management tours for sheep producers in Hardin County and throughout the state.

The tours were designed to promote the adoption of new and modern sheep management and production practices.

Specialist. McCluer’s areas of extension specialization include plant/animal systems management, farm management, water quality and environmental education, farm safety, farm record keeping and dairy production and planning.

Other awards. Mike Stitzlein of Ashland County was awarded the OSIA Master Shepherd award and Bill and Susan Shultz of Logan County were honored for winning the 2003 OSIA Environmental Stewardship Award.

It was also announced at the symposium that Bill and Susan Shultz also are the winners of the industry’s national Environmental Stewardship award.

The national award will be presented at the American Sheep Industry conference in Sacramento, Calif., in January.

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