Histons named Maryland’s 2014 Shepherd of Year

Staff Writer

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (Nov. 4, 2014) — Michael and Colleen Histon of New Windsor, Md., were presented the 2014 Shepherd of the Year award at the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association annual meeting Oct. 25 at the Turf Valley Resort.
The Histons are the owners, since 2010, of Shepherd’s Manor Creamery, Maryland’s first sheep dairy.
The couple became involved with sheep when their two children, Anne Marie and Mathew, now grown, became involved in the 4-H program and showed livestock, including sheep.
Dairy sheep came into the picture after visiting a relative in California where Michael had a conversation with a cheese maker who told him to get involved with dairy sheep if he was interested in getting into dairying.
They took his advice and now make, on a seasonal basis, feta, cheddar, ricotta and cream cheeses which they sell through their creamery.
Presenting the award to the Histons were Mary Bare, owner of Cranberry Creek Fibers of Westminster, Md., and 2013 MSBA Shepherd of the Year and Emily Chamelin Hickman, the 2012 recipient.
It was also announced that Hickman will be taking over managing the Maryland Wool Pool from Rich Barczewski who is retiring from the job after several years.
Hickman asked that any suggestions as to the way the Wool Pool is run be forwarded to her.
Barbara Mullen of Thurmont, Md., chairwoman of the Lamb and Wool Queen Committee, introduced the Maryland Lamb and Wool Queen Ashley Hobbs of Silver Spring, Md. and two princesses, Anne Maxwell and Sara Minnich.
Gwen Handler of Westminster, Md., reported the 2014 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival was one of the best ever and said there will be some new additions at the 2015 festival.
Re-elected as association officers were: President, Bob Dinsmore of Jefferson, Md; vice-president, Elizabeth Cavey of New Windsor, Md.; secretary, Lee Langstaff of Dickerson, Md.; and treasurer, Colleen Histon.
Directors are Peter Austin of Ashton, Md., Emily Hickman, Westminster, Md., Brad Humbert, also of Westminster; and Tommy Mullinix of Union Bridge, Md.
There was also a brief discussion about allowing on-farm ethnic slaughter and the problems associated with the non-traditional market.