“The hardest thing about showing sheep is getting to know them. You have to spend a lot of time with them, learning what they like and how they are comfortable. Then it’s a lot to remember in the show ring. Some sheep don’t like their back touched, or won’t let you move their front feet, and you have to learn all of that before the show season.” Though these words sound like advice from a seasoned professional showman, Lillian Schut is only nine years old. However, Lily is no novice. Before Lily could walk, she was in a sheep show ring, being toted around on the hip of her older sister.
Her family started off in crossbred market lambs, but after winning a buyer’s credit on a fundraising auction, they started their venture into breeding stock. This year, Lily won the Market Lamb Futurity, with a wether bred by Forsee’s.
Their family chooses to compete in the market lamb futurity because there are so many opportunities throughout the year to show at jackpots in their area. No stranger to winning the futurity, Lillian continues to be a strong competitor in our Market Lamb futurity program, placing her Southdown wethers high up at competitive jackpots around the country.
When asked how she has accomplished so much at her young age, Lilly is both humble about her continued success and grateful to her older sister, “she has taught me everything I know about showing sheep.” Congratulations to Lillian on her 2020 win!
*Bred by Forsee Southdowns