Florence Cubiburu from Stockton, Calif., received a standing ovation as she accepted the McClure Silver Ram Award for her lifetime of achievement and dedication to supporting the American sheep industry. Cubiburu was born into the sheep industry, and she carries that lifelong passion with her daily. She was the first woman president of the California Wool Growers Association and recipient of its Master Shepherd Award, a member of the California Sheep Commission Board and main proponent of its development, American Lamb Board member and has held numerous seats on ASI councils and committees. Vision and drive is something that Cubiburu encompasses and carries forth when thinking about this industry.
She is called the epitome sheep ambassador in one of her nomination letters, stating, "Florence Cubiburu is well known to producer, industry, government, legislative and regulatory offices across this continent. There is no more deserving individual we know who meets the quality of the McClure Silver Ram Award."
During her acceptance speech, Cubiburu said she was "humbled and honored to receive this recognition" and thanked her family for supporting her endeavors in the industry throughout the years.
The Camptender Award was presented to Charles Parker, Ph.D., of Columbus, Ohio, for his work as educator, scientist, industry leader, promoter and visionary in the sheep industry for the past 50 years. Parker focused his research at the Ohio Ag Research Station on intensive management systems and genetic selection for reproductive growth efficiencies, his work then continued as director of the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho. .
Francis and Shirley Steffee of Steffee Farms, Dresden, Ohio, were awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award for their tremendous commitment to the environment through everyday management practices with their flock. The Steffees have worked with the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District to implement numerous conservation practices on their farm including spring development, tile drainage, grassed waterways and paddocks for grazing.
Receiving the Shepherd's Award for Media was Wallace Sinclair of Milo, Maine. Sinclair is the publisher of Mainely Agriculture, a statewide newspaper containing news about agriculture, particularly sheep farming.