|Michael and Janet Mawhinney, Mawhinney Mountain Dorsets
Provide a brief description of your operation.
Mawhinney Mountain Dorsets, a self proclaimed “mom and pop” operation by Janet, consists of two farms in Pennsylvania totaling 220 acres of land. Janet and her husband, Michael, tend to a flock of pulled Dorsets and lambed approximately 90 ewes this past spring.
Why are you an ASI Guard Dog member?
“The sheep industry has always been my passion. In addition to donating my time as a volunteer for the industry, I feel it is important to donate money to the fund.”
How do you think the industry has benefited from the Guard Dog funds?
“These funds give us a little push in case the industry experiences an unexpected problem. Whether we need to deal with these issues through legislation or assist in correcting a public misconception about the industry, the funds can be used to help support the U.S. sheep industry.”
What do you think are the industry’s needs in the future?
“The most important issue is to maintain the organization – the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). As of now, ASI has funding through 2008, and is looking into avenues to perpetuate the organization. Work is being done on this issue by the Strategic Planning Committee and also with the Sheep Heritage Foundation. Hopefully, people with a connection to the sheep industry will commit some of their estate or a significant amount of money can be invested.”
Established in 2001, the Guard Dog Program utilizes the recommendations and donations of dedicated industry individuals to address a variety of issues. We hope you enjoy learning about these individuals, their businesses and their foresight for the U.S. sheep industry. If you would like to become a member of the Guard Dog Program, contact ASI.