Early on Thursday morning, Feb. 19, one sheep gave birth to triplets on the Sandifer farm, where 4-H member Winston Sandifer lives with his father Chuck and mother Sherri.
Winston, 15, has been a member of 4-H since the fourth grade and has shown sheep every year since then.
“In the fourth grade, each class had their own little club,” said Sandifer about how he became involved in 4-H. “I heard about the sheep project and thought it sounded fun.”
So, for the past five years, he has shown sheep in competitions, which led to him raising his own sheep for the past two years.
Currently, Sandifer, owns nineteen sheep, twelve of which have given birth to lambs, and four of which will give birth soon.
Once the lambs are born, they are given ear tags to indentify them, and their tails are banded. In June, Sandifer will show the lambs at fairs and sell them once the season is over.
“We might keep the females one more year because you can show them as yearlings,” he said.
In addition to showing sheep, he also shows Racking horses during the summer in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama. In 2008, he won World Grand Champion Trail Pleasure Racking Juvenile. As a member of 4-H, he has also participated in 4-H camp and will become a counselor this year. In March, he wil be participating in 4-H Congress.
He also has several other irons in the fire. A long-time Boy Scout, Sandifer soon crosses over from Life Scout to Eagle Scout, and, in case it didn’t seem like his schedule was full enough, he also plays soccer.