Breeder of Suffolk Sheep
Duane Sickels started his Suffolk sheep flock as a 4-H project. In 1970, he expanded his flock through his own replacements and purchases from breeders in Indiana and Tennessee. Duane has continually worked to improve his genetics through accurate record keeping and pedigrees. Currently, the flock consists of 250 Suffolk cross and white-face crossed ewes and 35 Boer cross does. In 1972, Duane held his first production sale and has had an annual sale in April ever since.
Duane Sickles is no stranger to the show ring and the Indiana State Fair, while having the Champion Market Lamb for four consecutive years. He has exhibited at shows across the country with many champions.
Teaching youth through livestock is a passion of Duane's. When serving on the National Suffolk Association Board, he worked to establish the National Junior Suffolk Association. He has served as an official at state and National contests and has judged many shows across the eastern half of the United States. Showmanship is his favorite portion of a show and Duane has established the Sickels Lamb Camp to help youth with their showing abilities.
Duane is an active leader at the local, state and national levels. He serves on several sheep committees and Boards that promote sheep and youth.
Congratulations and thank you for your impact on the sheep industry and the agricultural youth of this country.