Mike Ludlam started with the Allegan Conservation District as the MAEAP Water Stewardship Technician in October of 2012. The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
Mike graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Resource and Development. He and his wife Heather live on a 50 acre farm in Hopkins. Windswept Farms was established in 1993 when the Ludlams began raising registered Shetland Sheep. They currently raise approximately 100 head of Shetland and Targhee Sheep. The Ludlams sell breeding stock, lamb, raw fleeces, and rovings that are produced on the farm. They also have three children who are very involved with the farm, 4H, FFA, the sheep, and the fiber. The Ludlams were named as “The Purebred Sheep Producer of 2011″ by the Michigan Sheep Breeders Association and also are the Open Sheep Show Superintendants for the Allegan County Fair.
The Ludlam’s farm was also recently verified through the MAEAP Program in Cropping, Livestock and Farmstead. According to Mike, “I believe that the MAEAP Program is an extremely positive step forward for Michigan agriculture. We have been striving to use best production practices on our farm, and the technical assistance and information provided by the MAEAP Program has been outstanding”.
Mike is looking forward to working with all of Allegan County’s agricultural producers, big and small. If you are interested in becoming MAEAP Verified or would just like to obtain more information about the program please contact Mike at the Conservation District (269) 673-6940 ext.5.