Guy R. Flora

Guy R. Flora, Cardington, has distinguished himself as a state and national leader in the sheep industry. Starting his original flock of sheep with his son's 4-H project, he became an active leader with sheep organizations in Ohio and across the country, including leadership roles with the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program. He rose to serve as president of the American Sheep Industry Association, the first sheep farmer from Ohio to attain that office. Flora continues to be active as a national member of numerous sheep organizations, including the National Sheep and Goat Center and the American Sheep Industry Sheep Heritage Foundation.

Flora has received numerous awards for his dedication to the sheep industry, including Friend of the Industry and Distinguished Service award from the OSIA, 2007 McClure Silver Ram Award from the American Sheep Industry, as well as Distinguished Service awards from the Indiana and the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Association.

The Shepherd Magazine has been owned and operated by him and his wife and another couple for 22 years. The internationally recognized sheep publication is known for its educational articles on the sheep and goat industries and shares valuable research with the sheep community around the world through its widespread circulation. 

Flora's career also included 30 years as a teacher of high school students in Morrow and Richland counties, as well as a 4-H advisor and supporter of FFA.

He and his wife, Pat, maintains a flock of 60 ewes on their farm and have four children.