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USSA Awarded Let's Grow Grant The United Suffolk Sheep Association is the recipient of 1 of 15 grants funded through American Sheep
Industry Association's Let's Grow Committee. Grant Summary:
This project will link the association functions of breed promotion, youth development and education with the NSIP functions of creating and meeting commercial demand for documented performance and utilizing the technology of genetic analysis. The USSA will update its registration process to record performance measures and submit that data set (in large batches) directly to NSIP, creating a user-friendly system to fully integrate registration and performance. In the interim, USSA will subsidize the cost of data input for individual breeders, to immediately increase participation in NSIP. This project will dramatically increase the number of Suffolk breeders participating in NSIP and the number of Suffolk sheep in the database, thereby increasing the accuracy and validity of the genetic analysis. With heavy overfinished lambs hindering the efficiency of the U.S. sheep industry, Suffolk terminal sires (with reliable estimates for efficient lean gain) will be a great tool in managing this problem. As the largest single contributor of terminal sire genetics to the U.S. sheep industry, the USSA is dedicated to assuming a leadership role, and with a cooperative effort with NSIP, addressing the opportunities presented in the American Sheep Industry's Roadmap, and plans to contribute matching funds to achieve the goals of this project proposal. To learn more about the Let's Grow program and other proposals funded visit: http://www.sheepusa.org/Growourflock_Home
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District 1 33 votes - Ron Alves, CA 28 votes - Gayle Lucas. MT
District 2 24 votes - Matt Beals, NE 10 votes - Thomas Greenlee, TN
8 votes - Tom Burke, MO
Paul Skartvedt, IA
District 4 3 year term: Joe Emenheiser (VT) - 31 votes
1 year term: Randy Hodges (MI) - 24 votes
Overall Futurity Winner - Taylor Wolff (Kjeldgaard 582)
EWE LAMB FUTURITY
Current District Placing
Kelly Ann Rice
Kelly Ann Rice
EB Suffolks 328
Double L 14316
Russell Sheep Co. 5058
YEARLING EWE FUTURITY
Current District Placing
The 2015 United Suffolk Sheep Association Annual Meeting will be held at North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday, November 15th at 6:30pm (social hour begins at 5:30pm). You’re invited to join fellow United Suffolk Sheep Association Members for an event filled evening of dining and reminiscing as the association recognizes the 2015 class of United Suffolk Sheep Association Hall of Fame inductees. The annual business meeting will follow. Please note that this year the annual meeting consists of a formal dinner and requires that tickets be purchased by October 31, 2015. Please contact the USSA Office if you would like to make a reservation for this event. Dinner tickets will be $20 per person. Check back to the USSA website later this fall for historical information and photos for these inductees.
Congratulations to the 2015 USSA Hall of Fame Inductees
Bob & Mark Chapman
Dr. Ben Huff
UJSSA Members are encouraged to apply for the USSA Scholarship and the Let's Grow Suffolk Scholarship.
Each of these scholarships award $1000.
The deadline to apply has been moved to October 1, 2016 - please note this change.
Updated 3/18/15 The USSA Board of Directors voted to not move forward with the proposal regarding the percentage program.
There will be no changes to the percentage program at this time.
All non-family transfers are $10 per transfer. There will no longer be two different fees, dependent on sale date, for transfers. Within family transfers will remain $3 per transfer. Additional revenue from the increase in transfer fees will be used to support junior activities throughout the country and marketing and advertising of the Suffolk breed and the USSA.
The USSA will now be offering services for members to purchase an email blast for $100 to be sent to our email database of over 800 individuals.This email database is a select audience of those who raise, exhibit, purchase or are interested in Suffolk sheep.
Contact the office for more details.
There were two $1000 USSA Scholarships awarded:
Katie Frost of Bloomingburg, Ohio is a currently attending The Ohio State University, majoring in Animal Science/ Pre-Vet and hopes to attend The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine after graduating, specializing in sheep. Katie has been involved with her family’s Suffolk flock and has exhibited Suffolk sheep at the county and state level. She has also worked for the Ohio State Fair and Midwest Stud Ram Sale.
Jaclynn Knutson of Centerville, South Dakota is currently a senior at Viborg High School. She plans to attend South Dakota State University and double-majoring in Animal Science and Agricultural Systems Technology and minoring in Agricultural Business. Jaclynn has been involved with her family’s Suffolk flock since birth and intends on managing her own flock upon graduation from college. Jaclynn is currently the UJSSA President and active in 4-H and FFA.
Let’s Grow Suffolks Scholarship
Grant Friesen of Carthage, Indiana is currently a senior at Eastern Hancock County. He plans to attend Kansas State University and major in Biosystems Engineering and minoring in Feed Milling Science; with this degree he would like to improve machinery and equipment used by farmers and producers. Grant, along with his family raise Suffolks and plans to continue raising Suffolks upon graduation from college. He exhibits Suffolks locally and nationally. He is currently a UJSSA Director and is involved with 4-H and FFA.
The United Junior Suffolk Sheep Association (UJSSA) Ambassador is to be an outstanding junior Suffolk member who will support the production of the Suffolk breed at a local, state and national level. During their one-year term as Ambassador, he/she will have the chance to represent the UJSSA/USSA at sheep and lamb related activities, and to interact with the people and institutions that impact all phases of the sheep industry. The Ambassador will be the “Voice of the Suffolks” for the USSA/UJSSA alike. The deadline to apply for the USSA Ambassador is June 1, 2015.
The USSA is looking for historical Suffolk photos to include on the website. If you have any that you would be willing to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there something you'd like to see featured on the USSA website? Let us know - suggestions are welcomed!
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