United Suffolk Sheep Association Annual Meeting The 2016 United Suffolk Sheep Association Annual Meeting will be held at North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday, 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 2016 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, 2016. 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 2016 USSA Hall of Fame Inductees:
Clyde & Justina George & George Bros.
Duane & Marcia Sickels
Brentford Miller & Brenda Miller
2016 USSA Director Elections
The following members are running for their respective district director.
Ballots will be mailed by September 1st.
There will be no voting in districts 1, 3 and 4; those individuals will automatically fill the upcoming vacancies.
District 1 Gayle Lucas, (MT)
District 2 Tom Burke, (MO)
Bill Gergen, (NE)
Chris Mallett, (MO)
Randy Steinhausen, (NE)
District 2 15 votes: Bill Gergen
12 votes: Randy Steinhausen
12 votes: Tom Burke
8 votes: Chris Mallet
Bill Royer, IL
Randy Hodges, MI
New to the USSA Futurity Program! Breeders and Juniors are encouraged to participate in the 2016 USSA Futurity Program!
Last year the program paid out more than $1600 in premiums to participants in the 2015 USSA Futurity!
Taking advantage of participating in this program can help you pay for your purchased futurity nominated ewe lamb!
For example, if you placed 2nd in your district in last year’s futurity you won $100! The overall ewe lamb futurity winner in
2015 received $600 and the yearling ewe futurity winner received $100! I hope you’re interested…all you have to do is purchase a
futurity nominated ewe lamb and turn in your futurity points forms to the office, that’s it!
To encourage more participation in this program the Futurity Committee
and the USSA Board have made the following changes to the Futurity Program:
Ewe Lamb Futurity:
Allow futurity nominated ewe lambs to show, for points, in any class (Suffolk, crossbred, market lamb, etc.). Points are obtained, using the current point schedule, based on how the ewe places in the class, no matter the number of Suffolks in the class.
Eliminate double points for the National Junior Show and NAILE; both shows are still eligible for single points.
Futurity rules and one point form will be mailed with the registration paper to the junior buyer
Futurity rules and points forms will be available at the clerks desk as well as with the online sales for all futurity nominated ewes
Increase the number of shows from 5 to 7 as a maximum number of shows eligible for total points (more than 7 points forms can be submitted to the office, however, only the top 7 count)
Ewe Lamb Giveaway Expanded to one ewe lamb per district!
District 1 – Margarite Humphrey
District 2 – Cally Faulhaber
District 3 – Rylee Schultz
District 4 – Josiah Antram
This year the USSA Ewe Lamb Giveaway will be offering 4 ewe lambs - one ewe lamb per district!
Along with the program expanding into districts, recipients will also receive:
Ewe lamb will be futurity nominated!
Free registration(s) for first lamb crop
An adult and junior mentor for each recipient
Free one year UJSSA membership
More details of the program:
Submit a video that is 2 minutes or less that includes:
Who you are
Why you want to win a Suffolk ewe lamb
Your intentions for the ewe lamb
Must be 18 years or younger as of January 1, 2016 Only open to juniors who do not currently own a registered Suffolk Recipients will be given a list of breeders to choose who their ewe lamb will come from Deadline is November 1, 2016
ATTENTION USSA MEMBERS
We’re currently seeking ewe lamb donation commitments in each USSA District!
Please contact the USSA Office for more details! Breeders who have committed to donating a ewe lamb in 2016:
Alves Livestock, Ron Alves, Oakdale, CA
Double L Livestock, Larry & Linda Pauly, Delta, UT
Jarvis Sheep Co., Spanish Fork, UT
Mike Mann, New Cuyama, CA
Neumiller Suffolks, Jim Neumiller, Healdsburg, CA
Joe Olsen, Spanish Fork, UT
Matt Olsen, Genola, UT
Prairie Rose Suffolks, Gayle Lucas, Phillipsburg, MT
Pumphrey Suffolks, Walla Walla, WA
Edd Sabey, Heber City, UT
Stavros Bros. Fairview, UT
Summey Familiy Farm, Blair Summey, Lincoln, CA
Corey Withers, Delta, UT
Brent Shepherd, Spanish Fork, UT
Joel Shepherd, Moroni, UT
Shirl Shepherd, Spanish Fork, UT
Alan Kjeldgaard, Tekamah, NE
Bar-Zel Suffolks, Rob & Christy Zelinsky, Brookings, SD
Braasch Land & Livestock, Elwood, NE
Dry Sandy Sheep Co., Matt & Amy Beals, Alexandria, NE
Knutson Suffolks, Jason & Alicia Knutson & Family, Centerville, SD
Van Dyke Suffolks, Jim Van Dyke, Wessington Springs, SD
Wolff Suffolks, Ron & Beth Wolff, Oakes, ND
Baumann Suffolks, Savannah, MO
Mint Gold Ranch, Dale & Judy Dobberpuhl, De Pere, WI
Skartvedt Suffolks & Touchdown Acres, Wayne & Paul Skartvedt & Family, Radcliffe, IA
Schacherer Suffolks/Travis Schacherer, Canby, MN
Henderson Suffolks, Dennis Henderson & Family, Atlanta, IN
MacCauley Suffolks, Bill & Betsy MacCauley, Atglen, PA
Russell Sheep Co., Eaton, IN
THANK YOU to MacCauley Suffolks, Alan Batt & Big Sky Suffolks (Chris Reno) for your support and past ewe lamb donations!
2015 Win A Suffolk Ewe Lamb Winner
Kyle Gross - Kennard, Nebraska
Scholarships Available to UJSSA Members!
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.
USSA Ambassador Application
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, 2016.
The USSA is honored to be chosen as one of the 2016 Let's Grow Grant recipients.
A major focus of our grant proposal is to offer an opportunity for USSA members to enter their NSIP data into LambPlan through the USSA.
The USSA is ready to submit data for members to LambPlan. If you have data you would like to have submitted please contact the USSA Office.
For those who would like to have data submitted and run before the Center of the Nation Sale in July please submit your data before June 7th.
Please note that the USSA is offering a service to enter and submit LambPlan data for paid USSA members,
NSIP flock enrollment and database fees still apply.
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
Percentage - Purebred Registration Information 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.
Suffolk Items For Sale All prices listed include shipping costs.
UJSSA Fundraiser Apparel
T-shirts ($20) and Sweatshirts ($30)
Available in Adult and Youth Sizes!
Print - $80
Sculpture - $195
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.
USSA Mission Statement "To define, register, promote and improve the Suffolk breed to provide leadership for the advancement and future of the
entire U.S. Sheep Industry"
USSA Vision Statement "To be the most innovative, value adding, member-driven sheep breed organization for an evolving U.S. Sheep Industry"
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