United Suffolk Sheep Association
United Suffolk Sheep Association
Breed Improvement
Committee Chair - Matt Beals
Email: drysandysheep@gmail.com
Phone: 402-200-0444
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


National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP)

The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) is a nonprofit organization established in 1986 by sheep producers and animal scientists to develop a tool that U.S. sheep producers can use to make genetic selection decisions based on commercially important traits. This program is administered by a volunteer board of directors and represents breeds of U.S. sheep that want to participate. Each breed type is evaluated separately in the NSIP. Technology that generates predictions offspring performance based on performance records is used by nearly all other livestock species to aid in genetic selection for highly productive animals. The NSIP works with the Australian company Sheep Genetics. Sheep Genetics provides the data submission software and performs the analysis that generates estimated breeding values for the U.S. producers enrolled in the NSIP.
More information can be found about NSIP by visiting the NSIP website - www.nsip.org

NSIP Suffolk Contact: Brenda Reau brendareau@gmail.com

NSIP Searchable Database: http://nsip.org/searchable-database/
Current Terminal Sire Reports: http://nsip.org/usa-terminal-reports/


Upcoming NSIP Webinars
Past Educational Webinars
The American Lamb Industry Roadmap Project

The American Lamb Industry Roadmap Project / Hale Report is now available online.
The report can be found at:


Research Highlighting Suffolks
Evaluation of Columbia, USMARC-Composite, Suffolk, and Texel Rams as Terminal Sires in an Extensive Rangeland Production System
Click here for article
Click here for figures from the article
Click here for Slide Presentation
Presented at: Production, Education, and Research Council Policy Forum, Amer. Sheep Industry Convention, Scottsdale, AZ, January 24-28.



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