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Intent to Run Deadline: August 1st
USSA Director Elections are just around the corner!
There will be one director position open in each district.
If you or a USSA member you know would like to be a candidate for the upcoming USSA Directors elections, here's a brief overview of your next steps:
1. Submit a letter of intent declaring that you are willing to be a candidate for the 2017 USSA Board of Directors Election. Letters of intent are due in the USSA Office by August 1, 2016. The letter must be faxed, emailed or mailed to the USSA Office, PO Box 121, Holland, Iowa 50642. Letters of intent submitted through mail must be postmarked by the deadline date. Phone calls are not acceptable.
2. Within one week of the deadline, candidates must submit a brief personal bio as well as a photo to the USSA Office. The personal bio should be approximately one-half of an 8 (1/2) x 11 page. The content of candidate bios should discuss the candidate's qualifications, reasons they feel they are a good director candidate and any thoughts/ideas they may have on improving the association and Suffolk breed. Candidates who do not submit a personal bio and photo will only have their name listed on the election ballot.
June 30th - July 3rd in Spencer, Iowa
Entries due June 10th!
Any entries submitted after June 10th are double.
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.
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: Disrict 1:
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
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!
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)
Sale Dates: APRIL 24-25 (Entries due April 11) and JUNE 8-9(Entries due May 25)
ENTRIES are on a first come basis, max of 36 head per sale!
Entry Rules: Consignors may enter a maximum of two head per sale.
If a consignor enters a ram, a ewe must be entered.
Ewe Entry - $25 per head commitment fee
• If the ewe sells $25 is credited back to the consignors USSA account.
• If the ewe does not sell the $25 will be paid to Willoughby Sales.
• Ewe lambs are eligible to be futurity nominated (optional).
• Futurity nominations are $25/head.
Ram Entry - $50 entry fee Consignor is required to consign a ewe if a ram is consigned.
• If the ram sells $25 is credited back to the consignor’s USSA account and the USSA retains $25.
• If the ram does not sell $25 is paid to Willoughby Sales and the USSA retains $25.
Consignors are encouraged to submit 3 good photos of each entry and a short video.
Please contact the USSA Office with any questions. For both sales, entries are on a first come basis.
If a member consigns to the first sale and would like to consign to the second sale, their name goes to the end of the list for the
second sale, giving equal opportunity for members to consign. There is a maximum of 36 entries per sale. Percentage
registered Suffolks are eligible to consign but breed percentage must be disclosed in the catalog information.
There is a 10% commission on the sale.
Entries, photos and/or videos can be submitted to the USSA Office:
Mail: USSA, PO Box 121, Holland, IA 50642
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
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
Kyle Gross - Kennard, Nebraska
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
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.
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.
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.
"To define, register, promote and improve the Suffolk breed to provide leadership for the advancement and future of the entire U.S. Sheep Industry"
"To be the most innovative, value adding, member-driven sheep breed organization for an evolving U.S. Sheep Industry"
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.
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