• Weldon & Brian Johnson, Johnson Club Lambs
• Alan & Mary Kjeldgaard
• Ansel Luxford
• Buckeye Acres, Ron & Carla Young
2017 USSA Scholarship
There were two $1000 USSA Scholarships awarded:
Andrew Slack of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is currently attending University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Andrew is majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Agri-Business. His future plans include entering into the reproduction and AI field, working with all species, especially cattle and sheep. Additionally, he notes that he would like to grow his own flock up to 100 Suffolk frame ewes and 50 Suffolk based wether ewes. Andrew has shown Suffolk sheep since he was young at the local and national level, including the NAILE and the National Junior Suffolk Show and fits many sheep around the US. He currently is serving a second year as the UJSSA President.
Cody Kinsman of Spring Creek, Nevada is currently attending Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada, majoring in secondary education with a special education endorsement. Outside of college, Cody keeps busy fitting sheep (across the US) and helping local 4-Hers with their sheep projects. Upon graduation, Cody envisions a Masters Degree in education administration in the future. He plans to continue helping local youth with sheep projects, hosting livestock judging teams, coaching public speaking teams and assisting with his high school Ag teacher and their chapter’s events.
Let’s Grow Suffolks Scholarship
There was one $1000 Let’s Grow Suffolk Scholarship awarded:
Nicole Dittbrenner of Cumberland, Wisconsin is currently attending University of Wisconsin – River Falls, majoring in Animal Science. Upon graduation she plans pursue a career in management or a technical field. Additionally, she plans to continue to grow and improve her own flock, using tools such as ultrasounding, NSIP production records and artificial insemination. She also plans to continue her involvement with helping youth – such as donating lambs through the “Pay it Forward” program, hosting a Disability Hunt on her family’s farm and reaching out to help special needs youth with agriculture-related projects. Nicole has shown Suffolk sheep since she was young at the local and national level, including several National Junior Suffolk Shows.
United Suffolk Sheep Association Annual Meeting
The 2017 United Suffolk Sheep Association Annual Meeting will be held at North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday, November 14th 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 2017 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, 2017. 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 2017 USSA Hall of Fame Inductees
Johnson Club Lambs, Weldon & Brian Johnson
Alan & Mary Kjeldgaard
Buckeye Acres, Ron & Carla Young
2018 USSA Board of Directors Election Candidates
For each of the USSA Districts there is one director opening. Ballots will be mailed to members before September 1st.
Additionally, this election mailing will include USSA By-law changes, Annual Meeting Dinner Invitation, and other association announcements.
Election ballots and By-law changes must be returned to the USSA Office, postmarked October 1 or earlier.
USSA Amnesty Program Returns! The USSA Amnesty Program return August 1! Now’s the time to get caught up on registry work…
USSA and UJSSA members can register Suffolks that are one year of age or older for $8/head.
That’s $4 off a registration! The program runs August 1, 2017 to March 1, 2018.
Fee Schedule Changes
During the June USSA Board of Directors meeting there was a lengthy discussion on how to balance the proposed 2017/2018 budget. Through this discussion the USSA BOD approved the following changes to the association’s fee structure. Please note the effective dates below.
Membership Dues (effective 10/01/17):
New - $40
Paid prior to March 1 - $40/yr
Paid after March 1 - $60/yr
Rush Fees (effective 10/01/17):
Needed within 72 hours: $25/hd
Needed in less than 14 days: $10/hd
Late Registrations (effective 03/02/18):
Late Registrations (over 1 yr old)-$15/hd
2017 Futurity Program
Breeders and juniors are encouraged to participate in the 2017 USSA Futurity Program! Last year the program paid out more than $2400 in premiums to participants in the 2016 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 received $600 and the yearling ewe futurity winner received $150! 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 last year 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).
2018 Ewe Lamb Giveaway This year the USSA Ewe Lamb Giveaway will be offering 4 ewe lambs - one ewe lamb per district!
In 2016 the program expanded into a contest in each USSA district and recipients will receive:
1. Free one year UJSSA membership
2. Free registration(s) for first lamb crop
3. An adult and junior mentor for each recipient
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
• Why you should be chosen to receive a Suffolk ewe lamb
• Your intentions for the ewe lamb
› Must be 18 years or younger as of January 1, 2018
› 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, 2018
Breeders who have committed to donating a ewe lamb in 2017
Prairie Rose Suffolks, Gayle Lucas, Montana • Maxwell Suffolks, Ike Maxwell, Washington • McKay Suffolks, Scott McKay, Montana • South Beckman Suffolks, Bruce & Arlene Murphy, Oregon • Neumiller Suffolks, Jim Neumiller, California • Summey Family Farm, Blair & Gina Summey, California
Baumann Suffolks, Missouri • Heupel Suffolks, Colorado • Kjeldgaard Suffolks, Nebraska • Knutson Suffolks, South Dakota • Van Dyke Suffolks, South Dakota • Wolff Suffolks, North Dakota • Bar-Zel Suffolks, Rob & Christy Zelinsky & Family, South Dakota
Arnevik Family Suffolks, Wisconsin • Mint Gold Ranch, Dale &Judy Dobberpuhl, Wisconsin • JMG Suffolks, Jeremy & Heidi Geske, Minnesota • River Bend Farm Suffolks, Elmer & Etta Held, Wisconsin • Quam Suffolks, Minnesota • Touchdown Acres, Paul & Shannon Skartvedt, Iowa • Wayne Skartvedt Family, Iowa
Alvarez Family Suffolks, Rick and Kristi Alvarez, Ohio • Begg Family Suffolks, Tom Begg, Ohio • Henderson Family Suffolks, Indiana • MacCauley Suffolks, Bill & Betsy MacCauley, Pennsylvania • Mil-Sid Farm, Josh Miller, New York • Russell Sheep Company, Paul, Diane & Jeremy Russell, Indiana
THANK YOU to MacCauley Suffolks • Alan Batt & Big Sky Suffolks (Chris Reno) • Pumphrey Show Lambs • VanDyke Suffolks • Wayne Skartvedt Family & Touchdown Acres for your support and past ewe lamb donations!
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, 2018 - 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, 2018.
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
Suffolk Items For Sale All prices listed include shipping costs.
Print - $80
Sculpture - $195
UJSSA Fundraiser Apparel T-shirts - $20 | Sweatshirts - $30 Available in Adult and Youth Sizes!
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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