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2017 Sales & Shows

***Please continue to check this post as we progress through the year for more information as it becomes available.***

 

2017 Annual AJSA Ambassador Online Sale

The American Junior Southdown Association Ambassador team will host their annual online sale at Willoughby Livestock on April 17th.  Beginning February 25th, Ambassadors will be contacting ASBA members to solicit consignments for the sale.  More information will be available soon.

 

2017 Annual Hoosier Heartland Southdown Sale

The 5th annual Hoosier Heartland Southdown Sale hosted by the Indiana Southdown Association will be April 19th.  It will be online only at Willoughby Livestock.  $20 per head entry fee and 10% commission (3% goes to the Indiana Southdown Association).  Entry fees and commission will be deducted from settlement checks.  Out-of-state consignors are welcome.  Sale consignors must be a member of the Indiana Southdown Association. Join by March 1st for $20 and mail payment to Kellie Kuhn, 3475 S. 840 W, Manilla IN 46150.  Please include your email address in correspondence  with $20 payment for membership.  For questions, contact Lynn Kuhn at 317-513-0564.

 

Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale and Symposium; Starter Ewe Program

This event will be held on April 22nd, 2017 at the UW Agriculture Research Center Public Events building, Arlington, WI. Details can be found at the Wisconsin Southdown Association’s website (www.wisconsinsouthdowns.com). Pictures of sale sheep will be posted through the Association’s website in an online catalog. Bidders who cannot attend the sale in person can bid online or by phone.

For those new to sheep or the breed, several short sessions will start the day and will teach basic information necessary to having a successful start with Southdowns; shearing/trimming, lamb feeding and health. There will be sheep onsite the day of the sale available to view prior to the sale starting promptly at Noon.

The 2017 “Starter Ewe Lambs” will be awarded to several Wisconsin youth at the event. Starter ewe lamb applications are due on March 1st and can be found at the website listed above. The Starter Ewe Lamb program is in its 8th year and has been an extremely successful way for youth who currently don’t have Southdowns to get a start in the breed. The youth are provided with a high quality ewe lamb including mentorship from the donating breeder. Southdowns have become one of the most popular breeds in Wisconsin for youth sheep projects due to the strong network of breeders and the Southdown’s moderate size, good temperament and that the breed are “slick sheared” by the youth before showing, minimizing the cost and time of fitting.

Sheep purchased at this sale in 2017 that are ASBA Futurity nominated will be eligible for a $1,000 cash jackpot sponsored by the WI Southdown Association which will be awarded at the All American Junior Show, which will be held in Madison, WI this year. The highest placing Yearling, Fall and Ewe Lamb at the 2017 All American Junior Show purchased in the 2017 sale will be eligible to compete for the jackpot money. Details about the jackpot and the All American Junior Show can be found on the Association’s website www.wisconsinsouthdowns.com

If you are unable to visit the website or need more details on the event or Starter Ewe Program, please contact WSA President, Dan Smerchek at dsmerchek@northernlakesvet.com

 

2017 National Southdown Sale & Futurity Kickoff Junior Show

Plan to attend the 2017 National Southdown Sale at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, Indiana!  We’re pleased to bring it back to Richmond for a second year.  A show of the consignments will be at 4:30pm EST on Friday, April 28th and judge is yet to be determined.  The sale will be at 9:30am EST on Saturday, April 29th.  Yearling rams and ewes, Fall rams and ewes, as well as January and February born ewe and ram lambs are eligible. Entries due April 1st. For more information and entry form visit:  https://www.wlivestock.com/Willoughby/Page/nationalsouthdownshowandsale

The 2017 Junior National Futurity Kickoff will also be on April 29th at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, IN. Sheep purchased that morning in the National Sale are eligible for the show!  This show is not limited to only futurity nominated sheep – all sheep that you wish to show are welcome!  The show will have all classes (including wethers). Juniors can begin check-in of registration papers at 10am EST.  The show is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm EST with showmanship for all ages, and then classes for ram, ewes, and market lambs.  All ages of sheep will be shown from oldest to youngest.  Follow the link listed above for more info.  The judge is yet to be determined.

 

 

 

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2017 Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale and Starter Ewe Program

The Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale and Symposium will be held on April 22nd, 2017 at the UW Agriculture Research Center Public Events building, Arlington, WI. Details can be found at the Wisconsin Southdown Association’s website (www.wisconsinsouthdowns.com). Pictures of sale sheep will be posted through the Association’s website in an online catalog. Bidders who cannot attend the sale in person can bid online or by phone.

For those new to sheep or the breed, several short sessions will start the day and will teach basic information necessary to having a successful start with Southdowns; shearing/trimming, lamb feeding and health. There will be sheep onsite the day of the sale available to view prior to the sale starting promptly at Noon.

The 2017 “Starter Ewe Lambs” will be awarded to several Wisconsin youth at the event. Starter ewe lamb applications are due on March 1st and can be found at the website listed above. The Starter Ewe Lamb program is in its 8th year and has been an extremely successful way for youth who currently don’t have Southdowns to get a start in the breed. The youth are provided with a high quality ewe lamb including mentorship from the donating breeder. Southdowns have become one of the most popular breeds in Wisconsin for youth sheep projects due to the strong network of breeders and the Southdown’s moderate size, good temperament and that the breed are “slick sheared” by the youth before showing, minimizing the cost and time of fitting.

Sheep purchased at this sale in 2017 that are ASBA Futurity nominated will be eligible for a $1,000 cash jackpot sponsored by the WI Southdown Association which will be awarded at the All American Junior Show, which will be held in Madison, WI this year. The highest placing Yearling, Fall and Ewe Lamb at the 2017 All American Junior Show purchased in the 2017 sale will be eligible to compete for the jackpot money. Details about the jackpot and the All American Junior Show can be found on the Association’s website.

If you are unable to visit the website or need more details on the event or Starter Ewe Program, please contact WSA President, Dan Smerchek at dsmerchek@northernlakesvet.com

 

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Wisconsin Association Awards $1,000 to Southdown Futurity Winners

Rio, WI, December 12, 2016

The Wisconsin Southdown Association (WSA) announces the winners of the $1,000 Jackpot the association offered in conjunction with the Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale held this spring. Fall and Spring ewe lambs purchased in this sale were eligible for the jackpot when the youth participated in the American Southdown Breeders Association (ASBA) “Pot ‘O Gold” futurity.

A fall ewe purchased by Jaleigh Oldenburg, Mulhall, OK and spring ewe lamb purchased by Hannah Schultz, Fort Atkinson, WI were the highest placing animals in the ASBA Futurity purchased in the Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale in their respective age groups. Oldenburg was awarded $570 and Schulz $430 in the Wisconsin Jackpot. These awards were in addition to the money awarded to Oldenburg and Schultz by the ASBA.

Enthusiasm is growing in Wisconsin for the “Pot ‘O Gold” Futurity as more Wisconsin junior members participated in the ASBA Futurity in 2016 than any other year. WSJA members who competed in 2016 included Kyliegha Daniels, Andrew Formo, Caleb Formo, Dylan Klug, Isaac Kohlman, Carson Lobdell, Casey Lobdell and Hannah Schultz. Five of the top eight ewe division placings were won by Wisconsin youth.

The American Southdown Breeders Association established the “Pot ‘O Gold” Youth Futurity Program to provide an incentive based award system for youth to encourage and reward high quality purchases at ASBA sanctioned sales. Complete results for the futurity can be found at www.southdownsheep.org .

The Wisconsin Southdown Association will be holding its 2017 Southdown Stars Sale & Symposium on Saturday, April 22nd. The event will again feature a $1,000 jackpot as well as a high quality set of Southdowns for sale, educational sessions for youth and adults and an opportunity to network with other Southdowns breeders. Watch the WSA website (www.wisconsinsouthdowns.com) or the association’s social media pages for details closer to the event.

If you are unable to visit the association’s website and need more details on the event, please contact WSA President, Dan Smerchek at (715) 347-1957 or dsmerchek@northernlakesvet.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hannah Schultz

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2016 NAILE

Louisville – North American

We are only a month away from being in Louisville at the North American International Livestock Show.  It is our hope that you will be able to make the events of the big junior weekend and the National Southdown Show.

 

Junior Weekend With All the Trimmings

Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. will be the Southdown Skillathon in room 109C.  This popular event has really grown into a great activity for our youth.  With different age divisions and awards for each division, juniors can sign up at the door and test their skills on Southdown and sheep knowledge.

 

The Stars of Louisville Southdown Sale will be Saturday, November 12th at 12:30 in the room adjacent to the sheep show offices.  We have an outstanding offering of 35 Southdown ewes consigned to the sale.  You will be able to find a list of consignors and their entries online later this month or in the Louisville Preview publication that will be hitting the mail boxes soon.

 

Finally, on Saturday evening at 6: 00 p.m. will be the Southdown social and mixer followed by the 134th Annual Meeting of the Association.  We are set for room 107 at the North American.  Come enjoy a time of snacks and drinks, visiting with friends, and hearing the news of the Association.

 

Sunday morning, bright and early at 8:00 a.m. will be the Southdown junior show.  We have the ring reserved for a great Southdown event that will take all morning and part of the afternoon.  It will be a great junior show and one you will want to see.

 

National Show

The National Southdown Show will be Monday, November 14th, at 8:00 a.m. Entries are still being tabulated, but a great show is anticipated, if past history is any indication.  Billy Wade of Indiana will be the judge, and history is waiting to be made.

Don’t forget, if you have entered the National Show, to send in your matching funds.  At $15 per head and group class the matching funds payment to the Association allows us to boost the premium payout back to the exhibitors as the highest of any breed.

 

Spirit of the Breed

If you have that special person you would like to nominate for the Spirit of the Breed award, do not hesitate to take some time to fill out the application and send it to the Association office.  There will be more information on this wonderful way we say thank you to those that help in so many ways with Southdown activities, in the issue of the Preview that is in the mail, or you can call the office and I will be glad to get an application to you.

 

Futurity Update

We have made several updates on the Pot of Gold Futurity for this year and the latest is up on the website.  We are having record number of point forms turned in and a record number of youth participating.  It is going to be a great finish in Louisville!

 

 

Gary Jennings

Executive Secretary

American Southdown Breeders Association

 

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2016 Fall E-Letter

Fall Greetings!

With cooler temperatures, we realize the fall of 2016 is upon us.  After a very busy summer for so many, with vacations, county fairs, state fairs, it is time to turn our attention to the fall of 2016.  In the Association office, it means we begin preparing for Louisville or the North American International Livestock Exposition.  National shows, national meetings, and the culmination of the show season are only two months away.

Futurity Points

Futurity points that have been tabulated as of September 1st will be posted this week for the spring ewe lambs, fall ewe lambs, yearling ewes, and market lambs.  This is a “snapshot” of the current point totals and standings as of this date. There are many more point forms to come into the office later this fall, so updates will be posted throughout the fall.  Remember to promptly send those point forms to the office.

Stars Sale

Historically, the last major Southdown sale of the year ends, appropriately, in Louisville.  The Stars Sale, which will be Saturday, November 12th, showcases many of the best ewes of the breed.   It has been a wonderful year for our breed with strong interest in Southdowns from the early sales in April to the present.  If you are interested in consigning to the sale, time is of the essence for your entries to be included in the sale catalog.  Contact the Association office with your questions or consignments as soon as possible.

National Show and Louisville Junior Events

Did I mention that Louisville is on the horizon?  First, do not forget to submit your entries for the junior show and/or the open show, due October 8th.  Those entry deadlines have a way of slipping up on us.  Secondly, please submit your open show matching funds to the Association office, due October 1st.

Louisville Preview

Our editor Lisa Reiff has done a great job of putting together a fall publication for all to enjoy. It leads up to all the festivities at the North American Livestock Exposition.  We call it the Louisville Preview. A number of breeders choose to advertise in the publication, and we mail it to all our membership and hand it out at our booth in Louisville.  If you wish to put an ad in the Preview, contact Lisa at scramli3@hotmail.com .  She will be happy to help you design an ad. Please note that the deadline is September 16th.

Annual Meeting Proxy

With the official notice of the 134th annual meeting of the American Southdown Breeders’ Association in the Louisville Preview, members who have paid their annual dues of $20 since October 1, 2015, are eligible to vote at the meeting or request a proxy to be represented by another member.  Proxies need to be requested in writing and returned to the Association office at least 15 days prior to the annual meeting on November 12th, 2016. Your vote can then be counted and represented through the person at the meeting that you have designated.

Spirit of the Breed

One of the highlights of the annual meeting is the announcement of the “Spirit of the Breed” recipient for the year.  This award honors those that have that special “Southdown Spirit” of helping others in the breed.  Past winners include, Gary Kwisnek, Kim and June Weedy, Mike McElvain, Gale Cole, Trace Repasky, C.J.Robinson, Claudette Choma, Barbara Bishop, and the L.C. Scramlin Family.  If you know of someone who would be such a recipient, give the Association office a call or watch for information in the Preview about how to nominate that individual.

Junior Mentoring Program

Our Junior Ambassadors have initiated a mentoring program that will be introduced at this year’s annual meeting and mixer.  Junior members with limited experience will be paired with older junior members and supervised by an adult member.  If you know of a youth who could benefit from such a mentoring program, let us know.

Junior Production Contest

Southdown juniors who cannot always make all the shows being offered can now participate in a new production contest.  All the rules and specifics are listed on the ASBA website under Southdown juniors. Check it out at:

http://www.southdownsheep.org/juniors_production_contest.php

The participation form and necessary records are on the website under forms.

http://www.southdownsheep.org/pdf/forms/2016/ProductionContest-RecordReport.pdf

These are exciting time for our breed, we look forward to your participation in one or more of our many programs for youth.

 

NAILE schedule:

Friday, November 11, 2016

10:00 am – Breeding Sheep Showmanship

4:00 pm – Board of Directors Informal Meeting

4:00 pm – Market Lamb Showmanship

Saturday, November 12, 2016

8:00 am – Market Lamb Show

9:00 am – Southdown Skill-a-thon

12:30 pm – Stars of Louisville Southdown Sale

6: 00 pm – Southdown Social

134th Annual Meeting of the American Southdown Breeders’ Association

Sunday, November 13, 2016

8:00 am – Southdown Junior Show

Monday, November 14, 2016

8: 00 am – Southdown Open Show

 

Louisville 2016, put it on your schedule!

 

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James Crotcher passed away

In Memory of James Crotcher

9/1/1947 – 5/23/2016

VERSAILLES, OHIO – James Clyde Crotcher, 68, of Versailles, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 23, 2016, after a 3-year battle with cancer. Jim is the son of Clyde and Isabelle (Fultz) Crotcher. He grew up on a farm in Bellevue, Ohio, and then attended the Ohio State University graduating with a degree in Animal Science. It was at Ohio State where he met his wife, Shirley Beard. They have been married 47 years. In 1970, they moved to Darke County where Jim was a feed specialist for 29 years for Landmark/Countrymark in Greenville and New Weston before becoming a realtor.
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his three daughters, Kim and Milan Pozderac of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Kelly and Travis Fliehman of Greenville, Ohio, and Kristi and John Kaiser of Versailles, Ohio, and eight grandchildren: Abby, Milan, and Maribeth Pozderac; Lexi Fliehman; and Alex, Caleb, Luke, and Ben Kaiser. Also surviving is Jim’s sister Judy and Rick Lauer of Nineveh, Indiana.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am Thursday May 26, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church 7814 St. Rt. 121 North Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Patti Morlock officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday May 25, 2016 from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and on Thursday 1 hour prior to the services in the church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Versailles Emergency Medical Services or the Darke County Cancer Association.

A link to the funeral home:  http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=James-Crotcher&lc=6945&pid=180085551&mid=6940414

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2016 Sales & Shows

2016 Hoosier Heartland Online Southdown Sale

April 4th, 2016 at wlivestock.com.  Contact Lynn Kuhn at 317-512-0564  for more details or visit HHSS Facebook page.

2016 Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale & Starter Ewe Program

The Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale and Symposium will be held on April 16th, 2016 at the UW Agriculture Research Center Public Events Building, Arlington, WI. This year there is a new sale format where you choose how you want to consign (in person and online, or online only).  Entries are due April 5th.  Entries for Southdown Starter Ewe Program due March 11. For more info on the ewe program and sale, visit the Wisconsin Southdown Association website and WSA Facebook page.

If you are unable to visit the association’s website and need more details on the event, please contact Troy Lobdell at (608) 482-1502, or email:  lodbell@yousq.net

2016 Ambassador’s Online Futurity  Ewe Lamb Sale

The Southdown Ambassadors are hosting the 2nd annual online futurity nominated ewe lamb sale on April 18th at wlivestock.com.  Ambassadors are personally contacting breeders and asking for sale consignments.  If you have not been contacted and would like to consign to the sale, please contact Secretary, Gary Jennings, at the ASBA office.  Stay tuned to the ASBA website and facebook pages for further details.

2016 National Sale & Jr National Futurity Kickoff

Plan to attend the 2016 National Southdown Sale on April 30th at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, Indiana!  Its a new location, new sale management team, and we’re more excited than ever.  A show of the consignments will be at 4:30pm EST on Friday, April 29th and judge is set to be Evan Snyder.  The sale will be at 9:30am EST on Saturday, April 30th.  Yearling rams and ewes, Fall rams and ewes, as well as January and February born ewe and ram lambs are eligible. Entries due April 1st;  However if you make your entries BEFORE March 15th , we will list your name in the sale promotional advertising. Sale details can be found here:  http://wlivestock.com/2016-national-southdown-show-and-sale.html

Also new for this year, the 2016 Junior National Futurity Kickoff will also be on April 30th at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, IN. Sheep purchased that morning in the National Sale are eligible for the show!  This show is not limited to only futurity nominated sheep – all sheep that you wish to show are welcome!  The show will have all classes (including wethers). Juniors can begin check-in of registration papers at 10am EST.  The Ambassadors will do a fitting demonstration at 12pm EST.  The show is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm EST with showmanship for all ages, and then classes for ram, ewes, and market lambs.  All ages of sheep will be shown from oldest to youngest.  The judge is Stan Poe of Indiana.  Click here for 2016 Futurity Kickoff entry form & rules

2016 Midwest Junior Preview Show

The Midwest Junior Preview Show is an annual breeding sheep show opened to all registered breeds of sheep as well as commercial breeding sheep!  Held in Sedalia, Missouri on June 4, 2016.  Online entries will be open April 1st.  For more info, visit Midwest Junior Preview Show website or MJPS Facebook page.

2016 Annual Texas Southdown Breeders Online Southdown Sale

Save the date for June 7, 2016. Sale to be featured on wlivestock.com.  For more info, visit the Texas Southdown Breeders Association website or the TSBA Facebook page.

2016 Midwest Stud Ram Sale

Show at 8am CST on Wednesday, June 22nd with judge Brad Ellerbrock.  Sale begins at 8am on Friday, June 26th with Southdowns selling 4th in sale order behind Hampshire, Suffolks, and Polled & Horned Dorsets.   Entries due May 1st to be in catalog. For more information, visit the Midwest Stud Ram Sale website or the MWSRS Facebook page.

All American Junior Show & National Junior Southdown Show

June 30 – July 3 at the Michigan State University Pavilion for Ag and Livestock Education located at 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, Michigan 48910.  Entries are due May 25, 2016. For more info, visit the AAJS website and the AAJS Facebook page.

 

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Newsletter 1-15-2016

The beginning of a new year brings wishes from the American Southdown Breeders’ Association for a happy and healthy 2016 for each of you.  With the coming of a new lambing season, it is appropriate to let each of you know important decisions made by the Board of Directors at the annual meetings this past year in Louisville.

The “Pot of Gold” futurity continues to show strong support by breeders and excitement from youth members across the country.  If you are interested in participating in the futurity several important changes were made to add to the value of the market lamb futurity.

1.       The buyer of a ewe lamb will determine which category of the futurity in which that lamb will participate.  (This determination will be made by the purchaser at the time the first point record form is submitted.  You can show your ewe lamb in either the market lamb futurity or the breeding sheep futurity but not both.)

2.       The payout between the breeding and market futurity will be determined by the percentage of point record forms turned in.

3.       Market ewe lambs cannot collect breeding show points.  They must show in only market classes.

It is noted that nominated wether lambs will, of course, continue to be part of the market lamb futurity.

To further support our youth, two individuals will be working closely on our youth programs and Ambassador Program.  Amy Powell Peterson, will be the coordinator between the Board of Directors and the Ambassador program.  Amy will continue to guide the Ambassador program as she has done so well over the past year.  Megan Nielson, will be working on the many ways of communicating electronically within the junior program.  You will see the work of these talented individuals throughout the year as we continue to highlight and support our many junior members.

The Southdown Standard of Excellence was changed by adding the following:

1.       Under the back and loin section, the following sentence was added:  Animals that exhibit unnatural muscling of the rack and shortened loin associated with the callipyge mutation should be discriminated against.

2.       Under the hindquarters section, the following sentence was added:  Animals that exhibit a tendency toward a steep hip and unnatural muscling of the leg associated with the callipyge mutation should be discriminated against.

3.       Under the general section, the following sentence was added:  Southdowns that exhibit evidence of the callipyge mutation should be discriminated against due to the long-standing and well-documented problems related to carcass qualities that carry a negative industry bias.

In the desire to service our membership with the merchandising of their flock, there will no longer be a charge for web links on the Association website.  If you wish to add your website, please send all information to the Association address.

The 2016 National Junior Show will be held with the All-American show at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, Michigan.  This will be held, in customary fashion, over the 4th of July weekend.

Three regional shows will be held with the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, the San Diego County Fair, and the Eastern States Exposition.

2016 promises to be another great year for our breed and our membership.  Again, best wishes for the New Year and a successful lambing season.

 

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2015 NAILE Activities Results and Meeting Notes

With December and the Holiday Season beginning, we find it only appropriate to recognize those junior Southdown members that have worked hard though-out the year.  For some, their successes were recognized at the recently held North American International Livestock Show.  One has to put into context the junior show and all the activities of our Southdown junior members.  This year’s NAILE junior show was the largest breeding junior show held at the North American.  It was the largest show of any breed or any species.  The one comment that we continue to hear is that there are new exhibitors or junior members each year at the North American that will be competitive for many years to come.  One could easily see that the interest in Southdowns is only going to grow and grow.

Southdown Skillathon

Megan Nielson organized this year’s event.  44 youth competed from 12 different states.  Top 5 in each age group:

Juniors:

1st Madisyn Harris – TN

2nd Jordyn Leininger – IN

3rd Landon – AR

4th Justin Howell – OH

5th Jason Hackbarth – IL

Intermediate:

1st William Lohr – VA

2nd Emily Brite – TX

3rd Mackenzie Padgett – IN

4th Kailen Smerchek – WI

5th Lauren Swan – MT

Seniors:

1st Nick Fowler – OH

2nd Casey Lobdell – WI

3rd Autum Gregg – AR

4th Lauren Dixon – KY

5th Courtney Lobdell – WI

Scholarships

The American Southdown Breeders’ Association awarded four scholarships on November 14, 2015 at the Southdown Social in Louisville, Kentucky. Recipients of the $600 scholarships are:

Alyssa Flanagan, daughter of Scott and Mylea Flanagan of Ballinger, Texas, is a freshman at Angelo State University. Her major course of study is in Food Animal Science and Marketing. Alyssa was a member of a 4-H team that won the national parliamentary procedure contest, had the first place sheep record book at state 4-H round-up, showed multiple champions at the State Fair of Texas, and did a state winning sheep educational presentation. She held many offices in the Texas Junior Southdown Association and served as an ASBA Ambassador last year.

Courtney Lobdell, daughter of Troy and Barb Lobdell of Darlington, Wisconsin, has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and is now at University of Wisconsin-Platteville to work on a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood with an Elementary Education emphasis. Courtney was an American FFA Degree recipient, finished 4th in the Wisconsin FFA Star Farmer contest, has traveled to five All-American Junior Shows, showing the Reserve Grand Champion Ewe in 2015, has been president of the Wisconsin Junior Southdown Association, and is currently serving as an ASBA Ambassador.

Cassie McConkey, daughter of Travis and Chrystal McConkey of Loudon, Tennessee, is a freshman at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. She plans to continue on to a university to pursue a degree in Animal Science. Cassie was on the 4-H livestock judging team that won the state contest and represented Tennessee at the National Livestock Judging Contest in 2014, where she was seventh high individual. She has put on showmanship clinics at the TN State Expo and TN Valley Fair as well as competing in skillathons. This is the second year Cassie has been an ASBA Ambassador.

Hannah Taylor, daughter of Todd and Lynnette Taylor of Arlington, Wisconsin, is a freshman at Kansas State University where she is majoring in Agricultural Communications and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. Hannah has extensive experience in both FFA and 4-H, winning the state FFA Meats judging contest 4 years and the state 4-H Meats contest multiple times, which allowed her to compete at the American Royal and Western National Round-up Meats contests. She had many successes in livestock judging, skillathon, and quiz bowl, including winning Wisconsin State Fair sheep premier exhibitor twice.

 

ASBA Pot O’ Gold Futurity

The ASBA futurity program pays cash awards to youth showing ewes and wethers that were purchased as breeder nominated lambs at ASBA sanctioned sales and cooperating individual breeder online sales.  In 2015, breeder nominations were recorded at 257 spring ewe lambs, 32 fall ewe lambs, and 56 wether market lambs in the first year of the market lamb futurity.  Yearling ewes were nominated the previous year as a lamb.  The total payout for 2015 futurity is $9,400 in total.  A complete listing of all final futurity results can be found here:  Southdown Juniors – Futurity page.

Spring Ewe Lamb: Ewe lambs continue to receive record nominations by breeders and display very competitive show ring exposure. This is the 24th year of the spring ewe lamb futurity.

1st – Lexy Grace (NH) – Scramlin 1534

2nd – Lydia Wilson (NC) – Forsee E15-033

3rd – Carson Lobdell (WI) – Bowman 15233

4th – Garrett Schreiner (IL) – Bowman 1520

5th – Andi Belt (MO) – Bechman RVF 1521

Fall Ewe Lamb:

1st – Robert Casey (OH) – MB Genetics 14F-2XEM

2nd – Lydia Wilson (NC) – Forsee E14-363

3rd – Holden Lovelace (TN) – Rincker 1503

4th – Baylee Wade (MO) – Reid 14-49

5th – Dylan Klug (IA) – Pleasant Springs 7076

Yearling Ewe:

1st – Trent George (MI) – Forsee E14-268

2nd – Caroline Kuhn (IN) – Forsee E14-044

3rd – Ephraim Fowler (OH) – Willwerth 14-691

4th – Lydia Wilson (NC) – Forsee E14-171ET

5th – Mackenzie Padgett (IN) – Oldenburg 4116

Market Lamb: This is the 1st year of the market lamb futurity (wethers only in 2015).  With the addition of market-type ewe lambs to this division, look for a very competitive year in 2016.

1st – Drew George (MI)

2nd – Morgan Hardebeck (IN)

 

2015 NAILE  Junior Breeding Show

358 head entered.  Judge:  Matt Scramlin of Michigan

Grand Champion Ewe:  Megan & Preston Forsee (KY) – Forsee E15-193

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe:  Megan & Preston Forsee (KY) – Forsee E14-242

Grand Champion Ram:  Megan & Preston Forsee (KY) – Forsee “Stoneworks”

Reserve Grand Champion Ram:  Jaleigh Oldenburg (OK) – Oldenburg 5112

 

2015 NAILE Junior Market Lamb Show

For the first year, a $1000 scholarship was given to the winner of the Southdown market lamb show at the North American.  This year the show was won by Travis Wallen of Indiana.  Travis will receive the scholarship upon his admittance to college.  The reserve champion Southdown lamb was shown by Ainsley Balfanz of Wisconsin.  Ainsley will receive a $500 scholarship upon admittance to a college or university of his choice.

 

2015 Stars of Louisville Sale

30 entries sold for an average of $1,390.  A full disclosure of sale results can be found here:  Show & Sale Results

 

2015 NAILE – National Open Show

265 head entered.  Judge:  Kelly Bruns of Nebraska

Grand Champion Ewe:  Adrianna Wendland (MN) – NSLS 15124

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe:  Claire Spilde (WI) – Pleasant Springs 7070

Best Breed Character Ewe:  Mark & Amy Johnson (IL) – A&M Ranch 57156

Grand Champion Ram:  Carson Knittel (IL) – “Bo” Bowman 1447

Reserve Grand Champion Ram:  Carson Knittel (IL) – McCalla 1505

Best Breed Character Ram:  Adrianna Wendland (MN) – NSLA 15123

Flock:  Adrianna Wendland (MN), Forsee (KY), Alisun Watson (AR)

Premier Exhibitor:  Morgan & Preston Forsee (KY)

2016 ASBA National Open Show will be held at 2016 NAILE.

 

ASBA Informal Board Meeting and ASBA 133rd Annual Meeting

For a full review of minutes on the Informal Board Meeting as well as the ASBA Annual Social and Meeting, please visit the website: Policy & Minutes page.

Board Elections: Previous members holding seats were all nominated and re-elected to new terms for their respective region/district.  Those individuals include:  Jeff Repasky, JJ Maddox, Barb Bishop, Jeff Oldenburg, Jim Davis, and Mike McElvain.

Spirit of the Breed Award: Each year we recognize an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment of the Southdown breed.  in 2015, we honor LC Scramlin and family of Holly, MI.

Youth Development: A committee was established to research and propose how a ASBA Youth Endowment Fund could be formed.  Also, two Junior Coordinator Positions were assigned.  Ambassador Coordinator is Amy Powell Pederson (IA) and Youth Public Relations is Megan Nielson (SD).

Breed Type & Standard: The board moved forward with leg fitting enforcement during NAILE with the committee monitoring/coaching for proper Southdown fitting.  Also, the ASBA board was in agreement for discrimination within the breed for Callipyge characteristics of leg muscle shape, short loin, and a sloped hip.

Electronic and Print: Website now has a page dedicated to the AJSA.  Social Media is an effective tool for the breed with strong following. 1,610 ABA Facebook followers,  749 AJSA Facebook followers, 240 Twitter followers.  ASBA will continue with two annual print publications.

National Sale: The 2015 National Sale was hosted by The Big Ohio Sale in Eaton, Ohio.  111 lots sold for an average of $1,009.  In 2016, the National Sale will be hosted by Willoughby Livestock on April 30th and held in Richmond, Indiana.  The Junior National Futurity Kickoff will be held following the National Sale.

National Junior Show:

The 2015 National Junior Southdown Show was held in conjunction with the 2015 All American Junior Show in West Springfield, MA.  Kyle Thayer judged the 205 head shown.  Complete results can be found on the ASBA website’s Show & Sale Results webpage.  Plan to attend the 2016 National Junior Show held again in conjunction with the All American Junior Show in East Lansing, Michigan.

Grand Champion Ram:  Lexy Grace (NH) – Rincker Southdowns 800 “Full Throttle”

Grand Champion Ewe:  Jessica Leary (MA) – Fox Field 1401

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe: Courtney Lobdell (WI) – Darlington Downs 1429

Grand Champion Market Lamb:  Mackenzie Padgett (IN)

Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb:  Drew George (MI)

2016 ASBA Reginal Shows:

Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival:  Midwest Junior Regional Show
San Diego County Fair; CA:  Western Junior Regional
Northeastern Youth Sheep Show:  Northeastern Junior Regional
The Big E “100 Anniversary”:  Open Regional Show

Ambassador Committee Report: Ambassador Online sale held in April was a success with 16 sheep consigned by various breeders.  $5,421 as given directly to the AJSA.  Plan for the 2016 Ambassador Online Sale on April 18, 2016.  T-shirt sales for $15 each are another fundraiser.  Ambassadors offered a scavenger hunt and root beer floats at the National Jr Show.  Ambassadors attended a retreat at the University of Tennessee over the summer.

Association Facts presented at the Annual Meeting (10/1/14 – 9/30/15):

2015 Christened Sheep: A complete list can be found on the ASBA website’s Archives page here:  Association Info – Archives.

Top Five Recorders:  Forsee (160), NSLS (81), Oldenburg (80), Fastert (76), University of Findlay (76)

Top Five Transfers by State:  Texas 356, Indiana 351, Illinois 268, Ohio 210, Oklahoma 140

Top Five Registrations by State:  Illinois 583, Indiana 575, Texas 435, Oklahoma 376, Ohio 376

2016 National Open Show judge recommendations: Nominations are result of the ASBA membership voting at the 2015 Annual Meeting.  In order of recommendation:  Billy Wade & Matt Scramlin.

 

 

 

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Newsletter, 10-30-2015

Click here for 2015 ASBA AGENDA INFORMAL MEETING

LOUISVILLE SCHEDULE

It is hard to believe that November is upon us. That means the North American Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, is closely following. All the events scheduled should prove to be exciting. What a great way to end the show year!

We hope the following schedule of events will help you arrange your schedules to attend as many of the activities as possible. It is always great to be able to gather, renew our friendships and catch up with all the news from the past year. We look forward to seeing you all there.

The Southdown Booth and the Ambassador team will be “front and center” over the big junior weekend.  A full schedule along with any other major announcements for Southdown Exhibitors will be posted in the booth.  Please stop by and say “Hello”.  We will have promotional materials for you to take home and would love to visit with you!

 

SOUTHDOWN EVENTS

Wednesday, November 11th

8:00 a.m. – Begin Receiving Sheep – South Wing

Thursday, November 12th

5:00 p.m. – Junior Breeding Sheep Showmanship

5:00 p.m. – Junior Market Lamb Showmanship

Friday, November 13th

8:00 a.m. – Junior Wether Show (purebred breeds)

4:00 p.m. – Informal Board of Director’s Meeting (site not yet assigned)

4:00 p.m. – Lead Line

Saturday, November 14th

8:00 a.m. – Junior Wether Show (crossbreds)

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Southdown Skillathon – Free for all Youth

12:30 p.m. – Stars of Louisville Southdown Sale – South Wing

6:00 p.m. – Southdown Social and 133rd Annual Meeting – South Wing

Following the Southdown Social there will be a Junior Mixer for all youth to attend while adults are at the annual meeting.

Sunday, November 15th

8:00 a.m. – Junior Southdown Breeding Sheep Show – Ring 3 & 4

Tuesday, November 17th

8:00 a.m. – National Southdown Show

Friday, November 20th

11:00 a.m. – Supreme Champion Selection

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