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:


1st Madisyn Harris – TN

2nd Jordyn Leininger – IN

3rd Landon – AR

4th Justin Howell – OH

5th Jason Hackbarth – IL


1st William Lohr – VA

2nd Emily Brite – TX

3rd Mackenzie Padgett – IN

4th Kailen Smerchek – WI

5th Lauren Swan – MT


1st Nick Fowler – OH

2nd Casey Lobdell – WI

3rd Autum Gregg – AR

4th Lauren Dixon – KY

5th Courtney Lobdell – WI


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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