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 .  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:

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

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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