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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