***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 third annual AJSA Ambassador Online Sale will be held April 17th. The sale is organized by the AJSA Ambassador Team and hosted by Willoughby Livestock Sales. Ambassadors work with Southdown breeders from across the country to consign an elite set of ewes for sale. Breeders donate a portion of the sale proceeds to the Ambassador program which is used to fund the Ambassador organized junior activities throughout the year. Yearling ewes, fall ewes, and ewe lambs are all futurity nominated. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to help support our junior members. https://www.wlivestock.com/Willoughby/Home/sheep
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. Bid online here: www.32auctions.com/stars2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 with Mark Hoge judging. 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
After the show of sale consignments on Friday, there will be three educational sessions, each 30 minutes long, on the topics of Southdown Breed Type, Merchandising, and Identification & Registration.
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 market lambs). Juniors can begin check-in and market lamb weigh-in at 10am EST. The show is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm EST with showmanship for all ages, and then classes for rams, market lambs, and ewes. All ages of sheep will be shown from oldest to youngest. The judge is Stacy Scramlin Zuelly. Advance entry is not required – enter and pay entry the day of show. Here’s the schedule and the entry form: 2017 ASBA Southdown Futurity Schedule and Entry Form Also, a reminder to print and prepare your Futurity Point Recording forms. The 2017 futurity points form is now ready for you – look for it on the Forms page.