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American Junior Southdown Association

Purpose
To foster and promote youth activity and interest in the Southdown breed.

Objective
The objectives of the AJSA include but are not limited to:

  • promote Southdown sheep as youth projects;
  • develop youth leadership skills and future leaders within the breed;
  • foster communication with Southdown youth across the county and with the AJSA and the ASBA Board of Directors;
  • improve and develop the capabilities of youth in breeding, raising and showing Southdown sheep.

Junior Member Spotlight

Seth Michel – Indiana
By age 9, Seth enjoyed showing Southdowns because of their attitude and how easy they were to work with.
Seth with his winning Southdown Futurity Ewe Lamb from A&M Ranch in 2013
In 2015, Seth exhibited the Reserve Senior Champion Ewe in the NAILE Junior Show.

“Raising sheep takes patience.” At an early age, Seth Michel from Plymouth, IN learned it takes an extraordinary amount of patience working with sheep whether it be in the showring or in the lambing jug. This skill is demonstrated by how he works with his sheep and remains calm and confident in the showring. One piece of advice Seth has for fellow junior members is to “never treat it like a chore.” His attitude allows him to have fun with it and truly enjoy raising Southdowns.

Even though Seth’s family has been involved in the sheep industry for many years, it wasn’t until Seth took an interest in showing that they chose Southdowns. With the help of family friends, Mark and Amy Johnson, Seth has been able to build a competitive flock. He markets his breeding stock and project lambs to fellow youth by attending national sales, hosts an online sale each spring, and helps manage the family website, www.MichelSheepFarm.com. Recently, Seth bred the 2017 Champion Southdown Market Lamb at PA Farm Show, exhibited by Mikayla Donnell.

Seth co-manages the flock with his dad, Greg, who has become his greatest mentor in the breed. Together, they make breeding decisions which have taught Seth how to select genetics to advance his flock. The most important lesson Seth’s dad has taught him though is “animals eat before you do” and that you have to take care of them first. “Raising sheep teaches you a lot of responsibility. Sheep have to be fed at a certain time and you need to make sure you have things in order.”

In 2013, Seth was honored to win the ASBA Ewe Lamb Futurity. His hard work and dedication throughout the year paid off. “A lot of things had to come together and fall into place, and I was very lucky.”

Seth has enjoyed being a member of the AJSA and appreciates how the association takes great care of it’s members. “There are always people willing to help you and the members work hard to make sure everything is planned out. The All American Junior Show and NAILE have become some of his favorite shows to exhibit at for this reason. “The quality of sheep and having all the exhibitors from around the country makes it special.”

Prior to graduating high school, Seth was an active member of 4-H and FFA. He was also a member of his FFA chapter soils judging team and competed at the national competition twice. Today, Seth is working on his associates in applied science and HVAC certification from Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, IN.

Attitude is everything, thank you Seth for sharing your story and reminding us how important it is to be patient.

 

Membership
The Southdown breed leads the way for others to follow. It’s juniors are no different. The AJSA allows juniors to share a vital role in the promotion and advancement of the Southdown breed. Members are enthusiastic about helping each other and working together to improve the breed.

Join Here

Any youth under age 21 years old or younger as of January 1st of the current year is invited to become a member of the AJSA. To become a member, youth must complete the Junior Membership Application and submit this form to the ASBA along with payment of annual dues. Junior dues are to be paid annually to the ASBA to be considered a youth member in good standing. There is no lower age limit but junior members entering in ASBA sponsored junior shows must be physically capable of controlling and showing their own sheep, except in cases of physical disabilities. Junior members have the right to vote in person at American Junior Southdown Association meetings.  Junior membership does not give the right to vote at the ASBA Annual Meeting or regularly called meetings of the ASBA.  

The priviledges of membership include:

  • register and transfer Southdown sheep;
  • receive ASBA publications;
  • participate in nationally sponsored ASBA shows and contests. 

The ASBA fiscal year is October 1 to September 30.  Dues paying Junior members may transact business with the ASBA at rates for active members.