Junior American Southdown Association Coordinator Position Opens


The American Southdown Breeders’ Association has opened applications for the new AJSA Coordinator position. This position requires a motivated person interested in the development of youth leaders interested in agriculture, the sheep industry, and in particular, the Southdown breed. Applications open immediately and will close on October 31, 2018. Please submit a resume and cover letter to the ASBA office via email or regular mail. Selected candidates for the position will be interviewed at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, at a time and place to be determined between November 9 and November 13. Please contact the ASBA office for additional questions. Following is a job description along with compensation information.

Youth Coordinator for the ASBA

Purpose of the Position:

  1. Coordinate all junior activities and programs for ASBA.
  2. Fund raiser for continuation of program.
  3. Supervise and develop activities useful for Southdown Junior participation from home and at livestock shows.
  4. Network with State Southdown Organizations to facilitate regional junior shows.
  5. Manage Social Media and Print publications


  1. Knowledge of Southdown Sheep and the breed association
  2. Minimum of 25 years of age.
  3. Ability to relate to juniors ages 6 to 21 and maintain appropriate supervision in the presentation of leadership programs, contests and educational events.
  4. An understanding of motivational needs of those in junior leadership roles and their time constraints to make their roles meaningful.
  5. Experience with livestock shows and junior livestock shows.
  6. Practical experience with internet communication and social media.
  7. Working knowledge on use of spreadsheets, database, publication software and word processing programs.
  8. Willingness to handle fundraising and seek sponsorships.
  9. Excellent motivation to establish new programs and junior activities.
  10. Outgoing people skills and the ability to meet new people


  1. Establish and publicize a calendar of Southdown youth events for the upcoming year.
  2. Organize and run the Youth program:
  3. Organize and oversee the selection of Youth Program.
  4. Plan yearly calendar for Youth Program.
  5. Run leadership school
  6. Arrange for Ambassador chaperones at all events
  7. Attend the National Junior show at the All American, and the junior show at NAILE. Supervise the Skillathon, run Junior Southdown activities, (such as a fundraiser, social     activity or an education event) and preserve with photos of activities.
  8. Maintain an accounting of Junior fund income and expenditures.
  9. Attend and report each year at the informal meeting of the ASBA at NAILE. The results of programs for the past year and plans for the coming year. The report should include an income and expense statement for prior year and a budget for upcoming year.
  10. Help with the program for the NAILE Annual Meeting and the recognition of Junior award winners. Document the year’s junior activities with visual materials on the display board used at national events.
  11. Supervise and maintain Social Media and submit information to Association web site. Provide to Journal Directory summary of youth activities, budget and futurity information.


  1. Junior Association Facebook
  2. Junior Twitter
  3. Junior Instagram
  4. Junior Snapchat
  5. Publish YouTube videos of interest to Juniors
  6. Publish written articles to Banner and other Sheep magazines
  7. Submit junior article to Southdown Directory
  8. Update junior section of Southdown Web.
  9. Provide assistance to the selection and program for regional Southdown Junior Shows as needed
    1. Work directly with regional junior show program. Coordinate with volunteers to present one non-show competitive event, one educational event and a social function at each regional junior show.
    2. Develop and maintain educational presentations and non-exhibition competitive event activities as a resource to be available to volunteers at each regional show.
    3. Provide assistance in supplying inexpensive prizes for junior participants in the various competitive events at regional Junior shows.
    4. Supervise production contests and other activities that include juniors who are unable to exhibit at regional shows. Supervise those contests and recognize winners at the NAILE.
    5. Utilize a fundraising program to solicit sponsorship, donations, gifts and contributions to be used solely for the sponsorship of regional shows, the expenses of the investor program, the awards presented to juniors and the expense and salary of the junior coordinator position. The coordinator would be charged with the goal of making the program self-sustaining within 3 to 5 years.
    6. Provide an average of 10 hours per week in the fulfillment of theses duties for compensation of $10,400 per year plus $2500 in travel and lodging expenses.

Futurity Standings

*These points are accurate as of September 1, 2018.

As the summer show season winds down, Junior Futurity points continue to change. Points have been sent in on a total of 61 animals being shown in the four futurity categories. Points will continue to change as the fall shows gear up. Another update will be posted in October with the final points being calculated at the North American International Livestock Exposition in November. The current standings are now posted for review. Download the file here

Expanding Junior Southdown Opportunities

KMW_1577The American Southdown Breeders’ Association recognizes the role Southdowns play in not only the sheep industry but also in the lives of families and youth. Many families choose to incorporate showing Southdowns into their vacations and recreation. Whether it is the slick shearing, the size and disposition, or any other qualities of the Southdown, we are grateful to families for their choice. The Pot ‘O Gold Futurity has grown to include fall ewe lambs, yearling ewes, and market lambs. Other sheep breeds have viewed the futurity’s success and have incorporated it into their programs. Our association desires to continue expanding Southdown opportunities to our juniors.

As a result, the ASBA will be creating a junior coordinator position to assist with this goal. We plan to launch the position beginning in 2019. Any ideas for events, activities, programs, trainings, or demonstrations the membership would like to suggest are welcomed. Feel free to make your suggestions known by contacting the ASBA Office in the next couple of weeks.

Let us hear from you.

National Junior Southdown Show and All-American Junior Show


The National Junior Southdown Show and the All-American Junior Show were held last weekend, July 6 – 9, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds and Events Center. Over 170 juniors exhibited their Southdowns in one of the largest Southdown shows ever. Results of each class can be seen by clicking here. All class winners and champions can be viewed on the American Southdown Breeders Association Facebook Page as well as the American Junior Southdown Association Facebook Page.

Additional winnings captured by our Southdown youth include:

Premier Junior Southdown Breeder

Preston Forsee, Owenton, KY

Southdown Top Gun

1st JaLeigh Oldenburg, Mulhall, OK

2nd Mackenzie Padgett, Kirklin, IN

3rd Preston Forsee, Owenton, KY

Junior Skill-A-Thon

1st Mallory Bowers, Lafayette, IN

2nd Maddie Hauger, Connersville, IN

Beginner Skill-A-Thon

2nd Trinity Young, Clayton, WI

3rd Lucas Wilson, LaPorte, IN

Junior Judging Contest

2nd Callen Oldenburg, Mulhall, OK

Showmanship Group 2

1st Caleb Formo, Blue Mounds, WI

2nd Kennedy Mitchell, Waveland, IN

Showmanship Group 3

1st Ephraim Fowler, Salesville, OH

2nd Braden Bowers, Lafayette, IN

Showmanship Group 4

2nd Ryker Beckmier, Atwood, IL

3rd Brynn Shearer, Wooster, OH

Showmanship Group 5

2nd Josie Nold, Brookings, SD

Showmanship Group 7

2nd Kate Bowers, Bellbrook, OH

Showmanship Group 8

1st Carson Knittel, Greenfield, IL

Showmanship Group 11

1st Lexy Grace, Westmorelan, NH

Showmanship Group 12

1st Briley Burns, Jamestown, IN

2nd JaLeigh Oldenburg, Mulhall, OK

Showmanship Group 14

1st Mackenzie Padgett, Kirklin, IN

2nd Preston Forsee, Owenton, KY

Beginner Logo Contest

2nd Kassidy Perkins, Maysville, KY

3rd Wyatt Perkins, Maysville, KY

Intermediate T-Shirt

Emily Nold, Brookings, SD

34th North East Youth Sheep Show

by: Kim Syme, 860-202-7004, scotchlanefarm@cox.net

The North East Youth Sheep Show (NEYSS) is the 3rd largest and longest running youth sheep show in the country. The show is July 19-22, 2018 in West Springfield, MA. It is the premier all-breed junior show in the northeast, attracting 200 youth exhibitors and 600-700 head of sheep, with 20+ breeds represented.

Weekend activities include:

  • Breed Shows
  • Market Lamb Show
  • Fleece Competition
  • Fitting & Showmanship Classes
  • Skill-a-thon & Quiz Bowl Contests
  • Educational Clinics
  • Friday Fun Night – Pizza Party & Ice Cream Social
  • Saturday Used Equipment Auction
  • Presentation of the NESWGA Harry Hardwick Scholarship, Youth Grants & Spirit Awards

Premiums and participation awards are given, as well as breed Champion and Reserve Champion banners and sashes. The weekend culminates with the selection of the Supreme Ram, Ewe, and Flock awards. The NEYSS is open to youth 21 years old and under. The deadline to enter is June 15, 2018.

The NEYSS is sponsored by the New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association (NESWGA). It is supported by national breed associations, local organizations and individual sponsors. To learn more about the NEYSS or the NESWGA, please visit www.nesheep.org.