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.

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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.

2018 Sales & Shows

***Please continue to check this post as we progress through the year for more information as it becomes available.**

Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale and Symposium; Starter Ewe Program:  To be held April 30  at www.wlivestock.com.  Stay tuned for more details at www.wisconsinsouthdowns.com.  Also note, the 2018 “Starter Ewe Lambs” will be awarded to several Wisconsin youth at the event. Starter ewe lamb applications are due on March 15th and can be found at the website listed above. The Starter Ewe Lamb program is in its 9th 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.

2018 Regional Southdown Sale:  Note new location this year.  Willoughby Livstock will host the event at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, Indiana.  Entry due April 1st.  Check-in and show on Friday, May 4.  Sale is May 5 at 9:30am.  Judge is Jeff Ellerbrock.  For entry and more details, click here.

All American Junior Show Fundraiser Ram Semen Sale:  The cost of AAJS is enormous, so Willoughby Livestock Online Sales has offered a commission free online sale to help with fundraising set for May 21 on www.wlivestock.com.  The sale will be a ram semen sale from breeds showing at the AAJS.  All proceeds go directly to the AAJS.  If you have questions, please contact Debbie Hopkins at (401)647-4676 or allamericanjuniorshow@gmail.com

2018 National Southdown Sale:  Plan to attend the 2018 National Southdown Sale at the Midwest Stud Ram Sale in Sedalia, Missouri!  A show of the consignments for sale order will be at 8am CST on Wednesday, June 27th in the Swine Barn – North Ring with Tucker Beckmier judging.  After show refreshments for Southdown breeders and friends will be available at the Southdown pens.  This is the perfect time to mingle with breeders, friends, and find your favorite Southdowns for purchase.  The sale is on Friday, June 29th beginning at 8am with Suffolks, followed by Tunis, and then Southdowns.  Yearling rams and ewes, Fall rams and ewes, as well as January and February born ewe and ram lambs are eligible. Entries due April 20th for catalogued entires.  Entries received after April 20 will be accepted but will not be included in the catalog.  For more info, visit:  www.midwestsale.com and follow MWSRS Facebook page.

2018 Midwest Junior Preview Show:  The 7th annual MJPS is an annual breeding sheep show opened to all registered breeds of sheep as well as commercial breeding sheep!  It’s held at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri on June 2, 2018.  Families are invited to join in the fun Thursday – Sunday.  However, sheep and exhibitors do not have to be in place any longer than Saturday during their shows.  You and your family are free to come and go as necessary!    For more info, visit www.MidwestJuniorPreviewShow.com website or MJPS Facebook page.

2018 National Southdown Junior Show & All American Junior Show:  The National Junior Southdown Show will be held in conjunction with the All American Junior Show over July 5-8 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  It has been 25 years since the beginning of this great junior summer event.  So, to celebrate the early beginning of this show, the AAJS will again be back in Indiana, where it all began.  If you have questions, please contact Debbie Hopkins at (401)647-4676 or allamericanjuniorshow@gmail.com.  For more info, visit AAJS website or  AAJS Facebook page.

Larry Mrozinski Obituary, 1956-2017

Lawrence Edward “Larry” Mrozinski, 61 of San Pierre passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  He was born March 16, 1956 in LaPorte to Edward Mrozinski & Geraldine DePoy, graduated from New Prairie High School in 1974, received a B.S. from Purdue University in Animal Science and a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University in Ruminant Nutrition.  Larry had owned and operated Heinold Feeds for many years and was currently a dairy nutritionist with Papillon Agricultural Services.  Larry was a nationally renowned judge and breeder of sheep, also enjoyed raising ducks on the family farm and loved spending time RV’ing with family and friends.  His abundant love of life will continue in the hearts and minds of the universe of friends he cultivated wherever he went.  On July 15, 1978 Larry married Deb Barker, who survives, along with their children: Amy Mrozinski of Grand Rapids, MI, Andrea (Tanner) Schwartz  and their children, Logan & Layla of Cutler, IN, John Mrozinski of Kansas, his mother, Geraldine DePoy of Rolling Prairie, brothers: Tom (Rita) & John (Lori) Mrozinski of Rolling Prairie.  He was preceded in death by his father, Edward and brother, Mark Mrozinski.
A visitation will be held Friday, November 17th from 2-7 PM at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso.  The funeral mass will be held Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 204 N. Ohio St., Wanatah.