USSA Mission Statement

"To define, register, promote and improve the Suffolk breed to provide leadership for the advancement and future of the entire U.S. Sheep Industry"

USSA Vision Statement

"To be the most innovative, value adding, member-driven sheep breed organization for an evolving U.S. Sheep Industry""


These are your representatives. You have entrusted to them, individually and as a group, the responsibility of operating your Association effectively and efficiently. A task not taken lightly. They not only welcome, but seek your input and opinions. Every thought is a contribution. So please be active in your Association.

Members who would like to run for an open USSA District Director position should submit a written intent by August 1st. The intent to can be emailed, faxed or mailed to the USSA Office, phone calls are not accepted. Also, please review the eligibility requirement in the USSA Bylaws under Article V. Directors.

Jeremy Geske, District 3 (exp. 2023)

31307 171st Ave
New Prague, MN 56071
612-756-1200 (c)
Vice President
Randy Hodges, District 4 (exp 2022)
922 Farrand
Lansing, MI 48906
Carol Heupel, District 2
(exp. 2023)
27488 County Road 5
Weldona, CO 80653
Greg Ahart, District 1 (exp 2021)
7 Carvel Place
Sacramento, CA 95835
Jeff Baumann, District 2 (exp. 2021)
14392 Hwy 71
Savannah, MO 64485
Randy Dombek, District 3 (exp. 2022)
2422 290th St.
Ivanhoe, MN 56142
Cynthia Huckins, District 1 (exp. 2022)
HC 36 Box 33
Spring Creek, NV 89815
775-753-8327 (home)
775-741-0789 (cell)
Brenda Reau, District 4 (exp 2021)
17315 Ida West Rd.
Petersburg, MI 49270
Jim Van Dyke, District 2 (exp. 2022)
38919 SD Hwy 34
Wessington Springs, SD 57382
Matt Wolf, District 1 (exp. 2023)
16909 Sierra Jan Lane
Caldwell, ID 83607
Bill Zwyers, District 4 (exp. 2021)
9050 N 675 W
Thorntown, IN 46071
Dennis Sorensen (exp. 2021)
1291 E 3200 N
Chebanse, IL 60992

USSA District Map


Director Districts are based on the number of Suffolks registered.

Registrations were evaluated and voting districts remain substantially equal for the current election.



Chair: Randy Hodges
Committee Members: Ron Alves, Michael Jensen, Dennis Sorensen, Jim VanDyke, Jeremy Geske

Youth Promotion
Chair: Jeff Baumann
Committee Members: Jim Van Dyke, Teresa Harker, Katherine Parsley, Stacey Thoeny, Crystal Bailey, Nancy Burton

Chair: Carol Heupel
Committee Members: Jeremy Geske, Randy Hodges, Greg Ahart, Randy Dombek

Chair: Cynthia Huckins
Committee Members: Randy Dombek, Matt Wolf

Hall of Fame
Chair: Matt Wolf
Committee Members: Randy Hodges, Cynthia Huckins

Breed Improvement
Chair: Brenda Reau
Committee Members: Carol Heupel, Bill Zwyers, Matt Wolf, Jeff Baumann, Dennis Sorensen, Joe Emenheiser, Bill Fulton, Brent Moyer, Trent Nicholson, Larry Christensen, Jack Blattner, Josh Bivens, Rob Zelinsky, Nancy Burton, Case Rundel

Online Sales
Chair: Randy Dombek
Committee Members: Jeff Baumann, Cynthia Huckins, Matt Wolf, Josh Bevins, Teresa Harker, Trent Nicholson

Registry Programs
Chair: Jim Van Dyke
Committee Members: Randy Dombek, Jeff Baumann, Dennis Sorensen, Ron Alves, Trent Nicholson, Bill Fulton, Brent Moyer, Josh Bevins, Patty Kelly

Strategic Planning
Chair: Greg Ahart
Committee Members: Jeremy Geske (Co-Chair), Randy Hodges, Carol Heupel, Randy Dombek, Bill Zwyers

Office Staff

Amanda Everts - Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 121 Holland, Iowa 50642
Phone: 641-684-5291
Fax: 734-335-7646

USSA Strategic Plan

In 2016 the USSA Board of Directors met for a strategic planning session as a follow-up to the 2013 strategic plan. The discussion was impassioned, productive, and included feedback solicited from the membership prior to the retreat. The entire plan can be encapsulated by the general theme of "Increasing Registered Suffolk Market Share." The strategic outcomes can be arranged within 4 goal areas, as follows:
  1. Breed Improvement a) Expand production database, b) Create and disseminate educational materials for Suffolk stakeholders, c) Sponsor programs and competitions that reward functionality and genotypes, and d) Establish and enhance industry partnerships.

  2. Promotion a) Improve internal communications, and b) Enhance outreach.

  3. Financial Viability a) Explore providing registration services for other sheep breeds, b) Implement timely budgeting, c) Increase membership, d) Assess member needs, e) Recognize members' longevity, f) Identify new member prospects, and g) Create benefits for supporters and commercial buyers.

  4. Youth Development a) Review current programs, b) Add youth section to USSA Newsletter c) Increase Suffolk breed involvement at livestock judging contests, and d) Encourage participation in NSIP youth program.

USSA Board Meeting Minutes

By-Laws of the United Suffolk Sheep Association

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