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""

Directors/Staff

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.


President
Jeremy Geske, District 3 (exp. 2023)

31307 171st Ave
New Prague, MN 56071
612-756-1200 (c)
jeremy.geske@gmail.com
Vice President
Randy Hodges, District 4 (exp 2022)
922 Farrand
Lansing, MI 48906
810-441-6218
hodgesrk@yahoo.com
Treasurer
Carol Heupel, District 2
(exp. 2023)
27488 County Road 5
Weldona, CO 80653
970-768-1291
heupelfarms@gmail.com
Greg Ahart, District 1 (exp 2024)
7 Carvel Place
Sacramento, CA 95835
916-716-0089
greg.ahart@superiorfarms.com
Tom Burke, District 2 (exp. 2024)
PO Box 660
Smithville, MO 64089
816-853-2697
tina@angushall.com
Randy Dombek, District 3 (exp. 2022)
2422 290th St.
Ivanhoe, MN 56142
507-530-5938
rdombek@hotmail.com
Cynthia Huckins, District 1 (exp. 2022)
HC 36 Box 33
Spring Creek, NV 89815
775-753-8327 (home)
775-741-0789 (cell)
Rubymtsheepco@yahoo.com
Brenda Reau, District 4 (exp 2024)
17315 Ida West Rd.
Petersburg, MI 49270
734-755-8285
reau@msu.edu
Jim Van Dyke, District 2 (exp. 2022)
38919 SD Hwy 34
Wessington Springs, SD 57382
605-770-1095
vandykeseed@gmail.com
Matt Wolf, District 1 (exp. 2023)
16909 Sierra Jan Lane
Caldwell, ID 83607
208-695-8496
mgwolf78@gmail.com
Bill Zwyers, District 4 (exp. 2023)
9050 N 675 W
Thorntown, IN 46071
765-490-4260
wez1950@aol.com
Dennis Sorensen (exp. 2024)
1291 E 3200 N
Chebanse, IL 60992
815-450-8722
dsorensen354@gmail.com

USSA District Map

=  DISTRICT 1
=  DISTRICT 2
=  DISTRICT 3
=  DISTRICT 4

USSA Districts are based on the number of voting memberships. USSA districts were rebalanced in 2022.

Committees

2020-2021

Breed Improvement
Chair: Brenda Reau
Committee Members: Carol Heupel, Bill Zwyers, Greg Ahart, Randy Hodges, Joe Emenheiser, Michael Jensen, William Fulton, Lloyd McCabe

Budget
Chair: Carol Heupel
Committee Members: Jeremy Geske, Randy Hodges, Greg Ahart, Randy Dombek, Tom Burke, Matt Wolf

By-Laws
Chair: Dennis Sorenson
Committee Members: Jeremy Geske, Jim Van Dyke, Randy Hodges, Matt Wolf, Michael Jensen

Edcuation
Chair: Bill Zwyers
Committee Members: Greg Ahart, Joe Emenheiser, Nancy Burton, Lloyd McCabe

Hall of Fame
Chair: Randy Hodges
Committee Members: Tom Burke, Matt Wolf

Online Sales
Chair: Randy Dombek
Committee Members: Jim Van Dyke, Cynthia Huckins, Matt Wolf

Strategic Planning
Chair: Greg Ahart
Committee Members: Jeremy Geske, Randy Hodges, Carol Heupel, Randy Dombek, Bill Zwyers, Brenda Reau

Youth Activities
Chair: Jim Van Dyke
Committee Members: Tom Burke, Katherine Parsley, Wesley Linke, Nancy Burton, Carie Jackson

Directory
Chair: Matt Wolf
Committee Members: Jeremy Geske, Amanda Everts

New Registration Program
Chair: Amanda Everts
Committee Members: Carol Heupel, Bill Zwyers, Jeremy Geske

Office Staff


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

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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