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.

Matt Beals, District 2 (exp 2021)
2756 E 800 Rd.
Kirwin, KS 67644
402-200-0444 (c)
Vice President
Randy Hodges, District 4 (exp 2019)
922 Farrand
Lansing, MI 48906
Bill Royer, District 3 (exp 2019)
1990 W Cruger Rd
Washington, IL 61571
Blair Summey, District 1 (exp. 2020)
8200 McCourtney Rd
Lincoln, CA 95648
916-408-8738 (h)
805-501-7500 (c)
Greg Ahart, District 1 (exp 2021)
7 Carvel Place
Sacramento, CA 95835
Gayle Lucas, District 1 (exp 2019)
21 Prairie Rose Ln
Philipsburg, MT 59858
406-859-3890 (h)
406-381-3191 (c)
Bill Gergen, District 2 (exp 2019)
1012 Rd. 14
Geneva, NE 68361
402-540-7884 (c)
Tom Burke, District 2 (exp. 2020)
PO Box 660
Smithville, MO 64089
816-853-2697 (c)
816-532-0811 (o)
Jeremy Geske, District 3 (exp. 2020)
31307 171st Ave
New Prague, MN 56071
612-756-1200 (c)
Bret Henderson, District 4 (exp 2020)
2360 E 600 N
Windfall, IN 46076
Brenda Reau, District 4 (exp 2021)
17315 Ida West Rd.
Petersburg, MI 49270

USSA District Map


Director Districts are based on the number of Suffolks registered.

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



Chair: Randy Hodges
Committee Members: Bill Gergen, Gayle Lucas, Ron Alves

Chair: Bill Royer
Committee Members: Bill Gergen, Randy Hodges

Chair: Ron Alves
Committee Members: Blair Summey, Bob Paasch, Chuck Ream, Diane Russell, Pat Wiford

Youth Promotion
Chair: Paul Skartvedt
Committee Members: Jeremy Geske, Bret Henderson, Tom Burke

Chair: Bret Henderson
Committee Members: Gayle Lucas, Paul Skartvedt, Dale Dobberpuhl

Committee Members: Randy Hodges, Ron Alves, Blair Summey

Chair: Tom Burke
Committee Members: John Peck, Paul Skartvedt

Hall of Fame
Chair: Tom Burke
Committee Members: Wayne Skartvedt, Chuck Ream, Donna Mays, Randy Hodges

Breed Improvement
Committee Members: Jeremy Geske, Ron Alves, Randy Hodges, Dale Dobberpuhl, Gayle Lucas, Brenda Reau, Blair Summey

Online Sales
Chairman: Jeremy Geske
Committee Member: Gayle Lucas

Suffolk Gain Program
Chairman: Bill Royer
Committee Members: Blair Summey, Ron Alves, Randy Hodges

Office Staff

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

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


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By-Laws of the United Suffolk Sheep Association

Amended by a vote of the membership November 1, 2017

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