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.

Greg Ahart, District 1 (exp 2024)
7 Carvel Place
Sacramento, CA 95835
[email protected]
Vice President
Joe Emenheiser, District 4 (exp. 2026)

79 Stone Mill Dam Road
Brandon, VT 05733
[email protected]
Carol Heupel, District 2

27488 County Road 5
Weldona, CO 80653
[email protected]
Brenda Reau, District 4 (exp 2024)
17315 Ida West Rd.
Petersburg, MI 49270
[email protected]
Bill Zwyers, District 2 (exp. 2025)
9050 N 675 W
Thorntown, IN 46071
[email protected]
Dennis Sorensen, District 3 (exp. 2024)
1291 E 3200 N
Chebanse, IL 60992
[email protected]
Lloyd McCabe, District 1 (Exp. 2025)
7933 Jahn Rd.
Dixon, CA 95620
[email protected]
Diane Russell, District 2 (Exp. 2026)
3500 E CR 700 N
Eaton, IN 47338
[email protected]
John Scott, District 3 (Exp. 2025)
41438 185th Ave.
Kilkenny, MN 56052
[email protected]
Bill Fulton, District 2 (exp. 2024)
1508 State Rt. 37
Kell, IL 62853
[email protected]
Jack Blattner, District 1 (exp. 2024)
6957 Robinson Rd.
Kuna, ID 83634
[email protected]
Chris Auville, District 4 (exp. 2025)
501 Knightly Mill Rd.
Mt. Sidney, VA 24467
[email protected]
Michael Jensen, District 3 (exp. 2024)
33564 Hwy E 34
Castana, IA 51010
[email protected]

USSA District Map


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


Chair: John Scott
Committee Members: Dennis Sorensen, Bill Fulton

Chair: Diane Russell
Committee Members: Chris Auville, Jeremy Geske

Chair: Dennis Sorensen
Committee Members: Bill Zwyers, Lloyd McCabe, Jack Blattner, Nancy Burton

Breed Improvement
Chair: Joe Emenheiser
Committee Members: Jack Blattner, Lloyd McCabe, Michael Jensen, Bill Zwyers, Miles Gibbs, Chase Carson, Russell Smith

Chair: Brenda Reau
Committee Members: Bill Fulton, Dennis Sorensen, Diane Russell, Jeremy Geske, Rob Zelinsky

Marketing & Outreach
Chair: Greg Ahart
Committee Members: Brenda Reau, Chris Auville, Diane Russell, Amelia Evans-Brown, Val Slack

Budget/Business Development
Chair: Carol Heupel
Committee Members: Michael Jensen, Joe Emenheiser

Hall of Fame
Chair: Dennis Sorensen
Committee Members: Wayne Skartvedt, Randy Hodges

Office Staff

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

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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