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. 2020)

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 2021)
7 Carvel Place
Sacramento, CA 95835
916-716-0089
greg.ahart@superiorfarms.com
Jeff Baumann, District 2 (exp. 2022)
14292 Hwy 71
Savannah, MO 64485
816-390-4151
jbaumannfarms@gmail.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 2021)
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
mgwolf62@msn.com
Bill Zwyers, District 4 (exp. 2021)
9050 N 675 W
Thorntown, IN 46071
765-490-4260
wez1950@aol.com

USSA District Map

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

Director Districts are based on the number of Suffolks registered.

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

Committees

2019-2020

By-Laws
Chair: Randy Hodges
Committee Members: Ron Alves, Angie Wiegard, Michael Jensen

Youth Promotion
Chair: Bret Henderson
Committee Members: Jim Van Dyke, Angie Wiegard, Teresa Harker

Budget
Chair: Tom Burke
Committee Members: Brenda Reau, Carol Heupel, Jeremy Geske, Randy Hodges

Scholarship
Chair – Cynthia Huckins
Committee Members: Gary Hoskins, Blair Summey, Lloyd McCabe, Angie Wiegard, Chuck Ream

Hospitality
Chair: Randy Dombek
Committee Members: Blair Summey, Cythina Huckins

Ambassador/Queen
Chair: Tom Burke
Committee Members: Brenda Reau, Karen Parsley
Hall of Fame
Chair: Randy Hodges
Committee Members: Tom Burke, Cynthia Huckins, Jim Van Dyke, Ron Alves

Breed Improvement
Chairman: Brenda Reau
Committee Members: Jim Van Dyke, Randy Hodges, Carol Heupel, Joe Emenheiser, Jim Heggemeier, Bill Fulton, Bill Zwyers, Brent Moyer, Case Rundel, Michael Jensen, Cynthia Huckins

Online Sales
Chairman: Jeremy Geske
Committee Members: Jim Van Dyke, Randy Dombek, Carol Heupel, Case Rundel

Suffolk GAP
Chairman: Jim Van Dyke
Committee Members: Ron Alves, Greg Ahart, Patty Kelly

Junior Show/Association Committee
Chair: Greg Ahart
Committee Members: Bret Henderson, Nancy Burton, Alison Knutson

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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