Current USSA Registry Programs

The United Suffolk Sheep Association offers several registry programs in addition to it's purebred registry. Some of these programs support or tie into the purebred registry through continual registry. For more details on any of these program, please contact the USSA Office.

Genetic Aquisition Program (GAP):

In 2015 USSA Board developed a Suffolk genetic recovery program under the breed improvement plan as it became apparent that a number of Suffolk breeders had not registered their Suffolks for many years. Usually this was due to generational change and a long lapse in connection to the registry. The Suffolk GAP program provides an avenue to record unregistered Suffolk ewes in the flock book at 75% Suffolk with application acceptance. The percentage program will be used to track generational progress in the GAP program. These ewes, over time and generations, are eligible to become purebred (white paper) when using a registered purebred ram in the subsequent breeding seasons after entry. All animals registered through GAP will have a permanent designation on their registration paper noting their original descent.

Eligibility for Suffolk GAP registrations
  • Must be a member in good standing of the USSA or UJSSA
  • Certify to the best of your knowledge that the sheep being considered for GAP are of Suffolk descent.
  • Offspring of these ewes are only eligible for registration if sired by a registered Suffolk ram.
  • Papers have not been maintained on these ewes for generations
  • Records have been maintained on the ewes and you are confident that they are Suffolk in their genetic makeup

Application Instructions
  • Enrollment and acceptance into the program is limited to one time. Ewes are enrolled, accepted, and recorded as a complete group. There is no additional entry for ewes in subsequent years.
  • Fill out the background questionnaire about these ewes on the following page
  • An inspection, either physically or photographically, will validate their phenotype and determine their eligibility for registration
  • Once ewes have been approved for registration an inventory list of initial entry ewes that includes tag number and birth year should be submitted to the association. To register lambs, complete the application for registration, noting GAP on the form.
  • An inspection, either physically or photographically, will validate their phenotype and determine their eligibility for registration
If you are interested contact the U.S.S.A office.

DOWNLOAD PROGRAM APPLICATION HERE: GAP Application (pdf) GAP Application (word)

Amnesty Program:

The Suffolk Amnesty Program was established to provide a means for United Suffolk Sheep Association or United Junior Suffolk Sheep Association members to catchup on registry work.
Eligibility for Suffolk Amnesty Program:
  1. Must be a member in good standing of the USSA or UJSSA

  2. Details of Suffolk Amnesty Program
    1. With acceptance into the Suffolk Amnesty Program, registrations are $10/head for sheep over the age of 1 year old.
    2. Enrollment in the Suffolk Amnesty program is limited; flocks are eligible to enroll once every 7 years.
    3. The Suffolk Amnesty program is intended to assist breeders that have had a multiple-year lapse in registrations. Yearlings do not qualify for the reduced rate unless they are part of a group of applications including older sheep. Regular fees apply to the current year lambs.
    4. Program open to Purebred, Percentage and GAP Suffolks.

Upon acceptance to the Suffolk Amnesty Program, flocks can apply for registry using a registration application submitted via Jotform (electronic) mail, email or fax. If a GAP flock is enrolling in the Amnesty program, GAP application and acceptance is also required.


Amnesty Application (pdf)

Amnesty Application (word)

Percentage Program:

The United Suffolk Sheep Association offers a Suffolk Percentage Program for members to identify and maintain records on their non-purebred replacement seed stock.

Percentage registered Suffolks will receive green Percentage Registration Certificates which indicates the animals purity in the bottom-left corner of the certificate. Animals will receive this paper until they have reached 15/16 or 94% pure. At 94% the animal is considered to be a purebred Suffolk and will receive a white linen registration paper.

Rule of Entry: For an animal to enter the Percentage Program, at least one parent must be registered as a Purebred or Percentage Suffolk.

Percentage registration forms can be found on the Registration page. There is no flock program application required for the percentage program, those who are interested can use the percentage registration form to enroll sheep.

Contact the USSA Office to learn more about this program and how your flock can be enrolled.

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