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The Suffolk Event 2024


Make Plans Now to Join us this June!
Check back often for more details! 

  • Educational Seminars
  • Youth Educational Seminars
  • Attendees Determine Sale Order
  • National Suffolk Sale
  • Suffolk Hall of Fame Banquet
  • Junior Suffolk Show
  • Suffolk Networking

The Suffolk Event Quick Glance Schedule

See “Complete Suffolk Event Information” below for a detailed weekend schedule.
Registration includes 3 meals and 2 snacks.

Friday, June 7
10 am ———Event registration opens – Lincoln Land Community College
11 am ———Adult and Youth Educational Session – Lincoln Land Community College
Noon ———-Lunch (provided)
1 pm ———–Adult and Youth Educational Sessions – Lincoln Land Community College    
6 pm ———–Welcome Dinner – Commodities Pavilion, Illinois State Fairgrounds
7 pm ———- Desserts & Decisions! Sale Sheep Preview Attendees select National Suffolk Sale Order! Watch!    

Saturday, June 8
8:30am ——– Adult and Youth Educational Sessions – Illinois State Fairgrounds
Lunch on your own
Noon* ———- National Suffolk Sale (*estimated start time) – bid online
? – 4pm ———Junior Show Check-in 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Suffolk Sale until 4pm.
6 pm ————-Social Hour, Banquet Dinner & Suffolk Hall of Fame Recognition – Crowne Plaza

Sunday, June 9

8 am ———— “Walk the Red Carpet” Junior Suffolk Show – Illinois State Fairgrounds
                             (in conjunction with the Illinois Jr. Preview Show)

National Suffolk Sale

Join us for the National Suffolk Sale in Springfield, Illinois! Suffolk Event attendees pick the sale order on Friday night. Sale starts at approximately noon on Saturday. All broadcast live via BreedersWorld!
Mail Bid Contact: Jeff Ebert 785-458-9174
Sale Catalog: View Online Sale Catalog!

BreedersWorld Links: Sale Preview (6/7 @ 7pm) Online Bidding (6/8 @ noon)

Educational Sessions

See “Complete Suffolk Event Information” below for session details.

Adult Sessions

  • Success for Artificial and Out-of-Season Breeding
  • Using Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for Flock Improvement
  • Development and Management Pastures for Sheep Production
  • A Dive Into the US Sheep Market: Strategic Marketing to Maximize Profit
  • A Sick Sheep is not a Dead Sheep: Practical Treatment Options
  • Cache Valley Virus Prevention and Management
  • Creating Value-Added Products
  • American Lamb Roadshow
  • Getting Started in Suffolks: Lessons Learned
  • Passing on Your Farm/Flock
  • Reproductive Technologies
  • Not Your Boring Nutrition Lecture
  • Suffolk: The Terminal Sire
  • Connect with the Experts

Youth Sessions

  • Friends and Flocks Mixer
  • Reproduction Under the Microscope
  • Hands-on Shepherd Survival Skills
  • What’s in Your Feed Bucket?
  • Sheep Judging & Evaluation
  • Junior Chef Lamb Burger Cook-Off
  • Junior Skill-A-Thon


Suffolk Hall of Fame

The Suffolk Hall of Fame recognition evening will be held on Saturday, June 8th in Springfield, Illinois at the Crowne Plaza – a part of the Suffolk Event weekend.

To make reservations for the Suffolk Hall of Fame banquet, use the Suffolk Event registration form provided below. Please note, if you are signing up for the “full registration” to the Suffolk Event, reservations for the Hall of Fame banquet are included in the registration price.

“Walk the Red Carpet” Junior Show

Judge: Craig Beckmier

Complete Suffolk Event Information  

Click on each link below for more information!

Suffolk Event Schedule
Educational Program Descriptions
Suffolk Event Registration Form / Suffolk Hall of Fame Reservation
Junior Show Rules
Junior Show Entry Form
National Suffolk Sale Info
National Suffolk Sale Entry Form
Express Sale Entry with Digital Suffolk! – 1) log in 2) left menu “Flock Mgmt” 3) “Consignments”

Dates To Know

April 24 – “Early Bird” National Sale Entry (cataloged in all breeds catalog)
May 1 – National Suffolk Sale Entry
May 15 – Event Registration
May 15 – Junior Show Entry

Hotel Room Blocks

There are several events happening in Springfield the weekend of the Suffolk Event. Make reservations early!

Holiday Inn Express
3000 South Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 529-7771
Rate: $124/night + tax
Block: Suffolk Sheep
Room block ends May 25, 2024
Booking Link:  Suffolk Sheep Room Block

Crowne Plaza (Hall of Fame Banquet Venue)
3000 South Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 585-2830
Rate: $142/night + tax
Block: United Suffolk Sheep Association

Ramada Inn 
3281 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 523-4000
Rate: $105/night + tax
Block: Suffolk Sheep Sale
Room block ends May 16, 2024

Thank you for your support!

Click here to learn more about sponsorship!

Diamond Sponsors ($2500 & up)

Platinum Sponsors ($1000 – $2499)


Gold Sponsors ($500 – $999)

Lloyd & Sheila McCabe

Silver Sponsors ($250 – $499)
Illinois Suffolk Sheep Association
JMG Suffolks
William Fulton Family
Peth Family Farm
Slack Suffolks & Club Lambs

Bronze Sponsors ($100 – $249)
Michael & Debra Jensen, Moonshadow Farm*
Russell Sheep Company
Dennis & Mary Ann Sorensen*
Cannon River Suffolks*
Hickory Lane Suffolks
Heupel Farms
Premier 1 Supplies

*Donor sponsorship received through the United Suffolk Sheep Foundation


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