Breed Improvement

Educational Opportunity! Register by July 17th.

Sheep Breeding Workshops Focus on Performance and Production – July 26-27

Are you interested in increasing performance and profit in your sheep operation? A New Direction in Sheep Breeding is an educational program that will be held July 26 and 27 at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, Iowa. The program is funded by ASI Let’s Grow and is being sponsored by the United Suffolk Sheep Association. It is a free program and is open to any producer who is interested in improving performance, increasing profitability, and impacting the value of American lamb.

The program will offer components for both seedstock and commercial producers. The program on July 26 will begin in the afternoon and run through early evening. Dr. Dan Morrical will present on utilizing quantitative genetics, utilizing Estimated Breeding Values, and understanding the needs of the commercial producer. Rusty Burgett will demonstrate how to use the free National Sheep Improvement Program searchable database. Dr. Ron Lewis will explain breed improvement and progress in the industry that has been made by using Estimated Breeding Values. A lamb dinner will be included and will be followed in the evening with and hands-on ram evaluation.

The July 27 program will be held in the morning and is designed for commercial producers. Dr. Dan Morrical will present on sire selection for commercial flocks and how to select rams using Estimated Breeding Values to maximize profit. There will be a panel discussion featuring Shawn Capouch, Mark Hoogendoorn, and Mark Van Roekel who are commercial producers that have successfully used Estimated Breeding Values in their flocks.

Participants who attend either of the workshops and complete and evaluation will be entered into a drawing to win $100 in sale credit that can be redeemed at the Center of the Nation Sale that will take place in the afternoon on July 27 at the same location.

For a full listing of the program details go to Preregistration is recommended by July 17. Please contact the Brenda Reau, USSA Director 734-755-8285 or

Sponsors supporting the program include Superior Farms, Premier 1 Supplies, National Sheep Improvement Program, Dry Sandy Sheep Company, Reau Suffolks, and Center of the Nation Sale Suffolk consignors.

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Data Run for Upcoming NSIP Sales

The USSA still has Let’s Grow Grant funds available to enter NSIP data for members. Here’s quick note if you have data you would like to have submitted through the USSA.
For the NSIP Center of the Nation Sale as well as the Eastern NSIP Sale – Entries for both of these sales have been bumped up from previous years and are now due June 15th.
For those we have not yet submitted data and wish to sell at these sales, it’s highly suggested that birth through weaning information is submitted. If you are able to get post-weaning information, even better.
Data can still be submitted after June 1st, however the data may not be back in time before the entry deadlines and might miss the sale catalog.
Due to logistics, any data you would like to have submitted to through the USSA for the June 1st run should be emailed to by May 28!

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