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Suffolk Genetic Recovery Program

U.S.S.A Board Adopts Suffolk Genetic Recovery Program

The United Suffolk Board in its retreat during the spring of 2015 proposed a goal of establishing a Suffolk genetic recovery program under the breed improvement plan.  It became apparent to the Board that a number of Suffolk breeders had not registered their Suffolks for many years.  These sheep were not eligible for the percentage registration program even though they were of Suffolk origins.  The Board decided to explore the ramifications of allowing these breeders to register their sheep by appointing a committee to further investigate the issue.  The Board adopted a Suffolk genetic recovery proposal after much research and numerous meetings.  The parameters of the program are as follows.

Eligibility for Suffolk GAP registrations

  1. Must be a member in good standing of the U.S.S.A. or U.J.S.S.A
  2. Certify to the best of your knowledge that the sheep being considered for GAP are of Suffolk descent by signing the application for registration.
  3. Offspring of these ewes are only eligible for registration if sired by a registered (fullblood) Suffolk ram.

Instructions for GAP Registrations

  • Own 1 or more blackface ewes that are Suffolk in their phenotype
  • 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
  • Fill out a background questionnaire the sheep being preposed for registration
  • An inspection, either physically or photographically, will validate their phenotype and determine their eligibility for registration
    • Physical inspection will be by a USSA director or designee of the USSA Board
    • Two photos per ewe will be required
      • One picture of the animals head (front view)
      • One picture of the animal’s profile (side view)
      • Photos should be of reasonable quality and clear
    • Once the ewes have been approved for registration, complete an application for Suffolk GAP registration

If you are interested contact the U.S.S.A office.  The program is for 2 years only and will be terminated December 31, 2020.


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

USSA Photo Contest


The USSA Photo Contest is open to any who has photos of Suffolk sheep. Photo submission deadline is June 1, 2018. Photographs entered in the contest will be judged on clarity, content, composition and appeal. More than $1,000 will be awarded between 9 categories.

Winning photos may be included on the new USSA website as well as other association publications and advertisements.

Please use this form to enter photos in the 2018 United Suffolk Sheep Association photo contest. Please read all rules before submitting:

  • Images should be in mega-pixel digital format
  • Images can be black and white or color.
  • All entries must include a minimum of one Suffolk animal
  • Please include category and your name in file name (ex. youth.johndoe.jpg)
  • Contest is open to all Suffolk enthusiasts (need not be a member).
  • Entries must be received by 5:00 pm CST, June 1, 2018.
  • All entries become property of USSA and may be used in any capacity (magazine, social media, print ads etc.) without advance notice. The individual submitting the photo can continue to use the photo for personal use.
  • USSA staff and a Marketing and Promotion Committee Member will choose each category winner.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per person.
  • Cash prizes – A 1st prize of $75, 2nd prize of $50 and 3rd prize of $25 will be awarded in each category.

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Submission Instructions:
Photos should be submitted electronically using: https://form.jotform.com/80774510888164

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