The Fall issue of The Rambler is posted!
The 2023 United Suffolk Sheep Association Annual Meeting will be virtual via Zoom. The board decided to move forward with a virtual annual meeting again this year as they received positive feedback from the membership after last year’s meeting, support through the Needs Assessment and feels it’s the best way to allow all members of the association to participate.
We encourage all members to join us on Monday, November 27th at 7:30pm central via Zoom. Please note you do not need a computer to join, you can call in!! Be sure to save this connection to join – this will also be posted on the USSA website – www.suffolks.org.
Join Zoom Meeting
Call-In Number: +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 822 4229 9208
2022/2023 Annual Meeting Presentation & Fiscal Year Reports
2023 Annual Meeting Presentation
22-23 FY Financial Summary
2022/2023 Registrations by State
2022/2023 Top Registers
USSA Committee application (submission deadline 12/15)
2023 Proposed USSA Bylaw Amendments
The following USSA bylaw amendments will be on the ballot the fall of 2023. Please reach out to a USSA board member with any question you may have. Ballots will be mailed by September 1st and must be returned, in the provided envelope, postmarked on or before October 1st.
Allowance for Electronic Correspondence and Voting
Passed – 56 approve, 2 disapprove
Article V. Directors. Section 4. Election of Directors. Candidates for a director’s position shall cause to be delivered to the USSA office a letter of nomination, which letter shall be received at the office by August 1 of that year. An official ballot containing the names and resumes of district candidates shall be mailed to all members of the association by September 1 of that year. To vote in the election of Directors, a member must return the ballot to a location at the board of directors’ discretion October 1 of that year. Director applicants receiving the most votes in his/her district shall be deemed elected. In the event of a tie, the present directors will pick the winner or one of the tie candidates may choose to refrain from election. The secretary of the USSA will inform, by mail, all voting members of the election results.
Proposed Amendment: Candidates for a director’s position shall be delivered to the USSA office a letter or correspondence via email stating intent to seek election as a director in the organization by August 1 of that year. An official ballet containing the names and resumes of district candidates shall be mailed or emailed (based on membership preference specified when annual dues are paid) to all members of the association by September 1 of that year. To vote in the election of Directors, a member must either return the ballot to a location at the board of directors’ discretion by October 1 of that year or vote electronically by the third-party electronic voting process the association is utilizing at that time (based on membership preference specified when annual dues are paid). Director applicants receiving the most votes in his/her district shall be deemed elected. In the event of a tie, the present directors will pick the winner or one of the tie candidates may choose to refrain from election. The secretary of the USSA will inform all voting members of the election results.
Reason for considering an amendment: This will allow for modernization of correspondence and voting to reduce delays due to mailing and save the association the cost of postage.
Special Meeting Notice Requirements
Passed – 49 approve, 7 disapprove
Article V. Directors. Section 10. Special Meetings. A special meeting of the Board may be called at any time by the President, or any three or more of the Directors by giving ten days’ notice of such meeting to each member of the Board of Directors, either personally or by mail, stating the time, place and purpose of any such meeting.
Proposed Amendment: A special meeting of the Board may be called at any time by the President, or any three or more of the Directors by giving five days’ notice of such meeting to each member of the Board of Directors, either personally or by mail, stating the time, place and purpose of any such meeting.
Reason for considering an amendment: In times when special meetings may be needed, this allows the board to be more responsive and stay within bylaws.
Current futurity standings as of 11/27/23.
Owned Ewe Lamb
No points submitted at this time.
58pts – Hutsyn Hohertz, TX – Slack 3206
45pts – Adisyn Sheets, OK – MacCauley 5968
40pts – Jarrod Neumeister, IN – Dombek 3870
15pts – Raegan Studer, IA BarZel 23067
43pts – Allee Hoover, PA – MacCauley 5969
31pts – Olivia Mason, MA – TM Matlock 1058
Bred & Owned Ewe Lamb
73pts – Katelyn Ford, IN – Russell Sheep Co. 2320
52pts – Elizabeth Sodtalbers, NJ – So-N-So Acres 03262
34pts – Emerri Gottlob, SD – Gottlob 1003
Owned Yearling Ewe
80pts – Allee Hoover, PA – MacCauley 5599
53pts – Hutsyn Hohertz, TX – Slack 2421
50pts – Arica Sodtalbers, NJ – So-N-So Acres 03227
35pts – Emily Stevens, OH – Slack 2418
2pts – Elizabeth Sodtalbers, NJ – So-N-So Acres 03226
Bred & Owned Yearling Ewe
64pts – Katelyn Ford, IN – Russell Sheep Co. 02010
Friday, June 9
11:30am Event registration at Crowne Plaza
1-4:30 pm Educational sessions at Crowne Plaza
Digital Suffolk 101 – Amanda Everts
Producer Panel: Lessons Learned for a Successful Operation – Bret Henderson, Bob Kimm, Evan Snyder, Jim Van Dyke. Moderator: Jeremy Geske
Farm to Table Direct Marketing of Lamb: Diane Russell, John Peck, Gwen Kitzan
Youth: Where’s the Meat? – Ann Kolthoff
Digital Suffolk 101 – Amanda Everts
Producer Panel:Lessons Learned for a Successful Operation – Bret Henderson, Bob Kimm, Evan Snyder, Jim Van Dyke. Moderator: Jeremy Geske
New USDA Livestock Drug Regulations/Off-label Drug Use – Dr. John King
Youth: Shepardy- UJSSA Directors
Digital Suffolk: Advanced Options – Amanda Everts
Preventing Loss from Abortion Diseases- Dr. John King
Data 101: How to Improve Your Bottom Line – Ann Kolthoff
Youth: Creepy Crawlers – Dr. Scott Greiner
*Small group sessions will be offered for “Using Ultrasound for Carcass Evaluation” on Friday and Saturday – signup will be arranged through the USSA
6 pm Welcome dinner at fairgrounds followed by sale sheep preview.
– Meal included with event registration
– Youth corn hole tournament and ice cream sundae bar
Saturday, June 10
8:30 -10:30 am Breed Standard Discussion with Dr. Scott Greiner at the Fairgrounds (Goat Barn)
– Youth Track : Skill-a-thon • Carcass Scanning • Lamb Cooking/Tasting (Gwen Kitzan)
Lunch on your own
Noon Suffolk sale
Junior Show check-in is scheduled on Saturday, June 10 beginning 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Suffolk Sale until 4pm.
6 pm Social Hour, Banquet Dinner Crowne Plaza
– Dinner Reservations required
– Lamb & chicken buffet for adults, pizza buffet and game room for kids.
– Foundation Program & Hall of Fame recognition to follow
– Suffolk Socializing & Entertainment
Sunday, June 11
8 am Junior Show at fairgrounds*
*Pre-entry suggested. Junior Show check-in is scheduled on Saturday, June 10 beginning 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Suffolk Sale until 4pm.
ONLINE BIDDING @ BREEDERSWORLD.COM!
Sale Entry Form Word PDF
Sale Information Letter
Sale Entry Deadline: May 1 (must be faxed or emailed)
Junior Show Entry Form Word PDF
Junior Show Rules
Junior Show Deadline: May 27 (suggested but not required)
Holiday Inn Express (adjacent to meeting and banquet hotel)
booking link: United Suffolk Sheep Association – Holiday Inn Express
Crowne Plaza (meeting and banquet site)
217-615-4445 – “Suffolk Sheep Block 2023” $115/night +tax
booking link: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/xb66b2
217-525-7420 – “Suffolk Sheep” for 10% off
217-523-4000 – “Suffolk Sheep” $101/night +tax
Illinois State Fairgrounds: 217-782-6661
ILLINOIS SUFFOLK SHEEP ASSOCIATION
JMG SUFFOLKS, MN
The 2023 National Junior Suffolk Show, held in conjuction with the All-American Junior Sheep Show will be June 29-July 2 in Madison, Wisconsin.
To learn more: https://allamericanjuniorshow.com/
1st MacKenzie Hornbostel (IL)
2nd Claire Harris (IL)
1st Creed Harker (IA)
2nd Morgan Tweed (PA)
1st Katie Ford (IN)
2nd Case Rodgers (TX)
Virtual Skill A Thon
Age Group 7 and Under
1st Brodie Boyd, OH
Ages 8 to 12
1st Allie Boyd, OH
2nd Cayenne Harker, IA
3rd Case Rodgers, TX
4th Kinley Tolle, OK
5th Greely Everts, IA
1st Creed Harker, IA
1st Ethan Leggett, WV
2nd Emily Stevens, OH
The Board of Directors of the United Suffolk Sheep Association wishes to extend gratitude to the membership for your participation in the recent vote on how animals should be presented at the National Suffolk Show and National Suffolk Sale. In recent history, there has been very few votes in the USSA that has seen this level of turnout. The membership vote related to the presentation of animals at the association sanctioned events has been counted and is for there to be no change; 77 in favor of the presentation change and 83 in favor of no change.
We thought it was important for our members to participate in the decision-making process. The Board was clear when this was put to the vote of the membership that we would abide by the wishes of the membership, and you have spoken.
Now that this vote is in the rear-view mirror, the exciting programs and projects we are continuing to work on can truly be front and center in the conversation. Going back to the Fall of 2020 with the Needs Assessment, we set the precedent for reaching out to you and actively soliciting your feedback and direction.
We heard you say that you wanted more opportunities to collaborate and more education, which is the focus of The Suffolk Event that was recently announced. We are working on a collaborative event that will bring all facets of our breed together. Coming together as Suffolk breeders, making new friends, and visiting with old ones while participating in new learning opportunities is the focus of The Event. We hope you will take home a nugget of new information that you can implement in your flock. A sale will provide an opportunity for members to sell their sheep or obtain some new genetics. A junior show will give youth an experience to get out with their sheep early in the season and develop new skills.
We aren’t trying to change an existing Suffolk event; we are creating an entirely new one that encompasses all things Suffolk. All ages, all segments, and all geographies are the target audience. It will move around in subsequent years, but the focus will be consistent in bringing together the many different and diverse Suffolk enthusiasts to celebrate the breed.
As we finished the strategic planning session last fall, a full list of committees and committee chairs was distributed to the membership. We are very proud of the work being done and are equally excited about the composition of those committees. The work being tackled is long overdue and, in some cases, has never been tackled before. The people chopping wood and carrying water are not just Board members – there is a herd (or flock, depending on where in the country you are) of active members who stepped up and asked to be part of those committees.
We are blessed to be surrounded by people who feel as strongly about the breed and are committed to the future. If you have the passion and the time to help, know that there are many opportunities to do so.
We know we need to do a better job talking about the accomplishments being made, and we are excited to share that. To that end, a report on committee progress will be distributed to the entire membership within the next several weeks, so you can see what else we’ve been working on to advance the breed we are all so proud to be a part of. No longer will the membership need to wait until the annual meeting to get a real glimpse into what we are striving to accomplish.
There is excitement in looking ahead to the future. There is real progress being made on real tasks that can make a real difference for our breed. Thank you again for your passionate engagement. Working together there is absolutely nothing we can’t make happen together for the Suffolk breed.