Director Elections & Proposed Bylaw Changes

There will be one director opening in Districts 1, 3 and 4. There will be 2 openings in District 2; a one year term and a three year term. 

District 1
Matt Wolf, Caldwell, Idaho
District 2
Jeff Baumann, Savannah, Missouri
Tom Burke, Smithville, Missouri
Bill Gergen, Geneva, Nebraska
Carol Heupel, Weldona, Colorado
View District 2 Candidate Bios
District 3
Jeremy Geske, New Prague, Minnesota
Teresa Harker, Oxford, Iowa
View District 3 Candidate Bios
District 4
For the upcoming director election in District 4, there was no candidate who met all eligibility requirements. Information will be posted soon on how this vacancy will be filled.
View District 4 Vacancy Notice (updated 8.26)

We have discovered that USSA had email issues during the time that a letter of intent was due because of a server migration. If you emailed a letter of intent and are not listed, please FORWARD the original email to amanda@suffolks.org AND jeremy.geske@gmail.com.

The following document lists the proposed bylaw changes that will be on a ballot this fall. Please contact a director with any questions.

2020 Proposed Bylaw Changes – updated 8.24.20

Annual Meeting Notice

 At this time, the USSA Annual Meeting has not been scheduled due to COVID and the uncertainty and fluidity around livestock events.

If the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) goes as normally scheduled, the USSA Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with NAILE in Louisville, Kentucky. The date will be announced on the USSA website (www.suffolks.org), USSA Facebook page, an Association E-blast sent and in the October issue of The Banner.

 If NAILE is cancelled or the NAILE schedule/guidelines change, the USSA Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom meeting. The meeting date and connection information will be posted on the USSA website (www.suffolks.org), USSA Facebook page, an Association E-blast sent and in the October issue of The Banner.

National Suffolk Online Sale

Lots posted!

Rams – June 1st
View Ram Lots!

Ewes – June 2nd
View Ewe Lots!

National Suffolk Sale Info Posted!

Click here to learn more about the National Suffolk Online Sale!

Ewe Lamb Giveaway Winners Announced

2019 Suffolk Ewe Lamb Giveaway Winners
District 1 – Kendall Driscoll
District 2 – Beau Newport
District 3 – Nesse Tuttle
District 4 – Hannah McAllistor

Videos will be posted on our website soon!

We had 52 videos submitted! Applicants are encouraged to consider reapplying next year!!!

Hall of Fame Recognition Evening


The USSA Board is excited to announce, the 2019 USSA Hall of Fame inductees!

John Ascuaga

Spelman B. Collins

Rob Frost

Ken McMillan


Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized on Monday, November 18 in Louisville, Kentucky. If your schedule allows, please consider attending this year’s event. Please note that the dinner requires a reservation, reservations are due to the USSA Office by November 1st. The dinner is $25 per person.

Thank you to our event sponsors:
Gene Check, Inc.
Purina Animal Nutrition
The Banner Magazine
Royer Farm
Russell Sheep Co., LLC
Superior Farms

Location: ULA room – on the second floor of Freedom Hall – use escalator/elevator in food court.

Director Election Results

USSA Director Election Results

District 1
Cynthia Huckins, Spring Creek, Nevada (unopposed)

District 2
Jim Van Dyke, Wessington Springs, South Dakota (20 votes)
Bill Gergen, Geneva, Nebraska (10 votes)

District 3
Randy Dombek, Ivanhoe, Minnesota (39 votes)
Gary Hoskins, Jefferson, Iowa (27 votes)
Dennis Sorensen, Chebanse, Illinois (21 votes)
Kenny Capron, Parkersburg, Iowa (16 votes)

District 4
Randy Hodges, Lansing, Michigan (unopposed)

Direct Marketing Webinar

This webinar provides insight to anyone interested in selling lamb, pork or beef direct to the consumer!

Suffolk U Fall Webinar
Direct Marketing: Lamb to the Consumer

Topics Include:
▪️Know your Potential Market
▪️Understanding Regulations
▪️Meeting the Needs of your Customer
▪️Working with a Processor


Direct Marketing Webinar Slides

Webinar Links:
Selling Legally – Summary of Federal Inspection Requirements for Meat Products
Does my state have state inspection? USDA Lookup Link
Labeling Guide
American Lamb Board – Free Materials
American Lamb Board – Shopping & Cooler Bags
Pricing Calculator

NAILE Meeting & Event Schedule


Please visit the USSA Booth at NAILE for meeting locations and/or time changes. Check back for a complete schedule of Suffolk Events! 
Please note that the USSA Annaul Meeting will be held Monday, between the USSA Board of Directors meetings. It will NOT be in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Recognition Evening.

Friday, November 15
Junior Breeding Showmanship – 10am
Premier Bred Ewe Sale—3pm also on wlivestock.com
Market Lamb Showmanship—4pm
Lead Line –5pm
Premier Market Mama Sale—7pm on wlivestock.com

Saturday, November 16
Suffolk Market Lamb Show
UJSSA Root Beer Float Social – 2:30pm, USSA Display EXHIBITOR PHOTO @ 2:45pm
North American International Suffolk Sale – 3:30pm
UJSSA Meeting – 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Suffolk Sale, SWA Boardroom (use elevator next to restrooms outside of sheep penning area)

Sunday, November 17
Junior Suffolk Breeding Sheep Show – following Dorper show, Ring 1

 Monday, November 18
All events on Monday will be held in ULA room (on the second floor of Freedom Hall – use escalator/elevator in food court).
2018/2019 USSA Board of Directors Meeting – 8am
USSA Annual Meeting – 10am
2019/2020 USSA Board of Directors Meeting (following Annual Meeting)
Hall of Fame Recognition Event – 5:30pm Social Hour, 6:30pm Dinner

Tuesday, November 19
Open Suffolk Show – 8am, Ring 1

Thursday, November 21
Supreme Champion – follows completion of all open shows

***Any Changes to meeting times and locations to be posted at the USSA booth***


Hall of Fame Inductees

The USSA Board of Directors announces the 2019 Suffolk Hall of Fame Inductees:

John Ascuaga, Nevada
Spellman Collins, California
Rob Frost, Ohio
Ken McMillan, Illinois


You’re invited to celebrate their contributions to the Suffolk Breed on Monday, November 18th at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Dinner reservations need to be made for the Hall of Fame recognition evening in advance, those who attended last year reported they had a great time! Hope to see you in attendance this year! Please contact the USSA Office to make your reservation.

2019 Election Information

Election ballots and proposed bylaw changes have been mailed – these items are to be returned to the USSA Office, postmarked on or before October 1st in the provided envelope. There is one director opening in districts 1, 2 and 4. District 3 has 2 director openings; the individual receiving the most votes will fill the 3 year term and the individual with the second most votes will fill the 2 year term.

District 1
Cynthia Huckins, Spring Creek, NV

District 2
W.E. (Bill) Gergen, Geneva, NE
Jim Van Dyke, Wessington Springs, SD

District 3
Kenny Capron, Parkersburg, IA
Randy Dombek, Ivanhoe, MN
Gary Hoskins, Jefferson, IA
Dennis Sorensen, Chebanse, IL

District 4
Randy Hodges, Lansing, MI




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