Apply Now For 2019 ASI Sheep Heritage Scholarship

Through the American Sheep Industry Association, the Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 is being made available for sheep-related graduate studies.

The scholarship is for the advancement of the American sheep industry through financial support of a graduate-level (M.S. or Ph.D.) student who is attending a school in the United States.

Requirements for applying include:

  • Be a graduate student involved in sheep and/or wool research in such areas as animal science, agriculture economics or veterinary medicine with proof of graduate school acceptance.
  • Complete an application.
  • Present two letters of reference.

Click Here to download the application or obtain a copy by contacting ASI, Attn: Memorial Scholarship, 9785 Maroon Circle, Suite 360, Englewood, CO 80112-2692, by calling 303-771-3500 ext. 107, or by emailing angela@sheepusa.org.

Applications must be received in the office by May 31 and the 2019 scholarship recipient will be announced in June or July.

General Meeting 20 April 2019 at 11:30AM

Hi All,

Well spring is in the air and that means it’s time to plan our GSSB Spring General Meeting. This year’s Spring General Meeting will take place on 20 Apr 19 @ 11:30 AM. The meeting will be hosted by Bob and Diane May and their family at Swayze Inn Farm in Hope, NJ. We will have our general meeting, a farm tour and a session on participating in a breed up program including the use of CIDRs to cycle ewes, laparoscopic artificial insemination techniques and pregnancy check via ultrasound. As always dress comfortable and wear farm clothes. Meeting will be rain or shine and lunch will be served.

Our general meeting agenda will include an update on our Youth Ambassador program, an update from this year’s ASI meeting as well as a report out on last year’s festival along with the plans for this year which is our 25th annual festival. For members in attendance we will have our ever popular door prize drawings at the end of the meeting.

The May’s Swayze Inn Farm is located in Warren County, NJ and the address can be found in the Member’s Directory.  Bob’s email address is newjerseyjacobs@yahoo.com and the farm’s website is SwayzeInnFarm.com.

This is an opportunity to meet the new slate of officers and interact with other regional shepherds in addition to learning about some breeding practices and experiences from seasoned breeders and a veterinarian who is a reproduction specialist.

We would like to get a head count for lunch so please let Bob know if you will be attending as well if you may have any food allergies.

Look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Cheers,

Kevin M.

Livestock Conservancy Shave Em to Save Em Campaign

Rules

Although not mentioned in the rules, providers (which must be Livestock Conservancy members) can not sell conservation breed wool that is not from their own animals (per correspondence with the Livestock Conservancy late 2018).

Fiber Artists:

This is a great program to help save rare breeds of sheep and also to learn more about the characteristics of their fiber.  Even if you don’t pursue the program you can search through our member listings to locate those near you who are raising rare breeds on the Livestock Conservancy lists.  By purchasing products from them you are also helping to preserve these rare breeds.  For a list of breeds see the next 2 links below.

Heritage Sheep Brochure – 2 pages, lists breeds included

Heritage Sheep Breeds List by Conservation Priority Status (annually updated web page)

Flyer for Providers Promoting Program to Fiber Artists

 

For full info see the Livestock Conservancy website:  http://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/involved/internal/SE2

 

Festival Meeting March 28 2019 7-9PM at Home of Eunice Bench

We will have a lot to discuss and work on as we prepare for our 25th festival. Please come out and join us at 7pm at my house. Please look ahead of time too in case of weather changes.

Please RSVP so I’ll know how many to expect.

Thanks,

Eunice

760 Rosemont Ringoes Road, Stockton NJ 08559,
Home Phone: 609-460-4923

 

Hidden Powers of a Sheep

Nice article in the winter issue of Craftsman Quarterly:

https://craftsmanship.net/the-hidden-powers-of-a-sheep/

Judith Schwartz writes about the people who are trying to turn around the near disappearance of American wool processing within the United States.  Ecological reasons for keeping sheep (they contribute to carbon sequestrian if pastures are managed correctly), natural dying,  and efforts to make  American wool products competitive (based on value not on cost) with Chinese products made from American wool.

2019 Trustees Election Results

The election completed. Of the 39 eligible voters: 22 ballots were submitted and 3 opened their ballots but did not vote (56% voted).  We use weighted ballots for elections (personal members have 1 vote, family members 2 votes).

President – 2 year term (2019 – 2020)

35.0 votes tallied and 0 abstentions from 22 ballots

Kevin Melvin wins with 100% of the vote

 

Vice President – 2 year term (2019 – 2020)

35.0 votes tallied and 0 abstentions from 22 ballots

Bob May wins with 100% of the vote

 

Treasurer  – 2 year term (2019 – 2020)

33.0 votes tallied and 1 abstention from 22 ballots

Anita Duscher wins with 100% of the vote

 

Trustees – 3 year term (2019 – 2021)

64.0 votes tallied and 2 abstentions from 22 ballots

Carter Laidlaw and Brittany Smith wins with 50% and 45.3 of the vote each.

PLEASE NOTE:  A new ballot for Secretary will go out to all members at 6PM Feb. 8 2019 due to a ballot error.  The voting period will be 2 weeks. 

Experience Wool Now on YouTube

The American Wool Council has provided fans of the all-natural fiber with a new way to Experience Wool through the creation of a YouTube page. The page currently hosts three videos produced by Brand Juice in the past year to market American wool to a wide variety of consumers.

The videos were shown on multiple occasions during the American Sheep Industry Association Annual Convention last month in New Orleans, and can now be shared from the YouTube page by producers looking to promote American wool and its many benefits.

In The Luxurious Fiber, a narrator explains that the “Fabric designers choose first to achieve pure elegance, absolute luxury and unmatched style” is American wool.

The High Performance Fiber is aimed at more demanding users and offers, “There’s one time-tested, expedition-proven material you can count on. One fabric for four seasons. Experience the confidence of American wool.”

Natural and Sustainable promotes what might be the fiber’s greatest trait. “What this miracle becomes is infinitely remarkable, versatile, beautiful and in the end, sustainable.”

If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the videos. Share them with your friends, family and clients, and help the American Wool Council in promoting this natural, renewable, sustainable fiber that is perfect for any occasion in any season.

Access the YouTube Channel:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFhONGmym_OM8ZWxPqw9Fag

For more information on American wool, visit AmericanWool.org or follow Experience Wool on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Source: ASI Weekly February 8, 2019