ASI 2017 Convention Presentations

2017 ASI Convention Presentations

VFD and Dr. Grandin videos from the 2017 ASI Annual Meeting are available on the ASI YouTube Channel at SheepUSA1 or at at News and Media > Video

2017 Industry Sponsors — A special Thank You to our Industry Sponsors who help to make this event the success it has become.

Thursday Genetic Stakeholders, Animal Health and PERC Meetings

NSIP vs Non-NSI Sires
Reid Redden, Ph.D., Texas A&M

Genetic Trends Over Time with Breeds on NSIP
Rusty Burgett, NSIP Program Director

Scrapie Eradication Program Update
Diane Sutton, DVM, USDA/APHIS/VS

Medically Important Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture – Sheep
Mike Murphy DVM, JD, Ph.D., DABVT, DABT; Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of the Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

Animal Health Committee Updates
Cindy Wolf, DVM, and Jim Logan, DVM – Animal Health Committee Co-Chairs

Research Update from the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
Brad A. Freking, Ph.D., USDA, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

National Wildlife Research Center Update
Larry Clark, Ph.D.

Livestock Protection Dog Update
Julie Young, Ph.D. and Daniel Kinka

Thursday State Executives/Contacts Meeting

Tri Lamb AUS/NZ Tour
Ryan Mahoney, 2016/17 Tri Lamb Young Leader

Let’s Grow Funding and Resources
Alan Culham, Let’s Grow Coordinator

Thursday Resource Management Council Meeting

Public Lands Council
Ethan Lane, PLC Executive Director

National Grazing Lands Council Sterring Committee
Ben Lehfeldt, ASI Representative to Grazing Committee

Domestic Small Ruminants & Bighorn Sheep Respiratory Disease Research
M. A. Highland, DVM, DACVP, PhDc; USDA-ARS Animal Disease Research Unit

Control of Infectious Diseases
Don Knowles, DVM, Ph.D.; USDA-ARS Animal Disease Research Unit

Thursday and Friday Wool Council Meetings

State of Objective Measurement Industry
Angus McColl, Yoco-McColl Testing Laboratories

World Wool Market, 2017
Goetz Giebel, ASI Wool Consultant

Business in China
Kitty Gu, ASI Wool Consultant

Responsible Wool Standard Update
Lisa Surber, Ph.D., ASI Wool Consultant

Agriculture Marketing Service Report
Chris Dias, AMS Market Reporter

Friday Lamb Council and American Lamb Board Meeting

Food Service Trends and American Lamb
Mary Humann, American Lamb Board

Lamb Quality / Flavor Researcj
Karissa Maneotis, Colorado State University

Livestock Mandatory Reporting
Erica Sanko and USDA/AMS

Instrument Augmented Lamb Grading Status of the Industry
Willie Horne, Ph.D., USDA/AMS

Lamb Market: Situation and Outlook
James Robb, Director, Livestock Marketing Information Center

Friday Legislative Action Council Meeting

Best Practices and Federal Overview
Jim Richards, Cornerstone Government Affairs, Washington, D.C.

Friday Let’s Grow Committee Meeting

Leading Edge Sheep Producers
Tom Boyer (Utah) and Brandon Bitner (Utah)

Use of Electronic ID to Enhance Lamb Productivity & Value-Based Marketing
Reid Redden, Ph.D. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Brad Anderson, Mountain States Rosen

S.D. Post Weaning Lamb Performance Program
Dave Ollila, SDSU Extension and Jeff Held, Ph.D., SDSU Extension

Fine Wool Consortium
Ben Lehfeldt and Rusty Burgett, NSIP Program Director

Grass Based Pipestone in the Southeast
Shawn Hadley

Friday Board of Directors Informational Session

Veterinary Feed Directives for the Sheep Industry — How Did We Get Here? And What Do We Do Now?
Meg Oeller, DVM – Director, Office of Minor Use & Minor Species, FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine
Watch the presentation video on ASI’s YouTube Channel at SheepUSA1

Farm to Feet
Kelly Nester – Nester Hosiery

Twizel, Inc.
John Fernsell – Twizel, Inc.

What is a brand?
John Bellina – Brand Juice

Political Discussion, or…What the heck happened???
Jim Richards – Cornerstone Government Affairs

Tri-Lamb Young Leaders
Brad Osguthorpe – Utah
Karissa Maneotis – Colorado
Katie Olagaray – Kansas/California
Ryan Mahoney – California

Friday and Saturday ASI Young Entrepreneurs SessionS

Crossbreeding to Improve Productivity
Dave Notter, Ph.D., Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech

Social Networking and Your Flock
Emily Buck, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Transition Planning is Optional – Well, Kinda!!!
David Specht, Family Dynamics National Development Manager

Tri-lamb Young Leaders
Brad Osguthorpe – Utah
Katie Olagaray – Kansas
Kariss Maneotis – Colorado
Ryan Mahoney – California

Saturday Board of Directors Meeting

Conducting a proof of concept for differentiating the inherent differences in flavor that exists among American lamb using volatile flavor compound analysis.
Karissa Maneotis, Colorado State University

American Sheep Industry Incident Management (ie. Emergency Response)
Linda A. Detwiler, DVM

2017 Face of Farming and Ranching
Emily Buck, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Responsible Animal Care
Rita Kourlis Samuelson, ASI Director of Wool Marketing

Responsible Wool Standard
Lisa Surber, Ph.D., ASI Raw Wool Service

National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Update
Steve Lee, NSIIC Executive Director

National Lamb Feeders Association Update
Bob Harlan, NLFA President

National Livestock Producers Association Update
Scott Stuart, NLPA Executive Director

Let’s Grow Committee Update
Susan Shultz, Let’s Grow Chair




2017 GSSB Officer Election Results

Thanks to all members that voted – the results are in!  A link to the results is provided below. Results will also be posted to the FB site, and the Yahoo Group.

You can view detailed results by following this link:



Royal Unzicker (2017) – completing term of Judi Lehrpaupt

Marlene Halstead and Steve Feryok (2017- 2018)

President: Kevin Melvin

VP: Reni Melvin

Secretary: Judi Lehrhaupt

Treasurer: Eunice Bench

3 Scottish Blackface Sheep Looking for a Home

I am moving from Coopersburg PA to Oregon and cannot take my 3 Scottish Blackface Sheep. They will be 3 years old in the spring and are in excellent health. Can you you help me find a good home for them? They are siblings, very friendly and gentle for scotties.

Thank you – Laurie Walsh-Rumsey

Contact info:

2016 Contest Results

Breed Display

Waiting for results to be reported, contact Shelly Nussbaum

Fleece Show

Babydoll Wool, Natural Colored Fine Wool, Natural Colored Long Wool, Naturally Colored
Shetland Wool, Natural Colored Fine Wool, White Shetland Wool, White
Alpaca Llama Mohair

Sheep Shows

Babydoll Classic Commercial Grade
 Hampshire Jacob Meat (Open)
Shetland Wool-Fine & Medium Wool-Long

Shepherd’s Lead


GSSB 2016 Festival Photos

Shepherd's Lead
Shepherd’s Lead
Shepherd's Lead
Shepherd’s Lead
Shepherd's Lead
Shepherd’s Lead
Jacob Sheep Show
Jacob Sheep Show
Jacob Sheep Show
Jacob Sheep Show
Fleece Show
Fleece Show
Sheep Shows
Sheep Shows
Sheep Shows
Sheep Shows
Sheep Shows
Sheep Shows
Shepherd's Lead
Shepherd’s Lead
Shepherd's Lead
Shepherd’s Lead
Shepherd's Lead
Shepherd’s Lead
Shepherd's Lead
Shepherd’s Lead
Gotland Breed Display
Gotland Breed Display
Vendor Displays
Vendor Displays
Junior Sheep Show
Junior Sheep Show
Gotland Sheep Show
Gotland Sheep Show
Vendor Displays
Vendor Displays


2016 Festival Brochure and Schedule Updated

The brochure was sent to the printers on Aug. 12th so any changes after that date won’t appear in the brochure handed out at the gate but changes are being made to the website version.  The schedule on the website is similarly being updated as needed, but the version in the brochure can not be updated at this point.

The schedule change was to the Fleece Show and Sale times (minor adjustments and addition of check-in on Friday evening).  The brochure changes were to reflect the schedule changes for the Fleece Show and a vendor move in Barn 1.  Thus, the online version should be used if possible for the most up to date information vs relying on the printed brochure.

2016 Livestock Conservancy Conference, Amherst MA Nov. 3-5

Registration Now Open
2016 Livestock Conservancy Conference

 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
November 3 – 5, 2016

Thursday Evening Reception
Networking and Poster Session

Friday PreConference INTENSIVE Clinics

  • Creating and Marketing Value-Added Products with Rare Breeds
  • Introduction to Cattle Management
  • Breed Association – Routes to Success (Part I) The nuts and bolts of operating an association
  • Breed Association – Routes to Success (Part II) – Where’s the money and how can my association get some?
  • Mirco Dairying
  • Sheep Artificial Insemination

Conference Workshops
Shetland sheep: Soil Carbon Restoration Superheroes
Selecting Cattle for Success
Heritage Chicks in the Classroom
Semen Import Roundtable
American Guinea Hogs: Homestead Hog and Chef’s
Saving Rare Equine Breeds
Not Every Pig is a Breeder and Why
Seed Savers Integrated Management System
Milking Devon Cattle
Import Roundtable
The SVF Story
Practical Website and Facebook Marketing for the Busy Farmer and more!

Source: Livestock Conservancy

Cost of Baling Hay

Drovers published an article by Travis Meteer from the University of Illinois stating that every ton of hay contains approximately 40 pounds of N (nitrogen), 20 pounds of P (phosphorus) and 50 pounds of K (potassium). However, it is important to calculate N losses at about 75 percent, thus only about 10 pounds of N are returned to the soil. The values of P and K are accurate to what would be returned.

Fertilizer prices for Illinois published by USDA (May 12 report) are: N $0.40, P $0.34, K $0.29. Using current nutrient values, hay has a fertilizer value of $25.30 per dry ton. Assuming a 1,200-pound round bale is 15 percent moisture, the nutrient value per bale is $12.91.

If you are figuring what it costs to make hay on your farm, add mowing, raking and baling at $20.20 per bale (Machinery Cost Estimates, University of Illinois Extension, June 2015). As a result, a bale of hay sitting in the field costs $33.11.

Other costs would include removal of micronutrients, moving the bales from the field, some additional time and labor in handling the bales and the use of equipment to transport the hay. If yields are below average, nearly all costs increase. Hay storage can also be a substantial part of hay costs.

Source: (from American Sheep Industry Weekly July 22, 2016)