General Virtual Meeting and Board Elections Jan 2, 2021

General Meeting Reminder – this Saturday, 02 Jan 21 @ 1 PM
From: Kevin Melvin
Date: Fri, 01 Jan 2021 00:17:39 PST

Hi All,

Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming general meeting this Saturday, 02 Jan 2021 @ 1 PM. The meeting will be virtual via Webex (see link below). If you have not joined a Webex video call before, I recommend you join the meeting a few minutes early in case your system needs to run the webex software. For the best audio experience, I also recommend using headphones. You can use either your computer for audio over the internet or dial in from your phone. Additionally, when not speaking please keep your lines muted to prevent background noise.

2020 was a year that we will not soon forget and I for one am happy to have it officially in the books. Unfortunately, it put a wrench in a number of our plans including having to cancel our onsite festival and postpone meetings. As a result, we will have a jam packed agenda for this Saturday with a business meeting, elections, an educational session on lambing and some fabulous door prizes that will be for our virtual attendees. Given the delays due to COVID and the need to elect new officers in order to meet the ASI directory cut off in January and to drive some time sensitive agenda items forward, we will be holding elections on the day. They will be processed thru email via the election buddy software we have used in years past. You do not need to to attend the meeting to vote for the elections as it will be conducted via email to current members at the email address that we have on file. The difference this year is that voting will not be extended for a prolonged period of time so that the slate of officers will be identified before adjourning the meeting.

Nominations are still open and individuals can be nominated by either sending them to or in person during the meeting. We will also capture “seconds” for any nominations received via email during the meeting.

Draft Agenda
Call to Order
Secretary report
Treasurer report
Fleece Committee report
Festival Committee report
Ambassador program update
Old Business:
ASI updates
-Guard Dog Program
New Business:
State Blanket Program
New Committees
State Ag Convention
Book keeping software
Election results
Virtual Door prizes
Educational Topic: Preparing for Lambing presented by Dr. Jon Higgins of Acorn Farm Veterinary Services.
Look forward to seeing you all virtually on Saturday. Webex information is below but also on the website and in my previous email. Hope you will be able to join us.
Kevin M.
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Scrapie Program Update – Samples Needed for State Sampling Quota

At the most recent General Meeting Dr. Linda Detwiler provided an update on the USDA scrapie program and the need for collecting samples from Sheep that are over 18 months old that die in order to meet the state sampling quota. Owners that allow for samples to be collected will be eligible for the free scrapie tags with your farm’s assigned premise ID. The importance of this program can not be overstated. If we are able to collect enough data from the scrapie monitoring program over the next few years, we may be able to declare the U.S. scrapie free which would open up a number of opportunities for U.S. Sheep producers.

From APHIS website:

Since slaughter surveillance stared in FY 2003, the percent of cull sheep found positive at slaughter (once adjusted for face color) has decreased 90 percent. However, in order to declare the U.S. “scrapie free”, we must be able to prove to the world that we have conducted testing in all sheep and goat populations. This is why your submission of samples from sheep/goats over 18 months of age found dead or euthanized on your farm is extremely important. Without your help, we will not be able to declare the US free of scrapie, costing the sheep and goat industries approximately $10 to $20 million, annually.


Information below is from the US APHIS website.

Instructions for collecting and submitting samples.

Whole Head Packing Procedures


Also see:

National Scrapie Eradication Program