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Harvesting the Rewards

of a Program with a Plan!

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MB Genetics’ Summer Spotlight...

Rincker Southdowns, MI • Lucas Wilson, IN • Dylan Klug, WI • Haley Yunker, WI • Wyncrest Farms, MO • ESQ Southdowns, PA

congratulations to these exhibitors on their successes over the summer. southdowns in the photos were purchased from mb genetics or are progeny of mb genetics seedstock. For the 2014 Stars of Louisville Sale, MB Genetics is consigning the first daughter of MB Genetics 12F-X680 VALEDICTORIAN, 2013 NAILE Sr. Champion Ram. Please check the MB Genetics blogspot or facebook page for pictures and details on the Stars Sale ewe and view more customer results.

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Table of Contents Advertising Index 32 Annual Meeting Notice 4 ASBA Directors Elections 31 ASBA Meeting Notes 18, 23, 27, 28 NAILE Southdown Schedule 8 President’s Message 3 Spirit of the Breed application 7 Southdown Social Inviation 30 “Stars of Louisville” Sale Catalog 12-15 The Southdown Louisville Preview is printed by: Sutherland Printing Montezuma, IA The Southdown Louisville Preview is published one time per year by: American Southdown Breeders’ Association Gary Jennings, Secretary/Treasurer 100 Cornerstone Road Fredonia, TX 76842 Office: (325) 429-6226 Fax: (325) 429-6225 southdown@ctesc.net www.southdownsheep.org The Southdown Louisville Preview is sent to all current and active members of the American Southdown Breeders’ Association and Junior Southdown Association.

From the Editor I don’t know about you readers, but for me this summer has slipped by so quickly! I couldn’t believe it was already time to sit down to create the fourth issue of the Louisville Preview. I accepted a new position at the beginning of the year as the executive director of the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions. As I traveled to 40 local and county fairs in Michigan my favorite part, of course, was going into the sheep barns to see if there were any Southdowns. It was great that I was able to see quite a few, many times they were the only white faced sheep in the barn. It doesn’t matter if it is at the smallest county fair or the open show at NAILE, the pride our breeders have in their Southdown sheep is the same. It was so refreshing to be reminded of that fact again and again this summer. I hope you enjoy this publication as much I have enjoyed putting it together. Thank you to all our advertisers and also thank you to all our Southdown members. Without you we wouldn’t be able to create the Southdown Louisville Preview. I hope you find it helpful as you prepare for the North American Livestock Exposition. See you at the show! Lisa

©2014 American Southdown Breeders’ Association

Lisa (Scramlin) Reiff, Editor Cell: (517) 214-7522 scramli3@hotmail.com

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President’s Message “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” - Will Rogers Southdowns have enjoyed prominence in shows across the country for the past decade in number of exhibitors, number of entries, and number of Supreme Champions, especially in youth shows. In the annual reports of registrations and transfers by purebred sheep associations, Southdowns have remained strong over the past twenty years compared to the slide of the other four major meat breeds. It would appear that the ASBA is on the right track. But to paraphrase the original great cowboy humorist, Will Rogers, we will get run over if we just sit here resting on the current success. The initiative that the American Southdown Breeders Association took in management of genetic defects and the implementation of slick shearing are industry leading examples of having been on the right track and have helped greatly in building the breed. The ASBA futurity program has set records this year in participation, the scholarship program is well funded, use of electronic media is increasing, an AJSA Skillathon is set for its second year at Louisville, and the Southdown ambassador team is back in action. So how do we keep moving forward? As a member you can help by attending the 132nd Annual Meeting of the ASBA on November 15 in Louisville to help tend to the business of the association as described in the notice of the annual meeting printed on page 4. Read minutes of the conference call meetings in this publication to become informed on the projects the board and committee members have been exploring and give them your thoughts. Members are welcome to attend the board meeting that will be Friday afternoon Nov. 14 and in the past have been asked for their perspective on some topics at hand. Location will be posted in the main hall and in the ASBA display. Committees have spent considerable time studying ways to expand opportunities in the Southdown breed through multiple possible avenues such as more regional shows, adding a wether futurity contest, a youth coordinator, forming a joint youth organization with other breeds, and changes to the National Sale and Midwest Sale among other things. One of the outcomes has been to change the traditional annual banquet before the Annual Meeting. It will be replaced by a family friendly social before the formal meeting with activities organized by the ambassadors to optimize the time available at the NAILE to meet new friends, share ideas, recognize achievements and celebrate another good year. In closing, I want to thank our board and committee members for the talents and volunteer efforts they give to keep the ASBA moving on the right track. Safe travels to everyone coming to Louisville next month!

Barbara Bishop President ASBA Board of Directors

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AMERICAN SOUTHDOWN BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION OFFICERS: President Barbara Bishop Rio, Wisconsin (920) 992-6183 Vice President Mike McElvain Heyworth, Illinois (309) 830-3340 DIRECTORS: Patty Abell - Aurora, OR (503) 266-2229 Paul Cassell - Wytheville, VA (202) 255-1764 Jim Davis - Odell, IL (815) 998-2359 Dr. Scott Flanagan - San Angelo, TX (325) 234-8843 Brian Forsee - Owenton, KY (502) 484-2801 Gary Kwisnek - Clarksburg, PA (724) 459-5254 Heath Laber - Longmont, CO (970) 580-0172 J. J. Maddox - Thomas,OK (580) 593-2455 John Nixon - Hilmar, CA (209) 620-4184 Jeff Oldenburg - Mulhall, OK (405) 880-5857 Jeff Repasky - Prior Lake, MN (612) 282-7782 L. C. Scramlin - Holly, MI (248) 634-3043 Jessy Harris Shanks Lenoir City, TN (865) 363-9250 Kyle Thayer Cummington, MA (413) 634-5528

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Gary Jennings Secretary-Treasurer 100 Cornerstone Rd. Fredonia, Texas 76842 (325) 429-6226 FAX (325) 429-6225 Email southdown@ctesc.net

Dear American Southdown Breeders’ Association Member,

In accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of the American Southdown Breeders’ Association, this is your official written notice of the annual meeting of this Association. The 132nd annual meeting will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014, in the south wing of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky. The traditional banquet has been replaced with a casual mixer which will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the annual meeting immediately following. This promises to be a convenient opportunity to socialize with Southdown breeders and their families from across America, have a review of the year’s activities by the Southdown Ambassador team, and recognize the achievements of Southdown members before sitting down to conduct the business of our association. It is our hope that you will be able to attend the annual meeting and many of the events of the North American International Livestock Exposition. It all begins on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. with the youth showmanship classes. On Saturday a skillathon for our youth members starts at 9:00 a.m., followed by the “Stars of Louisville” ewe sale at 12:30 p.m. with Southdown market lambs shown during the day. Sunday’s junior breeding show will begin at 8:00 a.m. with Southdowns as the second breed to show. The National Southdown Show will begin Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. If you attend the annual meeting and are a member who has paid dues in the past fiscal year, you are entitled to vote on election and business items. If you cannot attend and wish to vote, a proxy may represent you. A member must personally request the proxy in writing after receiving notice of the annual meeting, then file at least 15 days prior to the meeting, said proxy in the office of the Executive Secretary of the Association. Again, it is our sincere hope that you can attend the North American and all the events involving the Southdown breed. It has been another strong year for our breed, and Louisville will be a fitting close to the 132nd year of the Association. Sincerely, Barbara Bishop President American Southdown Breeders’ Association

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Spirit of the Breed Award

Every year there are individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment of the Southdown breed. • Do they show exemplary service to the breed? • Candidates must be twenty-two years and older. • A candidate may only win the Southdown Spirit of the Breed Award once. Southdown Spirit of the Breed winner will be announced at the annual ASBA Banquet in November. Winners will receive a plaque the following year at the announcement of the new winner, upon return of undamaged trophy. Nominate for the Spirit of the Breed Award by answering the application below on a separate page. 1. Name, phone number & address of person(s) submitting application. 2. Name, Phone Number & Address of Individual, Husband & Wife, Family, Farm/Ranch Nominated. 3. Besides the ASBA, what other organizations, groups, schools, etc. is the nominee involved in? 4. Has the applicant been involved with the ASBA a long time? 5. Does the nominee raise livestock other than Southdown sheep? 6. Is the applicant a good role model and one you think emulates the Southdown breed ideals? 7. Write a one-page essay on why this nominee is an exceptional candidate for this award. For further information see § 324.00 of Policy and Procedures on web under Association Information. Send this application (you may photocopy this form) and typed essay no later than November 1, to:

American Southdown Breeders’ Association Southdown Spirit of the Breed Award 100 Cornerstone Road Fredonia, TX 76842 Office: 325-429-6226 www.southdownsheep.org Fax: 325-429-6225

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2014 North American International Livestock Exposition Southdown Schedule Wednesday, November 12th 12:00 Noon – Begin Receiving Sheep – South Wing

Friday, November 14th 12:00 Noon - Lead Line – South Wing 4:00 p.m. – Informal Board of Director’s Meeting (site not yet assigned) 5:00 p.m. – Junior Breeding Sheep Showmanship 5:00 p.m. – Market Lamb Showmanship

Saturday, November 15th 8:00 a.m. – Junior Market Lamb Show (lambs show alphabetically by breed, with Southdowns later in the day) 9:00 a.m. – Southdown skillathon – South Wing 12:30 – Stars of Louisville Southdown Sale – South Wing Following Stars Sale – Southdown Ambassadors showmanship skit – South Wing 6:00 p.m. Mixer and 132nd annual meeting – South Wing (See page 30 for more information)

Sunday, November 16th 8:00 a.m. – Junior Breeding Sheep Show (Southdowns are the second breed) Wednesday, November 19th 8:00 a.m. – National Southdown Show

Friday, November 21st 11:00 a.m. – Supreme Champion Selection

The Southdown booth will be “front and center” over the big junior weekend. Please stop by and say “Hello”. We will have promotional materials for you to take home and would love to visit with you!

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CONFERENCE CALL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHDOWN BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION A conference call meeting was held on July 14, 2014, of the American Southdown Breeders’ Association. The meeting was called to order by President Barbara Bishop at 7:04 p.m. with the following directors on the call: Jim Davis, Jeff Oldenburg, Heath Laber, Mike McElvain, J.J. Maddox, Scott Flanagan, Brian Forsee, Patty Abell, L.C. Scramlin, Jeff Repasky, and Kyle Thayer. A motion to approve the minutes of the previous conference call meeting, which was April 7th, was given by Brian Forsee and seconded by J.J. Maddox. The motion passed. The Executive Secretary then gave a brief treasurer’s report on the third quarter of the Association. It was noted that another good year for the Association was in progress. The printed materials for the Association were well in line with costs, support of the futurity was noted with record numbers of nominations, and our cash balance is extremely good for this time of the year. A motion to approve the financial report as given was moved by Scott Flanagan, with a second by Jeff Repasky. The motion passed. The president then called for committee reports. L.C. Scramlin of the National Sale Committee, reported on the excellent National Sale held in conjunction with the Ohio Showcase Sale. The sale average was a very respectable $979.00 with the best breed awards going to Brian Forsee for the ram and J.J. and Kelly Maddox for the ewe. He noted that it was great to see all those Southdown breeders in attendance, and the ASBA greatly appreciated the support of the Ohio Southdown Association with all the endeavors. Mike McElvain of the Communication Committee commented on the wonderful job that Lisa Scramlin had done on the publications of the Association this past fiscal year. Costs were kept in line and a very nice product to represent the Association was printed. He also noted the expenses for the website update were paid for by breeder links and advertising. Jeff Repasky of the Breed Standard Committee noted that his committee needed to look at the shearing rule for Southdowns and perhaps update the standards. Patty Abell of the Futurity Committee stated that it looks to be another great year for the three futurities of the Association. Barbara Bishop gave an update on the success of the Ambassadors at the recently held National Junior Show. Alyssa Flanagan, Cassie McConkey, Kelly Vierck, and Mackenzie Padgett were all present at the event to help in many ways. The ambassadors took photos of the top placing sheep in each of the many classes at the show and posted on Facebook; they ran a very successful scavenger hunt, helped Mark Johnson with his fitting presentation, and served about 200 youth root beer floats. All this was done in their new ambassador shirts. The Board wished to thank Amy Powell for her help with the Ambassador program and her time and commitment in leadership training. Heath Laber of the National Junior Show Committee agreed the National Junior Show was very successful this year and ran smoothly from beginning to end. Nearly 300 head of Southdowns were exhibited at this year’s event. The president then called for Old Business. Mike McElvain moved the Association have a social mixer and annual meeting on Saturday evening, November 15th during the North American Livestock Exposition. With a second from Brian Forsee, the motion passed. It was noted the Ambassadors would be active in presenting invitations for the mixer to the many youth present at the show. Additionally, they will present a power point and a skit at the annual meeting and mixer. 18 THE SOUTHDOWN LOUISVILLE PREVIEW

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L.C. Scramlin moved to have the informal meeting of the Board of Directors at 4:00 p.m. on Friday the 14th. A second was given by Brian Forsee, and the motion passed. The job description for a junior coordinator for the Association was briefly discussed and each director was encouraged to look at the criteria and to please note any new junior ideas they would like to see included. President Bishop appointed Brian Forsee to chair a committee to look at the future of our youth programs and a possible youth coordinator. Under New Business, Jeff Repasky stated he would like to revisit the shearing rule for Southdowns. After discussion and comments from various directors, it was moved by Mike McElvain and seconded by L.C. Scramlin that all directors will be in charge of enforcing the current shearing rules. The motion carried. A discussion was then held on possible locations of the 2015 National Sale and 2015 National Junior Show. After much discussion, it was decided that L.C. Scramlin would chair a committee to look at the best possible location for each event. His committee will consist of Heath Laber, Jeff Repasky, Jim Davis, Brian Forsee, and Scott Flanagan. Brian Forsee then brought up the possibility of having a Southdown Wether Lamb Futurity program, much like the very successful female futurities. After discussion, it was agreed upon that the futurity committee should discuss this and have a proposal at the informal meeting in Louisville. Jeff Repasky noted his concern over the amount of drenching that was occurring at the recently held National Junior Show. President Bishop asked Jeff to work with the Ambassadors in the development of educational materials on the correct way to handle the show string. With no further business to conduct, a motion to adjourn was given by Jim Davis with a second by J.J. Maddox. The meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.


Ambassadors

The Ajsa ambassadors will be hosting some fun events for juniors during NAILE. on Saturday, November 15th at 9:00 a.m. will be a southdown Skillathon and after the stars of Louisville sale there will be a Showmanship Skit - a fun way to demonstrate the right way to show. other activities to be announced on the ajsa Facebook page

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We are consigning two outstanding ewe lambs to the Stars of Louisville Sale! Be sure to like us on Facebook and watch for photos of our entries!

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Conference Call Meeting of the American Southdown Breeders’ Association A conference call meeting of the American Southdown Breeders’ Association was held April 7th, at 7:00 p.m. CST. Those directors who called in where L.C. Scramlin, Barbara Bishop, Jeff Oldenburg, J.J. Maddox, Heath Laber, Brian Forsee, Jessy Shanks, Jim Davis, Scott Flanagan, Mike McElvain, Jeff Repasky, and Paul Cassell. President Barbara Bishop called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. It was moved by Brian Forsee to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the last informal meeting. This was seconded by Jeff Oldenburg. Motion passed. As the second quarter financial statement had been sent to the directors, it was moved by Scott Flanagan to accept the report as presented. Jim Davis seconded the motion. Motion passed. Mike McElvain of the communication committee noted the Journal and Directory would be in the hands of the membership in the very near future. Heath Laber of the National Junior Show committee reported he had been contacting his committee to be present at the National Junior Show to be held this July in Kansas. Jim Davis of the nomination committee stated that five directors would be up for reelection at the annual meeting this fall. Of the five directors, he had contact four who noted they each would like to seek another term. L.C. Scramlin of the National Sale committee said the National Sale catalog was online at the present time. The webcasting option for the sale had not yet been finalized, but should be soon. His committee would have refreshments at the sale for all to enjoy. With no other committee reports, the President then called for New Business. Mike McElvain moved that all registrations and transfers require an ASBA adult or junior membership. Seconded by Heath Laber, the motion passed. Jessy Shanks moved that the current edition of Robert’s rules of order govern any meeting procedure issue. The motion was seconded by J.J. Maddox. Motion carried. Mike McElvain moved to take a total of $2,800 from the junior and scholarship funds to use for junior ambassador leadership, regional shows, and National Junior Show expenses. This would include $2000 for the Ambassador program, $300 for the two regional shows, and $500 for the National Junior Show. The motion was seconded by Jessy Shanks and discussion followed. After discussion, L.C. Scramlin moved to amend the motion and take the $2,800 from the youth and youth leadership category and junior premium and awards rather than the scholarship fund. After a second by Brian Forsee, the amendment to the motion passed. The amended main motion then passed. It was moved by Mike McElvain that no further matching funds for state organizations be given after 2013. Seconded by Scott Flanagan, the motion carried. The annual meeting and banquet was then discussed. After some discussion, it was decided that a meeting to further discuss the options should be held on Friday at the Ohio (Continued on page 28)

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Sale. Those who would attend the meeting were L.C. Scramlin, Barbara Bishop, Brian Forsee, Jessy Shanks, and John Nixon. It was moved by Mike McElvain that Pot of Gold futurity points may be counted from a junior show and open show at the same state fair if the shows are judged by different judges. The words “on separate days” are to be struck from the motion passed at the last informal meeting. L.C. Scramlin seconded the motion. The motion passed. This rule change would be updated on the futurity rules on the website. Mike McElvain moved that all nominating payments for each class of futurity sheep be paid back to exhibitors through rosettes and premiums with premiums jackpotted up to 20 places or the number of participants, whichever is less. Jim Davis seconded the motion. L.C. Scramlin moved to amend the main motion by striking the word “rosettes” and insert the word “awards”. Seconded by J.J. Maddox, the amendment to the motion passed and the amended main motion then passed. It was stated by President Bishop that the next conference call meeting would be July 14th. There was then discussion on the proposed $8,000.00 from the youth funds to be used for a junior coordinator. It was decided that Brian Forsee, Heath Laber, and Barbara Bishop would meet to discuss this further at the Ohio Sale. With no further business to discuss or conduct, a motion from Brian Forsee was given for the meeting to adjourn at 8:30 p.m. Seconded by Jessy Shanks, the motion passed.

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1. Cassie McConkey with her Supreme Champion Bred By Exhibitor Ewe “Honey” at the TN Sheep Expo. This ewe was sired by a Lethal Weapon son and out of an A&M 8T112 daughter. Cassie has had a huge amount of success with this female! Congratulations Cassie!

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2. Cassie McConkey with her Grand Champion Southdown Ewe at TN State Sheep Expo. Bred by Shanks Genetics, this ewe was sired by a Lethal Weapon son and out of a Shultz ewe. 3. Cassie McConkey and Madisyn Harris won first place in Team Showmanship at the TN Sheep Expo with “Honey”. Good job ladies! 4. Grand Champion Ram at the Wilson County Fair in Tennessee. Bred by Shanks Genetics, sired by A&M 3R156 and out of an A&M 8T112 daughter. Shown by Cassie McConkey.

Doug & Jessy shanks • Lenoir City, tn Doug’s Cell: 865-809-3019 • Jessy’s Cell: 865-363-9250 shanksgenetiCs@gmaiL.Com

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Don’t miss the new Southdown Social The traditional banquet will be replaced with a casual mixer which will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15. The annual meeting will immediately follow the new Southdown Social. All Southdown members are invited to come for some good fellowship and enjoy a review of the year’s activities, hear from the Southdown Ambassador team, and recognize the achievements of Southdown members before sitting down to conduct the business of our association. The recognition ceremony will recognize the new “Ewes for Youth” recipients, winners of the 2014 NAILE skillathon, Southdown scholarship recipients and the honoring of the new Spirit of the Breed award.


2014 Election for National Southdown Board of Directors The directors up for re-election are:

Patty Abell - Region 1, District 1: Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii Heath Laber - Region 1, District 3: Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico L. C. Scramlin - Region 3, District 2: Indiana, Michigan Gary Kwisnek - Region 4, District 1: Pennsylvania, West Virginia Kyle Thayer - Region 4, District 2: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York The elections will take place during the Annual Meeting at Louisville on November 15th. Members from any of the five regions/districts listed above who are interested in running for a seat on the board should contact Jim Davis at jbdavis@maxwire.net or Gary Jennings at southdown@ctesc.net.

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Advertiser’s Index A&M Ranch..........................................BC Bechman Southdowns.............................6 Bowman Southdowns............................26 Bruns Brothers Southdowns..................22 Circle J Southdowns.........................20-21 Crowder Sheep Farm............................23 Forsee Southdowns..........................10-11 George Brothers’Southdowns...............19 Gopher Club Lambs.................................9 Hoffman Southdowns............................31 KDK Southdowns...................................25 Laber Livestock......................................28 Maddox Southdowns...............................2 MB Genetics........................................IFC Mike McElvain Sheep Farm...................31 Miller Downs..........................................30 Oldenburg Southdowns...........................5 Northern Starr Livestock Services.......IBC Scramlin Southdowns...........................32 Shanks Southdowns..............................29 Wilson’s Skyview Farm......................16-17

Don’t forget to check out www.southdownsheep.org or visit the ASBA Facebook page for more Southdown information.

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You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet Look for our two exciting ewe lambs in the Stars of Louisville Sale and the rest our Louisville show string

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The 2014 Southdown Louisville Preview has all the information for the Southdown breeders for NAILE including schedule of events and the Star...

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The 2014 Southdown Louisville Preview has all the information for the Southdown breeders for NAILE including schedule of events and the Star...

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