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ARBA New Board Meeting 6-30-2018

by Site Admin on August 21, 2018

Board Minutes:  Saturday, June 30, 2018

President Chris Posbergh called the meeting of the ARBA board to order at 10:16 a.m. PDT on June 30, 2018.  The meeting was held at the home of Bessie and Sue Kalina, Oregon Romney breeders.  Bessie provided a comfortable meeting room and treated board members with fresh fruit, muffins and beverages.  Members in attendance included Posbergh, Randy Thompson, Scott Culver, Don Burgess, Charlene Carlisle, Anne McIntyre Lahner, Emma Rogers, Betsy McPherson, Carol Pasheilich, Nicole Murray and JoAnn Mast.

The secretary provided copies of the minutes from the June 29 Board Meeting and addressed any questions regarding the board meeting and annual meeting held the evening of June 29.  Edits indicated will be made prior to distribution of all minutes for approval. [click to continue…]

ARBA Annual Meeting 6-29-2018

by Site Admin on August 21, 2018

Minutes of the annual meeting:  June 29, 2018

ARBA Annual Meeting

The 2018 meeting of the American Romney Breeders Association was called to order by President, Chris Posbergh, at 8:15 p.m. PDT on June 29, 2018. The annual meeting and dinner were held at the Cascade Grill in Albany, Oregon.  The meeting was held near the Linn County Fair and Expo Grounds, site of the 2018 Black Sheep Gathering.

 Participants introduced themselves and their involvement in the sheep industry.  Thirty six individuals took part in the dinner and meeting.  Prior to dinner, Jake Valentine of Dark Side Shearing in Scio, OR provided an overview of the marketing he is doing with fleece sales.  His use of facebook and real time sales has been an effective tool in locating fiber buyers and potential clients across the country. [click to continue…]

ARBA Old Board Meeting 6-29-2018

by Site Admin on August 21, 2018

ARBA Board Meeting:  Friday, June 29, 2018

The meeting of the ARBA board was called to order at 11:15 a.m. PDT on June 29, 2018 by Chris Posbergh, President.  The meeting was held in the conference room at Willamette Community Bank in downtown Albany, OR.  In attendance were Posbergh, Randy Thompson, Scott Culver, Don Burgess, Sue Kalina, Carol Pasheilich, Betsy McPherson, Charlene Carlisle, Anne McIntyre Lahner, Emma Rogers and ARBA secretary, JoAnn Mast. [click to continue…]

ASI Weekly August 17, 2018

by Site Admin on August 21, 2018

American Sheep Industry Association; 9785 Maroon Circle, Suite 360; Englewood, CO 80112-2692
Phone: (303) 771-3500 Fax: (303) 771-8200 Writer/Editor: Kyle Partain E-mail: kyle@sheepusa.org
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Page Receives Sheep Heritage Foundation Scholarship

Arizona native Chad Page has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Sheep Heritage Foundation’s Memorial Scholarship.

It should come as no surprise that Page picked up the award in his second attempt, as he studied under three previous winners while pursuing his master’s degree in animal and range sciences at Montana State University: Megan Van Emons (2011), Tom Murphy (2013) and Whit Stewart (2014).

“I’m honored to receive this scholarship,” said Page, who is now working under Stewart at the University of Wyoming as he pursues his doctorate in animal science and ruminant nutrition. “I first heard about it in the ASI Weekly newsletter when I was still in Montana, and then I found out that three of my professors had won the scholarship in the past. I’m honored to join them on that list.”

Page grew up with sheep and goats on a hobby farm in Arizona. He served a two-year mission in Brazil with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints before attending Brigham Young University-Idaho and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in animal health and veterinarian science.

“I have been fortune in my career to work with some of the most passionate sheep scientists in the United States, both Dr. Thomas Murphy and Dr. Whitney Stewart,” Page wrote in his application. “Working with these sheep specialists has provided plenty of opportunities to serve the sheep industry. I am an ultrasound technician for the National Sheep Improvement Program, managed the Montana centralized ram test, and have spoken at multiple sheep extension meetings about applicable research, including my own.

“The first project that I carried out in my master’s program quantified trace mineral status in Montana ram lambs. Twenty-one sheep operations across the state participated in the study. The results from this study provided valuable information for ranchers and livestock nutrition companies. A new sheep mineral premix for the western half of Montana was developed based on our findings. I conducted a follow-up study investigating the effects zinc has on ram development. The findings from that study showed that dietary zinc concentrations above current recommendations increased average daily gain and wool growth in Targhee rams.

“I have authored two proceeding papers in the American Society of Animal Science western section, two extension papers and an article in the Montana Wool Growers magazine. I co-authored grant proposals that were funded by the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and the Zinpro Corporation. I currently have a journal article discussing the Montana mineral survey accepted with revisions, and other projects from my master’s soon to be published. I hope to continue to produce and teach valuable and applicable information for the sheep industry and its producers.”
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