Guard Dog Members

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The Guard Dog Program has spent nearly $100,000 over the last 14 months on two issues: the ongoing bighorn/domestic sheep controversy and the struggle to keep the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Idaho operational.

Due to the generosity of the record-setting 160 members and organizations that contributed to the Guard Dog Program during 2015, the industry was able to continue to fund lawsuit expenses in two bighorn controversy cases and legally intervene on behalf of the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station. The program also helped support a coalition to address the overpopulation of horses on the rangelands. The Guard Dog Program funding is the key to any legal efforts on behalf of the sheep business.

Please consider a contribution this year to lend the extra hand to protect the sheep industry on all fronts. This is the only way that the organization can assist with or lead litigation. Annual dues from state associations are spent 100% on lobbying in Washington, D.C., so there is no balance left for litigation or legal analysis of federal decisions.

The 2014 solicitation yielded a 25 percent growth in membership and we hope to increase the program again this year. We know activist groups that are targeting the sheep industry, such as Western Watershed Project or those suing over the sheepherder program, will continue to generate even more cash for their legal assault on livestock, so as an industry, it behooves us to fight fire with fire and reload our own legal-fund reserves.

You are recognized nationally as the individuals and businesses that go the extra mile for the sheep industry. We receive positive feedback from the Guard Dog Member recognition in the monthly Sheep Industry News, as well as throughout the Annual Sheep Industry Convention.

If you are a returning member, I hope you will consider another contribution to the Guard Dog Program and continue to be part of the group of leaders that support the industry at a higher level. If you are a first time supporter, welcome to the program. A list of members is below.


Peter Orwick, Executive Director

FY 2014/2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015)

Charter Members

Joe and Carmen Auza, Joe Auza Sheep (AZ)
Martin and Shirley Auza, Martin Auza Sheep Co. (AZ)
Brad and Laurie Boner, Cole Creek Ranch (WY)
J. Paul and Debbie Brown (CO)
Jean Brown, Slash KJ (CO)
Kevin and Mary Buchholz, Buchholz Ranch, LLC (SD)
Cedar Livestock Assn., c/o Jack Smith (UT)
Dan Chournos, Chournos, Inc. (UT)
Gordon Clark, Hay Creek Ranch (OR)
Colorado Wool Growers Assn. (CO)
Mike and Jennifer Corn, Roswell Wool
(NM) Florence, John and Quinci Cubiburu, Cubiburu Livestock (CA)
Tom and Renee Davis, Davis Land & Livestock Co. (WY)
Jerry Dilts and Elizabeth Philp (WY)
Alicia Dredge, CD Ranches (ID)
Ben and Stella Elgorriaga, Elgorriaga Livestock (CA)
Stephen and Lisa Elgorriaga (CA)
John Espil Sheep Co., Inc. (NV)
Henry and Kathy Etcheverry, Etcheverry Sheep Co. (ID)
John and Jody Faulkner, Faulkner Land & Livestock Co. (ID)
Glen and Linda Fisher, Askew-Fisher Ranch (TX)
Paul and Marla Frischknecht, Frischknecht Livestock (UT)
Fred Fulstone and Marianne and Kristofer Leinassar, FIM Corp. (NV)
Lynn and Helen Glass, J.L. Glass Ranch (TX)
Don and Helen Godby, Godby Sheep Co. (CO)
Melchor and Karen Gragirena, El Tejon Sheep Co. (CA)
Michael and Vickie Guerry, Guerry, Inc. (ID)
Clarence Halterman, Halterman Sheep, Inc. (UT)
Julie Hansmire, Campbell Hansmire Sheep (CO)
Gene Hardy, Hardy Ranch, LLC (WY)
Robert and Lynn Harlan, School Bell Feeders (WY)
Harold and Judy Harper, Harper Livestock Co. (CO)
Mike and Mary Ann Harper, Mike Harper Livestock (CO)
John and Tom Helle, Helle Rambouillet (MT)
Margaret Soulen Hinson and Joseph Hinson (ID)
Ryan and Beatriz Indart, The Indart Group (CA)
Bob Innes and Lisa Beveridge, Innes Ranch, LLC (WY)
Lee and Joan Jarvis, Jarvis Sheep Co. (UT)
Wade and Cassie Jensen (UT)
Mike and Mary Jo Jernigan, Jernigan Ranch Co. (TX)
Truman and Marie Julian, Julian Land & Livestock (TX)
Tom and Becky Kourlis, Harry Kourlis Ranch (CO)
Clint and Maureen Krebs, Krebs Livestock, LLC (OR)
Skye and Penny Krebs, Krebs Sheep Co. (OR)
Dean and Kathy Lamoreaux, Lamoreaux Sheep (UT)
Jim Magagna, Magagna Brothers (WY)
S. Martinez Livestock, Inc. (WA)
Joe and Valencia Mattos, I O U Sheep Co. (CA)
Don and Pete Meike, Meike Ranch/Sussex Ranch (WY)
Wiley Micks, Quad Five (MT)
Pierce and Betty Miller, VIP Livestock Co. (TX)
Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers, Inc. (MN)
Montana Wool Growers Assn. (MT)
Frank and Elaine Moore, Spearhead Ranch (WY)
Nevada Wool Growers Assn. (NV)
New Mexico Wool Growers Assn., Inc. (NM)
Elisabeth Noelke, 7h Ranch (TX)
Mike and Kelly Nottingham, Nottingham Land & Livestock (CO)
James Orwick and Jack Orwick (SD)
Tom, John and Diane Peavey, Flat Top Sheep Co. (ID)
Brian and Gayenell Phelan (CA)
James Powell, Powell Ranches (TX)
Steve and Toni Raftopoulos, Two Bar Sheep Co., LLC (CO)
Fred Roberts, Roberts Ranch (WY)
Spence and Connie Rule, Rule Feeders, LLC (CO)
Doug and Susan Samuelson, Warren Ranch Co. (WY)
Tom Schene, Schene Enterprises (CA)
Julie Shiflett, Juniper Economic Consulting, Inc. (CO)
Jeff and Cindy Siddoway, Siddoway Sheep Co., Inc. (ID)
Sieben Ranch Co. (MT) Phil Soulen, Soulen Livestock Co. (ID)
Bill and Jamie Strauss, Strauss Ranch (TX)
Angelo, Karin, Tony and Dani Theos, Theos Swallow Fork Ranch (CO)
Tom and Deb Thompson III, Thompson Farms & Feedlot (CO)
Gary and Lori Visintainer, Visintainer Sheep Co. (CO)
Tom and Karin Watson, Silverdale Farms (OR)
Clark and Patty Willis (UT)
David and Sara Winters, Winters Ranch Partnershipa(TX)
Ken and Pauline Wixom, Wixom Livestock (ID)

Supporting Members

7K Ranch, Inc. (WY)
Larry and Janet Allen, Allen Livestock (CO)
Reed and Robyn Anderson, Anderson Sheep Co. (OR)
James and Doris Bair (CO)
Max and Beverley Benne, Benne Farm (MI)
Robert Benson (IN)
Brian and Carolyn Bitner, BRB Livestock (UT)
Patrick and Ronna Burke, Burke Ranch (SD)
Peter and Tom Camino, Camino & Sons, LLC (WY)
Jon Child, Child Ranch, LLC (WY)
Tom and Andrea Colyer, Greenwood Hill Farm (MA)
Concho Livestock Co., Inc. (TX)
G. David and Theressa Dalling (ID)
David and Julie Dashiell, Redbull Ranch (WA)
Chico and Ginnie Denis, Denis Ranch (TX)
Ellie Dumdi in memory of Cleve Dumdi , Pachy Burns, Dumdi Sheep Co. (OR)
David Earl, Upper Creek Ranch (UT)
Ted and Renae Edwards (WY)
Tom and Leah Edwards, TLE Ranch, Inc. (WY)
Martin and M. Teresa Etchamendy, Etchamendy Sheep Co., Inc. (CA)
Ernie and George Etchart, Etchart Livestock, Inc. (CO)
Lorin and Waneta Fawcett, Joseph O. Fawcett and Sons (UT)
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fletcher, Cabin Run Farm (WV)
Guy and Pat Flora (OH)
Jeremy and Tracy Geske (MN)
Will and Elizabeth Getz, Big Oaks Farm (GA)
Bob and Susan Gilbert (MT)
William H. and Sherie Goring (UT)
David and Nancy Greene (MD)
Bob and Judy Hageman, Mountain Valley Livestock (WY)
Keith and Linda Hamilton, Hamilton Ranch, Inc. (WY)
Hampton Sheep Co., Inc. (WY)
Paul and Pete Hansen, Hansen Livestock Co. (MT)
Tom and Joni Harlan, Harlan Livestock, LLC (WY)
Joe and Carolyn Harper, Allegheny Farms (WV)
John Hotchkiss, Hotchkiss Ranch, Inc. (CO)
Lee and Peg Isenberger, Isenberger-Litton Livestock, LLC (WY)
Francisco and Miguel Iturriria, I & M Sheep Co. (CA)
Matt and Sandra Jarvis, Jarvis Sheep Co. (UT)
John and GeorgAnn Jewell, Jewell Sheep Co. (CO)
Burdell and Theo Johnson, Diamond J Livestock (ND)
Jan Klecker, Klecker Ranch, Inc. (CO)
Bob and Jane Leer, Knott Ewe Farm (KY)
Lou and Chris Kokkeler (OR)
Bob, Marie, Ben and Jamie Lehfeldt, Lehfeldt Rambouillets (MT)
Randy and Penny Leonard, Leonard Farms and Livestock LLC (CO)
Mark and Jeff Lyman (WY)
Joe and Sylvia Manterola, Manterola Sheep Co., Inc. (AZ)
Max and Joyce Matthews (SD)
Michael and Janet Mawhinney, Mawhinney Mountain Dorsets (PA)
Ken and Phyllis McKamey, McKamey Ranch Co. (MT)
Jack and Kathryn McRae (MT)
Michigan Sheep Breeders Assn. (MI)
Brant Miller (ME)
Jim and Georgia Moore, Moore Ranch (WY)
Larry Nelson and Sandra Holcomb (SD)
David and Roxie Niemi, Niemi Ranch (SD)
North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers (ND)
Jw and Thea Nuckolls, Nuckolls Ranch, Inc. (WY)
Nugget International, Inc. (CO)
Ohio Sheep Improvement Assn. (OH)
Bob and Ida Mae Orwick (SD)
John and Linda Oswalt, Oswalt Farm (MI)
Patrick and Sharon O’Toole, Ladder Livestock Co., LLC (WY)
Pete and Rama Paris, Paris Livestock (NV)
Dan and Kay Persons, Rafter P Ranch (MN)
Burton and Pattie Pfliger (ND)
Philp Sheep Co. (WY)
Don Pickett, Pickett Ranch & Sheep Co. (ID)
Larry and Madge Pilster, Pilster Ranch Corp. (MT)
Linda and Claude Plumb (SD)
Joe Pozzi Ranch (CA)
Johnny and Clair Powell (TX)
Jewell Reed, Reed Land & Livestock (WY)
Warren and Carla Roberts, Openheart Ranch (CO)
Roche Ranches (UT) Jeff and Rita Samuelson (CO)
Louis and Jerry Schmidt, Colorado Woolens/Schmidt Ranch (CO)
Harold Selman, Inc. (UT)
Maurice and Karen Short, Bullseye Ranch (OR)
Jo Anne Snyder, Snyder Ranches LLC (CO)
William and Margie Sparrow (NC)
Joe and Cheri Sperry, Sperry Livestock Corp. (CO)
Vernon and Marsha Spykerman (IA)
Joel Stamatakis (UT)
W. Keith and Kathleen Stumbo, Down Valley Farm (NY)
Art and Jill Swannack, Feustel Farms, Inc. (WA)
Dean and Paula Swenson (ND)
Jean Tennant, Tennant Ranch, Inc. (SD)
Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Assn. (TX)
Randy and Amanda Tunby, Tunby Ranch (MT)
University of Idaho/U.S. Sheep Experiment Station (ID)
West Virginia Shepherds’ Federation, Inc. (WV)
F.H. “Tuffy” and Carol Whitehead, Whitehead Ranches (TX)
Ray and Jeri Willoughby, Willoughby Ltd (TX)
Ernest Woodward Ranches (TX)
David and Judy Young (TX)