2018 Convention

From Hill Country to Capitol Hill

TUESDAY – JANUARY 30

8 a.m. – 5 p.m....... American Goat Federation – Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 31

6:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.......................................... NLFA Golf Tournament

7 a.m. – 5 p.m........... Nugget International/Hillingdon Ranch Tour

8 a.m. – 5 p.m................................................. American Lamb Board

9:15 a.m. – 5 p.m........................................ Hillingdon Ranch Only Tour

Noon – 5 p.m...................................................... ASI Executive Board

5 p.m. – 7 p.m........................................ Western Range Executive Session

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.............................................. MIWW Executive Committee

6 p.m. – 10 p.m......................... National Lamb Feeders Executive Board

THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 1

7 a.m. – 5 p.m......................................... Western Range Association

7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m........................................ State Executives and Contacts

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.................................. Genetic Stakeholders Committee

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m................... NLFA Annual Meeting/Feeder Forum

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m........................................... Animal Health Committee

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.......................................................... Boot Shine Open

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.................................................................. Vendor Fair

11:30 am – 1 p.m........... Wool Recognition Lunch (Ticketed Event)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.................... National Sheep Improvement Program Open Forum

1 p.m. – 3 p.m... National Sheep Industry Improvement Center/Listening Session

1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m........ Production, Education & Research Council/Policy Forum

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m....................... Legislative Action Council/Policy Forum

1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m......................................................... ASI Wool Council

1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m........................................ Sizzling Hot San Antonio Tour

3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m......................... ASI Opening Session with Rick Berman

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ................................................. MIWW State Directors

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m............................... Industry-Wide Welcome Reception

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.......................................... MIWW Contestant Registration

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.............................. MIWW Contestants/Parents/Directors

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m................................. ASI Women Executive Committee

8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.............................. Young Entrepreneurs Wool Session

FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 2

6 a.m. – 8:15 a.m........................................ State Presidents with Breakfast

7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m...................... Lamb Council (with ALB)/Policy Forum

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m...................................... H-2A Legislative Committee

8 a.m. – 9 a.m................................................... MIWW Judges Orientation

8 a.m. –11 a.m....................... Wool Roundtable/ASI Wool Policy Forum

8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m............................................................... Vendor Fair

8 a.m. – 3 p.m............................................................ Boot Shine Open

8:30 – 11:30 a.m...... Resource Management Council/Policy Forum

8:30 – 11:30 a.m......................................... ASI Women Membership

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m................................................... Let’s Grow Committee

9 a.m. – Noon..................................... MIWW Construction Judging

9 a.m. – Noon........................................................ MIWW Workshop

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.............................. Industry Awards Luncheon

Noon – 1 p.m.................................................... MIWW Judges Lunch

1 p.m. – 4 p.m....................................................... MIWW Fashion Judging

1 p.m. – 5 p.m....................................................................... MIWW Photos

1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.................................... Young Entrepreneurs Session

1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m............. ASI Board of Directors Informational Session

1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.......................................................... Viva Botanical Tour

3 p.m. – 5 p.m................................................... ASI Women Silent Auction

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.................................... RAMS PAC Reception and Auction

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m............................................................. MIWW Rehearsal

7 p.m. – 9 p.m............................... MIWW State Directors Idea Exchange

SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 3

7 a.m. – 8 a.m......................................................... Resolutions Committee

7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m................................... ASI Women’s Silent Auction

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m............................................. Sheep Heritage Foundation

8 a.m. – Noon........................................................ MIWW Workshop

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m........................................................ Regional Caucuses

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m....................................... Young Entrepreneur Session

10 a.m. – 3 p.m..................................................................... Boot Shine

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.......................................... ASI Board of Directors

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m...........................Speaker Lunch featuring Jerrod Samber, Zoetis

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m................... MIWW Fashion Show Dress Rehearsal

5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.............. ASI Women’s Reception and Benefit Auction

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. MIWW Banquet and Fashion Show

Register for the 2018 ASI Convention: Click here

FULL Registration Includes all meetings, Welcome Reception, Industry Awards Lunch Saturday Speaker Lunch and MIWW Banquet. DOES NOT INCLUDE Ticketed Events and RAMS PAC.

ASI/NLFA Member..........................$325................ After Jan. 9 – $400

ASI/NLFA + Companion...................$500................ After Jan. 9 – $575

Non Member..................................$400................ After Jan. 9 – $475

Non Member + Companion...............$575................ After Jan. 9 – $650

Two-Day Registration.......................$250................ After Jan. 9 – $280

One-Day Registration.......................$150................ After Jan. 9 – $180

* Scholarships Available for Young Entrepreneurs *

Featured Speakers: Speaker Registration Form
Book Your Hotel Now for the Annual Convention

Start planning now for the ASI Annual Convention. From the Hill Country to Capitol Hill will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2018, at the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter. Details on registration, schedules and speakers are still to come, but attendees can book hotel rooms now by visiting: https://aws.passkey.com/gt/215642451?gtid=1c9f7e5483e1011581b8de0e15d43c2c .

ABOUT SAN ANTONIO

Few destinations provide a sense of place like San Antonio. Here, the bell towers of Spanish colonial missions have greeted mornings for almost 300 years. Mexican, European and Western cultures blend into a unique personality.

Much of the city’s unforgettable landscape has grown along the banks of the River Walk where stone paths run aside the San Antonio River connecting hotels, restaurants, shops and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in the downtown core. The 15-mile River Walk also links Spanish Colonial Missions (a World Heritage Site, along with the Alamo), museums, public art and the Pearl, a former brewery reborn into an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment.

Famed for Tex-Mex, San Antonio is gaining attention for Tex-Next as the nation’s next big culinary destination. From notable restaurants to the Culinary Institute of America, there’s something to satiate every palate. Plus, over 50 golf courses and theme parks like SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas make the city a wonderful place for families.

WEATHER - WHAT TO EXPECT

In most years, San Antonio averages a daily maximum temperature for january that's between 59 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. The minimum temperature usually falls between 38 and 44.

Nugget International

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Get a first-hand look at what makes a premuim pelt premium, as you observe Nugget International's process of making finished shearling products. Follow pelts from the raw material stage through to the finished product. A visit to Hillingdon Ranch and a barbecue lunch will follow.


Hillingdon Ranch


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Located in the Texas Hill Country between Comfort and Fredricksburg, Hillingdon Ranch has been managed by the same family for 130 years. Registered Angus cattle, Fine Wool Sheep, Angora goats, and whitetail deer are tools of managing the native plants adapted to Hillingdon Ranch. Hillingdon Ranch was founded in 1887 by Alfred Giles & remains a working ranch today. It is operated by Robin Giles (grandson of Alfred Giles); his wife, Carol; their son, Grant; and Grant's wife, Misty.

Cost: $50 Hillingdon only/$75 Hillingdon + Nugget Internationa;

Time: 6:45 am - 5:30 pm


Brackenridge Park Golf Course

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Located 5 minutes from downtown

Brackenridge Park Golf Course, which is the oldest public golf course in Texas, was the first ever host to the Texas Open Golf Tournament in 1922. This historic golf course has the honor of being the first inductee into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Brackenridge Park may not be as challenging to today’s golfers, but it is still an entertaining round. The layout has a tight front nine with plenty of trees, demanding accurate tee shots. The back nine is more open, subjecting it to strong winds. Water comes into play on a few holes and there are also numerous doglegs and well-placed bunkers to watch out for. Elevated greens and tight fairways lined with trees add to the challenge at Brackenridge Park Golf Course.

Cost : $110 per person - excludes transportation from, lunch and snacks

Time: 6:45 am - 1:00 pm; Tee time: 8:00 am



Sizzling Hot San Antonio - A Taste of the City

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Discover all the sites, sounds and flavors our city has to offer with these small bites of history, architecture and culture. We begin with a privately chartered barge ride through our infamous waterways. The meandering banks take us through a century of history, legend and lore.

And when it comes to history, nothing defines San Antonio quite like The Alamo, and The Battle for Texas: The Experience - provided an indepth potrayal of the events leading up to the battle, the 13-day seige and the legacy it has left behind.

A walk through the Historic Menger Hotel, k nown for its beauty and charm, this great hotel was used by Teddy Roosevelt to recruit his famed Rough Riders.

Our final stop is at the most famous mission in San Antonio, the Alamo herself. The Alamo is where 189 defenders fell to Santa Anna’s army of more than 2000 on March 6, 1836. The heroism of these “Texicans” paved the way to Texas independence.

Cost: $75 per person

Time: 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm



Viva Botanica! (Long Live the Gardens!)

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Japanese Tea Gardens located in Brackenridge Park has been brought to its original splendor, the formal gardens, sweeping limestone cliffs and lush pathways are a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio. Once you walk up the stone steps, you are greeted by the covered gazebo, and breathtaking view of the garden and towering waterfall. Ponds, cute little bridges and walkways that you can meander through and through.

The El Mercado, or Historic Market Square, is our next stop, the largest Mexican -style market place outside Mexico. With two distinctive shopping and dining locations, there is something for everyone.

Cost : $60 per person

Time: 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm

American Sheep Industry Opening Session Featuring Rick Berman - Thursday, February 1, 2018, 3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.


In 1987, Rick Berman founded Berman and Company, a full-service research and communications firm. Prior to that Rick was employed as an attorney for Bethlehem Steel, The Dana Corporation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as Executive Vice President for Pillsbury.

Berman and Company consistently excels in getting its clients’ and donor messages placed before the public through aggressive media outreach. Berman and Company spokespeople regularly appear on television and radio programs and place over 350 Opinion Editorials in major newspapers every year. Rick and his firm have been extensively profiled for their work in a variety of media outlets including CNBC, CNN, 60 Minutes, the Colbert Report, Rachel Maddow, TIME, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

Berman and Company takes a creative approach to advocacy and is frequently honored for its unique style. Issue advocacy through paid media, internet, TV, radio, and street theater have earned Berman over 180 national awards for creative messaging. Millions of people access Berman-created websites annually. These sites raise awareness and “Change the Debate” on public policy issues.

Berman has also lectured graduate and undergraduate classes at various universities.

A native of New York City, Berman is a graduate of Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the law school at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

ASI Speaker Lunch Featuring Jerrod Samber, Zoetis - Saturday, February 3, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Jerrod Samber graduated from Colorado State University with a Masters degree specializing in Meat Science. While attending college, he lived at the Colorado State sheep facility and did research for both the lamb and beef industries. Jerrod was a Department Chair at northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO for 14 years. He currently is a Livestock Specialist for Zoetis, where he focuses on supporting the Cattle implant line and the Livestock meducated feed additive line. His role also allows him to work closely with the Colorado lamb feeders with any of their animal health needs. Jerrod has worked closely with Zoetis' customers the past few years, educating them on the Veterinary Feed Directive. He grew up on a family farm in Northeastern Colorado, where his family continues to farm and raise sheep and cattle. He currently lives in Atwood, Colorado with his wife, Kayedeane, and children, Jaxson, Emmee and Sophie.

Titanium Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Nugget International

Silver Sponsors

Groenewold Fur & Wool Co


Chargeurs Wool Inc

Bronze Sponsors

Entrenos, Inc.

Roswell Wool, LLC

Industry Supporters Level Two

American Dorper Sheep Breeders Society

American Hampshire Sheep Association

Catelli Brothers

Industry Supporters Level One

Colorado Serum Company

Crescent Sock Company

Sydell, Inc.

Utah Wool Marketing Association

The American Sheep Industry Association is pleased to again announce the inclusion of an abridged Trade Show at its 2018 Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX. The Trade Show will be open to participants on Thursday, February 1, and Friday, February 2, 2018, in the Convention Foyer for maximum visibility. This year, we have limited space and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. When space is filled, no other space will be available; however, a wait list will be instated.


To reserve your place at this premier sheep-industry event, please complete and return the Trade Show Registration Form below to angela@sheepusa.org with your payment, no later than Monday, January 8, 2018. If you have questions, please call me at 303-771-3500, ext. 107.


2018 Trade Show Exhibitor Information

2018 Trade Show Registration Form


We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to participate as an exhibitor and help to make this year’s convention another successful event!

2017 ASI Convention Presentations

VFD and Dr. Grandin videos from the 2017 ASI Annual Meeting are available on the ASI YouTube Channel at SheepUSA1 

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



2016 ASI Convention Presentations

Video from the 2016 ASI Annual Meeting is available on the ASI YouTube Channel at SheepUSA1

Executive Board

GIPSA Reform Efforts and Scrapie Rule - Chelsea Good, VP Government and Industry Affairs, Livestock Marketing Association

Genetic Stakeholders Committee

Melding genomics and quantitative genetics in sheep breeding programs: Opportunities and limits -- Dr. Ron Lewis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

How NSIP Has Benefited My Sheep Operation Producer Panel
Fahrmeier Katahdins Wellington, Missouri - Lynn Fahrmeier
Bunkerhill Farm, Ohio - Bill Shultz
Hughes Newford Co. Targhees, Montana - Betty Sampsel

Animal Health Committee

VFD and What it Means to You - Dr. Tim Turner
Scrapie Program Update - Dr. Diane Sutton, USDA / APHIS / VS, Sheep and Goat Health Commodity Team Lead

Production, Education and Research Council

Research, Education and Development Priorities for the U.S. Sheep Industry - Dr. Larry Miller
Mycoplasma ovis Investigating an under - recognized sheep pathogen in the United States (Not to be confused with Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae) - Dr. Maggie Highland, USDA/ARS/ADRU, Washington State University
Productivity Best Practices: It all began with the Roadmap... - Dr. Rodney Kott

Resource Management Council

Introduction to Working Dog Liability Insurance - Burdell Johnson, Food and Fiber Risk Managers and Dave Bossman, AgWin

Wool Council

Make It With Wool Update - Mary Roediger, National MIWW Coordinator
U.S. Sheep Shearer Meeting and Tag Placement - Wade Kopren, Wool Council Vice-Chair and Shearer
The Australian Wool Market, Raw Wool Quality and Wool Prices - Chris Wilcox, Chairman, Market Intelligence Committee IWTO

Montana Wool Lab Update - Whit Stewart, Ph.D., MSU Extension Sheep Specialist
Comparison of AFD Methods -- Fibrelux v OFDA2000 - John Walker, Ph.D., Director of Research, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center
Wool Testing Grant Update - Chris Schauer, Ph.D., Director, Hettinger Research Extension Center, North Dakota State University

Sheep Shearing Trailer - Mike Schuldt, Schuldt Services – Custom Sheep Shearing
Military Wool Program Update - Mitch Driggers, ASI Wool Consultant
Territory Wools, Australian Wools and ASI Wool App - Christopher Dias, Agriculture Market Reporter, AMS/USDA

Short and Long Term Trends and Prospects for Wool - Chris Wilcox, Chairman, Market Intelligence Committee IWTO
Military Wool Update - Mitch Driggers, ASI Wool Consultant

Lamb Council

Livestock Mandatory Reporting for Lamb Update - Erika Sanko, California Wool Growers Association
National Lamb Quality Audit and SSQA Update - Karissa Maneotis, Colorado State University

Market Outlook and Costs and Returns - Dr. David Anderson, Texas A and M
Progress Report: Factors affecting sheep meat flavor - Dr. Macdonald Wick and Jerad Jaborek

Legislative Council

Livestock Theft - Captain Richard Shore, Chief Livestock Officer, Arizona Department of Agriculture

Let's Grow Committee

Opportunities and challenges for year - round lamb production - Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, Michigan State University
Progress Report on Year 1 Let's Grow Grants

Board of Director's Meeting

Lamb Industry Roadmap Update - Wes Patton, ALB Chair
National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Update - Steve Lee, Executive Director
National Livestock Producers Association Sheep and Goat Fund Update - Pierce Miller, Chair

Where to for Wool and Sheepmeat? - Chris Wilcox, Chairman, Market Intelligence Committee IWTO
Duckworth - Evan Helle, Partner

Legislative Action Council Update - Bob Leer, Chair
Production Education and Research Council Update - Susan Shultz, Chair
Let's Grow Committee Update - Mike Corn, Chair

Young Entrepreneurs

Explanation of ASI Committees, Programs and Structure - Clint Krebs, ASI Past President
The Necessity of Community - Ashley Yousling, Woolful Podcast Creator

Sheep Winter Feeding Management - Lisa Surber, Ph.D., WestFeeds Livestock Nutritionist
Duckworth - Evan Helle, Partner