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DENVER, Colo. - Susan Shultz of De Graff, Ohio, was elected to represent Region III on the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Executive Board at the 2013 ASI/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 24-26. Region III represents Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
"I am humbled to be given the opportunity to be our region's representative to ASI," says Shultz. "The sheep industry has a very bright future and I am happy to do my part to help provide leadership as we move the industry forward."
Susan and her husband, Bill, operate Bunker Hill Farm, a third-generation diversified family farm. After raising registered Rambouillet sheep for 25 years, they have transitioned to a production-oriented Suffolk flock. They are committed to genetic improvement through the use of objective measurements and the National Sheep Improvement Program. Performance criteria are centered on multiple weighings for growth and the use of ultrasounds for loin eye and fat determination. Their market has expanded from Midwest commercial flocks to include Western range operations.
The Shultzs are the 2004 award winners of the ASI Environmental Stewardship Award. Over the years, sheep have been their focus keeping them extremely involved with the various local and state sheep associations. The family has a long history of serving the industry. Susan's father-in-law Farrell, husband Bill and she have all served as president of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. They have also stayed active at the national level through ASI and its' predecessor ASPC in which Farrell served as its first secretary/treasurer. In fact, the Shultzs have even adjusted their lambing time so that they would be able to attend the ASI convention each year.
Shultz is retired from a 35-year career in education where she was a gifted education coordinator and teacher. She holds a bachelor of science degree from The Ohio State University and a master's degree from Iowa State University.
Their son Joe, although no longer involved in the day-to-day operations, remains very engaged in the overall direction of the farming operation. Joe currently serves as the chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee in Washington, D.C.
ASI is a national trade organization supported by 46 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of more than 81,000 sheep producers.
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