BOB BUCHHOLZ ELECTED TO ASI EXECUTIVE BOARD

February 6, 2015

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Judy Malone, 303-771-3500, ext. 35, judym@sheepusa.org
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DENVER, Colo. - Bob Buchholz, of Eldorado, Texas, was elected to represent Region V (Texas) on the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Executive Board at the 2015 ASI Convention in Reno, Nev., Jan. 28-31.

"I am honored to serve," commented Buchholz. "I truly appreciate the confidence my fellow ranchers have in me and I will do my best to represent Texas in any affairs that come before the ASI executive board."

As a third generation rancher, Buchholz runs cattle and meat goats on ranches in several Central and Southwestern counties in Texas. Sheep were part of the operation prior to the 2011 drought. Range fires and adverse weather conditions required him to sell his fine wool flock and a large percentage of his other livestock. Raising and selling livestock protection dogs is also a part of his business.

To get his start in ranching, Buchholz made a living riding colts and doing day labor before leasing ranches to run livestock with his brother. The recent years of drought in Texas have resulted in an all-hands-on-deck approach to ranching for the Buchholz family. His wife Mary and their three sons - Robert, Dalton and Franklin - have assisted with the consuming chores of feeding, moving and working the livestock.

In addition to being appointed to the ASI executive board, Buchholz is the current president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers' Association (TSGRA), president of the Schleicher Country Predator Association, director on the Mohair Council, chair of the TSGRA Meat Goat Committee and director on the American Goat Federation.

"ASI has shown it can adapt and keep the various parts of our industry unified for the common good of all," concluded Buchholz. "I certainly look forward to working with the executive board, all of ASI and its diverse group of producers."

ASI is a national trade organization supported by 45 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of more than 79,000 sheep producers.

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