JEFF EBERT ELECTED TO ASI EXECUTIVE BOARD

February 5, 2015

For Additional Information, contact:
Judy Malone, 303-771-3500, ext. 35, judym@sheepusa.org
Ralph Loos, 303-771-3500, ext. 55 or ralph@sheepusa.org

DENVER, Colo. - Jeff Ebert, of St. George, Kansas, was elected to represent Region IV on the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Executive Board at the 2015 ASI Convention in Reno, Nev., Jan. 28-31.

Ebert, who labels himself a "lifelong sheep man," said he is excited to become involved on the ASI Board representing Region IV, which includes Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

"I was literally born into it - my older brothers began raising sheep before I was born," said Ebert. "We bred our first champion lamb in 1962. Through the years we have bred Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion Market Lambs at a number of state fairs."

Ebert, who currently has 125 ewes on his farm, raises mostly registered sheep of four different breeds. He was recently elected as executive secretary of the American Hampshire Sheep Association. His family sells commercial rams and club lambs and has sold sheep into over 30 states and three foreign countries. His sheep operation benefits from the help of his wife, Kerri, and their two adult children, Monica and Christine.

His goal as a member of the ASI Board of Directors is to help unite his fellow sheep men.

"I think it is important to bring all the facets of the industry together," said Ebert. "Some producers and those in the business seem to feel disconnected, and I think we need to fix that. There are a lot of challenges, but I think together we can meet all of them and come out together as sheep men and women."

ASI is a national trade organization supported by 45 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of 80,000 sheep producers.

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