Rusty Burgett, Program Director, National Sheep Improvement Program
The National Sheep Improvement Program is excited to announce the 3rd annual Eastern NSIP Sheep Sale will be hosted Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, Ohio. This event will be a great opportunity to acquire breeding sheep that have been selected for increased productivity and profitability. All sheep sold will have Estimated Breeding Values from the National Sheep Improvement Programs. The NSIP offers EBVs for growth potential, carcass characteristics, reproduction, fleece traits and parasite resistance. A variety of breeds will be offered including Polypay, Suffolk, Hampshire, Katahdin and more.
Selecting breeding sheep based on Estimated Breeding Values has been proven to impact the productivity of the sheep flock. These genetic tools allow producers to make more educated selection decisions by quantifying the genetic merit of a breeding animal for various traits. The U.S. Sheep Industry Roadmap identified using EBVs in selection decisions and improving genetic potential is one of the key steps to improving the profitability of the U.S. sheep flock. This sale provides all sheep producers the opportunity to access genetics to achieve this goal of productivity improvement.
A pre-sale educational workshop will also be offered on genetic selection and using EBVs as well as a variety of other sheep production topics. The 2019 Eastern NSIP Sheep Sale will be a great opportunity to network with fellow producers, listen to educational presentations and take home genetics that can improve your bottom line.
The National Sheep Improvement Program is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide predictable, economically important genetic evaluation information to the American sheep industry by converting performance information into relevant decision-making tools.
Please visit NSIP Events page for more details. The catalog will be available online July 1, 2019. Please call Rusty Burgett, NSIP Program Director at 515-708-8850 to request a print version of the catalog or if you have any questions.