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2021 Annual Meeting

First Day SCHSIA Annual Meeting: Done!! We all had a great meeting today and a fabulous dinner together! Great to see old friends and meet some new ones with the best sheep in common!

2021 SCHSIA Annual Meeting

The Business Meeting will be at 3pm on Friday August 20, 2021 at the Best Western in Williamsburg, VA. Field day will be August 21, 2021 at Virginia State University’s farm in Petersburg, VA. For more details and to register for the meeting please see the following event registration web page:

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2020 SCHSIA Annual Meeting – UPDATE

Important information for you that our Association Annual Meeting has been another casualty of the Covid Pandemic.

After a lot of time and energy planning, it was decided that we needed to pass on this year. We sincerely apologize if this has changed any travel plans you may have made but we are confident that it is the right decision. The two main reasons were the lack of a moderately priced hotel with available eateries and more importantly, Virginia State will not grant us access to the research station at this time. We THANK YOU for your patience and request that you save the date and watch for information on our conference call annual meeting on October 17th at 1pm EST. At that time, we will review our very productive year as an association and will need member input for a better 2021!! Until then, enjoy your St Croix sheep!

2020 SCHSIA Annual Meeting

Save the Date

August 7 – 8, 2020

Thursday, August 6, 2020: Suggested arrival in Richmond

Friday, August 7, 2020: Education Day and University Farm Tour with Dr Wildeus.

Saturday, August 8, 2020: SCHSIA annual business meeting and group dinner.

VISIT: for details

The meeting will be held in Richmond, VA at VA State University. Dr Stephen Wildeus, PhD will be our host and speaker. Dr Wildeus is a St Croix enthusiast. He was director at St Croix University, before coming to VA State over 25 years ago. His research interests are genetic preservation for St Croix, sustainable production systems for meat sheep, and assisted reproductive technologies for small ruminants. He is one of the pioneers in AI and Embryo transfer in sheep. He has a flock of St Croix and Barbados Blackbelly’s on the university farm.

Richmond VA has many tourist attractions within an hour drive from the University. Williamsburg and Monticello (birth place of Thomas Jefferson), just to name two. Both attractions are agriculture/historical focused and even have sheep on the premises. Washington DC and VA Beach are also close by. I encourage members to add a few days to your itinerary to enjoy this historical area of our country this Fall. The weather should be perfect.

At this point, your Board of Directors is forging ahead with plans for our Annual Meeting in August. Because of the recent Covid-19 crisis, this could change our plans, but we will have this event in place and will be ready to proceed if possible. Please make plans to join us as we learn about and promote our St Croix Hair Sheep!

So that we may get an idea of numbers, please let SCHSIA Secretary Laurel Field know if you:

   – Plan to Attend
   – May Attend
   – Send Regrets.

Laurel Field
SCHSIA Secretary

2019 SCHSIA Annual Meeting at the Mother Earth News Fair

All 30 participants had a Great weekend at the St Croix Hair Sheep International Association (SCHSIA) annual meeting in conjunction with The Mother Earth News Fair and The Livestock Conservancy!
Topeka, Kansas was extremely welcoming and an easy fly in, drive in and attending the Fair was a bonus!

Following are some pictures from the event:

Laurie Simpson Field

Before the start of the meeting at the expo center.

We had 30 travelers from 10 states representing our sheep in Topeka, KS!

Kaleb Kahl ((IL) VP, welcoming everyone
Gary Keibler (KY) Treasurer and Laurel Field (OR) Secretary

Meeting participants

Jeff Ebert with Associated Registries speaking to our members. A great visit with time for questions.

Dr Charlene Couch PhD with the Livestock Conservancy as our primary guest speaker.

Raffle gifts that were donated and given to participants as gifts.

Keith and Karen Stephens (TX) visiting with Fair attendees interested in St Croix.
Laurel Field (OR) background.

The booth was busy! Both days, all day!
Brian Field (OR) visiting with Ryan Larsen (AR) in the foreground.

Joyce Keibler visiting with interested SC parties.

Casey Larsen (AR) answering questions. Gary Alcorn (KY) in the back.

4 April born rams lambs from Hemmerhill Farm brought as “show and tell”.
They were a hit with all ages and Sold!

2019 St Croix Hair Sheep Annual Meeting

2019 St Croix Hair Sheep Annual Meeting
Date: October 18-20, 2019
Place: Mother Earth News Fair, Kansas Expo Center, Topeka, KS
Time: October 18, 2018
   SCHSIA annual business meeting and guest speakers 1 -4 pm
   6:30 pm Group dinner @ The Blind Tiger-compliments SCHSIA
October 19 & 20, 2019  —9 to 6 (Saturday)   9 to 5 (Sunday)
St Croix booth at the Fair
 *****VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  TO “MAN” OUR BOOTH- 1 to 2 hour shifts. 
You are FREE to explore Fair and hear educational speakers on the stage near our booth, all day Saturday and Sunday 
        2019 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR: FOCUS–  Heritage Breeds. 
Perfect opportunity to promote our St Croix Breed!
Hotel: Capital Plaza Hotel
1717 Southwest Topeka Blvd
Topeka,KS 66612
ROOM RATE:   $94 per night, ask for Mother Earth News group rate. Group rate valid until 9/23/19-  BOOK EARLY
Free parking, pet friendly, walking distance to event.
REGISTRATION: $30 PP- BEFORE, Monday,  September 23, 2019
 Checks payable to : SCHSIA
 Mail check to:
   Gary Keibler-Treasurer
   Hemmer Hill Farm
   7401 Old Zaring Rd
   Crestwood, KY 40014
 Please include name, phone number and email address of those attending the 2019 meeting.
 THE $30 REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES ADMISSION TO THE FAIR ( a $25 value) and dinner on Friday evening.
 LATE REGISTRATION– $40 pp, received after 9/23/19
 Special ” hands on classes”, such as cheese making, spinning, cooking, etc  are an additional fee, which can be booked in advance on MENs webpage. See for details. Sign up online IF you wish to attend any classes. Classes fill up, so register early.
NOTES:  sign up for FREE Mother Earth News publication  Information about all activities and events at the Fair delivered to your email FREE.
Some events are outdoors, but under cover. Please bring a jacket, it can be windy in Kansas.
Kansas City airport is approximately a 1 hour drive to the Kansas Expo Center.
Prepaid admission wrist bands will be available for you to pick up at the Capital Plaza check-in desk upon your arrival. If you are camping or staying  elsewhere, your SCHSIA packet and wrist band will be at the front desk of the hotel after 10 am, Friday, October 18, 2019.
Invite other SCHSIA members! It will be fun and informative. Let’s make this our biggest meeting ever.
Questions: contact
Joyce Keibler
See you at the Fair. 
Joyce Keibler

New Online Registration and Membership Renewal Forms

The new Online Registration and Membership Renewal forms are ready for use by SCHSIA members. To use the new forms you must log in to the Member’s Area of the website. If you haven’t created your Member’s Area account yet, please follow the directions on the Member’s Area page.

After logging in, click the Shopping Cart navigation tab. On the Shopping Cart page use the links near the top of the page to add a Membership Renewal or a Sheep Registration to your cart. After you have added one or more items to your cart you can use the Edit button next to the item name to edit the membership renewal or registration application details. Use the Add Sheep Registration link to add additional registrations to your online application. You can add new owner information to a sheep registration in your cart (if you want to transfer the newly registered sheep to a new owner at the time of registration) by clicking the Edit link next to Registrations in your cart, then use the Transfer link at the right of the line for that registration in the Sheep Registrations list.

After you have added one or more items to your cart you can click the Proceed to Checkout button to finalize your application and pay the fees through PayPal. Before you use the Checkout button you can use the Printable Registration Application link below the Shopping Cart to bring up a PDF of your application that you can print for your records. After completing your payment your application will be stored in the database and the registry office will be automatically notified of your application so they can process it.


This years annual meeting will be held Friday, October 18th to Sunday, October 20th in Topeka, Kansas, in conjunction with the annual Mother Earth News Fair. Annual business meeting with speakers will take place on Friday and we will have a booth and display our sheep at the fair on Saturday and Sunday. Rooms are reserved at the Capital Plaza Hotel with a group rate of $94/night.

Please email Joyce Keibler at for more details.

New SCHSIA Registrar

SCHSIA Membership,

Effective Sept. 1 2018 we will be changing the SCHSIA registrar from Premier Registry to Associated Registry. Members should be aware that any work orders mailed to Premier that do not arrive by August 31st will be forwarded to AR and will incur a delay. See below for links to the new work order and registration application forms with the contact information. We will plan to update the web site with new forms and contact info, soon.

Please notice that you may now pay by either check or credit card. Simply fill in your credit card information, along with signature and fax, mail or email the completed work order, along with the Registration Application . AR will require the original Certificate of Registry to be signed and mailed to them for transfers unless the new Registration and Transfer are being done at the same time.

As before, no work will be processed until full payment is received.

Thanks for your patience in this transition.

Any problems or questions may be directed to Jeff Ebert of AR,, 785-456-8500, or to Gary Keibler, SCHSIA Treasurer,, 502-228-3860.

Regards, Gary Keibler, Treasurer