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SCHSIA Annual Meeting – August 26-27, 2016

The Annual Membership Meeting of SCHSIA will be held in Salem, Oregon during the Oregon State Fair on Friday, August 26th and Saturday, August 27th 2016.

Agenda, Registration Form and additional details (21 Mbyte PDF)

2015 Annual Meeting Education Day – A Day To Remember

2015 Annual Meeting Education Day – A Day To Remember

By Ed Barnes

SCHSIA President’s Report 2015

From the 2015 SCHSIA Annual Meeting:

2015 President’s Report: State of the SCHSIA

Nutritional Presentation from the 2015 Education Day

Nutritional Considerations For Pregnancy and Health

Steve Hart
Langston University
Susan Schoenian

Officers & Directors Nominations for 2016


Dear Membership:

Your Board of Directors has accepted the recommendation of the Nominating Committee and presents nominees for new officers and directors for 2016 as directed by the Bylaws of SCHSIA. These nominees are:

President: Rob Bass, Just Right Ranch, Palestine, Texas

Vice President: Brent VanSickle, Goose Creek Farm, Trafalgar, Indiana

Secretary: Edward Barnes, Dorsey-Lee Farm, Portland, Oregon

Treasurer: Gary Keibler, Hemmer Hill Farm, Crestwood, Kentucky

Southwest Director: Bill Wire, Wire Ranch, Mariposa, California

South Central Director: Jason Pelzel, Persimmon Creek, Koshkonnong, Missouri

Eastern Director: Susan Brooks, Brooks Farm, Bethpage, Tennessee

As per SCHSIA Bylaws, the Northwest Director and North Central Director will not come up for election until 2017.

The secretary of SCHSIA will accept nominations for any of these positions mentioned above by petition with a written acceptance of the candidate from any member in good standing. Also nominations will be accepted at the Annual Membership Meeting in Oklahoma this October with acceptance by the candidate nominated. If there are no further nominations than those presented by the Board, these candidates will be automatically elected as per SCHSIA Bylaws.

Thank you.
Edward D. Barnes, Secretary, SCHSIA

St. Croix Hair Sheep International Association Education Day and Annual Meeting

Note: Please be sure to register if you plan to attend the annual meeting so we can get a count of the attendees.


Dates Set for 2015 SCHSIA Annual Meeting

SCHSIA Vice President, Jason Pelzel, is heading a committee to plan the 2015 annual meeting. The meeting will be held at Langston University on Friday and Saturday, October 16th and 17th. The Friday educational sessions will be followed by the annual business meeting on Sat. at a hotel TBD in Oklahoma City, OK. Langston is located about 40 minutes drive North of Oklahoma City. Further details will be forthcoming over the next couple months, so stay tuned and check our web site.

Gary Keibler
SCHSIA President

2014 SCHSIA Officers and Directors

Dear SCHSIA Members:

Please see the attached announcement confirming election of Officers and Directors for this year.

Our association is up to 75 members and growing rapidly. Please visit our web site for an updated list of members as well as other timely information about what is happening in YOUR association.

The new board would appreciate member input regarding your primary areas of concern for this year. So, if you would like to comment please reply to this email.

Sincerely, Gary Keibler, President

Happy Holidays To All SCHSAI Members & Potential Members

This letter is to bring you up to date with what has been happening within the St. Croix Hair Sheep International Association ( SCHSIA) the past few months.

First, the original corporation established in 1983 in Arkansas ( St. Croix Sheep Breeders Association ), has been merged into SCHSIA of Oregon. All assets of the original association are now legally transferred to SCHSIA. We are now fully established in business.

Second, we have signed a contract with Associated Registries in Milo, Iowa and sheep can easily be registered or transferred as long as they conform to the original breed standards, white without color or visible scurs, and dues are current. Anyone paying dues after August 31st, 2013 to SCHSIA are paid through 2014. It has been necessary to start rebuilding our data base for our registry. St. Croix Hair Sheep Breeders, Inc. took over the data base and changed the breed standards without membership approval , and have taken the position of not sharing that data base, even though it originally belonged to SCHSIA. They will not release it without a court order. Even though a court order is attainable, the legal costs to do so are considered prohibitive The data base is being reconstituted by sending copies of father and mother pedigrees for all new registrations. Within a year to eighteen months the data base for our registry should be fully restored.

As this letter is being sent, by-laws for SCHSIA are being updated and a draft of those updates will be emailed to each member for approval . The original seven members who reinstated SCHSIA have worked very hard but it is time for the membership to select and elect officers and directors for the coming year . Please email any potential candidates to, Edward Barnes, acting secretary, so that a slate of candidates can be formulated, and voted on by the membership. Your comments and suggestions are also welcome.

Work is continuing on our Website ( We will be adding many features in the next year. In the future , we will be able to add pedigree information for each registered sheep as well as on line registration, and our data base will be totally controlled by SCHSIA.

We have placed a listing in the Breeders Directory of American Sheep Industry News, (monthly) and will be forwarding inquiries to our members.

The important thing to remember is that SCHSIA is totally dedicated to its membership. They run it and they control it. Again, we wish all St. Croix Breeders the happiest of holiday seasons and we look forward to 2014.

Edward D. Barnes, acting Secretary, SCHSIA

Oregon State Fair St. Croix Open Sheep Show Results

Nine SCHSIA breeders show at the Oregon State Fair St. Croix Open Sheep Show

Nine different farm breeders displayed their animals at the 17th Annual St. Croix Open Sheep Show at the Oregon State Fair on August 22nd . Top honors went to the Dorsey-Lee St. Croix Farm as the premier breeder. Ed and Linda Barnes of Dorsey-Lee Farm also won Grand Champion Ram, Reserve Champion Ewe, and best pair trophy. The Swan Ranch with Steve and Bill Swan took the Grand Champion Ewe award and trophy. Pink Ladies Ranch took the Reserve Champion Ram award. Oregon bred Get-of-Sire went to Vicki and John Hamstreet of Dreamfield St. Croix.

Ribbons seemed to be fairly evenly distributed among the exhibitors. Karl and Jan Hyde of Lazy Shepherd Ranch showed some of their young stock as did Pam Bradley and Janet Ritz of Rainbow Harvest Farm. Sue Swan of Pink Ladies Ranch carried on the family tradition of presenting exceptional ewe stock. Chrystie Crawford and her son Eli took several awards and Eli won the first Annual St. Croix Junior Showmanship class and $35.00 first prize. There were approximately 12 young exhibitors in this class. This showmanship class was the first step toward a Junior St. Croix Sheep show. There were five winning places with a total in prize money of $100.00, sponsored by Dorsey-Lee Farm and Lazy Shepherd Ranch. Mindy and Samantha Fenwrick of JMS Farm also had a good show with their young stock.

Vicki and John Hamstreet accepted the prestigious OSF Herdsmenship Award Banner on behalf of The St. Croix Hair Sheep International Association member breeders. All nine breeders are currently members of SCHSIA. This award is given each year to the breed that displays the most friendliness to fair patrons, and keeps their spaces, sheep pens clean and promotional materials available at all times to fair goers.

This was just one more year of success for St. Croix Hair Sheep.