Expanding Research in Sheep Genetics – Sheep Genetics USA

             American Sheep Industry Association


Performance Narrative:

1.Finalized development of Sheep Genetics USA policy and organizational documents, including
articles of incorporation, budget, bylaws, and corporate governance.
    Necessary for the establishing Sheep Genetics USA and implementing the project objectives.

2. Presented, gathered, and evaluated feedback from key sheep industry stakeholders on Sheep Genetics USA (10 meetings). Provided an opportunity to gather input on the structure of Sheep Genetics USA and encourage producer membership.
    Essential for establishing a collaborative industry structure that unites the U.S. sheep industry with the common objective to prioritize research goals and projects.

3. Presented on Sheep Genetics USA at the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Annual
Convention (January 28, 2021)  Provided an opportunity to promote and encourage producer membership and support for Sheep Genetics USA.
    Essential for establishing a collaborative industry structure that unites the U.S. sheep industry.

4  Hosted Let’s Grow Webinar on May 11, 2021. Provided an opportunity to promote and
encourage producer membership and support for Sheep Genetics USA.

5. Membership marketing and outreach campaign (includes rollout of Sheep Genetics USA website and social media presence).
    Membership is needed to bring together producers and industry stakeholders for a successful collaborative industry structure that unites the U.S. sheep industry.

6.  Action Team/Committee Chair Appointments  Necessary for establishing and implementing the Sheep Genetics USA collaborative industry structure that unites the U.S. sheep industry.
    Action Team/Committee Leads are key to working with industry stakeholders in identifying issues facing genetic progress in the U.S. sheep industry.

7. Action Team/Committee Meetings - Opportunity for Sheep Genetics USA members to discuss and identify the most pressing issues facing genetic progress in the U.S. sheep industry and develop research priorities for genetic improvements.

8. Collaborated with ASI on a special Genetics Issue of the Sheep Industry News Magazine in August 2021.
    Provided an opportunity disseminate information from research and projects on genetic improvement techniques to increase stakeholder adoption of identified genetic improvements.

9. Hosted an in-person Board of Directors and Action Team/Committee Lead meeting on November 18 - 19, 2021.
    Identified the most pressing issues facing genetic progress in the U.S. sheep industry, developed research priorities, implemented projects and programs with measurable results to identify genetic improvements that lead to increased efficiency and sustainability of the sheep and lamb production system.

10. Supported the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant project “Improving Robustness and Climatic Resilience in U.S. Sheep
Populations Through Genomics.”
    Grant project will help expand quantitative genetic selection techniques and implementation of genomic Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) to improve industry genetic and performance targets to better drive genetic gain in seedstock and commercial flocks through the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP).

11. Engaged in weekly and monthly Board of Director communication and virtual meetings.
    Communication and meetings are vital to a collaborative industry structure that unites the U.S. sheep industry and a successful implementation of the project’s objectives and deliverables.