Guard Dog Members

We invite you to join the American Sheep Industry Association’s (ASI) Guard Dog Program as a returning or new member.

The Guard Dog Program has proven to be a key funding source for lawsuits and legal-analysis filings to protect the sheep business.

In the past two years, guard dog members’ contributions helped fund the following legal action:
  • Joining with three state wool grower associations seeking to reverse the misguided “Payette” decision on wild sheep habitat and sheep grazing;
  • Joining with two state sheep wool grower associations to defend the U.S Sheep Experiment Station from legal attacks on the station for grazing sheep; and
  • One of the largest guard dog financial contributions in years to support the special procedures of the H-2A sheepherder program.
Additionally, the Guard Dog fund is partnering with the Public Lands Council’s litigation to stop the Administration’s new Forest Planning rule.

The Guard Dog Program is spending the $60,000 to $70,000 contributed each year by its members. We need your support to expand this program to meet the legal challenges that animal rights and anti-livestock groups are mounting. Since dues are spent on legislative and lobbying activities in Washington, D.C., this program is the only fund ASI can tap to help meet additional issues facing sheep producers.

Members are recognized nationally as the individuals and businesses that go the extra mile for the sheep industry. We receive positive feedback from the Guard Dog Member listing in the monthly Sheep Industry News as well as the member recognition throughout the Annual Sheep Industry Convention.

The program continues to expand and now includes 118 members from 22 states. In spite of record prices on all products from sheep farms and ranches, in 2013 we seem to be facing greater challenges from animal rights and anti-livestock activists.

As a returning member or as a new member, I hope you will consider a contribution to the Guard Dog Program and become part of the group of leaders that support the industry at a higher level. A list of the members is below for your review. Please complete the Guard Dog Application and return it to the ASI office to become a member.


Peter Orwick, Executive Director

FY 2014/2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015)

Charter Members

Joe and Carmen Auza, Joe Auza Sheep (AZ)
Martin and Shirley Auza, Martin Auza Sheep Co. (AZ)
Brad and Laurie Boner, Cole Creek Ranch (WY)
J. Paul and Debbie Brown (CO)
Jean Brown, Slash KJ (CO)
Kevin and Mary Buchholz, Buchholz Ranch, LLC (SD)
Cedar Livestock Assn., c/o Jack Smith (UT)
Dan Chournos, Chournos, Inc. (UT)
Gordon Clark, Hay Creek Ranch (OR)
Colorado Wool Growers Assn. (CO)
Mike and Jennifer Corn, Roswell Wool
(NM) Florence, John and Quinci Cubiburu, Cubiburu Livestock (CA)
Tom and Renee Davis, Davis Land & Livestock Co. (WY)
Jerry Dilts and Elizabeth Philp (WY)
Alicia Dredge, CD Ranches (ID)
Ben and Stella Elgorriaga, Elgorriaga Livestock (CA)
Stephen and Lisa Elgorriaga (CA)
John Espil Sheep Co., Inc. (NV)
Henry and Kathy Etcheverry, Etcheverry Sheep Co. (ID)
John and Jody Faulkner, Faulkner Land & Livestock Co. (ID)
Glen and Linda Fisher, Askew-Fisher Ranch (TX)
Paul and Marla Frischknecht, Frischknecht Livestock (UT)
Fred Fulstone and Marianne and Kristofer Leinassar, FIM Corp. (NV)
Lynn and Helen Glass, J.L. Glass Ranch (TX)
Don and Helen Godby, Godby Sheep Co. (CO)
Melchor and Karen Gragirena, El Tejon Sheep Co. (CA)
Michael and Vickie Guerry, Guerry, Inc. (ID)
Clarence Halterman, Halterman Sheep, Inc. (UT)
Julie Hansmire, Campbell Hansmire Sheep (CO)
Gene Hardy, Hardy Ranch, LLC (WY)
Robert and Lynn Harlan, School Bell Feeders (WY)
Harold and Judy Harper, Harper Livestock Co. (CO)
Mike and Mary Ann Harper, Mike Harper Livestock (CO)
John and Tom Helle, Helle Rambouillet (MT)
Margaret Soulen Hinson and Joseph Hinson (ID)
Ryan and Beatriz Indart, The Indart Group (CA)
Bob Innes and Lisa Beveridge, Innes Ranch, LLC (WY)
Lee and Joan Jarvis, Jarvis Sheep Co. (UT)
Wade and Cassie Jensen (UT)
Mike and Mary Jo Jernigan, Jernigan Ranch Co. (TX)
Truman and Marie Julian, Julian Land & Livestock (TX)
Tom and Becky Kourlis, Harry Kourlis Ranch (CO)
Clint and Maureen Krebs, Krebs Livestock, LLC (OR)
Skye and Penny Krebs, Krebs Sheep Co. (OR)
Dean and Kathy Lamoreaux, Lamoreaux Sheep (UT)
Jim Magagna, Magagna Brothers (WY)
S. Martinez Livestock, Inc. (WA)
Joe and Valencia Mattos, I O U Sheep Co. (CA)
Don and Pete Meike, Meike Ranch/Sussex Ranch (WY)
Wiley Micks, Quad Five (MT)
Pierce and Betty Miller, VIP Livestock Co. (TX)
Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers, Inc. (MN)
Montana Wool Growers Assn. (MT)
Frank and Elaine Moore, Spearhead Ranch (WY)
Nevada Wool Growers Assn. (NV)
New Mexico Wool Growers Assn., Inc. (NM)
Elisabeth Noelke, 7h Ranch (TX)
Mike and Kelly Nottingham, Nottingham Land & Livestock (CO)
James Orwick and Jack Orwick (SD)
Tom, John and Diane Peavey, Flat Top Sheep Co. (ID)
Brian and Gayenell Phelan (CA)
James Powell, Powell Ranches (TX)
Steve and Toni Raftopoulos, Two Bar Sheep Co., LLC (CO)
Fred Roberts, Roberts Ranch (WY)
Spence and Connie Rule, Rule Feeders, LLC (CO)
Doug and Susan Samuelson, Warren Ranch Co. (WY)
Tom Schene, Schene Enterprises (CA)
Julie Shiflett, Juniper Economic Consulting, Inc. (CO)
Jeff and Cindy Siddoway, Siddoway Sheep Co., Inc. (ID)
Sieben Ranch Co. (MT) Phil Soulen, Soulen Livestock Co. (ID)
Bill and Jamie Strauss, Strauss Ranch (TX)
Angelo, Karin, Tony and Dani Theos, Theos Swallow Fork Ranch (CO)
Tom and Deb Thompson III, Thompson Farms & Feedlot (CO)
Gary and Lori Visintainer, Visintainer Sheep Co. (CO)
Tom and Karin Watson, Silverdale Farms (OR)
Clark and Patty Willis (UT)
David and Sara Winters, Winters Ranch Partnershipa(TX)
Ken and Pauline Wixom, Wixom Livestock (ID)

Supporting Members

7K Ranch, Inc. (WY)
Larry and Janet Allen, Allen Livestock (CO)
Reed and Robyn Anderson, Anderson Sheep Co. (OR)
James and Doris Bair (CO)
Max and Beverley Benne, Benne Farm (MI)
Robert Benson (IN)
Brian and Carolyn Bitner, BRB Livestock (UT)
Patrick and Ronna Burke, Burke Ranch (SD)
Peter and Tom Camino, Camino & Sons, LLC (WY)
Jon Child, Child Ranch, LLC (WY)
Tom and Andrea Colyer, Greenwood Hill Farm (MA)
Concho Livestock Co., Inc. (TX)
G. David and Theressa Dalling (ID)
David and Julie Dashiell, Redbull Ranch (WA)
Chico and Ginnie Denis, Denis Ranch (TX)
Ellie Dumdi in memory of Cleve Dumdi , Pachy Burns, Dumdi Sheep Co. (OR)
David Earl, Upper Creek Ranch (UT)
Ted and Renae Edwards (WY)
Tom and Leah Edwards, TLE Ranch, Inc. (WY)
Martin and M. Teresa Etchamendy, Etchamendy Sheep Co., Inc. (CA)
Ernie and George Etchart, Etchart Livestock, Inc. (CO)
Lorin and Waneta Fawcett, Joseph O. Fawcett and Sons (UT)
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fletcher, Cabin Run Farm (WV)
Guy and Pat Flora (OH)
Jeremy and Tracy Geske (MN)
Will and Elizabeth Getz, Big Oaks Farm (GA)
Bob and Susan Gilbert (MT)
William H. and Sherie Goring (UT)
David and Nancy Greene (MD)
Bob and Judy Hageman, Mountain Valley Livestock (WY)
Keith and Linda Hamilton, Hamilton Ranch, Inc. (WY)
Hampton Sheep Co., Inc. (WY)
Paul and Pete Hansen, Hansen Livestock Co. (MT)
Tom and Joni Harlan, Harlan Livestock, LLC (WY)
Joe and Carolyn Harper, Allegheny Farms (WV)
John Hotchkiss, Hotchkiss Ranch, Inc. (CO)
Lee and Peg Isenberger, Isenberger-Litton Livestock, LLC (WY)
Francisco and Miguel Iturriria, I & M Sheep Co. (CA)
Matt and Sandra Jarvis, Jarvis Sheep Co. (UT)
John and GeorgAnn Jewell, Jewell Sheep Co. (CO)
Burdell and Theo Johnson, Diamond J Livestock (ND)
Jan Klecker, Klecker Ranch, Inc. (CO)
Bob and Jane Leer, Knott Ewe Farm (KY)
Lou and Chris Kokkeler (OR)
Bob, Marie, Ben and Jamie Lehfeldt, Lehfeldt Rambouillets (MT)
Randy and Penny Leonard, Leonard Farms and Livestock LLC (CO)
Mark and Jeff Lyman (WY)
Joe and Sylvia Manterola, Manterola Sheep Co., Inc. (AZ)
Max and Joyce Matthews (SD)
Michael and Janet Mawhinney, Mawhinney Mountain Dorsets (PA)
Ken and Phyllis McKamey, McKamey Ranch Co. (MT)
Jack and Kathryn McRae (MT)
Michigan Sheep Breeders Assn. (MI)
Brant Miller (ME)
Jim and Georgia Moore, Moore Ranch (WY)
Larry Nelson and Sandra Holcomb (SD)
David and Roxie Niemi, Niemi Ranch (SD)
North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers (ND)
Jw and Thea Nuckolls, Nuckolls Ranch, Inc. (WY)
Nugget International, Inc. (CO)
Ohio Sheep Improvement Assn. (OH)
Bob and Ida Mae Orwick (SD)
John and Linda Oswalt, Oswalt Farm (MI)
Patrick and Sharon O’Toole, Ladder Livestock Co., LLC (WY)
Pete and Rama Paris, Paris Livestock (NV)
Dan and Kay Persons, Rafter P Ranch (MN)
Burton and Pattie Pfliger (ND)
Philp Sheep Co. (WY)
Don Pickett, Pickett Ranch & Sheep Co. (ID)
Larry and Madge Pilster, Pilster Ranch Corp. (MT)
Linda and Claude Plumb (SD)
Joe Pozzi Ranch (CA)
Johnny and Clair Powell (TX)
Jewell Reed, Reed Land & Livestock (WY)
Warren and Carla Roberts, Openheart Ranch (CO)
Roche Ranches (UT) Jeff and Rita Samuelson (CO)
Louis and Jerry Schmidt, Colorado Woolens/Schmidt Ranch (CO)
Harold Selman, Inc. (UT)
Maurice and Karen Short, Bullseye Ranch (OR)
Jo Anne Snyder, Snyder Ranches LLC (CO)
William and Margie Sparrow (NC)
Joe and Cheri Sperry, Sperry Livestock Corp. (CO)
Vernon and Marsha Spykerman (IA)
Joel Stamatakis (UT)
W. Keith and Kathleen Stumbo, Down Valley Farm (NY)
Art and Jill Swannack, Feustel Farms, Inc. (WA)
Dean and Paula Swenson (ND)
Jean Tennant, Tennant Ranch, Inc. (SD)
Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Assn. (TX)
Randy and Amanda Tunby, Tunby Ranch (MT)
University of Idaho/U.S. Sheep Experiment Station (ID)
West Virginia Shepherds’ Federation, Inc. (WV)
F.H. “Tuffy” and Carol Whitehead, Whitehead Ranches (TX)
Ray and Jeri Willoughby, Willoughby Ltd (TX)
Ernest Woodward Ranches (TX)
David and Judy Young (TX)