ASI Makes Lamb Board and Sheep Center Nominations
May 13, 2016

The executive board of the American Sheep Industry Association met by conference call this week to provide a slate of nominees for the Secretary of Agriculture to consider for appointment to the boards of the American Lamb Board and the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.

"We believe we have provided nominees for the secretary's consideration that are experienced and dedicated sheep producers who have served their industry at the local, state and national levels and who represent a broad range of production, marketing, finance and management experience from coast to coast," said Burton Pfliger, ASI president.

ASI is a certified nominating organization and, as such, is required to provide at least two recommendations for each open board seat.

The nominations to the ALB seat for a producer with more than 500 head of lambs are Diane Peavey (Idaho) and Rob Rule (Iowa); Jim Percival (Ohio) and Lisa Surber, Ph.D. (Mont.) have been nominated for the seat serving producers with less than 100 head of lambs.

Peavey is being nominated to serve a second term. She has been in the sheep business for 34 years and she and her husband run 3,500 ewes on 26,000 acres. They market their lambs to local restaurants and grocery stores and created and directed the Trailing of the Sheep Festival.

Rule and his family run hundreds of ewes in northwest Iowa and has expertise in all areas of the sheep business.

Percival, a sheep producer for the last 45 years, is being nominated to a second term on the board. He owns a small family-run operation that markets lambs to local stores or farmer's markets.

Surber has been involved in the sheep industry for the last 10 years as a leader, researcher, educator, consultant and producer. Her 20 head of sheep are enrolled in the National Sheep Improvement Program.

Candidates for the two open positions to the NSIIC board were also selected. Marsha Spykerman (Iowa) and Mike Jernigan (Texas) were put forward for the producer director seat and Frankie Iturriria (Calif.) and Mike Jernigan (Texas) were chosen for the seat with expertise in finance and management.

Being nominated for a second term, Spykerman has been in the sheep business for 26 years running approximately 400 ewes. Jernigan has been in the sheep business for 37 years running 4,500 sheep on 55,000 acres. Both producers have been and continue to be very involved in various sheep organizations.

As a farmer/ranch manager, Iturriria has spent the last 15 years running 3,600 lambs and being involved in vegetable and row-crop production.