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DENVER, Colo. - Lee Jarvis, Spanish Fork, Utah, has been selected to serve as the Region VI representative on the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Executive Board. This region is comprised of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.
Jarvis, a seedstock producer, is a first-generation sheep man starting his operation 63 years ago as an FFA project with three ewes. He now runs a flock of more than 700 purebred Columbia and purebred Suffolk ewes. Jarvis runs his sheep in Utah in the winter and heads to Soda Springs, Idaho, to raise his sheep during the summer months. Jarvis and his son have a strictly family run operation which markets 450 to 500 rams a year to commercial sheep producers in the West and a few select rams are sold to other seedstock producers.
Jarvis is a past president of the Utah Wool Growers Association and the National Columbia Sheep Breeders Association. In addition, he has served on ASI's Production, Education and Research Council for the past seven years and was a previous board member of the National Wool Growers Association. A long history in the industry, Jarvis has been regularly attending ASI's and the wool growers' conventions for the past 50 years.
"I come from a different segment of the industry. As a seedstock producer, I believe I can add input on genetic issues in turn creating better carcasses, which plays into the role of ASI," says Jarvis of his election to the ASI Executive Board. "I believe the seedstock portion of our industry is important if we are going to make strides in production."
ASI is a national trade organization supported by 45 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of 82,000 sheep producers.