February 6, 2007
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- February 6, 2007 - Two U.S. sheep producers were newly elected to the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Executive Board at the 2007 ASI/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 27, 2007.
Burton Pfliger of Bismarck, N.D., was elected to represent ASI's Region IV, which is comprised of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Oklahoma.
Pfliger is a third-generation sheep rancher who was born into the business. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from North Dakota State University in 1985. Currently, Pfliger and his wife, Pattie, run approximately 350 ewes, which make up a purebred Hampshire flock, a purebred Suffolk flock and a flock of Rambouillet/Columbia/Dorset cross commercial ewes. The Hampshire and Suffolk flocks are used to produce range and terminal sires.
Pfliger currently is on the ASI Wool Council and has previously served on the ASI Legislative Action Council and the Predator Management Committee. He has served as president of the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers and is currently the ASI director for the organization. In addition, Pfliger is on the executive board of the Ag Coalition in North Dakota, has served as the chair of the North Dakota State Board of Ag Research, Livestock Granting Committee and serves as the local vice chair of the Missouri Slope Wool Pool.
"It's new and exciting," Pfliger says about his election to represent Region IV. "I am looking forward to the input from the constituent states. I would like to have the states feel free to contact me with the needs of the local sheep industry. I will do my part to make it happen if possible."
Clint Krebs of Ione, Ore., was elected to represent ASI's Region VIII, which is comprised of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska.
A fourth-generation sheep producer, Krebs, along with his brother, father and their respective families, have a range operation running five bands of ewes and lambs in two different locations - one for summer and the other for winter - in Oregon. Krebs has been raising sheep his entire life, taking a break only to get his bachelor's degree in agriculture economics from Oregon State University. Krebs currently serves as a director for the National Lamb Feeders Association. He has served as past president of the Oregon Sheep Growers Association and has served as past chairman of the Oregon Sheep Commission.
Krebs and his wife, Maureen, have two daughters, Jessica Langley and Shelby, and a son, Cameron.
"It feels rewarding (being elected), and I'm excited. I see the LRP-Lamb as a tool, and I am looking forward to getting it up and going. We are a small industry, and we have to keep our voices in front of the people who make decisions. There are more sheep people we can get involved, and I am looking forward to being involved in that as well."
ASI is a national trade organization supported by 44 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of nearly 68,000 sheep producers.