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DENVER, Colo. - Keith Stumbo of Honeoye, N.Y., was elected to represent Region I on the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Executive Board at the 2013 ASI/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 24-26. Region I represents the northeastern states.
Stumbo runs approximately 175 sheep, which make up a purebred flock of Columbia, Dorset and Southdown breeds, on a small farm in western New York. He sells breeding stock, both ewes and rams, to 4-H members as well as rams to commercial flocks.
Stumbo grew up showing sheep. When his own children got old enough to enter the show ring, he got back into the sheep business. That was more than 30 years ago and now he has five of his seven grandchildren involved in the ring. Stumbo is also involved in showing sheep in the open class at a number of fairs both in and out of state.
"It is an exciting time to be a member of the sheep industry and the fact that there is some trying issues to contend with will be challenging," says Stumbo. "I feel fortunate that I have existing relationships in many of the states that I will represent through selling sheep at a number of the state expos and shows."
For the past 10 years, Stumbo has been the president of the Empire Sheep Producers. He has represented the state of New York as the voting director on the ASI board of directors for the last nine years. He has served on ASI's Legislative Action Council and American Wool Council. Stumbo is on the board of directors for the Columbia Sheep Breeders Association and the American Oxford Sheep Association.
Stumbo is currently president of the Honeoye Central School Board in which he has been a board member for 17 years. He was also a charter member of the Honeoye Rotary Club during its inception and has remained a member for 45 years.
Stumbo is retired from his position as vice president of a light construction equipment company where he was in charge of international sales. He holds a degree in business management from Alfred State College. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters and seven grandchildren.
ASI is a national trade organization supported by 46 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of more than 81,000 sheep producers.
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