U.S. Targhee Sheep Association

U.S. Targhee Sheep Association
News and Updates

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Three Free Registered Targhee Sheep
to be Awarded to Deserving Youth

The U.S. Targhee Sheep Association (USTSA) will again be offering a free registered Targhee Starter flock to a deserving youth at the 2017 USTSA National Show & Sale in Pierre, South Dakota, July 13th-15th. The winner must be present to receive the flock and will be awarded one (1) ewe lamb, one (1) yearling ewe, and one (1) brood ewe donated by members of the USTSA. Each animal will be a USTSA registered animal, and at least QR in Scrapie Codon 171 genotype. The winner will also receive a $150 credit for use toward purchase of additional animals at the 2013 sale.

Applications, due April 1st, are now available to download (see below) or by contacting Mardy Rutledge at the USTSA office (ustargheesheep@gmail.com or 702-292-5715). Any young person, ages 9-17, as of January 1, 2017, may apply. Applicants should possess a keen interest in the U.S. sheep industry, commitment to raising Targhee sheep over time, and a firm belief in the abilities of the breed. Applicants must demonstrate proof of care, facilities, and transportation. Aside from receiving the flock of sheep, the winning youth, will be paired with a Targhee breeder living near them who will act as a mentor. The association is committed to helping the winner succeed.

Targhee sheep are one of the few breeds developed in the United States at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho. Withstanding harsh environments and minimal human intervention, while still producing high quality lamb and wool are hallmark traits of Targhees. Mothering ability and gentle dispositions are additional positive traits of the breed.

The U.S. Targhee Sheep Association believes in the future. The success the program has had thus far has only affirmed it is the right thing to do for young people. This year we plan to do the same again. Please pass the word along to a young person you know.

Download the 2017 USTSA Starter Flock Application

Download the 2017 WJTSA Starter Flock Application

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2017 United States Targhee Sheep Association
Junior Ambassador Application


To promote the targhee breed, the USTSA, the USJTSA, to assist these organizations and their youth programs, to mentor starter flock winners, and serve as a positive role model for junior members.

Who is eligible?

Youth 16 years old as of January 1st, 2017, who is a member of the United States Junior Targhee Association (USJTSA) and who has at least two years of experience raising targhee sheep.

What are the responsibilities of the Targhee Junior Ambassador?

Each ambassador will be required to perform the following duties at a minimum of three shows and or livestock events during their term. Duties consist of creating a targhee display for public viewing, and interacting with the public to educate and answer questions about targhee sheep. It is up to the individual to design an interesting display and presentation based on their own experience that shows their appreciation for targhee sheep. These are the minimum expectations. Please see USTSA Junior Ambassador Program Rules for the complete description.

Download the 2017 USTSA Junior Ambassador Application

Download the 2017 USTSA Junior Ambassador Program Rules

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Targhee Wearables

Targhee Wearables!

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The History of Targhee Sheep

The U.S. Targhee Sheep Association was founded September 27, 1951 in Dubois, Idaho. The goal of these pioneers was to develop profitable range raised sheep requiring minimal human intervention. They succeeded!

Today's Targhee sheep are hearty enough to withstand the elements while producing high quality lamb and wool for market.

For more information about the U.S. Targhee Sheep Association, email Mardy Rutledge.

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U.S. Targhee Sheep Association
Contact Mardy Rutledge
8912 Saddle Red Ave • Las Vegas, NV 89143
Email: ustargheesheep@gmail.com

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