MONTANA SUFFOLK SHEEP BREEDERS ASSOCIATION

1981 - 2014   33 YEARS OF PROMOTING SUFFOLK SHEEP IN MONTANA

MONTANA SUFFOLK SHEEP BREEDERS ASSOCIATION EWE GRANT

Montana Suffolk Sheep Breeders Association

Ewe Grant Application


The Montana Suffolk Breeders Association was founded in 1981.  The purpose of the association is to foster, promote and develop the Suffolk breed and the sheep industry in general.


The MSSBA is awarding one $300 grant to be used for the purchase of a Suffolk ewe lamb or yearling ewe.  This grant is for a male or female youth between the ages of 9 and 16 and a resident of the State of Montana.


The following requirements are to be met by the recipient of said grant:


  • Purchase ewe from a current MSSBA member on or before November 15th. If unable to do so, ewe grant will then be awarded to next qualifying youth on November 16th.  Payment of ewe will be made directly to said breeder from the MSSBA.  
  • Maintain and breed ewe in flock for two years.  Should ewe become non viable to production before two year period has expired (i.e. barren, non functional udder, prolapse) and youth wishes to cull said ewe, the MSSBA must be notified in writing with a detailed description of why ewe is non viable to production.  Said request will then be reviewed by MSSBA board members to determine if youth shall be granted permission to cull ewe prior to two year period.
  • Maintain a youth membership with the MSSBA for two years.  The first year will be paid by the MSSBA.


Requirements of ewe that is to be purchased:


  • Ewe purchased must be either a ewe lamb or a yearling ewe.
  • Ewe must be genetically tested by an approved facility for the spider gene and scrapie factor (Codon 171).  Ewe must test NN for spider gene and either QR or RR for scrapie factor.  Testing is the responsibility of the breeder.  Once a copy of the testing results is received, the MSSBA will make payment to the breeder for said ewe in the amount not to exceed $300.
  • Ewe cannot be parrot mouthed.
  • Ewe must come from registered breeding stock.


The following application must be completed and post marked by May 1st.


Decision about the winner of the Ewe Grant will be notified on May 15th.


EWE GRANT APPLICATION



Application can be mailed to:


MSSBA

Jane Rath Secretary

296 Wyttenhove Lane

Miles City, MT 59301

(406)232-1060

    Revised 11/10, 11/11