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2022 WSSP Convention
The Efficient Homestead
Tentative Schedule


Thursday, November 3, 2022

7:00 pm Board Meeting

8:30 pm Hospitality Room open


Friday, November 4, 2022

7:00-9:00 am WA Wool Growers Auxiliary Meeting

8:00 Registration Open

8:30 am Welcome: Dr. Jill Swannack

• Annual Meeting

• Superior Farms- Cameron Lauwers

10:00-10:15 Break


  • Annual Meeting continued

• ASI Update – Ben Lehfeldt

• American Lamb Board Update – David McEwen

12:00-1:15 Lunch


  • Annual Meeting Continued

• WSU Animal Science Update Dr. Irlbeck/Dr. Murdoch

• University of Idaho Sheep Center Update – Dino Vinci/Dr. Murdoch

2:00-2:30 Les Boian How to prepare for Natural Disasters

2:30-3:00 Dr. Ben Smith, WSDA Veterinarian Requirements for sheep entering and departing Washington

5:30-6:30 Social Hour - Hospitality Room

6:30 -7:30 Dinner

7:30 Awards followed by Legislative and Benefit Fund Auction

9:00-11:00 Hospitality Room

Saturday, November 5, 2022 

8:00 am The Complications of Pregnancy Toxemia- Dr. Jill Swannack

9:00 Depart Hotel Shear Vista Polypay Hop’n Ridge Ranch Fresh Cut Farms and Lunch 3:00-5:00 Herd Health Plan Workshop - Dr. Jill Swannack & Dr. Leah Swannack

5:30 Dinner

7 – 10 pm Hospitality Room Open


Event Descriptions


Hospitality Room- WSSP provides a hospitality room that is open after the board meeting Thursday evening, as well Friday and Saturday evenings. This provides a pleasant opportunity to have a snack and a beverage while visiting informally with fellow members. Feel free to bring your favorite treats to share with others.


WSSP Annual Meeting- On Friday morning, we will discuss matters as part of our commitment to delivering support and to grow all segments of the Washington State Sheep Industry. The annual meeting provides members the opportunity to address issues facing our industry, participate in the election of association leadership, and provide input to the organization.


Friday Night Legislative and Benefit Fund Auction – Following dinner and awards on Friday evening we will have a live auction to raise support for WSSP in its effort to provide advocacy, education, and maintain the website. Our very own past president, man-about-the-state, and livewire, Art Swannack, will be the auctioneer. Members are encouraged to bring items for the auction; typical items include sheep supplies, products, food, and gifts. Payment options for the auction are cash, check or card. There is a 3% convenience fee for card processing.


Saturday Tours 

Shear Vista Polypay – Laura and Tim Ray have just relocated to a new farm and are working on rebooting their operation. They raise NSIP enrolled Polypays.


Hop’n Ridge Ranch- Hop’n Ridge Ranch was established in 2016 and is a disabled veteran owned and operated. It is a multifunctional ranch that practices full life cycle farming. They have a group of Polypay ewes.


Fresh Cut Farm - Fresh Cut Farms is a pre-1900 homestead on Wild Rose Prairie. Owned and operated by Jim and Connie Long. They raise Valais Blacknose as well as blackface ewes. They operate a market garden that services two o farmers markets as well as raising lamb and pork to round things out.

Industry Awards




1979    Al Rubenser                            Colfax

1980    George Hislop                         Yakima

1981    Ruth Herriford                        Olympia

1982    Ladd Mitchell                          Ephrata

1982    Sebastian Etulain                    Moses Lake

1983    Gerald  Richardson                 Moses Lake

1984    Mac McLean                           Four Lakes

1985    Vic Robert                              Sunnyside

1986     -0-

1987    Theo Caldwell                        Goldendale

1988    Chick Hubbard                       Moses Lake​

1989    - 0 -

1990    Ruth King                             Yakima

1991    Henrietta Pearson                  Mount Vernon

1992    Norman Gates                       WSU

1993    Roberta Hoctor                      Goldendale

1994    John Brewer                          Pullman

1995    Simon & Carol Martinez          Moxee

1996    Dick & Helen Appel                Endicott

1997    Fred & Timmie Blauert           Washtucna

1998    Treva Norris                          Springdale

1999    Loveta Boyce                         Moses Lake

2000    Joanne Dubigk                       Maple Valley

2001    Randy Baldree                       Colfax

2002    Nina Richardson                     Moses Lake

2003    Susan Parr                             Tacoma

2004    Jim Acuff                               Post Falls

2005    Andy Pille                              Espanola

2006    Al & Lin Schwider                   Maple Valley

2007    Art & Jill Swannack                 Lamont

2008    -0-

2009    Sam Hays                             Yakima

2010    Milt Russell                           Prosser

2011    Dave & Julie Dashiell             Hunters

2012    Linda & Jerry Kjack               Walla Walla

2013    -0-

2014    Sarah Smith                         Moses Lake

2015    Mike McWilliams                   Myrtle Point, OR

2016    Mark Martinez                       Moxee

2017    Jan Busboom                        Pullman

2018    Jami Beintema                      Ellensburg

2019    Ross Merker & Ann Roggenkamp 

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Ross Merker & Ann Roggenkamp

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