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15th Annual U.S. Targhee Sheep Association Starter Flock

Three Free Registered Targhee Sheep to be Awarded to Deserving Youth

     The U.S. Targhee Sheep Association (USTSA) will again, for the 15th straight year, be offering a free registered Targhee Starter flock to a deserving youth at the 2023 USTSA National Show and Sale, held July 13-15, 2023, in Little Falls, Minnesota.  In previous years, the generous members of the USTSA have awarded 20 starter flocks, totaling 66 head of sheep, and have also donated almost $16,000 towards buyers credits for the award winners to purchase additional sheep at USTSA national sales.  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 national sale.

            Applications, due April 1st, are now available to download at or by contacting Mardy Rutledge at the USTSA office ( or 702-292-5715).  Any young person, ages 9-17, as of January 1, 2023, whose family does not raise Targhee sheep 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.

Notice to Membership:

Associated Registry is now ready to start accepting registrations. Requests can be mailed, faxed or emailed in to Associated Registry, see info on top of Work Order.  With this transition, the committee recommended a few changes for registration numbers and Associated allows for more information on registration certificates.  The biggest difference is what can be used for registration number.  You can still use metal tags purchased from USTSA, have Associated Registry assign number or can use NSIP 16 digit number.  Please be sure to specify your preference on submissions.  You can still utilize same registration submission forms and spreadsheets as you have in the past.  However, there is now a place for Scrapie, tattoo, codon and NSIP #’s on the right of individual certificates.  See attached  uupdated submission forms with these fields are attached as well as well as new work order.  Group certificates will still be an option for ewes.  Again please be sure to specify preference on submission.   Tattoos will still need to be put in per USTSA rules and will need to include at minimum last 4 digits of registration number you select.  Forms and information will also be available on our website.

Payment will need to be received prior to registrations being returned.  They do accept credit cards, but there is a convenience fee for that.  All checks will still be written to USTSA, but mailed to Associated Registry.

We’re all going to have a little learning curve and will continue to share any helpful tips as we progress through the transition.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Associated Registry.  Or if need help with previously registered sheep, Mardy can still help there.
Board has voted to allow waiver of transfer over 45 days and over 2 yr old fees until March 31, 2021 to help with efforts in getting everyone caught back up from the closure during with transition period.  After that time, Associated Registry will have control of fees and no exceptions or waivers will be made.

Targhee Wearables

To place an order, contact Mardy at or 702-292-5715.
Additional sizes and colors may be available upon requests. Inventory is being updated as well.

U.S. Targhee Sheep Association
P.O. Box 955
Chinook, MT  59523

Contact: Mardy Rutledge
Phone: 702-292-5715