Farm Tour and Educational Workshop at the Center of the Nation NSIP Sale!  

Join us for a farm tour of Mike Gillespie’s sheep operation on Thursday evening.  Meet at the fairgrounds to carpool leaving at 4:30 p.m. to see his 200-head commercial Polypay operation.

An Educational Workshop will be held on Friday, July 29 in the Clay County Fairgrounds Event Center.  The agenda will be:

1:00 p.m. – Welcome and Introduction – Rusty Burgett, NSIP Executive Director

1:15 p.m. – Sheep GEMS:  Innovations for a more robust and climatically resilient U.S. sheep industry – Dr. Ron Lewis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and NSIP Technical Advisor

2:30 p.m. – Utilizing technology to optimize flock nutrition – Kevin Vancura, Big Gain Animal Nutrition

3:30 p.m. – Data collection for the modern sheep enterprise- looking beyond the genetic evaluation – Rusty Burgett, NSIP Executive Director


Check out upcoming events related to NSIP in 2022!  Click on the links below for more information!

NSIP Influenced Replacement Ewe Sale – June 20 

NSIP Online Ram and Ewe Sale – July 11-13

Center of the Nation NSIP Sale, Spencer, IA – July 30

NSIP Influenced Replacement Ewe Sale – September 12



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What Are EBVs?

EBVs are science-based, industry-tested measurements of heritable traits that can be tracked and measured. For those familiar with Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) used in cattle, EBVs are very similar. EPDs denotes the breeding value of an individual animal’s progeny whereas EBVs denote the value of the individual animal. More simply, EBVs equal EPDs times two.