DSANA Board of Directors, 2017-2018.  From left:  Liam Callahan (CA), Tom Clark (NY), Sarah Hoffmann (MO), Axel Meister (ON), Tommy LaVoie (QC), Marie-Chantal Houde (QC), Laurel Keiffer (Board President 2015-2017, WI), Bee Tolman (NY), Debbie Webster (SC), Jim Ashmore (MT).  Missing from picture:  Terry Felda (OR) and Bill Halligan (NE).

About DSANA

DSANA Board of Directors, Committees, and Contact Information

Board of Directors

Bee Tolman, President. Meadowood Farms, Cazenovia, NY

Jim Ashmore, Treasurer. KJ’n Ranch & Sheep Mountain Creamery, Helena, MT

Liam Callahan. Bellwether Farms, Petaluma, CA

Tom Clark. Old Chatham Sheepherding Farm, Old Chatham, NY

Terry Felda. Tin Willow Farm, Ione, OR

Bill Halligan. Irish Cream Sheep Dairy, Bushnell, NE

Sarah Hoffmann. Green Dirt Farm, Weston, MO.  sarah@greendirtfarm.com

Marie-Chantal Houde. Fromagerie Nouvelle France, Racine, QC

Tommy LaVoie.  Bergerie Lait Brebis du Nord, Baie-St-Paul, QC

Axel Meister. Wooldrift Farm, Markdale, ON

Debbie Webster. Whispering Pines Farm, Mauldin, SC


Committees

We would LOVE to have any DSANA member join one of our committees!  We are a small association with a 100% volunteer Board and volunteer Committees.  We’d love to have your help with any of our committees or projects.  Contact any chair or committee member, and join our projects!

Symposium 2018 Committee

Sarah Hoffman, Chair.  Green Dirt Farm, Weston, MO

Carrie Abels, Willow Pond Sheep Farm, Gardiner, NY

Liam Callahan. Bellwether Farms, Petaluma, CA

Terry Felda. Tin Willow Farm, Lexington, OR

Bill Halligan. Irish Cream Sheep Dairy, Bushnell, NE

Terri MacKenzie.  Smith Falls Veterinary Services, Merrickville, ON

Eliza Spertus.  Green Dirt Farm, Weston, MO

Bee Tolman. Meadowood Farms, Cazenovia, NY

Contact:  sarah at GreenDirtFarm.com

Sponsors please contact:  sarah at GreenDirtFarm.com


Genetic Improvement

Tom Clark, Chair.  Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, Old Chatham, NY

Laurel Keiffer, Genetic Improvement Project Manager.  Dream Valley Farm, Strum, WI.

Liam Callahan. Bellwether Farms, Petaluma, CA

Bill Halligan. Irish Cream Sheep Dairy, Bushnell, NE

Mariana Marques de Almeida.  Ms J & Co, Monroe, WI

Axel Meister. Wooldrift Farm, Markdale, ON

Tommy LaVoie. Lait Brebis du Bord

Contact:  Genetic Improvement Project Manager, Laurel Keiffer: kcf.laurel at tcc.coop


Semen Importation

Tom Clark, Chair.  Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, Old Chatham, NY

Axel Meister. Wooldrift Farm, Markdale, ON

Contact:  Tom Clark:  clark at dubinclark.com


Website & Social Media Committee

Bee Tolman, President. Meadowood Farms, Cazenovia, NY

Carrie Abels, Willow Pond Sheep Farm, Gardiner, NY

Bill Halligan. Irish Cream Sheep Dairy, Bushnell, NE

Sarah Hoffman. Green Dirt Farm, Weston, MO

Eliza Spertus.  Green Dirt Farm, Weston, MO

Debbie Webster. Whispering Pines Farm, Mauldin, SC

Kyle White.  Milkhouse Farm & Dairy, Smith Falls, ON

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Strategic planning & Funds Development

Jim Ashmore, Chair. KJ’n Ranch & Sheep Mountain Creamery, Helena, MT

Sarah Hoffman. Green Dirt Farm, Weston, MO

Laurel Keiffer, Genetic Improvement Project Manager.  Dream Valley Farm, Strum, WI.

Bee Tolman. Meadowood Farms, Cazenovia, NY

Debbie Webster. Whispering Pines Farm, Mauldin, SC

Contact us:


Mission

The Dairy Sheep Association of North America (DSANA) is made up of dairy sheep producers, cheesemakers, and industry supporters, including suppliers, educators, and researchers.  Our mission includes the following goals:

  • DSANA will promote effective dairy sheep management by educating, supporting and encouraging new and established sheep milk dairies, farmsteads, and artisanal sheep milk cheesemakers.
  • DSANA will promote cooperation and exchange of information among producers of sheep milk and cheesemakers.
  • DSANA will also promote the products manufactured from sheep milk.
  • DSANA will help producers organize activities for the genetic improvement of dairy sheep.
  • DSANA will endeavor to inform and educate the public as to the merits and availability of sheep dairy products.
  • DSANA will strive to help foster international understanding and the free exchange of ideas between North-American-based producers and producers abroad.

The leadership of DSANA includes twelve elected board members serving two- and four-year terms.  The Board of Directors is elected at the general annual meeting, which is held during the annual Dairy Sheep Symposium.


Brief History of the Dairy Sheep Association of North America

November 1-3, 2001 – Decision made at the 7th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to form the Dairy Sheep Association of North America. Nancy Clark, New York, elected the interim/organizational President.

June 26, 2002 – DSANA by-laws, written by Nancy Clark, New York; Alistair McKenzie, Quebec; Carol Delaney, Vermont; and Charles Capaldi, Wisconsin, were adopted.

November 7, 2002 - Charter Meeting of DSANA held at the 8th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


DSANA Presidents

2002 – 2004: Nancy Clark, New York

2004 – 2005: Mike Thonney, New York

2005 – 2007: Larry Meisegeier, Wisconsin

2007 – 2009: Claire Mikolayunas, Wisconsin

2009 – 2011: Bill Halligan, Nebraska

2011 – 2012: Laurel Kieffer, Wisconsin

2012 – 2013: Bill Halligan, Nebraska

2013 – 2015: Michael Histon, Maryland

2015 – 2017: Laurel Kieffer, Wisconsin

2017 – 2019: Bee Tolman, New York

Locations of the Dairy Sheep Symposia

  • 1995.  1st Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Yves Berger, Chair
  • 1996. 2nd Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Yves Berger, Chair
  • 1997. 3rd Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Yves Berger, Chair
  • 1998. 4th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Yves Berger, Chair
  • 1999. 5th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Brattleboro, Vermont, USA; Carol Delaney, Chair
  • 2000. 6th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Axel Meister, Chair
  • 2001. 7th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA; Yves Berger, Chair
  • 2002. 8th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Ithaca, New York, USA; Michael Thonney, Chair
  • 2003. 9th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Québec, Québec, Canada; Lucille Giroux, Chair
  • 2004. 10th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Hudson, Wisconsin, USA; Yves Berger, Chair
  • 2005. 11th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Burlington, Vermont, USA; Carol Delaney, Chair
  • 2006. 12th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA; Yves Berger, Chair
  • 2007. 13th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Eric Bzikot, Chair
  • 2008. 14th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Maryville, Tennessee, USA; Claire Mikolayunas - Chair 2009. 15th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Albany, New York, USA; Claire Mikolayunas, Chair
  • 2010. 16th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA; Claire Mikolayunas - Chair 2011. 17th Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium. Petaluma, California, USA; Cynthia Callahan, Chair
  • 2012. 18th Dairy Sheep Association of North America Symposium. Dulles, Virginia, USA; Laurel Kieffer, Chair
  • 2013. 19th Dairy Sheep Association of North America Symposium. Cambridge, Ontario, Canada; Eric Bzikot, Chair
  • 2014. 20th Dairy Sheep Association of North America Symposium. Chehalis, Washington, USA; Terry Felda, Brad and Megan Gregory – Co-Chairs
  • 2015. 21st Dairy Sheep Association of North America Symposium. Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Brenda Jensen and David Thomas – Co-Chairs
  • 2016. 22nd Dairy Sheep Association of North America Symposium. Ithaca, New York, USA; Michael Thonney, Chair
  • 2017. 23rd Dairy Sheep Association of North America Symposium. Orford, Quebec, Canada; Marie-Chantal Houde, Chair
  • 2018. 24th Dairy Sheep Association of North America Symposium. Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Sarah Hoffmann, Chair


        

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