DSANA 2018-2019

Board of Directors:

Top row:

Kyle White (ON), pictured with Cait

Sarah Hoffmann (MO)

Jim Ashmore (MT), pictured with Kim

Carrie Abels (NY), pictured with Brent

Middle row:

Tommy LaVoie (QC)

Terry Felda (OR)

Bill Halligan (NE)

Tom Pyne (VA)

Bottom row:

Bee Tolman (NY), pictured with fellow milker

Kendall Russell (ID)

Debbie Webster (SC)

Tom Clark (NY), pictured with Nancy

About DSANA

The North American resource for sheep milk producers and processors

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

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

Carrie Abels.  Willow Pond Sheep Farm, Gardiner, NY

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

Terry Felda. Tin Willow Farm, Ione, OR

Bill Halligan. Irish Cream Sheep Dairy, Bushnell, NE

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

Tom Pyne.  Twenty Paces Creamery, Charlottesville, VA

Kendall Russell. Lark's Meadow Farms, Rexburg, ID

Debbie Webster. Whispering Pines Farm, Mauldin, SC

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


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 2019 Committee

Kendall Russell, Chair. Lark's Meadow Farms, Rexburg, ID

Sarah Hoffman.  Green Dirt Farm, Weston, MO

Terry Felda. Tin Willow Farm, Lexington, OR

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.

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


Semen Importation

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

Contact:  Tom Clark:  clark at dubinclark.com


Website Committee

Bee Tolman, Chair. Meadowood Farms, Cazenovia, NY

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

Contact us:


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:



A HUGE thank you to four of our 2017-2018 DSANA Board of Directors, who finished their terms in 2018:  Liam Callahan (CA), far left; Axel Meister (ON), fourth from left; Marie-Chantal Houde (QC), fifth from right; and Laurel Kieffer (WI), fourth from right.

DSANA's Mission

The Dairy Sheep Association of North America (DSANA) is made up of dairy sheep producers, sheeps-milk cheesemakers and processors, and industry supporters, including suppliers, educators, and researchers. 

DSANA strives to grow the sheep dairy industry through education, promotion, and community building by:

a.       providing tools for dairy sheep management by educating, supporting, and encouraging new and established sheep milk dairies, farmsteads, and artisanal sheep milk cheese-makers;
b.       building community among  of sheep milk producers and cheese makers and processors, by encouraging cooperation and the exchange of information;
c.       promoting the products manufactured from sheep milk;
d.       helping producers organize activities for the genetic improvement of dairy sheep in North America;
e.       endeavoring to inform and educate the public as to the merits and availability of sheep dairy products; and
f.        striving to help foster international understanding and the free exchange of ideas between North American-based producers, and fellow producers and processors abroad.

The leadership of DSANA includes twelve elected Board members serving four-year terms.  The Board of Directors is elected at the annual general meeting, which is held during the DSANA's 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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