Sheep nominations must be sent to the American Sheep Industry Association by Nov. 21.

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Sheep nominations must be sent to the American Sheep Industry Association by Nov. 21.

Enter your sheep for awards in contest

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— The American Sheep Industry Association, a national organization with offices in Englewood, has announced the deadline for submission of nominations for its annual awards.

There are six awards categories available for nomination. They are:

• McClure Silver Ram Award: presented to a sheep producer who has made substantial contributions to the sheep industry and its organizations in his or her state, region or nation. Nominees should be recognized as industry leaders with nominations spelling out the candidates' contributions to the industry and its producers.

• Camptender Award: recognizing industry contributions from a professional in position or field related to sheep production. Nominees should show a strong commitment to the sheep industry and significant contributions to the industry, its organizations, and its producers above and beyond that called for in his or her professional capacity.

• Flock Guardian Award: recognizing outstanding management of resources to enhance flock management. The award may be given to a producer or industry professional who works directly with producers and who has adapted innovative management techniques with positive benefits in the areas of predator control, grazing or water management.

• Shepherd's Voice Award for Print Media: recognition for outstanding year-long print coverage of the sheep industry for media not directly related to the sheep industry. The award excludes publications related solely to the sheep industry, recognizing general publications for excellence in covering sheep industry issues.

• Shepherd's Voice Award for Broadcast Media: recognition for outstanding year-long broadcast coverage of the sheep industry, (Both television and radio are included in this category.) Nominees may be stations, networks or specific reporters exhibiting a strong commitment to balanced reporting and consistent coverage of the sheep industry locally, statewide or nationally.

• Environmental Stewardship Award: recognizing individuals actively involved in sheep production who have shown an extraordinary commitment to caring for natural resources and thereby enhancing the environment.

Past award recipients are not eligible.

To receive a nomination form, contact ASI at 303-771-3500 or info@sheepusa.org. The one-page nomination form also can be downloaded from ASI's Web site, www.sheepusa.org, by clicking on the "2009 Awards Program" link located in the lower right-hand corner of the home page.

Nominations must be received at the ASI office by Nov. 21. Awards will be presented at the ASI Convention on January 22 to 24 in San Diego, Calif.

Judy Malone, Director of Industry Information, said ASI's annual awards were presented in years past, but then the association took a break.

"We took a break for about seven or eight years, " she said. "It was at the industry's request that we brought the awards back. This is a great opportunity for producers and industry affiliates to recognize outstanding contributions to the sheep industry."

According to Malone, there have been two Colorado winners throughout the years. Ron Cole of Greeley received an award as market reporter for the USDA.

Dr. Cleon Kimberling, an icon in the sheep industry and animal science instructor at Colorado State University, also has received an award. Although he is now retired, Dr. Kimberling still is active with special projects in the sheep industry. An example is his research on electronic ear tags for sheep.

The ASI is a national organization supported by 45 state sheep organizations, benefiting the interests of more than 70,500 sheep producers.

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