American Lamb board welcomes new members and elects new officers |

American Lamb board welcomes new members and elects new officers

Four new board members were elected to the American Lamb Board (ALB) and new officers were elected during the board’s annual meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, Jan. 26. The four new members will each serve a three-year term.

New members are:

• Antonio Manzanares, Tierra Amarilla, NM

• Wesley Patton, Orland, CA

• Joanne Nissen, Soledad, CA

• Ben Lehfeldt, Lavina, MT

Antonio Manzanares and his wife, Molly, own and operate Shepherd’s Lamb, producing certified organic grass-fed lambs and yarn and wool products from the mountains of northern New Mexico. Antonio also serves as chairman of the New Mexico Sheep and Goat Council.

Dr. Wes Patton, a fifth-generation sheep rancher, has been involved with the industry his entire life. Now retired, as a California State University professor Dr. Patton did extensive work with purebred genetics, and today uses that experience and knowledge in his flock of 300-white Dorper ewes. Wes currently serves as the treasurer of the California Wool Growers Association.

Joanne Nissen has been actively engaged with the sheep industry since her 4-H project in 1953. Through the years the number of sheep she has raised has varied, but she continues to maintain a small hobby flock. Joanne has been a member of the California Wool Growers Association for 30 years and is active in local sheep associations.

Ben Lehfeldt represents the fifth generation in his family’s sheep operation in Montana. Ben and his wife, Jamie, manage the family ranch with his parents, Bob and Marie. Ben has served on the American Sheep Industry Association’s Wool Council and is an active member of the Montana Wool Growers Association.

New officers are:

• Nick Forrest, OH – Chairman

• Dan Lippert, MN – Vice Chairman

• Betty Sampsel, MT – Secretary

•Leo Tammi, VA – Treasurer

Nick Forrest operates a small commercial flock of 25-30 ewes in Oxford, OH, and has worked for the Kroger company for more than 30 years. Nick and his wife, Kathy, enjoy doing American Lamb cooking demonstrations for people having parties in their homes. Most recently, Nick has been leading American Lamb culinary training sessions for Kroger associates. This is Nick’s second year serving as the ALB chairman.

Dan Lippert, a second-generation lamb feeder, runs a feedlot in Minnesota with capacity for 4,000 lambs. Dan also raises corn, soybeans, alfalfa, peas and sweet corn with his brother Mike. This is Dan’s first year serving as an ALB officer.

Betty Sampsel runs Hughes Newford Company, a sheep and cattle operation in Stanford, MT, with her husband, John. Betty served as the first female president of the Montana Wool Growers Association in 2006. This is Betty’s second year serving as the ALB secretary.

Leo Tammi his wife Judy, and son, Aaron, run a sheep operation in Mt. Sidney, VA, and are pioneers in rotational grazing. Leohas served as director of the Virginia Sheep Producers Association, chair of the Virginia Sheep Industry Board, president of the American Polypay Sheep Association and the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, and has served on various councils and committees for the American Sheep Industry Association. This is Leo’s first year serving as an ALB officer.

– American Lamb Board

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