Board of Director Candidates
Three director positions are up for election this year by members of the American Dorper Sheep Breeders’ Society. There are eight candidates who have accepted nominations. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible ADSBS Members around October 15th and must be returned by U.S. Mail, postmarked no later than November 15, 2021. The top three qualified vote-getters will win the three-year terms. The candidates’ information in alphabetical order appears below.
Ben Binkley, Joelton, Tennessee
My name is Ben Binkley. I live 25 miles west of Nashville, TN in Joelton, with my wife Amanda and our children Taylor Jane and Brody, who are 11 and 9 years old. Our family owns and operates a small feed and seed store named Pleasant View Milling Company. We have been in business for 21 years. For the last eight years, Amanda and I have raised a small flock of Dorper breeding stock. We just added a few White Dorpers in the last few years. I have volunteered and been involved in the Southern States Show and Sale in Cookeville, TN for the past several years. I am currently a board member for the Mid South Dorper Association and have been involved with the association for four years. I have also been on the Show and Sale committee for the last two years.
I’m honored to run for a board member position for this great association. I have been excited about the Dorper breed for quite some time. I would love to be part of the association to help make the breed bigger than ever. If elected I will do my best to do right by all members. Thanks for considering a vote for me. If you have any questions give me a call at 615-585-4430.
Brad Cook, Weatherford, Texas
Hello, my name is Brad Cook of B Cook Dorpers, located in Weatherford TX. I am running for a position on the Board for the American Dorper Sheep Breeders Association.
I was raised in Graham Texas on a Cow/Calf and Wheat Farm operation. I have been involved in production agriculture since I was a kid. We ran a 150 head of momma cows and farmed about 3000 acres of wheat land. I graduated from Graham High School and attended college at Tarleton State University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business.
I got into Dorpers by starting with commercial ewes to train Border Collies with and progressed from there into the registered seed stock operation I have now.
My wife Brenda has been an AQHA professional horse trainer since the age of 19 and has been involved in training and showing horses across the country ever since. She has been a solid rock in the sheep operation with her keen selection of sheep and the everyday operation.
I believe the Dorper Sheep is becoming the most sought-after sheep in the country and it is our duties as breeders, whether commercial or registered seed stock breeders to strive to produce the best quality product that we can and promote the Certified Dorper Lamb.
As your Director, I will work with every one of you and listen to your suggestions, concerns and complaints with an open mind and strive to express your concerns, complaints and suggestion to the other Board members and try to achieve a resolution that we all can be satisfied with.
I will be the first to tell you that I am not a Politician and may not always be politically correct but will always be honest.
I would be honored to have your vote. Thank You for the consideration.
Justin Marschall, Harper, Texas
Hello fellow Shepherds,
I am Justin Marschall and I am running for ADSBS national board. I am married to Stephanie Lochte Marschall and we have two boys: Ethan (16) and Blair (8) Marschall. We reside in Harper, Texas.
I grew up in Harper ranching cattle, Rambouillet sheep, Angora and meat goats. I obtained a BS degree in Animal Science at Angelo State University in 1994. I worked in the Wool and Mohair industry at Texas A&M Research Center in San Angelo, Texas.
After college, I worked as a manager of a wholesale and resale business in Austin, TX which led to starting and building an irrigation business in Austin. I’m a licensed irrigator and run Marschall Irrigation, LLC. As a family, we ranch family land that has been in continuous ranching operation by our family for over a century. We pride ourselves as stewards of the land ranching 80 registered Dorper ewes, 40 Nubian cross milk goats and commercial cows.
I am the immediate past president of the Texas Hill Country Dorper Association, and I have served in different offices over the past ten years. In addition, I have served on our local stock show board and our family is actively involved in our county 4-H program. I have served on the local Little League Board and on Gillespie County Schuetzen Bund (shooting club).
The future is bright in the Dorper industry. Currently, demand is high for both seed stock and commercial animals. We must work with producers to help them learn how to meet the marker demand. We are in a unique position as a breed to determine what the future holds. Seed stock breeders must continue the pursuit of producing quality animals while integrating with commercial operations to promote the Dorper breed as the meat for the marketplace. Establishing the Dorper breed as the premier meat of the lamb industry will be an immediate and long-term project.
I see this as one of the biggest challenges facing our membership with a lot of opportunity as well. Purebred or Fullblood; North or South, I believe we all want a sustainable Dorper industry. Based on my experiences thus far, I think we can do it together. The task will be difficult at times, we will need cooperation and vision from the leadership.
Our youth involvement today is an important part to the future of the Dorper Breed. They will become seasoned by our successes and failures. Their enthusiasm for this breed, knowledge of technology and skill with social marketing can produce new benefits.
I have been nominated by my peers, which is a huge compliment, and I am willing to take on this challenge by representing the membership to the best of my ability.
I humbly ask for your vote in the upcoming board elections.
Judi Mault, Indian Valley, Idaho
I am located in Indian Valley, Idaho, a small town where I have been raising dorper sheep at the Lazy J Ranch for the past 15 years. Originally I got involved with these sheep while training border collies, but observed the outstanding qualities of the dorper and soon acquired my first registered fullblood animals. I still train and compete with my border collies, but my focus has turned to this breed of sheep. The Lazy J Ranch has become a frequent stopping point for travelers and tourists interested in exploring a ranch life style environment.
During the years I have partnered with the University of Idaho’s veterinary program, and have held lambing clinics at the Lazy J. At least twice a year the veterinary teaching staff hold ultrasound clinics here to apply hands on techniques with the graduating vets. In addition to the value these clinics provide to the doctors, it also exposes many people to the breed of sheep they may not be aware of. The vet students also come to the ranch to assist me during lambing.
Prior to moving to Idaho, we lived on a small ranch in northern California. I worked in Quincy, California as a phlebotomist, paralegal and retired as the Director of the State of California Child Support Services. I have volunteered on the boards of many organizations. I have produced many events such as the Palm Springs Golf Tournament, State of California Annual Conference, horse shows and sheep/cattle dog trials for 15 years. I currently own the Lazy J Ranch Bed and Breakfast Inn and raise 40 fullblood dorper ewes.
I believe the show industry is an important marketing tool for the breed, however we must assist the commercial breeder to promote the dorper’s delicate taste and educate the consumer. Grocery stores, chefs and the public need to taste dorper lamb. I believe the future of our association relies on our youth. The youth are so important and we need to increase the youth activites and projects.
The Breed was imported to the US for their commercial utility and these values must not change. Dorpers must be judged based on the BREED STANDARDS.
There are many important decisions this board will make in the next few years and I hope to include the membership’s view points and not just the board members point of view for personal gain. Please contact me at any time to discuss upcoming issues. Call 208 741-0237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to represent the large and small breeders of the American Dorper Sheep Breeders Society throughout the United States.
Keeland Nix, Mountain Grove, Missouri
My name is Keeland Nix, my family operates Deer Run Ranch north of Mountain Grove, MO in the Ozark hills. We have raised Dorper sheep for 16 years and have recently acquired part of my dad’s White Dorper flock 3 years ago. Many of you have not met my wife, Lacy, as she calls herself the official chore doer while our daughters Payton, Rylan and myself are on the road at the shows and sales. I am an agricultural education teacher at Mountain Grove Schools also serving as the FFA Advisor.
I have been involved with purebred livestock since the early ‘90’s, when my younger brother and I purchased our first registered Gelbvieh heifers for our FFA project. I was highly involved with the American Gelbvieh Jr. Association serving on the junior board of directors for two years. Lacy and I purchased a small farm in Mountain Grove; I looked for an efficient, highly muscled small ruminant to run on our limited grass. Dorper sheep fit the bill. Our flock has grown from a handful of ewes to approximately 70 head.
Dorpers have taken my family all over the country for shows or sales, meeting lots of folks along the way. It is always fascinating to hear the diverse environments that Dorper sheep can flourish. I look forward to each show and sale and meeting new people (even though now most people know me as Payton or Rylan’s dad).
I am humbled to be nominated for the Board of Directors as the ADSBS continues to grow in membership and animals registered/transferred. I think that continuation and growth of junior programs is important for the positive growth of the society. Usually, if kids get involved, parents are soon to follow. I have heard many stories start out, “We started a flock of sheep as a 4-H/FFA project and the kids graduated, but we just couldn’t sell the flock”. Increasing opportunities for leadership and industry exploration with the juniors should be a high priority. I appreciate the society helping the small breeders showcase their genetics through ADSBS sponsored sales like Duncan, OK, Cookeville, TN and supporting regional sales with clubs like the Texas Hill Country sale in Fredericksburg, TX. I would support looking into more avenues of similar sales to help market Dorper genetics in other regions of the country.
I appreciate the opportunity to run for the ADSBS Board of Directors. Past board members have been very open to new ideas or changes to old ideas to make them fit the industry and I look forward to visiting with new and old friends about the future of the Dorper breeds in the American sheep industry.
Kerry Paul, Albany, Missouri
My name is Kerry Paul and I am honored to be nominated for the ADSBS board. My wife Dawn, son Kevin and I own Missouri Dorpers in Albany, MO. Our daughter Kelly just finished her Masters in Ag Econ and is working in Fayetteville, AR. We started our flock during Kevin’s freshman year of High School as his FFA project in 2010. That start of 10 ewes has grown to around 300 head of Fullblood Dorpers and White Dorpers, along with some commercial ewes. We also have Registered Angus Cattle since 1989, and Registered Red Angus since 1994. I work as a DSM for NC+ Hybrids while Dawn teaches business at the local High School. We are all Mizzou fans in this family as 20 of my direct relatives attended Mizzou. I was the fourth generation, Kevin and Kelly the 5th.
I have served on the local School Board for 9 years, including 3 as President. I am a Past President of Albany Rotary International. I have been a Delegate for the American Angus Association convention. I have served as chairman of our church’s Nominating and Personnel committees and am currently Chairman of the Finance committee. I am also Secretary of the University of Missouri Extension Council.
I feel this is an important time in the growth of the Dorper and White Dorper breeds. Sheep producers in this country are realizing the inherent advantages that Dorper sheep possess. We have, as a breed, a great opportunity to brand Dorper as the “Angus” of the sheep industry. Superior eating experience, with great carcass quality will make the word “Dorper” synonymous with Certified Angus Beef® in restaurants and meat shops across the country. This in turn, will pull demand for Dorper seedstock for years to come. We need to continue the work the board has done in branding Dorper Lamb and push further.
I would appreciate your support in landing a position on the ADSBS board and pledge to represent you to the best of my ability. Thank you.
I am Charlie Taylor and with my wife, Donna, we own and operate Quarter Circle T Farms located in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico. We purchased our first Dorper Sheep in 2010. In 2012 we purchased a few registered Dorper ewes and grew from there. We are now full time farmers with 60 to 80 registered Dorper Sheep, enough irrigated ground to support our flock and still sell some hay. We do have part time help when needed.
We are members of the Mennonite church. We teach Sunday school, bible study and Donna teaches science at our school. I have 32 years of service to the U.S. Army. I am very experienced in helping to develop young people into good, reliable and dependable adults.
It is an honor to be nominated for a position on the ADSBS Board. Due to my military career I have a strong work ethic. The Army policy is to identify the problem, eliminate the problem. As I see our problems are establishing a market for our product and financing our association. The processing plants I am aware of are having problems getting contracts with the major food companies because they cannot get enough lambs to supply them. So we need more volume, more large commercial breeders who can supply lambs. Keeping in mind these operations purchase rams which increases demand at the breeder level.
The small registered breeder, who registers and transfers his lambs to new owners, brings them to association shows and sales are the primary source of income for the association and the demand for rams will also be a driver for the seedstock producer and the association.
In New Mexico we have helped to establish many new, small breeders in the last couple of years. The problem is marketing their lambs. We are working on a co-op situation to supply a plant by getting several small breeders to breed at the same time having a greater number of lambs to market at the same time. Educating the small breeders that quality is their goal and to produce rams that that will upgrade the flocks of the commercial breeder, to produce females that will sell as brood ewes. We must expand. We cannot survive just by selling to each other.
I spent 20 years as a front line support of young soldiers; there is no greater reward than seeing these young people become respectable adults. Our youth are the lifeblood of this organization. We must provide every incentive that we can for them. They work hard to get these sheep ready to show, if they don’t have fun, enjoy it, look forward to the next time, why would they continue? We cannot overlook how important they are to our association. Activities for these youth at these events should be fun for them, and not necessarily sheep related (just plain fun). The people who assume the position to support the youth should be in the arena during the shows, helping, directing, giving encouragement, and even asking for volunteers to help these kids if they need it. Let them know how important they are to our association. Best advertisements I know is these youth telling their (non- sheep) friends how much fun they have at these events. Tell their friends to buy a sheep and come go with us.
We need to insure that every sheep sold gets transferred through the association thus generating funds for the association. We must generate funds to support our organization.
I am willing to help anyway I am able. We go to every sale we can and work hard to establish new breeders, which creates a market for others. We truly enjoy this breed and the people that we have met. If you feel an old Army sergeant can contribute to the growth and management of this organization, then vote for me. I will give 100%, my door is open, and I will answer my phone, will take your ideas and complaints seriously and get you an answer, good or bad.
Thanks, Charlie Taylor
Richard Wahrmund, Center Point, Texas
“For true success it matters what our goals are, and it matters how we go about attaining them. The means are as important as the ends. How we get there is as important as where we go.” ~ Tom Morris
Yes, you may have an end goal, but you must consider the puzzle pieces of life and put those together to achieve it. You need to keep an open mind, stay focused, work hard, and learn from obstacles and mistakes. All of which I plan to bring to the table as a director. The current time is the true pivotal point for the Dorper breed in the United States. Breed recognition is at an all-time high; new enthusiasts are coming forth daily, commercial market recognition is great, restaurants and markets are providing more lamb, and the show industry is on fire and unstoppable.
I am a sixth-generation rancher, living on and operating the same land that my family founded here in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. My family has been active in the dairy and ranching industries as well as numerous cattle breed associations for several generations. My wife, Melissa, daughter, Peighton, and I own and operate Hill View Dorpers. Prior to raising Dorpers, I was very active in the Charolais cattle breed. At the age of twenty-one, I was voted in as the youngest board member in the Texas Charolais Sales Corporation’s history. I served on that board for four years before becoming the Vice-President, which I held the office of for three years. During that time, I organized all aspects of biannual association sales, membership relations, meeting planning, newsletter scripting, and youth activities.
In addition to breed association involvement, I have sat on the selection committee of the Betty Jane Bell Scholarship, which is a four-year $20,000 scholarship. This same scholarship helped me obtain my educational goals, so it was my mission to return after graduation and help promote such a great foundation. It was an honor of mine to help select and award several talented young individuals a scholarship that helped them achieve their life goals.
The youth are tomorrow’s future. Having a young daughter of my own and having been very active in youth programs myself, this is a very passionate topic for me. I have been sitting back and watching the various members who have stepped up to the plate to provide a program for the association’s youth. I commend you all and say, “Thank you”. I wholeheartedly believe there has been tremendous groundwork laid that needs the association’s focus, support, and help to create a bright and sustainable program for our kids. I know there are some current and past board members that do not agree with pushing the youth program as they see it only as “the show ring”. Well, it is not. There is so much more involved than just a ribbon. Let’s build these kids a program that encourages leadership, teamwork, core life skills, public speaking, community service, while making it fun and inviting for all ages. The show industry is not going anywhere, so we might as well accept that and build a future for the breed and association.
Thank you for your time and consideration.