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Southdown Pot of Gold Futurity

Futurity Point Recording Forms are located on the Forms page.  
The form must be completely filled-out with all information and postmarked within 14 days of the show.

Spring Ewe Lamb
Lexy Grace of New Hampshire
Breeder:  Scramlin Southdowns of Michigan 
Ewe:  Scramlin 1534

Fall Ewe Lamb
  Robert Casey of Ohio 
Breeder:  MB Genetics of Wisconsin 
Ewe:  MBG 14F-2XEM

Yearling Ewe:
  Trent George of Michigan
Breeder:  Forsee Southdowns of Kentucky 
Ewe:  E14-268

Wether Market Lamb:
  Drew George of Michigan
Breeder:  Forsee Southdowns of Kentucky 
Tag:  Forsee 2432

The American Southdown Breeders' Association “Pot ‘O Gold” Youth Futurity Program pays cash awards to youth showing ewes and wethers that were purchased as breeder nominated lambs at ASBA sanctioned sales and cooperating individual breeder online sales. The breeder nomination fee is jackpotted and funds the pro-rated cash awards to youth for the top placing in each age category. The 1st place winner of each division also receives the right to hold a traveling trophy for one year. There are four award categories: ewe lamb, fall ewe lamb, market lambs and yearling ewe. 

The American Southdown Breeders' Association established the “Pot ‘O Gold” Youth Futurity Program to:

  • Provide an incentive based award system for youth to encourage and reward high quality purchases at ASBA sanctioned sales.
  • Provide an incentive based award system for youth to encourage and reward high quality purchases at ASBA sanctioned sales.

ASBA Policy # 511.00 Futurity

Ewe Lamb, Fall Ewe Lamb, Market Lambs and Yearling Ewe Futurity competitions are open to junior Southdown members who purchase futurity nominated ewes or wethers. Consigners must follow the policies for the sale and nomination process. Junior buyers must adhere to the exhibitor rules to be eligible for awards and premiums funded by the nomination fees. 

Ewe lambs nominated at designated sales in the previous year plus ewe lambs purchased at the “Stars of Louisville” sale may compete as yearlings. Even though the junior designates the ewe lamb as market, it may show the next year as a yearling.
Southdown breeders are looking to the future. The Junior Southdown sheep project is the perfect combination of youth and livestock. We prove it by the investment breeders make in the future of our breed.

511.1  Futurity Sales:

  • Illini All Breeds Sale
  • Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale
  • National Southdown Sale
  • Oklahoma Black and White Sale
  • Ohio Southdown Classic Sale
  • Keystone Stud Ram & Ewe Sale
  • National Cornbelt Sale
  • Eastern Stud Ram Sale
  • Midwest Stud Ram Sale
  • National Southdown Sale
  • New England Sale
  • Nugget All-American Sale
  • Stars of Louisville Sale
  • Hoosier Heartland Sale
  • Premier 10
  • Midwest Elite
  • Corporation 1
  • Corporation 2
  • Young Guns
  • Yearling from sales that qualify under rule 511.41.
  • Online Sales for ewe lambs ort wethers (if they meet the following conditions)
    1. The Sale Management Company agrees to all terms of the ASBA show and sale policy by signing and submitting the "Sale Management Certification of Compliance" form.
    2. The Sale Management Company is bonded.
    3. The Sale Management Company collects the $25 nomination fee from the consigned and pay those funds to the ASBA Office.
    4. The nomination of the animal is indicated for the entire time the sale listing is on the internet indentified by the scrapie number.
    5. The Sale Management Company sends to the ASBA office the print out of the sale with name and address of the purchaser for the entire sale.

Only sale conducted by a management company qualify, if an individual breeder has an online sale, all futurity nominations and sales must be handled by the sale management company. (November 2012 director meeting)

511.2 At consignment sales that show for sale order, nominations of futurity lambs must be made before their class exhibits. (Passed policy-summer 1993). Sales which do not show for sale order must record nominations at check in and identify those animals on the sale order. Online sales must note the nomination of futurity animals and the birth date of the lamb when the sale order is first posted on the web.

511.3 The purchasing junior cannot be an immediate family member of the breeder or employee of the breeder as listed on the ewe’s registration paper. Immediate family members would be described as any first generation child, grandchild, sister, brother, niece, or nephew. (Passed policy- informal meeting 2005).

511.4 Yearling ewes eligible to participate must be purchased at the previous November at the Stars of Louisville Sale, at a fall regional Southdown sale that agrees to pay 1% gross Southdown sale commission to the Association or nominated as ewe lambs for the previous year's futurity contest.  Participating as a market lamb will disqualify that lamb to compete as a yearling.  (Passed policy-Reorganizational meeting 2005).

511.5 Futurity nomination fee of $25 for each nominated lamb will be deducted from the sale proceeds. The sale management will then forward nomination fees to the ASBA office. (Passed policy - summer meeting 2007).


511.11 Futurity ewe lambs or wethers must be entered and sell at the auction of a designated sale and not be pre-sold. For online sales, a sale occurs at the closing of the bidding and animals that have no bid do not qualify through that sale. The winning bidder will be verified by the sale management. The nomination fee is paid each time an animal is nominated. Yearlings that are exhibited as ewe lambs or market ewe lambs may participate in the Yearling Futurity for no additional fee

511.12 Lambs are guaranteed to hold lambs teeth for 12 months from birth date. Failure to do so will give junior right to reimbursement of price paid plus a hearing for other provable harm before any dispute resolution board identified in the Association constitution.


511.21 A junior is an exhibitor who is not more than 21 on January 1, of the calendar year. There is no lower age limit, but the junior must be physically capable of showing their own sheep. Junior's with special needs that require the assistance of an additional show person are allowed to participate if another junior shows the animal from the head.

511.22 Junior members must physically show from the head of their Futurity animal to qualify for points at each show. If there are two Futurity animals in the same class, the junior must exhibit one and another junior member must exhibit the second animal. No points are awarded if the second animal is shown by an adult. If in an open show, the futurity participant or junior must be in control of the sheep’s head and any individual may assist setting feet.

511.23 Futurity animals are to be registered in the individual junior name only. No partnerships, farm, family, 4-H Club or FFA Chapter names accepted.

511.24 Futurity animals and points earned in the Futurity are not transferable to any other person, nor are points transferable from one lamb to another.

511.25 A futurity entrant may compete with as many futurity animals in each class (Spring ewe lamb, fall ewe lamb, yearling ewe, market lamb) as desired, but will receive a premium only for the futurity animal with the highest point total in that age group. An entrant may place and receive premium in more than one age group.

511.26 A futurity ewes must be shown in the proper age class. If registration papers are not received by the first show, it is the exhibitor's responsibility to show the futurity animals in the proper age category.

511.27 Premiums: All nominating payments for each class of futurity (spring ewe lamb, fall ewe lamb, market lamb and yearling ewe) shall be paid back to exhibitors through Rosettes and premiums with premiums jackpotted up to 20 places or the number of participants, whichever is less.

511.28 The Junior owner of a Futurity ewe or wether participates by reporting the placing of the sheep at the first show and identifying the animal by the scrapie tag number. For fall and spring and market ewe lambs, the junior will designate which competition the ewe lamb will participate in by selecting to report the first points as a fall or spring ewe lamb or a market lamb.  Once the first points are reported the animal may only collect points from that division.  If a market lamb is designated, that ewe must only report points from market lamb competition.  Same for the fall and spring ewe lamb, may only report future points from spring ewe lamb classes. Once the selection is made it is fixed for the year.

511.29 A point record form must be completely filled out, with no unfilled blanks, for each show and forwarded to the Association office postmarked within 14 days of the show. The card must be signed by the superintendent of the appropriate show certifying that the junior exhibited the futurity animals, class size, scrapie tag number and the placing of the futurity animals. All information must be included.

511.30 At each individual show the futurity animals may earn futurity points from both the open division and junior division under the following conditions. Points for open and junior at a state fair may be counted for each if the shows are judged by different judges. Separate 4-H and FFA shows are considered a junior division. At non state fair shows, two sets of points may be counted if the shows are held on different days and place by different judges. At the North American (NAILE) only junior show placing will be counted.

511.31 Futurity animals can compete at an unlimited number of shows with only the top five (5) point award shows being recorded as the Futurity point total.

511.32 Futurity awards will be announced following the Junior Show at the North American International Livestock Exposition.

Placing in Class
# in Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
1 - 5 5 4 3 2 1                                                  
6 - 10 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1                                        
11 - 15 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1                              
16 - 20 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1                    
21 - 25 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1          
26 + 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

511.32 The chart above is the Futurity point sliding scale from which points will be determined.

511.33 In case of a tie on the final tabulation of the futurity, the NAILE Junior show will be used as the first tie breaker, and the National Junior Show as the second tie breaker. (Informal meeting 2008).


511.41 The yearling ewes eligible to participate were purchased the previous November at the Stars of Louisville Sale, at a fall regional Southdown Sale that agrees to pay 1% gross Southdown sale commission to the Association or nominated and eligible to participate as ewe lambs or ewe market lambs for the previous year’s futurity contest.  They must remain in the purchaser’s name, except for the following, 511.42

511.42 Yearling purchased in the name of an older sibling, that because of employment or advanced education is unable to show at fairs, may be transferred to the name of a younger sibling, but this applies to the entire show season, not individual shows. Only a sibling can show a yearling ewe that was in the ewe lamb futurity the previous year. This change of exhibitor needs to be documented in the Association office. (Passed policy-reorganizational meeting 2004).

511.42 Yearlings that are eligible to participate are nominated by submission of a point record form. The $25 nomination fee at the “Stars Sale” will be included in the Yearling payout.

511.43 A traveling trophy will be presented to the winner of each animal class.

511.44 Any concerns or objections to futurity exhibition must be forwarded in writing to the ASBA office for determination of validation of exhibition points by the futurity committee; otherwise all unchallenged points will be counted as submitted.

511.45 Ewe lambs that are shown as spring ewe lambs may only earn points in ewe lamb shows and market ewe lambs can only earn points in market shows. The purchaser designates which competition a ewe lamb is in by the category of the first point reported.  The category may not change after that.

511.46 All nominating fees for spring ewe lambs and market lambs will be combined and then divided between the two categories in proportion to the number of lambs reporting points in each category.