Southdown Juniors > Scholarships

The American Southdown Breeders’ Association offers three scholarships annually to junior Southdown members to reward their work as Southdown breeders and to encourage participation in Southdown activities. The Scholarship is available to any American Southdown Breeders’ Association junior member who is pursuing an education after high school.

Scholarship Application
2016 ASBA Scholarship Winners
Casey Lobdell
Darlington, Wisconsin

Casey Lobdell, son of Troy and Barb Lobdell of Darlington, Wisconsin, is a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he is majoring in animal science with the goal of working in the livestock industry as a nutritionist. Casey was one of the four finalists for the 2016 FFA Sheep Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency. Over the past three years he has won state FFA Proficiency production and entrepreneurship awards in Sheep, Swine and Diversified Livestock. He has twice been Supreme Champion Showman of the Wisconsin State Fair Junior Sheep Show and has also excelled at the All-American and North American shows.

Mackenzie Padgett
Kirklin, Indiana

Mackenzie Padgett, daughter of Lance and Juanita Padgett of Kirklin, Indiana, is a freshman at Lincoln Land Community College with plans to earn a degree in Agriculture Economics with a specialty in Pre Law to eventually attend law school. Having held many FFA offices within both her chapter and district, Mackenzie was also the high individual in the state Meats CDE and was on the 3rd Overall team in the national contest, as well as competing four years on the state team for the Livestock Judging CDE. Through 4-H she won multiple Southdown and overall ewe showman awards at the Indiana State Fair as well as champion breeding ewe awards.

Hannah Schultz
Atkinson, Wisconsin

Hannah Schultz, daughter of Keith and Becky Schultz, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, is a sophomore studying Media and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her ultimate goal is to write for a livestock publication or work for Farm Bureau of Wisconsin. Having held many leadership roles in FFA and winning four Gold-rated Sheep Production proficiencies, Hannah received her American Degree at the 2016 National FFA Convention. She competed at AKSARBEN on the county 4-H livestock evaluation team, has been on quiz bowl and skillathon teams, and won a skillathon division at an All-American Junior show.

Where are they now?

David & and his brother, Austin, showing a pair of ewe lambs at one of their first Illinois State Fairs.

Austin, Reed, Rhonda, and David continue on the family Southdown legacy of Miller Downs.

Check out what past Southdown Scholarship Winners are up to today!

David Baer
Carlock, IL

“One cannot feed and care for livestock blindly.  Management decisions, whether it’s simple feed changes or a major financial investment are made based on keen observations within your flock.” David Baer’s philosophy of raising livestock in his 2008 winning Southdown Scholarship application speaks volumes to the type of Southdown breeder he has become.

Today, David along with his brothers Austin and Reed are the third generation to continue the legacy of MillerDowns in raising practical and productive breeding stock.  “We want the stock we raise and sell to work in and out of the showring.” The boys have been guided by their mother, Rhonda, and grandfather, Mike, who taught them how to evaluate and make breeding decisions to move the flock forward. They have developed their own marketing strategy using social media, a flock website, and focus on exhibiting consistent and highly competitive Southdowns at regional and national shows that excel in breed type.

The Baer Brothers and their mother have an equal partnership in the MillerDown flock and assist each other in managing the 35 ewes. “Each of us help out where we can and work together to make breeding decisions.” David also helps farm 200 acres of row crop and puts up 30 acres of hay. His family has appreciated the Southdown breed for many years and compare them to Angus cattle. “They are small but efficient and convert feed well.” The American Southdown Breeders Association has been a great way for David and his family to meet people and learn new things at the various events.  One of their proudest moments showing Southdowns was when his family raised and exhibited the Champion Ewe at the 2013 Illinois State Fair.      

David developed a strong work ethic helping his family on the farm and learned, “a job may not be fun, but it needs to be finished.”  This kind of persistence and perseverance has driven David to succeed both in his professional and personal life.  In high school, David was a member of serval winning livestock judging teams, recognized for proficiency awards, and in 2008 was named a Superior Young Sheep Producer at the Illinois State Fair. In 2013, David graduated Illinois State University with a degree in Ag Industry Management. He is now a custom applicator for Evergreen FS, Inc. and assist farmers in maximizing their yield. David has also been dedicated to serving his community for several years as a volunteer firefighter.

“Raising livestock has its challenges and can be difficult at times. Don’t be stubborn. Ask for help. There are many people in the Southdown breed here to help you succeed.”

Great work David. We wish you and your family continued success in keeping the Southdown tradition going for many years to come.