USDA Taking Nominations for American Lamb Board

Jamie Johansen

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominations for positions on the 2018 American Lamb Board. There are five vacancies for the 2018 Board. The vacancies include one position for a producer with less than 100 lambs, one position for a producer with more than 500 lambs, one feeder position with less than 5,000 lambs, one first handler position, and …

Ag Group, American Lamb Board, Lamb, Sheep, usda

Glen Fisher Earns Wool Excellence Award

Jamie Johansen

Glen Fisher was selected as the 2017 winner of the American Sheep Industry (ASI) Association Wool Roundtable’s Wool Excellence Award and will be honored at the ASI Annual Convention in Denver. The former ASI President (2009-10) didn’t know a thing about sheep before meeting and eventually marrying Linda McBride at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He gave up his economist …

Ag Group, ASI, Sheep, Wool

Sheep Industry Update From #NAFB16

Jamie Johansen

One of the bright spots in the commodity markets as we wrap up 2016 comes from sheep. NAFB’s Trade Talk gives voice to ag businesses and commodity groups each year. The sheep industry was well represented again this year with the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and the American Lamb Board. “It’s trending downward as you see that seasonality, which …

Ag Group, ASI, Audio, Food, Lamb, Livestock, Research, Sheep

American Lamb Elects New Board

Jamie Johansen

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the reappointment of four board members to serve on the 2017 American Lamb Board. Each appointee will serve a second three-year term. James “Jim” Percival of Xenia, Ohio and Diane Josephy Peavey of Hailey, Idaho will be representing producers. Dale Thorne of Hanover, Michigan will be representing feeders and Greg Ahart of Sacramento, California …

Ag Group, American Lamb Board, Lamb, Meat, Sheep

Chefs From Barbados Visit Colorado Lamb Plant

Lizzy Schultz

This week’s audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) discusses a USMEF-sponsored trip that recently brought a team of chefs from the Caribbean island of Barbados to Colorado for a firsthand look at the quality and versatility of U.S. lamb. During their visit, the team received a tour of the Superior Farms lamb plant in Denver. Shane McKenzie, …

Ag Group, Audio, Export, Lamb, Sheep, USMEF

Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Jamie Johansen

Chris Posbergh has been named the winner of the $3,000 Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial scholarship from the American Sheep Industry, with his research project on increasing efficiency in sheep production using genetics. A is a Ph.D. student at New York’s Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science in May 2015. He has two objectives: to identify …

Ag Group, ASI, Genetics, scholarship, Sheep

Enter the 2016 ASI Photo Contest

Lizzy Schultz

Do you have photos from lambing season, or some great shots from this summer on your sheep operation? They could pay off in the form of a cash award in the 2016 American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Photo Contest. Photographers are invited to submit photographs in the contest’s five different categories. Entries will be judged on clarity, content, composition and …

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Animal Ag Alliance 2016 Advances in Animal Ag Report

Jamie Johansen

The Animal Agriculture Alliance released its 2016 Advances in Animal Agriculture Report. The report highlights animal agriculture’s advances in animal care, antibiotic use, food safety and sustainability for each sector of the industry. “The animal agriculture industry collaborates, funds research and evolves to meet the highest animal care and food safety standards while feeding a growing population,” said Kay Johnson …

Ag Group, Animal Ag Alliance, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Goat, Livestock, Poultry, Sheep

American Wool Gets New Look

Jamie Johansen

The American Wool Council, a division of the American Sheep Industry Association, has adopted a new look that brings the industry’s image up to par with the products being created everyday with this innovative, sustainable fiber. The new logo was developed after consultation with the Sterling-Rice Group of Boulder, Colo. and depicts how American wool is vigorous enough to support …

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U.S. Lamb Moves into Taiwan

Jamie Johansen

Earlier tis week the USDA announced access to Taiwan for American lamb. American Sheep Industry Association President Burton Pfliger (N.D.) applauds the announcement as this is the first new export-market access for American lamb in years. “The sheep industry appreciates the department’s efforts in elevating entry for U.S. lamb exports as a market access priority and for making meaningful progress …

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