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Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Kenny Wadsworth is seeking information in connection to the recent theft of 24 heavy-bred Boer show nanny goats. They were stolen from a property in Midland County, April 8. Multiple fences were cut, and it is believed that the…

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Dave Allen and his trusty set of shearers have been together for 40 years, clipping sheep across America and pruning a tradition of hard work, dedication and a lot sheep. Allen, who lives near Byron, Oklahoma, says his family has had sheep since he was about 2 years old. The Allens were know…

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The American Lamb Board uses retail scanner data, market analysis, consumer research and foodservice menu studies to track sales and trends, plus identify opportunities. These resources play a critical role in how ALB has conducted its programming on behalf of the US lamb industry so that ev…

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The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association and Nebraska Extension are hosting a lambing kidding school, Saturday April 13th, 10am at the Custer County Fairgrounds. The school consists of 6 presentations and a hands-on tour.

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The American Lamb Checkoff Program has positively contributed to American lamb demand and industry profits, according to the Texas A&M University 2019 report “Return on Investment in the American Lamb Checkoff Program” conducted by agricultural economists Gary Williams and Dan Hanselka.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is updating its scrapie regulations and program standards. These updates include several major changes, which are needed to continue the fight to eradicate scrapie from American sheep flocks and goat herds. Scrap…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for four vacancies to serve on the American Lamb Board starting in 2020—a producer with less than 100 lambs, a producer with more than 500 lambs, an at-large feeder and a first handler (processor).

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Sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on Jan. 1, 2019, totaled 5.23 million head—down 1 percent from 2018—according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. NASS released the annual Sheep and Goat Report a month later than normal due to the go…

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The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association and Nebraska Extension are hosting a lambing kidding school, March 2, 10 a.m. at the Custer County Fairgrounds. The school consists of 6 presentations and a hands-on tour.

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrator Kevin Shea said recently that the agency will commit to providing some plastic scrapie tags in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. This was in response to industry concerns after the agency decided in the past year to provide only metal tags f…

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Members, directors and advisors traveled from across the country to attend the 10th annual meeting of the American Goat Federation. Information on feedlotting market goats; goat operation record keeping and performance programs; a new marketing platform for all breeds of goats and goat produ…

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In addition to learning to shear in a hands-on manner, the schools offer teaching on equipment, animal welfare and staying in shape for the physically demanding task. Equipment is supplied, but students are often encouraged to bring any equipment they have, as well.

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Just two-tenths of a point separated the top three spots in the professional division of the 2019 Black Hills Stock Show National Sheep Shearing Championship recently in Rapid City, South Dakota. When the dust settled, Iowa’s Davin Perrin claimed the top spot—his third national championship,…

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The American Sheep Industry Association’s 2019 Annual Convention recently marched into New Orleans and marched out with new officers and a revamped executive board to lead the industry through the challenges of the new year.

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The American Lamb Board has allocated $25,000 in fiscal year 2019 to support new lamb promotion ideas targeting non-industry audiences (consumers, chefs, media, retailers, etc.). These funds are intended to help support local or regional lamb promotions designed to build demand for American …

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Mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2019 Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program Lambing Time Short Course and Bus Tour which will be held on Feb. 8 to 9 in Pipestone, Minnesota. An excellent program is planned and will include touring several sheep operations.

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American Lamb Board directors Greg Ahart and Elizabeth Dressler helped to introduce American lamb to key buyers and media at the American lamb relaunch seminar and tasting event held in Japan recently via the U.S. Meat Export Federation. After a nearly 15-year absence, American lamb official…

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Livestock production in New Mexico is valued at $2.2 billion, according to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. To maintain and improve this sector of the state’s $3.2 billion agricultural income, producers are encouraged to adopt sustainable production practices.

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The United States Army recently announced that it is adopting an iconic uniform­—the Army Greens—as its new service uniform. This is the uniform worn by America’s Greatest Generation in World War II.

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K-State Research & Extension’s Wildcat District is hosting a meeting that will focus on managing sheep and goats. The meeting will be held on Nov. 20 at the Southeast Research and Extension Center, located at 25092 Ness Road in Parsons. This event will begin with registration at 6:30 p.m…

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Capra Premium Dorper Lamb based in Goldthwaite, Texas, has become the first US based lamb company to receive the Global Animal Partnership’s 5 Step Animal Welfare rating and the highest rating ever issued to a commercial lamb program globally.

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Superior Farms recently announced it has exported the first shipment of American lamb to Japan since the country’s doors reopened after a 15-year absence.

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A Sheep and Goat Production Conference hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Dawson County will be held Nov. 14 at the Forrest Park Community Center, 814 S. Houston, Lamesa.

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While some of the Lamb Industry Roadmap recommendations have already been addressed, the four key goals still remain relevant and more work needs to be done. The goals of the roadmap include:

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While the majority of American Lamb is consumed in the U.S. market, the American Lamb Board also works with the U.S. Meat Export Federation to monitor trade issues, seek opportunities and fund educational activities and promotions in key export markets. By working with the U.S. Meat Export F…

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The deadline to register for the Kansas Wool Classing School is Sept. 30. The class is scheduled to take place at the Kansas State University Sheep and Meat Goat Center in Manhattan, Kansas, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 19 to 21. Ronald Pope will serve as instructor for the course.