Recent Livestock Headlines

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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.

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A handful of American Sheep Industry Association-supported shearing schools have announced their dates for 2018 and 2019. In many cases, the schools are also supported by the state sheep associations in the states where they are conducted.

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Time is running out to save the iconic United States Navy pea coat. As of Oct. 1, the pea coat will become an optional component of enlisted sailors’ seabags, replaced by a synthetic cold weather parka as the mandatory outerwear. The Navy cites a desire to reduce budget and uniform requireme…

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The American Lamb Board believes that education for young producers is of the utmost importance for the long-term viability of the U.S. Sheep Industry. As ALB works to build awareness and demand for American Lamb, we need progressive and innovative producers working to increase our efficienc…

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A recent survey conducted by the American Lamb Board assessed U.S. consumers’ knowledge and preference levels of domestic and imported lamb. The data collected from the lamb usage and attitude study will assist industry stakeholders in making strong, strategic decisions about how to market U…

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The Texas A&M AgriLife agencies are putting the finishing touches on two major sheep and goat programs in San Angelo, both tailored to all segments of the production side of the industry, organizers said.

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Seasonality of U.S. lamb production is an issue that causes inefficiencies and market volatility for all segments of this industry. A new white paper pulls together information on the topic so that members of the industry can understand it in more depth and make informed decisions about mana…

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After a nearly 15-year absence, U.S. lamb has officially regained access to Japan, USDA officials announced. Japan closed to U.S. lamb in December 2003 as a result of bovine spongiform encephalopathy detected in the U.S. cattle herd.