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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center’s board of directors is accepting grant proposals through Sept. 15.

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office of Sutton County hosted the 82nd annual Wool and Mohair Show, the 59th National 4-H Wool Judging Contest and the 19th National Future Farmers of America Wool Judging Contest recently in Sonora.

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The American Sheep Industry Association’s American Wool Council hosted a handful of special guests from the United States military in touring a Colorado range sheep operation recently.

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The caramelized and long-cooked leg of lamb, skewered marinated kabobs, chops and slow-cooked shoulder meat brought into the classroom was the tip of the iceberg in the animal science 4230 class at the University of Wyoming.

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Helping each sheep producer find ways to be more efficient plus take more control of flock productivity, both of which protect against price volatility, is the bottom line reason for the Best Practices to Increase Your Lamb Crop fact sheets. The series is a joint effort of the American Lamb …

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Nearly 160 sheep producers from 42 states and four Canadian provinces took part in the latest webinar sponsored by the American Sheep Industry Association’s Let’s Grow Program.

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The first ever lamb summit, sponsored by the American Lamb Board and Premier 1 Supplies, will address critical strategies to improve our industry’s product competitiveness and profitability. The two-day program is August 27 to 28 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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The Lamb Checkoff believes that education and understanding all sectors of the sheep industry is of the utmost importance for young producers and industry professionals. We believe having passionate, hard-working, and progressive individuals across all facets is important for growth in the U…

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Meat goats are not the same swaybacked critters you may have seen on Saturday morning cartoons or, if you’re like me, on the roof of your aunt’s Toyota Camry. They are square-topped protein producers that are considered a delicacy by some cultures and have a growing segment of United States …

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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…