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…
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…
U.S. beef exports continued on a record pace in November while pork exports trended lower year-over-year, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
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.
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,…
The Texas A&M AgriLife Sheep Shearing School was held recently at the AgriLife Research and Extension Center. Over the three-day course, students learned how to shear sheep and received an overview of key aspects of the shearing industry.
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.
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 …
The University of Wyoming’s wool judging team won the competition and a team member was overall champion at the National Western Stock Show in Denver recently.
Members of the American Sheep Industry Association’s Legislative Action Council, along with member-state sheep association leaders, will be in Washington, D.C., March 11 to 13.
The fifth conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for Aug. 16 and 17 in San Angelo’s 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena on the San Angelo Fairgrounds.
Kansas State University will host two junior producer days to help youth increase their knowledge about livestock production and management.
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.
The American Sheep Industry Association found it necessary to educate two different clothing brands in recent weeks about the benefits of all-natural American wool.
U.S. beef exports remained on a record-shattering value pace in October, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. October pork exports trended seasonally higher compared to recent months but were still below the results posted in October 2017. Lamb …
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…
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the annual District 2 Showmanship Clinic from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Texas Tech Livestock Arena, 1308 N. Indiana Ave. in Lubbock.
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.
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.
The Crescent City will host the American Sheep Industry Association Annual Convention for the first time, and we invite you to join us when the sheep go marching in on Jan. 23 to 26, 2019, at the New Orleans Marriott.
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…
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.
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.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced the appointment of a producer and an expert in finance and management to serve as members on the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors.
4S Goat Expo to Offer Seminar Show and Sale Oc. 13 and 14 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 5015 W Rodeo Road, North Platte Nebraska. The seminar will start promptly at 10:00 AM on Oct. 13.
The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Annual conference is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Animal Science Building in Lincoln. The event is open to both members and nonmembers.
U.S. beef exports set new records in August with export value topping $750 million for the first time, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. August pork exports were fairly steady with last year’s volume, but retaliatory duties in key markets con…
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:
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…
July exports of U.S. pork and beef were higher than a year ago, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Export value results were mixed, with beef exports posting another near-record month while pork export value declined, reflecting the impact of …
The Livestock Conservancy is hoping to preserve endangered sheep with its Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em program that encourages fiber artists to work with wool from rare sheep breeds.
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.
The Kansas Sheep Association in cooperation with Kansas State University Extension is sponsoring the first ever Kansas Sheep Symposium Oct. 26 to 27 at the Atrium Hotel and Conference Center in Hutchinson, Kansas.
The health of your flock is only as good as your vaccination program, which is why such programs will be the topic of conversation at the next webinar presented by the Let’s Grow Program of the American Sheep Industry Association.
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.
The American Sheep Industry Association is now accepting nominations for yearly awards that will be presented at the 2019 Annual Convention in New Orleans.
The Dairy Sheep Association of North America will host the 25th annual Dairy Sheep Symposium Nov. 8 to 11 in Kansas City, Missouri. The symposium is a well-established fall tradition for the entire continent’s dairy sheep producers.
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…
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…
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…
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue July 12 announced the government of Japan has finalized technical requirements that will allow United States sheep and goat exports into the country for the first time in more than 14 years.
The population of the South Dakota’s Black Hills swells considerably each year during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which provides the perfect opportunity for area ranchers to introduce bikers to American lamb and wool.
Using electronic identification and smart feeders and making money through selection are among topics University of Wyoming Extension specialists are presenting at the Wyoming Wool Growers Association summer meeting in Laramie.
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.
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…
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.