RightRisk News Release: March 10, 2015
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors recently approved a number of program changes to the LRP-Lamb plan of insurance.
LRP-Lamb is targeted to have sales resume in May 2015. . .
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July 28, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today two new programs to assist the sheep industry with the production and marketing of their products in the United States.
Through the new Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program, approximately $1.5 million in grant funds are now available to assist the sheep industry. Additionally, AMS’ existing verification program for small-scale livestock producers will now include opportunities for the grass-fed sheep industry. The Prairie Star (7/28/14)
Mentoring is an invaluable way to transfer knowledge from the established to the new in any industry. In recognition of this fact, the American Sheep Industry Association has established a mentor/intern network on a state-by-state basis across the nation in an effort to attract and support new producers. As a part of this effort, I published a Mentoring Guidelines document to support new sheep producers coming into the industry and experienced producers trying to help them be successful. These mentoring guidelines are designed to provide a resource for new and experienced producers alike, guiding them in their relationship and highlighting the impact that strong mentoring relationships can have on successful personal and professional development. I encourage you to make use of these guidelines as you build and maintain strong relationships within the sheep industry.
Link to full document: Sheep Mentoring Guidelines
Lamb producers in Canada will begin selling finished lambs to the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative this spring. At the same time, the co-operative, which will have offices in Guelph and Saskatoon, is launching its marketing arm, the Canadian Lamb Company.
The goal is to build its brand to meet a growing demand for Canadian lamb in Canada and abroad.
Read more at Farm Credit Canada.
A meeting of the Colorado Animal ID Advisory Group was held on December 13, 2013 in Arvada for the purpose of reviewing the USDA Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program final rule published on January 9, 2013. It is important for sheep producers to realize that the ADT program applies only to interstate movement and that the requirement to move sheep and goats interstate remain the same as the current scrapie regulations for interstate movement.
While the impact of the ADT program on the way of doing business in the sheep industry will be negligible in the near future, producers will notice an increase in ADT program activity related to other livestock species, especially cattle over 18 months of age. At present, the emphasis is on education not enforcement. Producers may be interested to read about the latest updates on the ADT program at the traceability website http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability. Of particular interest will be the latest documents which can be accessed by clicking the Materials link on the menu at the top of the page.
The following factsheets may be of particular interest to U.S. sheep and livestock producers.
Animal Disease Traceability: A Guide to Identifying Sheep and Goats for Interstate Movement
Summary of Traceability Requirements by Species
|Profitable Genetic Selection: How the National Sheep Improvement Program Can Help the US Sheep and Goat Industry
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) is a nonprofit organization created to develop genetic predictors for production traits relevant to the US sheep and goat industries. This technology generates estimate breeding values (EBVs) based on performance data that is submitted by participating flocks. This program develops EBVs for: 1) Growth Traits: birth, weaning (60 d), postweaning (120 d), and yearling (365 d) weights; 2) Reproductive Traits: number of lambs born and weaned; 3) Carcass Traits: loin muscle and backfat depth; 4) Wool Traits: fleece weight, fiber diameter, and staple length; 5) Parasite Resistance: weaning fecal egg count. In addition, indexes are created that rank the most important traits for the respective breed. EBVs are calculated by making comparisons of lambs among their flock mates; therefore, lambs that outperform their flock mates get positive values for the particular trait and genetically related traits.
Additionally, sire and dam EBVs increase for production of a lamb that is above or below flock average (progeny test). To better serve the entire industry, NSIP needs more seedstock producers to enroll, use the program to its full capacity, and work with other NSIP breeders to develop genetic connections within the breed. Additionally, it requires that commercial producers request that their seedstock providers provide this data and purchase sheep with EBVs that are consistent with the needs of the flock. In summary, NSIP can help the industry make more informed and reliable breeding decisions and lead to more productive and profitable sheep and goat industries.