GIPSA Opens Sheep Market Investigation


Just over a month after eight U.S. Senators (John Thune (R-S.D.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)) called on the USDA to investigate why the lamb market has dramatically fallen, officials with the USDA Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration say that the search is now underway.


Bill Bullard, R-Calf USA CEO, told Northern Ag Network that he recently spoke to GIPSA officials in the Denver regional office and they confirmed that they have opened an investigation.  In return, Bullard is encouraging sheep producers to call GIPSA’s Tom Duggan at (303) 375-4263 to provide information so that they know where to direct their attention.


Information could include:


  • What difficulties have you had in selling your lambs?
  • Have you received any information from a buyer saying that the packers don’t need lambs?  
  • Did your lamb buyer impose any new restrictions on your ability to sell your lambs?


Bill explained that this is an open investigation with no definite timeline.  He encouraged sheep producers to stay involved with their members of congress to make sure that this is completed in a timely manner.



For more background information on this effort, please read “U.S. Senators Support American Sheep Producers.”




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Haylie Shipp







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