This past spring, the American Sheep Industry Association asked wool producers to report their sales in an effort to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture develop an accurate picture of the market situation. And now, ASI is asking lamb producers to follow suit.

The loss of the Mountain States Rosen plant in Greeley, CO, is affecting the lamb industry on several levels – one of which is the loss of negotiated, formula and comprehensive slaughter lamb prices reported due to confidentiality guidelines imposed by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. This has reduced the amount of market information and decreased market transparency available to sheep and lamb producers.

ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick told the Northern Ag Network that because of the lack of reporting, the comprehensive, negotiated, and the formula report are not being made public.

In an effort to provide producers with market information to facilitate open, transparent price discovery, ASI is asking producers, feeders and others involved in direct feeder lamb sales to report those sales to Chris Dias at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service at 970-353-9750.

Specifically, the association is looking for information on the following:

  • Direct feeder lamb sales for the mountain area and western United States (CO, WY, MT, NE, SD, ND, UT, NV, ID, WA, OR, AZ, and CA.).

“We are smack in the middle of the fall run,” Orwick explained, “so for people trying to figure out what they ought to be asking, for companies figuring out what they ought to be purchasing at, I think the more information we can get to the voluntary price reporting the better off we’re going to be.”

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American Sheep Industry Association

Northern Ag Network

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