Charleston Trivia

Charleston is home to America’s only tea garden. Charleston Tea Plantation is located on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s low country. Its grounds include 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants and a working Tea Factory.

The American Sheep Industry Association is holding its annual convention in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 22-25, 2014.

ASI Awards Program Reminder

There is still ample time to submit your nomination for the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Annual Awards Program. Nov. 15 marks the deadline for the submission of nominations. This program offers a great opportunity to recognize those individuals who have exhibited exceptional commitment and dedication to the sheep industry.

There are three award categories available for nomination: the McClure Silver Ram Award, the Camptender Award and the Shepherd’s Award for Media.

Nominations must be postmarked by Nov. 15 and past award recipients are not eligible. Awards will be presented at the ASI convention, Jan. 22-25, 2014, in Charleston, S.C. Additional information is available at www.sheepusa.org.

Weigh-in on Roadmap Priorities 

The Roadmap Advisory Committee is requesting feedback from all lamb-industry sectors to help develop a strategy for the industry that will strengthen its short- and long-term competitive advantage and return the industry to consistent profitability.

The four high-level goals as identified in the roadmap are product characteristics, demand creation, productivity improvement and industry collaboration.

The survey will be live through Oct. 31. It can be accessed by visiting www.lambcheckoff.com and clicking on the Hale Study Reports to access the Industry Roadmap report and link to the short survey.

Farm Bill on U.S. Legislative Agenda

The first public meeting of the Farm Bill conference committee will be held Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 30, and will be chaired by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (Okla.).

The Senate passed its comprehensive Farm Bill in the early summer, while the House passed its farm policy and food aid proposals in two separate measures after a large bloc of conservative lawmakers insisted on splitting the legislation apart. The legislation will be stitched together for the sake of a House-Senate compromise.

The biggest issue of contention will be funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — more commonly known as food stamps. The Senate measure would cut about $4 billion in funding for the program over the next decade, while the House version would slash nearly $40 billion.

Public conference committees are rare, making next week’s event notable. The first day of hearings is expected to focus primarily on permitting all 41 lawmakers to make an opening statement, if they so choose. Deeper discussion of the differences in the two measures is expected to occur in the coming weeks.

Congress has until Jan. 1 to pass a new Farm Bill otherwise parts of federal agricultural policy will begin reverting back to 1940s-era laws and price levels.

“The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) this month shared it’s priorities for the sheep industry with conferees including risk management for producers and support of building industry infrastructure for wool and lamb businesses,” stated Peter Orwick, ASI executive director.

Wolf Public Hearings Rescheduled – Comment Period Extended

As a result of delays caused by the lapse in federal appropriations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) this week announced rescheduled dates for the remainder of a series of public hearings on two proposed rules-one to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and delist the gray wolf elsewhere, and the other to improve recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest. Comment period deadlines are also extended until Dec. 17 to allow these hearings to take place within the public comment periods on the proposed rules.

The hearings will now take place on Nov. 19 in Denver, Colo.; Nov. 20 in Albuquerque, N.M.; and Nov. 22 in Sacramento, Calif. Each will include a short informational presentation. The USFWS has also added a public information meeting and hearing in Pinetop, Ariz., on Dec. 3. The hearings are part of the continuing efforts to provide an open, comprehensive public process for the two proposed wolf rules and will provide the public a forum by which to register their views.

A formal notice of these hearings and the extension of the comment period will appear in the Federal Register on Oct. 28. To learn more about the proposed rules, view the draft Federal Register notice with the details of the public hearings, and for links to submit comments to the public record, visit www.fws.gov/home/wolfrecovery.

Ethnic Marketing of Lamb and Mutton — An Educational Program for U.S. Sheep Producers

Sheep producers across the country are invited to participate in a four-session webinar series designed to explore the feasibility of marketing lamb and mutton to ethnic consumers.

This educational outreach has been jointly designed by Richard Brzozowski, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland Extension, and Roger High, Ohio State University. It is being made available through a grant from the American Sheep Industry Association’s (ASI) Let’s Grow initiative to the state sheep associations of Maine, Maryland and Ohio. The series is free to anyone who wishes to participate.

The purpose of this multi-state effort is to equip sheep producers with skills and knowledge for effective marketing of sheep/lamb meat to ethnic communities in their respective market areas.

This outreach will be accomplished via a webinar series and will be supplemented by readings, self-driven activities, assignments and group discussions. Producers are encouraged to participate in each of the four sessions for a complete educational experience.

By the end of the series, webinar participants will be expected to:

    1. Identify lamb consuming ethic populations in their area by performing a demographic analysis of specific ethnicities using census data and other sources.
    2. Learn about the ethnic consumers as well as the specific holy days and holidays when lamb is customarily preferred and the demand for lamb/mutton or specific value-added products is typically high.
    3. Evaluate their production system to determine needed changes in breed(s), carcass size, lambing time and or management to meet this market if deemed feasible.
    4. Adapt or create a marketing plan as a part of a business plan for their sheep operation to include an ethnic component (if appropriate).
    5. Successfully answer an ethnic lamb marketing quiz with a score of at least 80 percent.

Each session will begin at 7 p.m. EST and is scheduled to last 60-90 minutes. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 19 — Ethnic Market Background
Tuesday, Nov. 26 — Understanding the Ethnic Consumer
Tuesday, Dec. 3 — Understanding and Evaluating Your Market Options
Tuesday, Dec. 10 — Your Marketing Plan

To register for this free series and for more information about specific sessions, instructors and other related information go to http://umaine.edu/livestock/sheep/ethnic-marketing-of-lamb-and-mutton.

Hormone Link to Wool Production

Restricting the stress hormone cortisol in pregnant ewes can lead to sheep that produce more wool, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Adelaide produced lambs that were woolier at birth and produced 10-percent longer wool fibers over the first three years.

Lead researcher Melanie McDowall, Ph.D., says the results indicate it’s possible to alter lifetime wool production of merino sheep by manipulating cortisol levels in pregnant ewes at key times.

“This very quick result to improve yield can be compared to selective breeding, which would take many years to see such an extreme improvement in production,” McDowall said in a statement.

As part of the study, pregnant merino ewes were treated for 10 days with a cortisol-inhibiting drug metyrapone at a critical time for wool follicle development in the lamb fetus. Another group of ewes was given a cortisol-like substance and both groups were compared with a control group of pregnant ewes that were not treated with either drug.

“Right from birth, the lamb coats could be distinguished visually,” McDowall said. “Those with higher cortisol levels had tighter, shorter and curlier fleeces. Those with reduced cortisol looked a little like golden retriever puppies, their coats were longer and shaggier.

McDowall said while it would be uneconomical for producers to administer metyrapone to pregnant ewes it was possible that further research could lead to more targeted gene therapy.

Reprinted in part from Weekly Times Now

FSIS Issues New Guidance on Humane Handling

This week, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) introduced new guidance — FSIS Compliance Guide for a Systematic Approach to the Humane Handling of Livestock — to support the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. Proper implementation of this guidance will better ensure the humane treatment of livestock presented for slaughter, as it provides establishments a set of practices that will assist them in minimizing excitement, discomfort and accidental injury.

“We have taken significant measures over the last few years to strengthen our ability to enforce humane handling laws at livestock slaughter facilities nationwide,” said FSIS Administrator Al Almanza. “The guidance is one example of our commitment to the humane treatment of animals. We continue to implement improvements so that we have the best system possible.”

This new guidance was developed to address the humane handling incidents cited in the spring 2013 Office of Inspector General report. As of this year, half of all livestock-slaughter facilities have adopted the systematic approach to humane handling, meeting the agency’s strategic objective three years early. The agency will continue to implement additional best practices to support the humane treatment of animals.

In addition to this guidance, the agency is further equipping employees to prevent and respond to inhumane handing incidents by delivering a more practical, situation-based humane handling training to inspectors and veterinarians who verify and enforce humane handling requirements at hundreds of livestock slaughter establishments across the country. FSIS began delivering this enhanced training in 2010, and the agency will continue to deliver this training to new employees. The training presents a variety of realistic animal-handling scenarios that employees may encounter, from truck unloading, to stunning, to post-stunning.

The guide is available at www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/da6cb63d-5818-4999-84f1-72e6dabb9501/Comp-Guide-Systematic-Approach-Humane-Handling-Livestock.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.

There is Still Time to Win!

It’s not too late to submit a video for the American Lamb Board’s (ALB) “A Day in the Life of a Lamb Producer” video contest for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the industry’s annual convention in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 23-25, 2014. ALB wants to showcase the industry’s diverse production stories featuring your farm or ranch, your family traditions, your progressive production practices and more!

Contact Rae Maestas, rae@americanlambboard.org, for more information and to submit your video. The deadline to enter is Oct. 31.

Menu Study Reveals Lamb Usage Trends

Menuing of lamb has dropped slightly in fine-dining restaurants but has shown growth in chains and other independent restaurants, according to a recent report from Datassential MenuTrends. The July 2013 menu report was commissioned by the American Lamb Board to track lamb’s use on menus.

The report noted the percentage of fine dining restaurants that menu lamb had dropped slightly in recent years, yet concluded “lamb remains synonymous with fine dining and offers an alternative to more common proteins.” About two out of three fine dining restaurants menu lamb.

The report noted that more interesting protein options such as lamb have increased on menus across foodservice segments. In fact, menuing of lamb on chain and independent restaurants has thrived with a 10-percent increase in penetration over the last five years. More than 16 percent of chains and independents now menu lamb. Lamb is being menued more frequently as a burger protein option. In addition, the popularity of Mediterranean and Indian cuisine is helping to bring menu items such as gyros, kabobs and curry dishes to non-ethnic menus.

Specifying the origin of lamb continues to grow in popularity on menus. Among fine dining operators offering lamb, more than 22 percent specify it as domestic while imported lamb sources are mentioned by about 9 percent of restaurants.

“Today’s chefs and their customers want to know where their food is coming from and want to support local shepherds,” said Megan Wortman, ALB executive director. “Many restaurants are highlighting the shepherds and ranches that provide their fresh local lamb.”

Datassential MenuTrends data comes from menu analysis of more than 1,000 fine dining restaurant menus and 4,800 chain and independent restaurant menus.

Reprinted from the American Lamb Board

USFWS Endorses Prairie-Chicken Conservation Plan

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) endorsed the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan, a landmark, collaborative planning effort to conserve a species proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The range-wide plan represents a dedicated effort by the five range states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado to conserve the lesser prairie-chicken. After an extensive review, the USFWS found the plan is consistent with criteria proposed last May for conserving the species, which is proposed for listing under the ESA. The plan calls for providing financial incentives to landowners who voluntarily manage their lands to benefit the species. It also includes a framework for mitigating the potentially harmful effects to lesser prairie-chicken habitat from development activity throughout its range.

The USFWS endorsement is not a decision that implementing the plan will preclude the need to protect the lesser prairie-chicken under the ESA. The agency will carefully consider the plan, its implementation and effectiveness when it makes a final determination on whether to list the lesser prairie-chicken under the ESA in March 2014.

The full story is available at www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=E6267BFC-E38A-E402-8295AE3A5FD77DF1.

Animal Agriculture Community Collaborates on Report Highlighting Advancements

The Animal Agriculture Alliance today released a report detailing the efforts and progress America’s livestock, poultry and egg producers have made over more than a decade in ensuring animal well-being, protecting the environment, using antibiotics responsibly and producing the world’s safest food.

Titled “Advances in Animal Agriculture; What the Center for a Livable Future, Pew Commission and Others Aren’t Telling You About Food Production,” the report provided stark contrast to a report from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future, the organization that initiated “Meatless Mondays.” Its report, expected to be released Oct. 22, is an update of a report issued in 2008 by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production that was highly critical of modern food-animal production.

“Many organizations–including the Pew Commission–have long criticized the animal agriculture community for not caring enough about their animals or environment or prioritizing public health,” said Kay Johnson Smith, alliance president and CEO. “While there’s always more progress to be made, the entire animal agriculture community has worked hard and has achieved results. Those results should be shared.”

One highlight of the report includes the illness rate from E. coli dropping to less than one case in 100,000 people, meeting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2010 goal. Additionally, in terms of sustainability, the United States is a model for sustainable livestock production, and less than 3 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to livestock production.

The report also explains how agriculture has adapted to the changing landscape, including embracing technology to improve animal well-being and food safety and enhancing productivity to feed a world population that’s expected to increase by 30 percent before 2050.

A full copy of the report is available on the Alliancehttp://animalagalliance.org/images/upload/FINAL%20Advances%20in%20Animal%20Agriculture%2010.17.13%20Embargo%20Removed.pdf.


Weekly National Market Prices for Wool

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s prices for wool can be accessed at www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=prsu&topic=col-nl-wm. The effective repayment rate is the lower of either the 30-day average or weekly rate.

< 18.6 Micron 3.88 4.44 Not Available 18.6-19.5 3.38 4.32 Not Available 19.6-20.5 2.94 4.19 Not Available 20.6-22.0 2.72 4.13 Not Available 22.1-23.5 2.56 4.01 Not Available 23.6-25.9 2.33 3.29 Not Available 26.0-28.9 1.78 1.99 Not Available > 29 Micron 1.38 1.74 Not Available
GREASE PRICES in $ per pound

Ungraded Wool 40 cents 46 cents Not Available Unshorn Pelt

6.865 lbs x
Ungraded Wool LDP

Not Available Wool LDPs are not available when the weekly repayment rate is above loan rate.

Market Summary, Week ending October 25, 2013

Producers Livestock Auction – San Angelo, TX
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

San Angelo-Producers Livestock Auction had 4291 head of sheep and goats. Wooled Feeder lambs were 40 to 45 higher. Slaughter lambs 20 to 30 higher, Slaughter ewes 2 to 4 higher.

Wooled Feeder lambs: 192.00-208.00

Slaughter lambs: light weight 130.00-200.00, heavies 110.00-135.00

Slaughter ewes: fleshy 40.00-54.00, thin 30.00- 38.00

New Holland Sales Stables – New Holland, PA
Sheep and Goat Weighted Average for Monday, October 21, 2013

Sheep/Lamb Receipts: 1698 Last Monday: 1613 Year Ago: 2673

***Report format change: Traditional markets refer to lambs that are subjected to USDA carcass grading, and marketed through mainstream outlets. Non-Traditional markets refer to lambs destined for slaughter outside of what would be termed as traditional markets. ***

Sheep and Lambs: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower. Slaughter ewes traded mostly steady to 10.00 higher. Demand was good for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 82 percent lambs, 13 percent slaughter ewes, and 5 percent miscellaneous stock. All sheep and lambs are destined for non-traditional markets. All sheep and lambs are sold by the hundred weight,on actual weights.

Slaughter Lambs: Non-Traditional Markets:
Wooled & Shorn Choice and Prime 2-3 50-70 lbs 170.00-187.00; 60-70 lbs hair sheep 180.00-190.00; 70-90 lbs 180.00-210.00, hair sheep 180.00-194.00; 90-110 lbs 180.00-198.00; 100-110 lbs hair sheep 178.00-194.00.

Wooled and Shorn Good and Choice 1-3 40-60 lbs 155.00-168.00, hair sheep 162.00-178.00; 60-80 lbs 156.00-180.00, hair sheep 148.00-177.00; 80-110 lbs 152.00-182.00; 120-130 lbs 136.00-180.00.

Wooled and Shorn Utility and Good 1-2 50-60 lbs 138.00-142.00, hair sheep 122.00-128.00; 60-80 lbs 138.00-142.00; 70-90 lbs hair sheep 125.00-132.00.

Slaughter Ewes: Good 2-3 Medium Flesh 110-150 lbs 66.00-96.00, hair sheep 76.00-88.00; 160-190 lbs 78.00-90.00; 160-200 lbs 50.00-70.00.

Utility 1-2 Thin Flesh 100-110 lbs hair sheep 52.00-56.00; 120-160 lbs 48.00-72.00; 160-170 lbs 58.00-62.00.

Cull 1-2 110-130 lbs 17.00-44.00.

Slaughter Bucks: 110-120 lbs hair sheep 50.00-97.00; 150-230 lbs 36.00-80.00; 200-210 lbs hair sheep 70.00-74.00.

Sioux Falls Regional Livestock – South Dakota
Wednesday, October 23
1,254 head

21 -EWE           139 #     $140.00/Hd
15 -EWE           176 #     $135.00/Hd
8 -EWE             144 #     $120.00/Hd
11 -EWE           164 #     $75.00/Hd
28 -EWE           166 #     $75.00/Hd
7 -EWE            216 #     $42.00/Cwt
19 -EWE           127 #     $41.00/Cwt
7 -EWE            147 #     $40.00/Cwt
3 -EWE            155 #     $35.00/Cwt
5 -EWE            188 #     $34.00/Cwt
5 -EWE            174 #      $31.00/Cwt
3 -EWE             127 #      $22.00/Cwt
10 -EWE           151 #     $19.00/Cwt
18 -EWE           150 #      $17.00/Cwt

61 -LAMB         82 #       $179.00/Cwt
16 -LAMB         66 #       $167.50/Cwt
19 -LAMB         52 #       $160.00/Cwt
4 -LAMB           66 #       $158.00/Cwt
21 -LAMB         101 #     $158.00/Cwt
35 -LAMB         142 #     $155.25/Cwt
22 -LAMB         87 #       $155.00/Cwt
23 -LAMB         81 #       $155.00/Cwt
22 -LAMB         55 #       $155.00/Cwt
37 -LAMB         132 #      $154.50/Cwt
35 -LAMB         148 #      $154.00/Cwt
51 -LAMB         140 #     $154.00/Cwt
45 -LAMB         143 #     $154.00/Cwt
8 -LAMB           149 #     $153.00/Cwt
93 -LAMB         123 #      $153.00/Cwt
26 -LAMB         136 #      $153.00/Cwt
16 -LAMB         147 #      $153.00/Cwt
19 -LAMB         155 #      $153.00/Cwt
21 -LAMB         141 #      $153.00/Cwt
32 -LAMB         130 #     $152.50/Cwt
19 -LAMB         146 #      $152.50/Cwt
29 -LAMB         123 #     $152.25/Cwt
20 -LAMB         141 #      $152.00/Cwt
7 -LAMB           126 #      $150.00/Cwt
40 -LAMB         110 #      $150.00/Cwt
27 -LAMB         153 #      $150.00/Cwt
29 -LAMB         119 #      $150.00/Cwt
18 -LAMB         67 #       $150.00/Cwt
16 -LAMB         125 #     $148.00/Cwt
69 -LAMB         108 #     $148.00/Cwt
23 -LAMB         90 #       $147.50/Cwt

Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association — Wisconsin
Oct. 17, 2013

5,092 head, Tappen, ND, 340 head, 140 lbs. for $146.50/cwt.

Slaughter Prices – Formula1, 6,290 head at 237-270 $/cwt. for 70.90 ave. lbs.; 3,341 head at 230.53-268.50 $/cwt. for 78 ave. lbs.

Boxed Lamb, weighted average prices ($/cwt.), Trimmed 4″ Loins 463.82, Rack, 8-rib medium 558.50, Leg, trotter-off 331.81, Shoulder, square-cut 245.65

Cutout Value/Net Carcass Value2, $271.54/cwt.

Imported Boxed Lamb, weighted average prices ($/cwt.), AUS Rack (fresh, frenched, cap-off, 20-24 oz to 28 oz/up) 1,038.59, AUS Shoulder (fresh, square-cut) 232.68, AUS Leg (fresh, semi boneless) 368.35, AUS Rack (frozen, frenched, cap-off, 20-24 oz to 28 oz/up) 974.06, NZ Rack (frozen, frenched, cap-off, 12 oz/dn to 20 oz/up) 858.11, AUS Shoulder (frozen, square-cut) 213.86.

Exported Adult Sheep, 343 head week of 10/19/13.

Wool, Price ($/pound) From 16 weeks ago: Clean, Delivered, 18 micron (Grade 80s) NA, 19 micron (Grade 80s) NA, 20 micron (Grade 70s) NA, 21 micron (Grade 64-70s) 3.75, 22 micron (Grade 64s) 3.68-4.02, 23 micron (Grade 62s) 3.68, 24 micron (Grade 60-62s) 3.25, 25 micron (Grade 58s) 2.82, 26 micron (Grade 56-58s) NA, 27 micron (Grade 56s) NA, 28 micron (Grade 54s) NA, 29 micron (Grade 50-54s) NA, 30-34 micron (Grade 44-50s) 1.29.

Australian Wool, Clean, delivered FOB warehouse & gross producers ($/pound) 18 micron (Grade 80s) 4.30-4.87, 19 micron (Grade 80s) 4.21-4.77, 20 micron (Grade 70s) 4.10-4.65, 21 micron (Grade 64-70s) 4.07-4.61, 22 micron (Grade 64s) 4.06-4.60, 23 micron (Grade 62s) 4.02-4.56, 24 micron (Grade 60-62s) NA, 25 micron (Grade 58s) 3.06-3.46, 26 micron (Grade 56-58s) 2.73-3.09, 28 micron (Grade 54s) 2.25-2.55, 30 micron (Grade 50s) 2.16-2.45, 32 micron (Grade 46-48s) 1.92-2.17, Merino Clippings 2.80-3.17.

1Prices reported for the two weight categories of the largest volume traded. Second, multiplying the carcass prices by an estimated 50.4% dressing percentage yields live weight prices.2The cutout value is the same as a net carcass value. It is a composite value that sums the value of the respective lamb cuts multiplied by their weights. It is also the gross carcass value less processing and packaging costs.


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