01-12-18 ASI Weekly – News for Sheep Industry Leaders

Upcoming Events

There’s Still Time to Register for the ASI Convention

Start planning now for the ASI Annual Convention. From the Hill Country to Capitol Hill will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2018, at the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter. Attendees can register now by visiting: http://www.cvent.com/events/2018-asi-annual-convention/event-summary-aac5bb08ac6f42859d9d6c5e38082775.aspx.

Book hotel rooms at: https://aws.passkey.com/gt/215642451?gtid=1c9f7e5483e1011581b8de0e15d43c2c.

Additional information on the convention can be accessed at sheepusa.org/Events_2018Convention as it becomes available.

ASI Joins Stakeholders on Hours of Service Exemption

The American Sheep Industry Association has been working with other livestock and agricultural stakeholders to ensure producers have access to livestock haulers and that necessary exemptions remain in place during the transition from paper to electronic logging. While the coalition has made progress to ensure congressionally mandated exemptions to Hours of Service regulations are included in the final rules from the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, concerns still remain regarding a number of provisions. Specifically, issues about when and where the clock actually starts.

Since 1995, there has been an agricultural exemption to FCMSA’s Hours of Service regulation. This exemption is necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of sheep and other livestock being transported. Our nation’s livestock transporters have an unparalleled highway safety record. The welfare of sheep, as well as that of the motoring public, remain the top priorities for the industry.

Fortunately, the coalition has been able to secure a 90-day waiver from the Hours of Service regulations pertaining to the Electronic Logging Mandate through the agency and language in the pending transportation appropriations bill, which gives producers immediate relief from these provisions. While the 90-day waiver has removed the immediate threat, the industry is continuing to seek a year-long delay, which is clearly needed to settle remaining issues and give the agency time to educate enforcement personnel.

While the coalition continues to work with the agency and Congress to solve further issues that have been raised, ASI joined with more than 20 additional stakeholders to request an extension of the comment period regarding proposed regulatory guidance concerning the transportation of agricultural commodities. ASI will continue to remain engaged in these discussions to ensure producers have access to livestock transportation and that livestock haulers are not hindered by regulations that jeopardize animal welfare without any corresponding benefit to highway safety.

Read more at https://d1cqrq366w3ike.cloudfront.net/http/DOCUMENT/SheepUSA/Ag%20Comment%20Extension_4JAN18.pdf.

Leroy Keese, 1939-2018

It is with deep regret that the American Sheep Industry Association shares the news of Leroy Keese’s death on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Keese was a well-liked and respected member of the wool and mohair industry. He will be remembered for his kind nature, keen wool buying skills and as a man who cared deeply for his family. As a reflection of his commitment to fairness, doing a good job and dedication to the industry, when Leroy was at a wool sale, he was known to write a description of every lot of wool, even if he had no order.

The Wool Roundtable honored Leroy as one of the founding members with the first-ever American Wool Excellence Award in 2007. Among other accomplishments, Keese was credited with buying more than 200 million pounds of wool and mohair during his 35-year career with Forte Dupee Sawyer Co. After graduating from Texas A&M University, he moved to Philadelphia to begin working for the U.S. Testing Company. During that time, he was instrumental in starting wool testing for carpets for the Northeast carpet mills. In 1963, he began working for Forte, bidding on wool at warehouses and wool pool sales across the country, and he oversaw the wool scouring operation in Brady, Texas.

ASI offers condolences to his wife, Jo; his son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Teresa; and other family members.

Executive Secretary Opening Announced in S.D.

The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association has established an executive secretary position to serve its members and the state’s sheep industry through promotion and education. The application deadline is Feb. 1.

“The executive secretary is the key management leader of the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association,” said South Dakota State University Extension Sheep Field Specialist David Ollila. “They will be responsible for the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization.”

Other key duties include: managing financial accounts, organization reports to partners, growing association membership, coordinating marketing and promotion, collaborating in convention planning/organizing, agenda development and minutes. This is a 25 percent, part-time position that must be conducted out of a home office. For a more detailed position description, contact SDSGA President Rufus DeZeeuw at 605-542-7541 or rpdezeeuw@itctel.com.

Source: South Dakota Ag Connection

Utah Schedules Wool Classing School

A wool classing school has been added for Feb. 15-17 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. The cost to attend is $125. To register, contact Victoria Carroll at435-590-2718 or flyingvlivestock@yahoo.com.

For questions concerning content of the school, please contact ASI Raw Wool Services Consultant Lisa Surber at lisa@sheepusa.org.

American Lamb Board Offers Local Promotional Funds

The American Lamb Board invites industry associations to participate in the 2018 Local Lamb Promotional Funding Program.

The program is intended to help support and build demand for American lamb at the local and/or regional level. ALB has allocated funds in Fiscal Year 2018 to support new lamb promotion ideas targeting non-industry audiences (consumers, chefs, media, retailers etc.).

This is a competitive funding process and the American Lamb Board will give priority to projects that demonstrate innovative promotion ideas and a commitment to share the cost of executing the promotion.

The types of programs that would be eligible:

  • Lamb sampling at consumer food events;
  • Cooking and/or butchery demonstrations;
  • Farm or ranch tours for influencers, media, chefs, etc.;
  • Farmers market demonstrations or sampling;
  • Educational seminars at local culinary schools or consumer cooking schools;
  • Local Lamb-Jam style cooking competitions;

Applications are available now from the American Lamb Board. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28, and applicants can expect to receive a decision on their requests in March. All awarded funds must be used by Dec. 31, 2018. If you have any questions, contact Rae Maestas at rae@americanlamb.com or 303-759-3001, extension 3.

Canadian Lynx Might Not Warrant ESA Protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the completion of a scientific review of the Canada lynx in the contiguous United States. The review concludes that the Canada lynx may no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act and should be considered for delisting due to recovery. As a result of this status review, the service will begin development of a proposed rule to delist the species.

Read the full species status assessment at https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/es/species/mammals/lynx/SSA2018/01112018_SSA_Report_CanadaLynx.pdf.

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Australian Market Returns to High Fine Wool Prices

Week 28 on the Australian Wool selling calendar was the first sale of 2018 and the first sale for three weeks due to the annual Christmas recess. The break resulted in 53,517 bales being offered to the trade.

The 2017 calendar year was a year full of records as the benchmark Eastern Market Indicator finished on its highest recorded level, as did the majority of the individual Micron Price Guides. The market began the New Year with more record-breaking activity.

Prices generally rose by 50 to 100 Australian cents with all types and descriptions across the entire merino spectrum enjoying similar rises as buyers fought hard to secure market share in the rapidly rising market. The EMI added a further 58 Australian cents to the current high, pushing it to a new record level of 1,818 Australian cents.

Growers were quick to get their wool to market and keen to accept the current prices. This has been reflected in another high clearance rate as more than 98 percent of fleece wool was sold to the trade. Many growers have taken the opportunity to come and see their wool sold, resulting in packed spectator galleries across the country.

In more good news for American wool producers, the exchange rate has improved by 5.5 percent since this time in 2017.

Source: AWEX

Mark Your Calendars for the 2018 ASI Washington, D.C., Trip

The American Sheep Industry Association Washington, D.C., Trip is scheduled for March 5-7, 2018. Attendees will once again stay at the Marriott Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard.

Those interested in attending should consult with their state sheep association. Attendees will travel into the nation’s capital on Monday, March 5, before meeting with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the following day. Time that afternoon and the morning of March 7 will be reserved for visiting with congressional leaders.

For more information, visit www.sheepusa.org or email Chase Adams at chase@sheepusa.org.

2018 ASI Calendars Available

The 2018 American Sheep Industry Association Calendar is now available. Sheep Industry News subscribers will receive one copy of the calendar with the December issue of the magazine.

However, extra copies are available for just $5 at http://sheepusa.org/shop and would make great stocking stuffers for anyone who appreciates outstanding sheep photography. The calendar spotlights more than a dozen photos from the 2017 ASI Photo Contest, including photos from lush California valleys to a winter day in Virginia and everything in between.


Weekly National Market Prices for Wool 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s prices for wool can be accessed at www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_EPAS_Reports/wamrpt010918.pdf. The effective repayment rate is the lower of either the 30-day average or weekly rate.

Loan Rate
LDP Rate
Week of 1/9/18
Graded Wool
CLEAN PRICES in $ per pound
<18.6 Micron
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
> 29 Micron
$.03 LDP Available
GREASE PRICES in $ per pound
Ungraded Wool
40 cents
55 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 January 5, 2018
Feeder Prices ($/cwt.), From three weeks ago: Ft. Collins, 73 lbs. $167.50; 85 lbs. $159; 90-100 lbs. $131-$149; 109 lbs. $117.50; 133 lbs. $105.
Slaughter Prices – Live, Negotiated, 125-174 lbs. $136.02 per cwt.
Slaughter Prices – Formula, 81.90 lbs. carcass weight $264.35 per cwt.
Slaughter Prices “Comprehensive Information” — Formula & Negotiated, 80.94 lbs. carcass weight $265.68 per cwt.
Equity Electronic Auction, Not reported.
Cutout Value/Net Carcass Value1, $328.18 per cwt.
Carcass Price, Choice and Prime, YG 1-4, weighted average prices ($/cwt.), No prices reported.
Boxed Lamb, weighted average prices ($/cwt.), Trimmed 4″ Loins $571.87, Rack, roast-ready, frenched (cap-on) $1,607.68, Rack, roast-ready, frenched, special (cap-off) $2,124.69, Leg, trotter-off, partial boneless $528.03, Shoulder, square-cut $282.79, Ground lamb $566.83.
Imported Boxed Lamb, weighted average prices ($/cwt.), AUS Rack (fresh, frenched, cap-off, 28 oz/up) $956.52, AUS Shoulder (fresh, square-cut) $294.31, AUS Leg (fresh, semi boneless) $404.32, AUS Rack (frozen, frenched, cap-off, 28 oz/up) $985.62, NZ Rack (frozen, frenched, cap-off, 20 oz/up) $923.54, AUS Shoulder (frozen, square-cut) $251.66.
Exported Adult Sheep, 0 head
Wool, ($/pound clean), delivered, Next available report on Jan. 12. From seven weeks ago: 18 micron (Grade 80s) NA, 19 micron (Grade 80s) NA, 20 micron (Grade 70s) NA, 21 micron (Grade 64-70s) NA, 22 micron (Grade 64s) 4.34-4.66, 23 micron (Grade 62s) 3.89-4.41, 24 micron (Grade 60-62s) 3.56, 25 micron (Grade 58s) 3.23, 26 micron (Grade 56-58s) 3.05, 27 micron (Grade 56s) NA, 28 micron (Grade 54s) NA, 29 micron (Grade 50-54s) 1.69, 30-34 micron (Grade 44-50s) NA.
Australian Wool, ($/pound clean), delivered FOB warehouse & gross producers, Australian market on a three-week recess. From four weeks ago: 18 micron (Grade 80s) 6.12-6.94, 19 micron (Grade 80s) 5.56-6.31, 20 micron (Grade 70s) 5.03-5.71, 21 micron (Grade 64-70s) 4.66-5.28, 22 micron (Grade 64s) 4.39-4.97, 23 micron (Grade 62s) 4.25-4.81, 24 micron (Grade 60-62s) 3.87-4.39, 25 micron (Grade 58s) 3.41-3.87, 26 micron (Grade 56-58s) 3.04-3.44, 28 micron (Grade 54s) 2.18-2.48, 30 micron (Grade 50s) 1.67-1.89, 32 micron (Grade 46-48s) 1.22-1.38, Merino Clippings 3.98-4.52.
1The 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.
Source: USDA AMS

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