ASI Positions

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is the national trade association of the industry, representing more than 88,000 sheep producers nationwide. As a producer-driven federation of state associations, ASI communicates the associations’ position on policies developed by its membership. Current positions ASI has developed on behalf of the members are published in the annual Policy Book. To view the current Policy Book, click on the link below.

2017 ASI Policy Manual

2017 ASI Issue Briefs (One Pagers)

The rulemaking would amend the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie regulations regarding the importation of live sheep, goats and wild ruminants and their embryos, semen, products and byproducts. The proposed scrapie revisions regarding the importation of sheep, goats and susceptible wild ruminants for other than immediate slaughter are similar to those recommended by the World Organization for Animal Health in restricting the importation of such animals to those from scrapie-free regions or certified scrapie-free flocks.

Proposed Rule

ASI's Comments

ASI One Pager - Wildlife Services

2017 Wildlife Services Letter of Support

The 206 organizations representing a broad range of food producers, wildlife organizations, sportsmen, aviation, local governments and resource interests that benefit from the cooperative efforts of the Wildlife Services program sent letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate showing support for WS funding and to oppose any effort to restrict or eliminate WS funding.

2017 U.S. Senate Joint Wildlife Services Letter of Support
2017 U.S. House of Representatives Joint Wildlife Services Letter of Support

Public Lands

November 27, 2017 - Comments on Notice of Intent to Amend Land Use Plans Regarding Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Prepare Associated Environmental Impact Statements or Environmental Assessments

July 10, 2017 – ASI Comments on Monument Designation Review

May 26, 2017 – ASI Comments on Bears Ears National Monument

Coalition Letter to President Elect Trump - National Monuments and Antiquities Act

Dec. 1, 2017 - BLM Releases Flawed Planning Rule in the Closing Days of Presidents Term

2010 American Society of Animal Science Small Ruminant Symposium Abstracts
"Going, going, gone!" How curtailment of livestock grazing on federal lands could alter the U.S. sheep industry

A paradigm shift in use and management of United States public lands for livestock grazing -- Amy Wallop Hendrickson, Executive Director, Wyoming Wool Growers Association, Caster, Wyo., penned this article

National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition

The American Sheep Industry Association is a member of the National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition. To earn more about the Horse and Burro Coalition, go to its website at

October 4, 2017 – ASI Comments to Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

June 22, 2016 - Testimony to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Federal Lands
Hearing Testimony
Hearing Testimony Attachments

Coalition Communications:

September 22, 2016 - Coalition Letter to Public Rangeland Management

April 13, 2016 -- Public testimony calling for the BLM to manage horses and burros at Appropriate Management Levels to protect the rangeland ecosystem
March 23, 2016 -- BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program Activities in FY 2017 Budget Proposal

Feb. 3, 2016 -- Comments of the National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition on EA – Mare Sterilization Research – DOI-BLM-OR-B000-2015-0055-EA
Jan. 4, 2016 -- Horse and Burro Coalition Launches 2016 Information and Education Campaign

November 5, 2015 -- Coalition Letter to BLM Regarding Beaty Butte Wild Horse Gather
November 4, 2015 -- Congressional Letter to BLM Regarding Wild Horse Situation

November 4, 2015 -- Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Letter to Secretary of the Interior on Over-population of Wild Horses