Sheep Research Priorities Discussed
May 27, 2016

On May 19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service held a listening session to discuss sheep research. The purpose of the session was to receive industry input into the top priority research needs of the U.S. sheep industry.

More than 40 stakeholders participated, mostly from the American Sheep Industry Association's councils and committees, making it one of the highest attended ARS listening sessions of any livestock industry group. Also, in attendance were researchers and extension specialists from as many as eight universities.

On the receiving end of the dialog were ARS scientists from the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb., and Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, Ark. Comments gathered through this listening session will be used to direct sheep research programs at the ARS research units for the next five years.