February 20, 2004
Feb. 20, 2004 -- The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is working to improve communications with shearers and shearing crews in an effort to assist in the production of a high-quality U.S. wool clip.
At the request of the Shearing Task Force, ASI will establish a database to enhance their ability to communicate relevant topics, such as contamination and wool quality improvement, with this important sector of the industry.
?Task force members were impressed with the quantity and quality of materials available to growers regarding wool quality improvement, but said this information also needed to get into the hands of the shearers ? so everyone is on the same page,? commented Jim Bristol, Shearing Task Force Chair and Michigan producer.
Assistance from wool warehouses and state sheep associations will be solicited in an effort to obtain the most current contact information for shearers and their crews. An inclusive listing will be posted to the www.sheepusa.org Web site when compiled.
The task force is also considering the adoption of a certification program for shearers and shearing crews. Crews that uphold wool quality standards to reduce contamination and improve quality will be recognized and promoted to the industry.
Staff contact: Rita Kourlis Samuelson