Tri-Nations Lamb Group Meets
November 11, 2005
November 11, 2005 -- The third meeting of the Tri-Nations Lamb Group met earlier this month in New Zealand to share information on consumer education, animal identification, animal health and general industry information beneficial to all three nations - the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
American Sheep Industry Association president, Paul Frischknecht, led the delegation in an effort to continue producer-to-producer dialogue and communications.
Resolutions from the meeting included:
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the group is scheduled to expire in 2006; however, there was consensus among the delegates to continue their work and seek support from each industry's board of directors to renew the MOU.
- Producers from Australia and New Zealand agreed to encourage lamb importers to voluntarily comply with the mandatory price-reporting (MPR) requirements until the mandatory act is re-authorized. As of early November, imported-lamb prices were the only category in all of beef, pork and lamb that were not being reported.
- A proposal to implement a program to increase consumer awareness of the nutritional and health benefits of lamb was submitted. The next phase will be to determine budget requirements and specific programs.
- The group supports the need to complete an analysis of the potential benefits of the liberalization in international trade of sheepmeat.
Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, 303-771-3500