May 25, 2007
May 25, 2007 - In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) provided a slate of nominees for consideration for appointment as producer-directors of the American Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Board, more commonly referred to as the American Lamb Board.
H. Dwight Loveday, Ph.D. (Tenn.), and Nick Forrest (Ohio) were put forward for the producer category representing 100 head of lambs or less. In the more than 500 head of lambs category for producers, Loren Moench, Jr. (Utah) and David McEwen (Mont.) were submitted as nominees for the board.
"I believe you will find the slate provides full opportunity to appoint experienced and dedicated producers who have served their industry at the local, state and national level and who meet the requirements of the order regarding size of operation," stated Burdell Johnson, ASI president, in his letter to the secretary.
Loveday is a sheep producer and extension specialist for the University of Tennessee as well as a meat scientist. He raises both purebred and commercial sheep with direct marketing to consumers.
Involved in the sheep industry for over 30 years, Forrest is a manager for Kroger Foods and runs a family operation of 30 head of sheep. He promotes American lamb at work, on the farm and at food shows.
Moench is a veteran of the sheep industry with 45 years of production experience owning and managing Thousand Peaks Ranches, Inc. where he runs a commercial flock of 9,000 ewes. Moench is seeking a second term with the ALB.
McEwen's more than 20 years of experience encompass wool production, lamb feeding and replacement ewes. He owns 650 stock ewes and 18 registered rams.
"These individuals are very capable of making decisions in cooperation with the feeding and packing sectors represented on this diverse, industry-wide board," continued Johnson.
The ASI executive board voted unanimously via a teleconference meeting this week to nominate these individuals to the two producer director seats that are to be appointed this year. Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33