September 7, 2007
September 7, 2007 - Nearly 5,000 slaughter ewes crossed the border into Mexico during the third week of August, making it one of the heaviest trading weeks in several years. The Mexican government developed new regulations for the importation of adult slaughter sheep, reducing the number of sheep exports to Mexico.
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) has stayed in constant contact with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials as well as with U.S. exporters and producer leaders in an effort to normalize the export trade. Burdell Johnson (N.D.), ASI president, has spoken with sheep-producer leaders in Mexico several times, also. ASI is now awaiting the results of the formal communications between USDA and representatives of the government of Mexico on this issue. Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33