A shared concern over the need to increase lamb and wool production to ensure companies can operate in the future has brought about the appointment of a committee to look at ways to re-build the sheep inventory in the United States.
"Lamb, wool and pelt companies, along with feedlots, farms and ranches, depend on production, and it is timely to seek out additional ways to strengthen the industry," commented Glen Fisher (Texas), president for the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). "This newly appointed committee will be tasked with the goal of identifying priority issues to increase sheep production and match those with realistic means to implement changes."
A pool of leaders with diverse backgrounds was solicited, and from the nominations, the committee to Re-build the U.S. Sheep Inventory was named.
Guy Flora (producer) was named chairman of the committee. The other members include Mike Corn (wool-warehouse owner), Bob Malone (producer), Dominique Minaberrigarai (producer), Les Oesterreich (lamb-company executive), John Oswalt (producer), Rick Powers (wool-company executive), Bill Sparrow, Jr. (producer), Dennis Stiffler (lamb-company executive) and Clint Krebs (liaison to the ASI executive board).
Five goals govern the actions of the taskforce:
"President Fisher has put together an excellent committee with great business backgrounds and depth of experience in the lamb and wool industries," stated Flora. "It will be a pleasure to work with them, and I feel confident that we will arrive at some solid suggestions for re-building the sheep base in the United States."
"I believe the industry will recognize the uniqueness of the committee's make-up in its effort to take a fresh look at ways to improve business and encourage more production," concluded Flora.
It is anticipated that the committee will have its first meeting in early November with a follow-up meeting at the 2010 ASI convention in Nashville, Tenn.