September 14, 2012
The $10 million lamb purchase by U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service as announced this summer as part of the department's drought assistance to livestock producers showed major progress again this week with notification that awards were confirmed for 1.72 million pounds of lamb for a total $7.7 million. Bids were accepted for bone-in and boneless leg roasts as well as shoulder chops in nearly even volume between the three cuts for delivery to food assistance centers across the nation.
"Mountain States Rosen, LLC and Transhumance, Inc. (Superior Farms) were the companies winning bids," said Peter Orwick, executive director for the American Sheep Industry Association. "The department of agriculture remains very aggressive in securing commitments for the full allotment of funds in an effort to strengthen the lamb market for sheep producers. Truckloads will actually be rolling out next week beginning deliveries of the first $2 million of purchases as awarded last month."
All roasts and chops must be graded USDA choice or prime and certified as domestic in origin. Delivery of this product will take place between Nov. 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.
The solicitation to bid the remaining $3.3 million of the allotted $10 million was also released this week. Bids are due on or before Sept. 19 with delivery taking place between Nov. 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.
Additional program information can be accessed at www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ams.fetchTemplateData.do?template=TemplateJ&page=CPDCommodityPurchaseMeatFish