Late last week, additional lamb purchases were announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service as part of the department's drought assistance to livestock producers. 440,000 pounds of lamb for a total of $2.14 million were purchased for distribution to the nutrition and domestic food assistance programs. Bids were accepted for bone-in and boneless leg roasts as well as shoulder chops.
"Mountain States Rosen LLC and Transhumance Inc. (Superior Farms) were the two companies to place bids for this buy and both were awarded roughly the same amount of winning bids," said Peter Orwick, executive director for the American Sheep Industry Association. "The department indicated they ran short of funding to accept all bids submitted, which indicated that they have now committed the entire $10 million allotted to purchase lamb.
"The department set a blistering pace to get millions of pounds of lamb committed for delivery and out of the pipeline as the fall run of lambs is underway," continued Orwick. "The goal is to strengthen prices for sheep producers and the speed of the process allows the impact to hit the market the quickly."
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.
Additional program information is available at the following site www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ams.fetchTemplateData.do?template=TemplateJ&page=CPDCommodityPurchaseMeatFish.