On Thursday, the American Sheep Industry Association relayed its top priorities to update Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service based on a report from the Livestock Marketing Information Center titled, "Analysis of Mandatory Price Reporting System for Lamb." Since LMR became effective nearly 12 years ago, structural changes in the industry threaten the sustainability of timely market information primarily due to the application of the 3/70/20 guideline.
The letter states, "After a decade, it has become apparent that the availability and use of LMR data has changed along with the changes that have occurred in our industry. Therefore, we believe it is time to carefully consider LMR lamb reporting and make the changes necessary to ensure that high-value and usable market data are collected and reported to better reflect the present state of the industry."
ASI's believes these recommendations should help to alleviate many of the current problems with meeting the 3/70/20 for lamb. The ones that stand out and are of high priority for the industry include:
The letter concluded by stating, "We urge AMS to carefully consider and address these recommendations as soon as possible whether by proposed rulemaking where required or by adjusting forms or categories when possible (for example adding an 85-95 lb. and over 95 lb. category to the carcass reports) and enhanced enforcement of the reporting requirements."