Indiana sheep producers voted in favor of forming the Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Council, which will begin July 1.
Ballots were mailed to nearly 400 commercial registered producers, and about 200 ballots were returned and deemed valid by the May 24 deadline. Voting results show the majority of sheep producers are in favor of establishing a council to be composed of nine members who will oversee the market development program.
Goals of the council include promoting consumer awareness, sales of sheep products, supporting sheep and wool research and encouraging both consumer and producer education. Funding will come from a 0.5 percent checkoff of the net market price for all sheep and wool produced in Indiana.