September 26, 2003
Representatives from the Canadian sheep industry, including the Canadian Sheep Federation, came to Washington, D.C., to meet with the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), National Lamb Feeders Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials and members of Congress this week.
The Canadian sheep industry expressed great concern over the closure of the U.S. border to their sheep due to the case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in a Canadian cow last May.
The meeting included a review of the ASI policy regarding the prevention strategy of the introduction of BSE into the U.S. flock. An invitation was offered to the committee and other Canadian industry leaders for their participation in the next ASI executive board meeting in Denver, Colo., in October.
?This meeting with the Canadian leadership was very informative. They represented their sheep producers, who are dealing with a difficult situation, as well as a drop in market prices,? commented ASI President Guy Flora.
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