December 5, 2003
Dec. 5, 2003 -- Sheep shearers from across the United States will be meeting in Denver, Colo., on Dec. 17-18, 2003, to take part in a Shearing Task Force Meeting. Jim Bristol, a Michigan sheep shearer and member of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Wool Council, will be chairing this task force designed to help incorporate shearers into the ASI Wool Quality Improvement Program.
It has long been recognized that shearers and the shearing process play an important role in the improvement of wool quality. As domestic and international needs change, it is vital to incorporate all segments of the industry in the task of improving the marketability of U.S. wool. The task force will look at the opportunities and challenges facing U.S. shearers as well as discuss options to overcome these barriers and obstacles as they relate to shearing and wool harvesting.
Recommendations from the task force will be forwarded to the ASI Wool Council for consideration in the development of future programs.
Staff contact: Rita Kourlis Samuelson, ext. 29