December 19, 2003
Dec. 19, 2003 -- Responding to a request from the United States Animal Identification Team for the development of a species-specific component to the national animal identification plan, the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) executive board has recommended the formation of a ?Sheep ID Working Group.?
The group will immediately begin the process of developing a well-defined implementation phase-in plan for sheep. Individuals representing various stakeholder groups, such as breed association representatives, packers, feeders, range and farm flock producers, regulatory veterinarians and markets, have been invited to participate in the process.
The first face-to-face meeting of the Sheep ID Working Group is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, prior to the ASI Convention in Sacramento, Calif. The group will meet at the Hyatt Regency at Capitol Park from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This meeting will be open to producers who are interested in learning more about the development of the plan.
Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, 304-647-9981