Analysis of Mandatory Price Reporting System for Lamb
Conducted by Livestock Marketing Information Center
Published December 2012
The U.S. sheep and lamb industry has been evolving for several decades; recently it has become more concentrated at all levels of the production system, especially beyond the farm gate. Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting (LMR) was implemented by the Unites States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2001, with data collection focused on the processing level. Due to LMR rules and regulations, as the industry has consolidated an increasing amount of lamb market data cannot be reported by USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) and/or is at risk of not being reported if the industry continues to consolidate. This has reduced the amount of market information available to sheep and lamb producers and decreased market transparency compared to the early years of LMR.
Ethnic Lamb Buying and Preparation Behavior and Preferences
Ethnic Lamb Buying and Preparation Beharior and Preferences Supplemental Report
Published January 2011
ABSTRACT: To position the American Lamb Board for developing marketing and promotion plans targeted to the growing number of ethnic lamb consumers in this country, this study develops new and strategically important information on this key lamb consuming segment of the population. The survey results provide the first information available anywhere on the demographic and behavioral characteristics of the U.S. ethnic lamb-consuming population. Profiles of ethnic consumers most likely to exhibit key lamb purchasing and buying behaviors are developed and the U.S. ethnic population is segmented into various sub-groups of ethnic consumers for purposes of tailoring promotion programs.
Nontraditional Lamb Market in the United States: Characteristics and Marketing Strategies - Published in February 2010
There is a growing sentiment that the nontraditional lamb market is siphoning off an increasing portion of the commercial slaughter-lamb market away from traditional retail and foodservice sectors. The nontraditional market may thus slow the ability of the commercial lamb market to increase supplies and production in a time of sheep inventory contractions. Yet the volume of sheep marketed to the nontraditional market is largely unknown.
This research was motivated, in part, by the discovery that there is a large statistical difference between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-published lamb crop (plus losses) and USDA federally-inspected slaughter numbers. Between 2004 and 2008, this difference was estimated at nearly 1.2 million head per year, 48 percent of FI slaughter or 2.5 million head per year. While FI slaughter has declined, the nontraditional market held steady.
This research proposes to define, quantify and predict the growth of the nontraditional lamb market in the United States. It is equally important to uncover opportunities and markets that may provide value opportunities for the industry. Embracing the nontraditional market through promotional activities and improved market monitoring could help expand the sheep and lamb industry in this country.
October 2011 Export Contribution by the U.S. sheep Industry
The farmgate value of the U.S. sheep industry in 2010 was an estimated $487 million yet its benefit to the U.S. economy doesn’t stop there. Through a multiplier effect, sheep production stimulates demand and thus income in backward- and forward-linked industries. Sheep and sheep product exports also incite domestic production and employment, but this impact is largely unknown. This study determines the total economic impact of sheep industry export activity.
Revised March 2011 -- Sheep and Lamb Industry Economic Impact Analysis, April 2008
Sheep industry production spurs a ripple effect throughout the economy, generating additional economic activity that was estimated using the IMPLAN (Impact Analysis for Planning) modeling software and dataset. An estimated $486.5 million in lamb, mutton, wool, sheep milk production, and breeding stock at the producer level supports an additional $1.2 billion in economic activity for a total of $1.7 billion. The sheep industry supports backward-linked industries that supply sheep production. It also supports local businesses through expenditures of sheep-industry generated income on goods and services. This study estimated a second model in order to quantify the value added to sheep products that were not captured in the first model. The sheep industry produces many and varied products from lamb chops served in fine dining restaurants to lanolin. Estimates of retail lamb and wool, wholesale pelts, variety meats, meal, tallow, and lanolin, and retail sheep cheese sales revealed that $774.6 million in production generates an additional $1.9 billion in multiplier effects, summing to a total economic impact of $2.7 billion.
Sheep Industry Economic Impact Analysis - Published in April 2008
Sheep industry production spurs a ripple effect throughout the economy, generating additional economic activity that was estimated using the IMPLAN modeling software and dataset. An estimated $509 million in lamb, mutton, wool, sheep milk production, and breeding stock at the producer level supports an additional $1.3 billion in economic activity for a total of $1.8 billion.
The sheep industry supports industries that supply sheep production. It also supports local businesses through expenditures of sheep-industry generated income on goods and services. This study estimated a second model in order to quantify the value added to sheep products that were not captured in the first model.
The sheep industry produces many and varied products from lamb chops served in fine dining restaurants to lanolin. Estimates of retail lamb and wool, wholesale pelts, variety meats, meal, tallow, and retail sheep cheese sales revealed that $768 million in production generates an additional $1.4 billion in multiplier effects, summing to a total economic impact of $2.2 billion. When the interactions and effects of including the government and investment – and not just households – in the model, the total output effect increases to $3.2 billion at the farmgate and $4.5 billion at the wholesale and retail level.
Sheep Care Guide - Published in 2006
The well-being of their sheep is an important consideration for all sheep producers. The Sheep Care Guide was developed to serve as a reference for the sheep producer using a variety of management and production systems and has been written in recognition of an ethical responsibility for the humane care of animals.
In developing this guide, the American Sheep Industry Association recognizes that each sheep producer’s professional judgment, experience and training are key factors in providing animal care. Interaction between the sheep and their physical environment, as well as the producer’s management style, determines proper animal care. Awareness of animal well-being concerns and educational programs help producers continue to improve their animal care skills.
The American Sheep Industry Association encourages and supports scientific research to identify way to minimize undesirable animal stress and improve the health and well-being of sheep.
Marketing Out of the Mainstream - Published in 1995
This publication is designed for sheep producers interested in marketing their lambs or wool directly to the general public or to specialty niche markets. The topics covered include how to identify direct marketing outlets, determine customers' preferences, organize the services to be offered, promote and advertise the business and manage the direct marketing enterprise.
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