ASI continually works on behalf of its members to improve the sheep industry. We are grassroots driven. Powered by Producers … for Producers.
From the domestic and international promotion of American wool and pelts to our work on legislative, animal health, science and technology, and resource management issues, ASI is a producer-powered federation of state organizations dedicated to the common goal of promoting the profitability and well-being of the U.S. sheep industry.
What ASI Is Doing For You
➤ Launched the American Wool Assurance (AWA) program to provide confidence to the global marketplace that American wool is produced using high standards of care and handling.
➤ Leading the charge for a new industry wool lab at the Bill Sims Wool and Mohair Research Laboratory in San Angelo, Texas.
➤ Increasing the demand for American wool by facilitating the reintroduction of the equipment that allows wool products to be machine washed and dried without shrinking.
➤ Working with international buyers on the benefits of U.S. wool, resulting in the export of more than 50 percent of the annual wool clip.
➤ Working in partnership with the No. 1 customer of American wool – the U.S. military – on product development and marketing.
➤ Developed the Secure Sheep and Wool Supply (SSWS) Plan for continuity of business providing opportunities to voluntarily prepare before an Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak.
➤ Funded the Let’s Grow Program to ensure the sheep business remains viable for future producers by providing resources that increase the productivity, profitability and growth of the American sheep industry.
➤ Secured the National Scrapie Eradication Program designed to eliminate a disease that seriously impedes the U.S. sheep industry’s global competitiveness.
➤ Offering the Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance (SSQA) program offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the sheep industry.
➤ Continuously working on increasing the availability of sheep health products.
➤ Advocating for the opening of export markets for American lamb.
➤ Advocating for the continuation of Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting (LMR) for lamb to provide market transparency for producers nationwide.
➤ Secured mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling of lamb at retail, giving consumers the ability to choose the origin of their lamb.
➤ Spearheading the drive to continue funding for the critical programs administered by Wildlife Services to protect livestock from wasteful death and injury caused by predators.
➤ Working to protect the industry against the loss of grazing on public lands due to the perceived threat of disease transfer from domestic to bighorn sheep.
➤ Nearly 50 years of continuous publication of the Sheep Production Handbook – the primary reference book on sheep production.
➤ Generous voluntary producer and trade contributions to the Guard Dog Fund to protect the sheep business from legal and regulatory attacks.
➤ Instrumental in the formation of industry-advocate organizations – the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, the National Sheep Improvement Program, Sheep Genetics USA, and the American Lamb Board.
We encourage producers to join their state sheep association to receive all possible benefits including automatically becoming a member of ASI.
For those few states that do not offer an association, consider joining a neighboring state association. Or, you can join ASI through an individual membership.