Industry Associations


American Lamb Board

The American Lamb Board (ALB) is an industry-funded research and promotions board that represents all sectors of the American Lamb industry. The 13-member Board, comprised of 13 producers, feeders, seedstock producers and first handlers, is appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. The Board is focused on increasing demand by promoting the freshness, flavor, nutritional benefits, and culinary versatility of American Lamb. The work of the ALB is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

National Sheep Industry Improvement Center

The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC) was established as part of the 2008 Farm Bill and was awarded funding by AMS to be used for the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. Grant funding can be used on activities designed to strengthen and enhance the production or marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States through infrastructure development, business development, production, resource development, and market and environmental research.

National Livestock Producers Association – Sheep and Goat Innovation Fund

The National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA) maintains the Sheep and Goat Innovation Fund which is a revolving fund established within NLPA to assist the U.S. sheep and goat industries by strengthening and enhancing the production and marketing of sheep and goats and their products in the U.S.

National Lamb Feeders Association

The National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) is a national organization representing America’s lamb feeders, connecting policy with the lamb feeding industry, advocating for its membership and supporting consumer and industry education, research and product promotion.

National Sheep Improvement Program

The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) provides predictable, economically important genetic evaluation information to the American sheep industry by converting performance records into relevant decision-making tools. NSIP is the only American organization to offer U.S. sheep producers a proven genetic selection system using a process similar to that used by nearly all other livestock species to aid in genetic selection, NSIP develops Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) which sheep producers can use to select animals for important traits, including productivity, quality and flock health.

Sheep Breed Associations

It can perhaps be said that no one is more passionate about the sheep they raise than those individuals who belong to breed associations. From wool breeds to meat breeds and dual purpose breeds, fine wool breeds to long wool breeds, the list of breed associations – and their membership – is impressive.

Sheep Genetics USA

Sheep Genetics USA is a proactive and collaborative initiative focused on improving genetic tools to enhance profitability through measurable goals leading to long-term success. Sheep Genetics USA was created to empower all aspects of the U.S. sheep production system through advancing genetics.

American Goat Federation

The American Goat Federation (AGF) is a national organization representing the interests of more than 150,000 producers engaged in the sustainable production and marketing of goat milk, meat, fiber, breeding stock, pack goat and grazing services across the U.S.

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