The American Lamb Board is comprised of 13 members – producers, feeders, seedstock producers and first handlers – who are charged with increasing market share for domestically produced lamb while maintaining profitability for all segments of the U.S. sheep industry. Key information accessible from the ALB Web site includes general information about ALB – its mission, strategies and activities; an extensive array of recipes; U.S. sheep, lamb and wool market information; and links to U.S. Department of Agriculture checkoff-related forms.
The center was established in the 2008 Farm Bill with $1 million provided up front, as well as authorization for appropriations in the amount of $10 million for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012. The legislation established a NSIIC revolving fund in the U.S. Department of the Treasury for making grants to eligible entities. The purpose of the sheep center is to strengthen and enhance production and marketing of sheep or goat products in the United States through infrastructure development, business development, production, resource development and market and environmental research.
The National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA) serves as an Intermediary for the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC). More specifically, it maintains the Sheep and Goat Fund – 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 United States. The fund is the result of a joint effort between NLPA and NSIIC. Features of this easy-to-navigate site include grant information, answers to frequently asked questions, applications, project descriptions and contacts.
The National Lamb Feeders Association is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to initiate, sponsor and carry out plans, programs, policies and activities that promote, encourage and improve the production of lambs and sheep not just in the United States, but worldwide. A visit to this site provides quick access to such major categories as membership information, the NLFA newsletter, appropriations, a calendar of events and the Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School.
The National Sheep Improvement Program is a computerized, performance-based program for genetic selection. It is designed to help purebred sheep producers identify the best genetic stock for their breeding programs. NSIP also gives breeders reliable information that they can use to advertise and sell their breeding stock. NSIP uses the most modern, scientifically proven technology to measure genetic performance. This technology – called EPDs – has been used extensively in the dairy, beef cattle and swine industries for many years, and is only now being implemented in the sheep industry. To learn more about NSIP and EPDs visit the above-listed Web site for a thorough explanation of the program and its benefits in an easy-to-understand question-and-answer format.
With a membership of more than 5 million members, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) can lay claim to the fact that its membership comprises the single largest group of food and fiber producers in the United States. The AFBF emphasizes teamwork in achieving its goals in four key areas: (1) Public Policy Team; (2) Public Relations Team; (3) Organizational Development Team; and (4) Economic Analysis Team. Just a few of the major sections included on this well-laid-out Web site include FB Programs, Farm Bureau News, Farm Bureau Views, Legislative Action, Issues and numerous Ag Links.
The American Goat Federation is a national organization designed specifically to represent, unify, improve and advance the American goat industry and assist producers to achieve maximum success. The American Goat Federation (AGF) seeks to actively represent the interests of more than 100 organizations and thousands of producers engaged in the sustainable production and marketing of goat milk, meat, fiber and grazing services across the United States.
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 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. By enhancing our genetic selection techniques, we can bridge the strong traditions of our industry with the modern technologies and through an organized, collaborative, grassroots initiative, we can charge forward in unison for a stronger, sustainable future.
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