ASI Offers Animal Drug Comments

The American Sheep Industry Association filed comments last month concerning the Food and Drug Administration’s request for input on Incorporating Alternative Approaches in Clinical Investigations for New Animal Drugs.

ASI is certainly in favor of looking at new approaches to the drug approval process. Pharmaceutical companies have continued to abandon the development of new drugs for sheep as the American sheep population has declined dramatically in the past 60 years. While important drugs for sheep continue to be developed in countries such as Australia and New Zealand, companies don’t see value in navigating a lengthy approval process for these drugs to be sold in the United States.

This is why ASI is in favor of allowing FDA to consider data from foreign countries as part of the approval process.

“Increasingly stringent regulatory requirements for animal drug development discourage U.S. animal health companies from pursuing the manufacturing of products readily available in major sheep producing countries,” wrote Dr. Jim Logan and Dr. Cindy Wolf on behalf of ASI in comments filed with the FDA. “Because of the size of their sheep industries, countries such as New Zealand and Australia often have several choices of products available to producers to address common sheep health issues. Whereas, the U.S. may have only one or even none.

“This puts our animals at risk of disease, lowers the quality of life for the animal and threatens the viability of sheep operations. In addition, it is a trade disadvantage as it allows our competitors to raise their animals less expensively. Given these circumstances, we believe a process by which data from foreign countries could be incorporated into the approval process for minor use species is warranted. We have given consideration to what such a process might look like. It will not be easy to create but we do believe it can be accomplished.

“For example, in Canada, they recently completed a joint regulatory review of an animal health product out of New Zealand in order to obtain approval for the Canadian market. The sheep industry in Canada has approached ASI about the possibility of approaching our respective governments to request development of a joint regulatory framework for the approval of a deworming product that is available in Australia but is not available in either the U.S. or Canada. We believe such a regulatory agreement could be a valuable tool to address the growing need for minor species pharmaceuticals while reducing the cost and work burden of what are very similar requirements between our countries.”

ASI is also in favor of using real world evidence in the approval process.

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Photo Contest Winners Announced

With 475 photos entered, the American Sheep Industry Association Photo Contest was bigger and better than ever in 2019.

While it was difficult to determine favorites in such a crowded field of great photos, the ASI staff dutifully sorted its way through the entries and selected three winning entries in each of five categories: Action, Open, Scenic East, Scenic West and Working Dogs. The winning entries are featured in the October issue of the Sheep Industry News.

Here’s a complete list of winners:


First Place: Brent Roeder, Montana, About to Get Western
Second Place: Caleigh Payne, Colorado, Fresh Loop
Third Place: Shelby Rasmusson, Idaho, Long Road


First Place: Jenny Osguthorpe, Utah, I See Ewe
Second Place: Dan Conway, Washington, Pause Button
Third Place: Cheri Wyness Robinson, Colorado, Woolly


Scenic East
First Place: Heather Loomis, Pennsylvania, Romeldales in the Mist
Second Place: Violet Louze McComb, West Virginia, While My Dad Works on the Fence
Third Place: Julie Refer, Tennessee, Fall on the Farm


Scenic West
First Place: Caleigh Payne, Colorado, Aspen Maze
Second Place: Mike Patterson, Texas, Sheep and Aspen
Third Place: Jenny Osguthorpe, Utah, Winter Western Range Flock


Working Dogs
First Place: Kristin Bieber, Montana, Leading the Charge
Second Place: Nancy Cox Starkey, Maryland, Gyp and Lambs
Third Place: Brad Osguthorpe, Utah, On Guard


Photos from the contest will be used in a variety of ASI publications throughout the coming year, including the 2020 ASI Calendar that will be included with the December issue of the Sheep Industry News.


Shearing Schools Announce 2019-2020 Dates

Several shearing schools have announced dates for the coming season.

In addition to learning to shear in a hands-on manner, the schools offer teaching on equipment, animal welfare and staying in shape for the physically demanding task. Equipment is usually supplied, but students are encouraged to bring any equipment they have, as well.

These schools offer training for a wide variety of students – from hobby farmers looking to shear their own flocks to those with aspirations of shearing professionally. For more information, contact organizers of the school directly.

More schools will be added to this list as information becomes available.


Australian Wool Market Can’t Sustain Recent Rally

The Australian wool market could not sustain the sharp upward trajectory of the previous three weeks, recording negative movement instead at this week’s sale. The large price spike of the previous three weeks encouraged more sellers to the market, resulting in a significant increase in the overall quantity as nationally there were 37,021 bales on offer.

Although the Eastern markets recorded solid gains on the last day in the previous series, the Western region selling last, recorded losses of between 30 and 70 cents. These losses were quickly realized when markets opened in the East, and the losses were then compounded as the day progressed. By day’s end the individual Micron Price Guides in Sydney and Melbourne had fallen by 57 to 80 cents. On the back of these losses the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator fell by 51 cents. Having recorded earlier losses, the MPGs in the Fremantle region only fell by 30 to 36 cents.

The second selling day saw the market to continue to track downward. The MPGs across all three centers fell by a further 32 to 93 cents. The EMI fell by another 47 cents – losing a total of 98 cents for the series – to close the week at 1,511 Australian cents. It was the largest weekly fall since the end of August.

As in recent weeks, the sharp drop in price was met with firm seller resistance, this resulted in a national passed in rate of 33.9 percent – the highest passed in figure since the large losses experienced at the end of August. The only sector to make positive movement was the cardings. Modest price increases pushed the three carding indicators up by an average of 4 cents.

This week’s price reductions have left many sellers uncertain, as a result the national offering reduces for the following sale. Currently there are 34,174 bales rostered for sale nationally.

Source: AWEX


Video of the Week

Our lands and soil are possibly the most underappreciated resources we have, yet their conservation is vital to humanity. We need to have an important discussion on what can be done to protect the planet through proper land management. Join the conversation with rancher Meredith Ellis in this video from the National Lands Grazing Coalition.

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