There was great enthusiasm for the future of the U.S. sheep industry at
the 2005 American Sheep Industry Association/National Lamb Feeders
Association (NLFA) Annual Convention Jan. 26-29 in Reno, NV.
Registrations topped those seen in recent years, with attendance
“The industry definitely demonstrated a unified front with participation
from five national sheep associations including ASI, NLFA, the American
Lamb Board, the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and the
Western Range Association,” said ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick.
“Additionally, all major players in the domestic wool industry had a
strong presence again at this year’’s events, and everyone was pleased
to hear U.S. production of lamb and wool would be increasing in 2005.”
Dr. Jim Butler, USDA deputy under secretary, and Dr. Ron DeHaven, USDA’s
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service administrator, addressed
attendees on topics ranging from the increase in sheep numbers and
ewe-lamb payments to an update on animal health issues and trade
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) representative, Ron Cole, conveyed
that AMS began reporting wool on a clean basis by region rather than
individual sales on a grease basis. This type of reporting provides the
producer more complete information on wool values, encourages more
companies to share information and is a more internationally accepted
type of reporting.
Major policy additions or amendments addressed by the board included:
<52> opposition to the U.S. reopening the Canadian border to sheep trade
until the trade barriers concerning bluetongue and anaplasmosis are
<52> industry support of an effort to amend the Minor Use and Minor
Species Animal Health Act of 2004 to include language that would provide
federal tax incentives for the development and labeling of
pharmaceuticals for sheep;
<52> ASI assistance to USDA/APHIS in requiring all states to attain
consistent state status for scrapie eradication; and
<52> approval of an across-the-board membership dues increase for fiscal
The board of directors also welcomed back into membership sheep
producers from Iowa and Delaware.
Executive board named
New officers and executive board members were seated during the annual
The slate of new officers includes Paul Frischknecht, president, Manti,
UT; Burdell Johnson, vice president, Tuttle, ND; and Glen Fisher,
secretary/treasurer, Sonora, TX.
Newly elected members to the executive board were Brant Miller,
Bowdoinham, ME, representing ASI’s Region I; Bill Sparrow, Jr., Durham,
NC, representing Region II; Jim Bristol, West Branch, MI, representing
Region III; and DA Harral, Fort Stockton, TX, representing Region V.
In addition to the new members, two regions re-confirmed appointments
for existing members. Lyndon Irwin, Ph.D., was re-elected to serve as
ASI’s Region IV representative and Richard Hamilton as the Region VIII
Members continuing their service on the board include Mark Marley,
Roswell, NM, Region VI, and Margaret Soulen-Hinson, Weiser, ID, Region
Dues increase passed
The ASI board of directors passed a membership dues increase that will
take effect in fiscal year 2006-2007.
The board agreed that in order for the national trade association to be
sufficiently funded to carry on membership, legislative and
communications services, planning and preparation needed to be
conducted. Approval of the dues rate fully a year and a half in advance
of the effective date provides sufficient lead-time for state members to
plan for increased fund-raising.
The dues structure to be implemented in fiscal year 2006-2007 provides
for a 22-percent overall increase to ASI. The dues will increase by the
following amounts: stock sheep from $0.03 per sheep to $0.035; member
dues from $6-8 per member; and minimum state dues from $300 to $400. —