|U.S. Senators Support American Sheep Producers
(Dec. 1, 2012) The lamb market for farmers and ranchers has collapsed to well below half of last year’s prices. That, combined with the severe drought and the corresponding high cost of feedstuffs, has put sheep producers in a very difficult situation. Eight U.S. senators, in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, stated this is why prompt support is needed for sheep producing operations.
U.S. Sens. Thune, Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) requested the secretary to implement agriculture department actions in four key areas. A request was made for the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration to immediately investigate the drastic change in the price spread between live lambs and meat markets to ensure that the benefits of the recent USDA commodity purchases actually reached the farm and ranch gate.