ALB Selects Fisher, Miller to attend LambEx

The American Lamb Board has selected two young leaders to represent the United States at LambEx in Australia in August: David Fisher of Texas and Rebecca Miller of Ohio. The United States delegation will also include ALB Chairman Jim Percival, American Sheep Industry Association President Mike Corn, and ASI Lamb Council Chairman Reed Anderson.

This international event allows the United States delegation to identify new innovations and technologies with the potential of benefitting production efficiencies and competitiveness of American lamb.

Fisher owns and operates a multi-species ranch in Sonora, Texas, incorporating a balance of sheep, cattle and goats. He has grown the operation to 450 ewes and is always looking for ways to improve his productivity, including genetic improvements and data collection provided through the National Sheep Improvement Program. He also helps manage his family's ranch with his father, Glen Fisher (past ASI President).

Fisher has served as a district director with the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers since 2011 and has served on ASI's Wool Council since 2017. He has been instrumental in starting a group of young entrepreneurs in the sheep industry called Texas Ranchers of Tomorrow, which has grown to 40 members.

Miller owns and operates Blue Heron Farms in Lisbon, Ohio, in partnership with her mother, Cynthia Koonce. They run approximately 300 commercial Dorset-cross ewes, lambing several times a year in a modified accelerated system. They are always working to improve and grow their sheep enterprise, including the use of digital data tracking equipment, a weighing and drafting crate to better track weight gains in their feeder lambs, pasture improvements with additional forages, and using NSIP tools.

Prior to joining her mother on the farm, Miller was a journalist and traveled the world as a freelance writer. Miller serves on ASI's Young Entrepreneur Committee, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association's Young Shepherds Assembly Committee, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture Small Ruminant Advisory Committee.

Source: American Lamb Board