On behalf of its membership, ASI continually works to improve the sheep industry. Areas where ASI has shaped outcomes include:
➤ Advocated for the reopening of important export markets. Taiwan opened in June of 2016 and Japan is expected to also become available.
➤ Increased the demand for American wool by facilitating the reintroduction of the equipment that allows wool products to be machine washed and dried without shrinking.
➤ Continually familiarized international buyers to the benefits of U.S. wool, resulting in the export of more than 50 percent of the annual wool clip.
➤ Worked in partnership with the No. 1 customer of American wool – the U.S. military – on product development and marketing.
➤ Funded the Let’s Grow Program to ensure the sheep business remains viable for future producers by utilizing a strategy of innovative and sustainable initiatives that increase the productivity, profitability and growth of the American sheep industry.
➤ Forged a formal collaboration with the National Lamb Feeders Association and ASI Women.
➤ Secured the Scrapie Eradication Program – the most aggressive eradication program in the world – designed to eliminate a disease that seriously impedes the U.S. sheep industry’s global competitiveness.
➤ Advanced Livestock Risk Protection-Lamb for producers to insure against unexpected declines in market prices.
➤ Spearheaded the drive to continue the funding of the critical programs administered by Wildlife Services to protect livestock from wasteful death and injury caused by predators.
➤ Instrumental in the formation of three industry-advocate organizations – the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, the National Sheep Improvement Program and the American Lamb Board.
➤ Secured mandatory country-of-origin labeling of lamb at retail. Lamb is the only red meat that retained COOL, giving consumers the ability to choose the origin of their meat.
➤ Obligated matching funds for the development of sheep-labeled pharmaceuticals.
➤ Championed the continuation of Mandatory Price Reporting for lamb to provide market transparency for producers nationwide.
➤ Nearly 50 years of continuous publication of the Sheep Production Handbook – the primary reference book on sheep production.
➤ Led the collaborative effort to develop the Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance program for producers to implement and document their commitment to growing and marketing safe, high-quality products.
➤ Generous voluntary producer and trade contributions to the Guard Dog Fund to protect the sheep business from legal and regulatory attacks.
➤ Secured a separate lobbying contract to protect the industry against the loss of grazing on public lands due to the perceived threat of disease transfer from domestic to bighorn sheep.
The American Sheep Industry Association encourages U.S. sheep industry members to join their state sheep association to be able to receive all possible benefits. In joing your state sheep association, you will automatically become a member of our national organization. If you reside in one of the few states that doesn’t have an association, you might consider joining one in a neighboring state. Or, you can join ASI through an individual membership.
To access a listing of state sheep associations and their contacts, click State Sheep Associations . If, for some reason, you are unable to get in touch with your state contact, please call ASI at (303) 771-3500, ext. 0, so that we may be of assistance.
“Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged.” So said Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, during his stay in the White House in the early 1900s. How timeless those words seem today, a time when many organizations still fail due to lack of funding and member involvement. The American Sheep Industry Association’s ensures its strong standing by serving the needs of its grassroots membership of 9,000, the majority of whom became ASI members by joining their state sheep association. And that’s the perfect scenario, because participation by its members at the grassroots level ensures that ASI remains powered by producers … for producers. For this reason, the American Sheep Industry Association encourages U.S. sheep industry members to join their state sheep association.”