The American Sheep Industry Association submitted a letter this week to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service requesting more information on the supply of lamb in cold storage in the United States.
“The monthly frozen stocks data reported for lamb is vital information for the lamb industry,” read the letter from ASI President Mike Corn. “As the impact of imported lamb on the marketplace continues to strengthen, there is a greater need for more transparent information on the current supply of imported lamb product in United States cold storage facilities. In particular, ASI requests NASS consider collecting and reporting additional information for the monthly frozen stock data for lamb.”
ASI requested reporting data for the following categories: domestic lamb, domestic shoulder, domestic rack, domestic loin, domestic leg, domestic ground lamb, imported lamb, imported ground lamb, imported shoulder, imported rack, imported loin and imported leg.
“In providing the information above, the United States sheep industry can better assess the current supply of lamb in the marketplace to determine the potential economic impacts on all stakeholders in the lamb production chain,” the letter continued. “In addition, having the above information will provide the United States sheep industry with much needed information for determining the overall health of the domestic lamb market and sheep industry.”
In the letter, ASI praised the information already provided by NASS as invaluable to the industry.
“The United States sheep industry is appreciative of the agency’s efforts over the years in providing data and information relevant to the sheep industry,” Corn wrote.