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Plan to attend the Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Annual Conference, Saturday October 17, 2020 at the Westside Event Center, 2475 County Rd 62, Alliance NE  69301.  Registration will begin at 9:00 am Mountain Time.  The educational program will consist of:

  • 9:15 Welcome by Aaron Fintel, President of the Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association
  • 9:30 Travel to and tour of Open Skies Farm located at 28782 CR 59 Alliance NE
    • Speakers will include Jacques Grobler commercial sheep producer from South Africa and Gerdus Korb purebred white dorper seedstock producer from South Africa – “ The similarities of raising sheep from South Africa to the USA.”
  • 10:45 Gwendolyn Kitzan – American Lamb Board Update at the Event Center
  • 12:00 Lunch – “Cooking with Lamb”
  • 1:00 Jaelyn Whaley, SDSU Sheep Field Specialist – “Evaluating the effects of excessively finished lambs on the processing sector.”
  • 1:30 Kat Tylee, fiber artist and wool grader of Little Hawks Yarns, Chadron – “The in and out of the fiber world.”
  • 2:00 Harold Johnson, Windmill Boer Goats, Hyannis, NE _ “Raising goats and grazing management of your pastures.”
  • 2:45 Randy Saner, UNL Extension Educator, North Platte – Nebraska sheep and goat budgets do they look reasonable?”
  • 3:30 Producer Panel
  • 5:00 pm Annual meeting and dinner

To register visit the website http://nebraskasheepandgoat.org or contact Melissa Nicholson at ne.sheep.goat@gmail.com or call 308-386-8378.

This past spring, the American Sheep Industry Association asked wool producers to report their sales in an effort to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture develop an accurate picture of the market situation. And now, ASI is asking lamb producers to follow suit.

The loss of the Mountain States Rosen plant in Greeley, Colo., is affecting the lamb industry on several levels – one of which is the loss of negotiated, formula and comprehensive slaughter lamb prices reported due to confidentiality guidelines imposed by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. This has reduced the amount of market information and decreased market transparency available to sheep and lamb producers.

In an effort to provide producers with market information to facilitate open, transparent price discovery, ASI is asking producers, feeders and others involved in direct feeder lamb sales to report those sales to Chris Dias at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service at 970-353-9750.

Specifically, the association is looking for information on the following:


  • Direct feeder lamb sales for the mountain area and western United States (Colo., Wyo., Mont., Neb., S.D., N.D., Utah, Nev., Idaho, Wash., Ore., Ariz. and Calif.).


“Just like it was with the wool, this price information is invaluable to the American sheep industry,” said ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick. “I can’t stress enough how important it is that we come together as an industry to provide as much information as possible to the Agricultural Marketing Service. In the long term, we will all benefit from contributing to these price reports.”