lamb lovers

Lamb Lovers Month is Back

Dan American Lamb Board (ALB), Sheep-Goats

Lamb Lovers Month is back. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The American Lamb Board (ALB) kicked off Lamb Lover’s Month in February with an exciting campaign titled “Show Us Your Chops.” It invites consumers to enjoy savory lamb chops at their favorite restaurants or cook their favorite recipes at home. The promotion features rack and loin chop …


January 1 Sheep and Lambs Inventory Down 2%

Dan Commodities, Livestock, Sheep-Goats

USDA’s Sheep and Goat’s report released last week shows all sheep and lambs inventory in the U.S. on January 1, 2024 totaled 5.03 million head, down two percent from last year. Breeding sheep inventory at 3.67 million head on January 1, 2024, decreased two percent from 3.74 million head in 2023. Ewes one-year-old and older, at 2.87 million head, were …


AVMA Plans Annual Legislative Fly-in

Dan Cattle, Equine, Legislative, Livestock, Livestock News, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats

Veterinarians will visit Capitol Hill next Tuesday to discuss legislative priorities with lawmakers. As part of the American Veterinary Medical Association‘s (AMVA) annual legislative fly-in, advocates will urge congressional offices to support and cosponsor the Rural Veterinary Workforce Act. AVMA President Dr. Rena Carlson says, “We need to do more to attract and retain veterinarians in rural and underserved areas, …

Animal Agriculture

Nominations Open for Animal Agriculture Water Quality Committee

Dan Beef, Bison, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Irrigation, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, USDA-EPA, Water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register Notice on November 16 establishing the Animal Agriculture Water Quality Subcommittee. It’s under the umbrella of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee. Nominations are open for members who want to serve on the subcommittee. The primary subcommittee goal will be to develop recommendations that will inform the Agency’s …

Strategic Planning Conference

USMEF Held Strategic Planning Conference in New Orleans

Dan Beef, Cattle, Marketing, Pork, Sheep-Goats, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

Last week, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) held its Strategic Planning Conference in New Orleans, where a range of topics impacting global demand for U.S. pork, beef and lamb were covered. USMEF Chair Dean Meyer, a livestock and grain producer from Rock Rapids, Iowa, welcomed attendees with a reminder of how the organization brings together diverse sectors of agriculture to work …


September Pork Exports Fairly Steady; Beef Exports Trend Lower

Dan Agri-Business, Beef, Cattle, Commodities, Economy, Exports/Imports, Livestock, Marketing, Pork, Sheep-Goats, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

According to new data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), September exports of U.S. pork were down slightly from a year ago but did maintain a robust pace. On the other hand, beef exports continued to struggle compared to last year’s record totals but showed increasing strength in the Western Hemisphere markets. Pork exports totaled 221,140 metric …

USDA Unveils New Rules for Organic Livestock Producers

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Organic, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, USDA-AMS

Certified organic livestock and poultry producers in the U.S. will soon have new production standards to follow. The USDA has unveiled new rules for organic livestock producers that establish clear, strong and consistent standards for organic livestock and poultry production. It levels the playing field for organic livestock farmers, ranchers and businesses and promotes fairer, more competitive markets for their products, …


Improvements in U.S. Pasture and Rangeland Conditions

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Livestock, Pasture, Sheep-Goats

Both ends of the nation’s pasture and rangeland condition ratings reveal year over year improvements within the final condition report for 2023. Rod Bain has the story. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey looks at states with notable good to excellent pasture and rangeland conditions for the period ending this past week. Rippey also discusses regions of the country where there are …

sheep study

USDA Conducting Sheep Study in 2024

Dan Sheep-Goats, USDA

USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) conducts a national sheep study approximately every ten years, and will do so again next year. The Sheep 2024 Study will support industry groups and research efforts with new information on sheep health and management. The study consists of two phases and includes biological sampling and two questionnaires. A random selection of almost …