The American Sheep Industry Association wants current sheep owners to grow their flocks and they’re hoping to attract new shepherds in order to meet high demand for lamb and wool.
The goal of the initiative, called “Let’s Grow with twoPLUS,” would have shepherds producing 315,000 more lambs and an additional 2 million pounds of wool by 2014. ASI says this would add $71 million to the pockets of producers through lamb sales and add approximately $3 million from wool.
The strategy asks shepherds to add two ewes to their flock if they have less than 100 sheep, or add two ewes per 100 head, by 2014. It encourages shepherds to increase their flock’s birth rate to two lambs per ewe. Once those lambs are on the ground, it wants to lower the lamb mortality rate to make sure they get to market. It calls for producers to increase their harvested lamb crop by 2 percent.