TAHC CONTINUES EFFORTS TO ERADICATE SCRAPIE

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) continues to work with the Texas sheep and goat industries toward the eradication of scrapie. Texas currently leads the nation in sheep and goat production. A common goal of the U.S. sheep industry and the American Sheep Industry Association is to eradicate scrapie from its borders by 2017.

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H2-A SHEEPHERDER WAGES INCREASE IN SOME STATES

Effective Jan. 8, the Department of Labor increased the wage rates for H-2A sheepherding and goat herding jobs in Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, and decreased wage rates in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Shearing, open-range production of livestock and custom combine operations were also re-evaluated.

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GIVE YOURSELF OPTIONS WHEN MARKETING WOOL

AMY TRINIDAD

The changing of the season from winter to spring marks an important time of year for wool growers in the United States – its shearing time. Quality is what sells in the wool market and gives producers options, be it for markets such as the U.S. military or used commercially in international or domestic markets, or for specific products such as light-color worsted fabrics, socks or next-to-skin T-shirts.

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