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.
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.
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.
It’s time to tally up income and expenses from 2012 and file taxes. This year, drought ramifications and market conditions may make some specific filing options attractive for livestock producers, according to Nile Beck.
RENAE B. VANDER SCHAAF
John Scholten started with hand-shearing equipment, which was replaced by gasoline engines through the early 1940s. When electricity came to rural America, clippers were powered by a drop shaft, gear-driven electric motor.
Represent your state in Washington, D.C. Members of the American Sheep Industry Association’s (ASI) Legislative Action Council, along with member-state sheep association leaders, will be in Washington May 6-8.
Nick Forrest will be the keynote speaker at the Indiana Sheep Assoc. (ISA) annual symposium Feb. 23. As chair of the American Lamb Board, he will address changing times in the sheep industry.