Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, April 23, 1994, Image 30

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    Aa&UncMMr Fanning, Saturday, April 23,1994
DENVER, Colo. The sheep
industry will launch legislative
efforts to secure a self-help lamb
and wool checkoff, following a
last vote Saturday by the Ameri
can Sheep Industry Association
board of directors at a special
meeting in Denver.
Sheep producers representing
the organization’s SO state affili
ates uttered a strong yes to a
checkoff on lamb and wool to
replace the promotional funds that
will be lost in 1996 with the
phase-out of the National Wool
“Sheep industry leaders showed
deep commitment to securing the
future of lamb and wool promo
tion, education and information,”
said Pierce Miller, president of the
American Sheep Industry Associ
ation. The San Angelo, Texas,
sheep rancher said the “history
making” move will help the sheep
industry determine a more aggres
sive direction in its efforts to
return profitability to American
sheep producers.
Domestic producers
will write the legislation
to include a checkoff on
both domestic and
imported lamb and
wool and their related
products to the tune of 1
cent per pound on lamb
and 2 cents per pound
on domestic wool.
Imported wool and
wool products will be
assessed at 2 cents per
pound on a clean basis,
ture of elected represen
tatives since 1954.
Remittance of the
checkoff on domestic
product would be at the
point of slaughter on
lamb and at the point of
first processing for
wool. The choice of
single-point remittance,
said industry leaders,
will help control com
pliance costs and max
imize collections.
For lamb, each seller
would be deducted a
penny per pound at the
time of sale. The packer
would remit a penny per
pound at the time of
slaughter. Directors
proposed all imported
live sheep and product
also be assessed the one
cent per pound.
Exported sheep would
also pay the checkoff.
Under current projected
sheep and lamb num
bers, the lamb checkoff
would raise $5.7
For wool, the check
off of two cents per
pound of grease wool
would be assessed at
each sale and be paid at
the processing level.
Producer leaders asked
that all imported raw
wool and wool products
be assessed at roughly
half the domestic level,
at 2 cents per clean
pound. The wool check
off would raise $1.3
million domestically.
The board moved to
mandate return of 20
percent of the checkoff
to state associations for
state promotion prog
rams, amounting to just
over $1 million.
Growers Vote For Sheep Industry Checkoff
The board also set incremental
increase levels and caps on both
lamb and wool checkoffs,
increases which would have to be
approved by both the ASI board of
directors and the secretary of
Boardmembers hashed out the
issue of a cent-per-pound versus
ad valorem rate, and looked at
numerous state scenarios of pro
duction and costs in deciding on
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in Louisville, Ky.
In addition to Erst overall, the
team brought home Erst in pork
judging; second in beef grading,
beef judging, overall placings, and
reasons; third in lamb judging; and
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the more simple cent-per-pound.
Figures showed the proposed sce
nario came the closest to a check
off that fairly assessed growers on
a percent .of income per ewe.
State and other sheep check
offs, both voluntary and mandat
ory, now in place would not be
affected by the national checkoff.
If the sheep industry is success
ful in passage of related enabling
legislation, U.S. growers will have
State’s Meats
from as far away as South Dakota
and Florida, the University of Ten
nessee finished second and lowa
State third.
Penn State students won many
individual honors as well. Jen
Sweitzer (York County) was high
individual in pork judging and
placed fourth in beef grading, plac
ing, and reasons and fifth in lamb
judging. She finished third overall.
Jason Ahola (Putnam, Conn.)
was fourth high overall, finishing
second in placings and fourth in
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the opportunity to vote in a
referendum on the checkoff. Other
industries involved in the prop
osed checkoff, namely importers,
will also be entitled to a vote in the
referendum. The board voted to
propose continuation of the cur
rent language on the referendum
vote, which allows passage by
either voter numbers or produc
tion value.
The board proposal, debated
Judging Team
Brian McAllister (Centre Coun
ty) brought home the top score for
beef grading and total beef, and
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all competition.
Amysue Eshelman (Berks
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