LRP program advances
Representatives of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and its partners met on Jan. 13 with the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) in the next step of the process to present and review the proposed Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) pilot project for lamb.
After extensive discussion, the FCIC Board requested that the sheep industry supply additional information prior to meeting with them again in several weeks.
"The industry should be encouraged that the FCIC is seriously considering the LRP-lamb proposal and is working with us through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Services staff on answering questions and clarifying issues," commented Margaret Soulen-Hinson, ASI executive board member.
Sheep stamp snafu
New Zealanders are feeling sheepish over a new postage stamp that shows two lambs with their mother. The mother, however, has a pair of powerful, curled horns which, in reality, are found only on a ram. The designer of the 45-cent stamp has admitted taking artistic license but said he wanted to make the stamp "more dynamic.” The blunder has not been well received in a land where sheep are considered something of an icon. An estimated 40 million sheep roam the country, vastly outnumbering the human population of just 4 million.