Improving Sheep Production and Lamb Quality Focus of American Lamb Summit
Dr. Travis Hoffman, PHD is the Extension Sheep Specialist at North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota. He says connecting producers with what quality of meat that their animals are producing is vitally important.
"Looking at differences in relation to cut ability because quality means lots of things to different people and lots of spots along the supply chain," said Hoffman. "But if we can make trim, muscular lambs, then truthfully we can have a little bit better idea on matching what our consumers are for expectations and eating satisfaction."
He says that checkoff dollars are helping with educating lamb producers across the entire nation about the importance of carcass quality.
"When we think about it, we can do this from moving forward from the lamb product to our consumers," said Hoffman. "This is also where I'm more passionate about. The American Lamb Board has been truthfully helpful and beneficial in saying it's important that all of our producers in the United States understand what impact we have on the center of the plate protein that is American lamb. If we can combine our supply chain from all of our producers to learn more about their products and the sheep and lamb they're producing, then we can make those strides and make those bonuses forward together as a team and as an industry. And that's just part of it that's helped to be supported by the American Lamb Board and our checkoff dollar."
For more information about the American Lamb Summit, visit www.lambresourcecenter.com/summit2022.
Source: Ag Information Network & Western Ag Network