Drought, low lamb prices creating tough business environment across West
It's a shame Romney was not elected. This wouldn't be happening if he
I have to agree that ranchers themselves are partly to blame for the poor sales
of lamb. But sheep ranchers really haven't taken the initiative like the
pig farmers did years ago with their "The Other White Meat" campaign. I
think lamb is still seen as being more of a "fancy" or "gourmet"
food that the average consumer isn't going to spend a little extra to buy.
Even when not constrained by cost, I think there are fewer consumers who know
how to cook lamb, or realize its culinary versatility. They'd do well to
invest more in advertising and promotion touting lamb's nutritional
benefits versus other meats.
Three years ago the price of a ewe was $70-$80. Lambs were selling at about
$45-$65. The prices began to go up and many people got in the market. Actually
many more people got out of the market when it was on the way up vs now it is
going down.The price of ewes went to $125 and nobody was
complaining. The New Zealand lamb producers had to be estatic as
they had been able to raise and ship lambs to USA and sell into the market at
$70 level and still make money. When the price of lambs went up by 60-%70% they
were really enthused and happy to supply the American market.The
market was not yet done as last year the price of lambs was above $200 in most
areas. In 3 years the price had increased 250%, now somebody says the inventory
levels are too high and at $125 per lamb they are being driven out of
business?Now if Mitt had been elected I am sure he could have
controlled the world price of oil and of sheep yet he likes to let the market
dicate the price so ....
If New Zeland lamb farmers are so great, why dont' they google what
they're doing over there and duplicate it here?
Its great, now that Romney didn't win we can start making fun of his
economic plans, like the last four years of Bush blaming. Really, two cheap
shots at Romney, He is not the President.
As a fiber artist, I hate to hear when the sheep industry is struggling. Wool
is truly a wonderful 'green' fiber: renewable, fire resistant, and
plentiful. Though wish sheep ranchers paid more attention to the quality of
wool. Handspinners pay good money for quality fleeces.
I really like lamb and buy it when I can find it at a decent price. The local
Harmons some times has lamb from Morgan. They tell me lamb is hard to get ??
The most dependable source here is Costco and it is all from Australia or New
Lamb is delicious, nutritious, and a great way to eat local.Try Springville
Meat, they process Morgan Valley Lamb and maybe it costs a bit less that way.
Sheep ranchers continue to provide food and fiber utilizing range land that has
little other use, and using the land in a way that leaves it better by
controlling weeds, brush that leads to fires, pruning vegetation leading to new
growth with higher nutrition content for dear, etc.
You can find a local sheep rancher and buy your lamb, mutten, wholesale? Look in
the phone book or on line, find a ranch with sheep, call and ask prices and
recomendations, most will even know where to find a good butcher. Buy it on the
hoof, have it slaughtered and butchered, aged and then pay directly to the
rancher and the butcher. This works with beef and pork also. You will get the
very best meat, fresh and home grown!!!