Download a copy of the Livestock Conservancy’s new brochure on heritage sheep breeds from their website.
The brochure explains the benefits of raising heritage sheep and lists the sheep that are currently on the Livestock Conservancy’s endangered list.
Their website also provides a number of other useful tools for selecting the right breed for you.
Cargill pulled a variety of animal feeds with excessive levels of aflatoxins from retail shelves from February through April 2019, but the company did not announce the action until this week.
Aflatoxin is a fungal toxin that commonly contaminates maize and other types of crops during production, harvest, storage or processing, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Exposure to aflatoxin is known to cause both chronic and acute liver damage in humans. People working with or eating contaminated feeds or foods are at risk of illness.
All 14 of the recalled products were sold under the Southern States brand.
“The affected products, which were manufactured and sold in the eastern United States, were removed from retail shelves throughout February, March, and April 2019. Livestock, horses and poultry exposed to aflatoxin are at risk of exposure to several health hazards,” according to the recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.
The implicated feeds were manufactured at Cargill’s Cleveland, N.C., facility. The implicated products were recalled from retail outlets and distributors in Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Consumers and other end users who have any of the affected lots in their possession are urged to return remaining product to their local dealers or retailers for a replacement or full refund. Consumers can call 800-822-1012 for additional information.
Source: ASI WEEKLY May 10, 2019
Although not mentioned in the rules, providers (which must be Livestock Conservancy members) can not sell conservation breed wool that is not from their own animals (per correspondence with the Livestock Conservancy late 2018).
This is a great program to help save rare breeds of sheep and also to learn more about the characteristics of their fiber. Even if you don’t pursue the program you can search through our member listings to locate those near you who are raising rare breeds on the Livestock Conservancy lists. By purchasing products from them you are also helping to preserve these rare breeds. For a list of breeds see the next 2 links below.
Heritage Sheep Brochure – 2 pages, lists breeds included
Heritage Sheep Breeds List by Conservation Priority Status (annually updated web page)
Flyer for Providers Promoting Program to Fiber Artists
For full info see the Livestock Conservancy website: http://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/involved/internal/SE2
Thanks to all who voted and to the candidates! And the winner is….
||15.0 votes (57.7%)
17 ballots submitted of 40 eligible voters (2 opened but did not vote) — 43%
Nice article in the winter issue of Craftsman Quarterly:
Judith Schwartz writes about the people who are trying to turn around the near disappearance of American wool processing within the United States. Ecological reasons for keeping sheep (they contribute to carbon sequestrian if pastures are managed correctly), natural dying, and efforts to make American wool products competitive (based on value not on cost) with Chinese products made from American wool.
The election completed. Of the 39 eligible voters: 22 ballots were submitted and 3 opened their ballots but did not vote (56% voted). We use weighted ballots for elections (personal members have 1 vote, family members 2 votes).
President – 2 year term (2019 – 2020)
35.0 votes tallied and 0 abstentions from 22 ballots
Kevin Melvin wins with 100% of the vote
Vice President – 2 year term (2019 – 2020)
35.0 votes tallied and 0 abstentions from 22 ballots
Bob May wins with 100% of the vote
Treasurer – 2 year term (2019 – 2020)
33.0 votes tallied and 1 abstention from 22 ballots
Anita Duscher wins with 100% of the vote
Trustees – 3 year term (2019 – 2021)
64.0 votes tallied and 2 abstentions from 22 ballots
Carter Laidlaw and Brittany Smith wins with 50% and 45.3 of the vote each.
PLEASE NOTE: A new ballot for Secretary will go out to all members at 6PM Feb. 8 2019 due to a ballot error. The voting period will be 2 weeks.
The American Wool Council has provided fans of the all-natural fiber with a new way to Experience Wool through the creation of a YouTube page. The page currently hosts three videos produced by Brand Juice in the past year to market American wool to a wide variety of consumers.
The videos were shown on multiple occasions during the American Sheep Industry Association Annual Convention last month in New Orleans, and can now be shared from the YouTube page by producers looking to promote American wool and its many benefits.
In The Luxurious Fiber, a narrator explains that the “Fabric designers choose first to achieve pure elegance, absolute luxury and unmatched style” is American wool.
The High Performance Fiber is aimed at more demanding users and offers, “There’s one time-tested, expedition-proven material you can count on. One fabric for four seasons. Experience the confidence of American wool.”
Natural and Sustainable promotes what might be the fiber’s greatest trait. “What this miracle becomes is infinitely remarkable, versatile, beautiful and in the end, sustainable.”
If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the videos. Share them with your friends, family and clients, and help the American Wool Council in promoting this natural, renewable, sustainable fiber that is perfect for any occasion in any season.
Access the YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFhONGmym_OM8ZWxPqw9Fag
For more information on American wool, visit AmericanWool.org or follow Experience Wool on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
Source: ASI Weekly February 8, 2019
A new study has confirmed that wearing superfine Merino wool helps ease the symptoms of eczema and improves the wearer’s quality of life.
Professor Joe Fowler at Dermatology Specialists Research in Louisville, Ky., undertook this two-year study assessing the effect of Merino base-layer fabrics on 50 of his patients with mild-to-moderate eczema.
Using a cross-over design, participants were placed in two groups. The first group was dressed in their regular clothing for six weeks and then changed to superfine Merino wool garments. The second group began with the superfine Merino wool for six weeks and then crossed over to their regular clothing for the final six weeks. Each patient undertook an initial visit to establish their baseline condition, followed by regular visits until completion of the study. They were assessed for clinical, physiological and quality of life outcome measures.
Significant decreases in eczema symptoms from Baseline to Week Three were seen in both groups. However, those who switched to Merino wool at Week Six experienced a further significant decrease in symptoms, in contrast to those who switched to regular clothing. Further, “it was only when Merino wool was worn that improved quality of life scores occurred,” Fowler said.
“I still wear the [wool] clothing, even though I’ve finished the study,” one participant said. “I’m super sensitive about clothing and never keep any that are not comfortable.”
Another participant commented, “I could feel it working, my skin got softer and I wear [wool] now when my skin needs help.”
Source: ASI Weekly November 9, 2018
Full Article: https://www.iwto.org/news/us-study-confirms-wool-benefits-to-skin
Woolrich, Inc. has announced that it will be closing the Woolen Mill in Woolrich, Penn. It is anticipated that fabric manufacturing operations will cease by the end of the year and will affect up to 40 employees in the mill.
“The decision to close the mill was made following a comprehensive review of our overall woven fabric business and the considerable capital improvements needed to modernize and maintain viable operations,” said Woolrich President Nick Brayton. “Unfortunately, due to higher manufacturing costs, eroding margins and continued unprofitability within the Mill, it is no longer economically feasible to continue our Pennsylvania based Woolen Mill operation.
Woolrich will provide career transitional services for affected employees. Retirement and pension planning services will also be provided for those employees not seeking re-employment.
“We are eternally grateful to all our employees for their years of dedication and loyalty to the company and our number one priority right now is to help affected employees through this transition,” Brayton said. “While this was a very difficult decision, our strategic approach to align our collections globally remains our primary focus and we are continuing the next stage of the globalization of the Woolrich brand.”
The company plans to maintain its wholesale, retail, and e-commerce apparel businesses.
Source: ASI Weekly November 9, 2018