SONORA – A sheep rancher from Sonora is among the four new members appointed to the American Lamb Board (ALB).The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced David Fisher of Sonora was appointed to serve beginning January 2022.
According to Texas Farm Bureau Field Editor Jennifer Whitlock, the ALB directs research, information and promotional programs for American lamb. The program’s goal is to develop and expand the markets for sheep and sheep products. Under the program, producers, seedstock producers and feeders pay an assessment of $.007 per pound, and first handlers pay $0.42 per head.
Fisher is a Tom Green County Farm Bureau member and fifth-generation rancher on the western edge of the Texas Hill Country. He raises about 1,400 mostly finewool ewes and 1,000 Boer-Spanish cross meat goats, as well as a 275-head commercial Angus cattle herd.
Fisher has been active in the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association (TSGRA) and American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) for many years. Currently, he serves as district director for TSGRA and an ASI Wool Council committee member. Fisher is also a board member for Producers Marketing Cooperative, Inc., a producer-owned sheep and goat co-op marketer.
The other newly appointed ALB members include Jimmy Parker of Alabama, Stephen Schreier of Minnesota and Andrew Allman of Colorado. Each new board member will serve three-year terms from January 2022 to January 2025.