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January 08, 2004   Email to Friend 

GOAT AND SHEEP PRODUCERS TO VOTE ON CHECKOFF
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
January 08, 2004

MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Goat and sheep producers in Alabama will have the opportunity to vote Jan. 13 on a proposed voluntary checkoff for their industry.

The vote will be held at Extension System offices in each county and polling times will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If the checkoff program were approved, producers would voluntarily contribute 50 cents from the sale price of each sheep and goat to help fund additional promotion and research activities. A committee of producer-elected farmers would determine how the checkoff money would be spent.

According to Butler County farmer Jim Cassidy, who serves as chairman of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Meat Goat and Sheep Committee, the checkoff program will help producers expand production to meet growing demand for goat and sheep meat and will provide much-needed money for research and market development.

Federation Meat Goat and Sheep Director Perry Mobley said Alabama is one of the first states in the country to recognize the importance of the goat and sheep industry.

"The goat and sheep industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the agricultural economy. The checkoff program is an excellent opportunity for producers to fund promotion and research activities that will help the industry continue to grow," Mobley said. "In order to vote, you must be a bona fide sheep or goat producer and you may only vote in one county, not matter if you produce sheep or goats in more than one county."

The Alabama Meat Goat and Sheep Producers has endorsed the proposed checkoff and has encouraged all producers to vote yes for the referendum. For more information about the checkoff, contact Perry Mobley at 1-800-392-5705, ext. 4221 or by email at pmobley@alfafarmers.org.


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