I wouldn’t necessarily say I traded-in my high-heeled shoes for a bent pitchfork and a pair of mukluks because I suspect I don’t even own a pitchfork.
Ethinic holidays factor significantly in the demand for sheep meat and to a lesser extent for goat (chevon). The type (size, sex, and condition) of lamb (or goat) desired by particular people at particular holidays varies.
Every 3 months, experts from ASI (American Sheep Industry Association) produce this review for the American Lamb Board. It’s public information that can also be found on ALB’s own website (www.americanlambboard.org)
Mr. Powell’s article was taken from a Superior Farms newsletter. It’s in the Guide because it makes two important points. That the very high lamb prices of 2011 were actually counter-productive to the US lamb industry because they reduced lamb demand—which, in turn, resulted in the sharp drop in lamb prices in 2012.