"Our goal was to focus on the positive with this program" adds ASI Vice President Clint Krebs.
"We wanted to be positive about ourselves, our industry and what we're doing to improve it.
The goal isn't to tell people what to do, but rather to present ideas in a way that people can grab on to and use to increase production on their operation in some way."
"The first '2' is to encourage every producer to keep two more sheep per operation, or two more sheep per 100 ewes, which is pretty simple and will have a huge impact.
We understand that some of the larger range operations may have more difficulty with this component, especially if their numbers are based on public grazing leases, but if everyone adds numbers it will have a dramatic impact all the way through the industry," explains Krebs
"The way I look at it is to consider all the things we can do before turning the bucks in. Be it nutrition, flushing ewes, using a teaser buck of something else you learn from a fellow producer," says Krebs
"I run Western range ewes, and have been running sheep my whole life.
I just started a flushing program on my operation three years ago and increased the number of lambs born by 20 to 25 percent.
It's amazing what those girls will do in terms of production when given the opportunity," adds Krebs
"The third '2' is to follow up with those lambs, and increase the national lambing percentage," he
They're paying so much more money for our product today than they were even 12 to 14 months ago - the price may come down slightly from where it is today, but it will still be considerably above the last five-year average," notes Krebs