Continued from Page 4 Officials said lambs from the Western range will be shipped to

San Angelo and the lease will help the members of the Mountain States Lamb Cooperative find a place to process their lambs. Moun- tain States Rosen, a Greeley, Colo., fabrication plant, recently filed bankruptcy and closed.

Mountain States Rosen was the second-largest lamb processing facility in the U.S and processed about 350,000 lambs a year — the big majority of those were Mountain States Lamb Co-op members. A Brazilian company purchased the bankrupt facility in July and plans to convert it to beef fabrication. The San Angelo plant was designed to process 1,800 head per

day. The new company plans to process approximately 200,000 head of lambs per year at the San Angelo facility, according to the release. “The Hasbroucks are committed to helping design efficient ways for these large volumes of lambs to be processed by those ranchers feeding livestock in Colorado and other Western states,” the release stated.

“This plant reopening will invigorate the sheep and goat indus-

try in Texas, especially in the Concho Valley and the historically strong sheep and goat industrial base of the San Angelo area,” a news release stated. Officials said the lease could have a ripple effect in reinvigo- rating the wool and hair fiber sector, as well as the lamb and goat ranching industry in the Concho Valley.

“The global lamb industry is currently dominated by China, Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. Domestically, Texas has the most sheep and lambs in the United States, followed by California and Colorado. The U.S. has 5.21 million head of sheep and lambs – approximately 25% of which are in Texas and California,” according to the release. n

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