Lamb prices are good this year, so it might be the optimum time for sheep producers to get more deeply involved in their organization, said Alberta Lamb Producers chair Chris Vammen.
The producer from Olds is stepping down this year as a director for Zone 3, which is one of the association’s seven zones.
Elections will be held in zones 1, 2, 3 and 6 this year.
“I’d really encourage producers to become directors. It’s been a great experience, a lot of personal development and that kind of thing too. I’ve really enjoyed it,” said Vammen. “It gives you kind of an insight into the industry and you’re at the forefront, one of the leaders of the industry. You have access to tons of information that you probably wouldn’t, as a producer, even consider.”
He said the association is fairly successful at attracting producers to sit on its board, although there have been recent challenges filling vacancies in southern Alberta, where there are fewer producers than elsewhere in the province.
Director terms last for three years, and directors can serve a maximum of two three-year terms.
They are paid per diem and expenses for attending three to four meetings per year. They are also expected to participate in several conference calls a year.
Candidates must have paid lamb checkoffs for the last two years. Nomination forms are available from the ALP office and www.ablamb.ca.