Checkoff Remittance Process
All sheep or lambs of any age, including ewes and rams, are subject to the national lamb checkoff assessment (all feeder and market lambs and all breeding stock and cull animals) at the time of sale. Each producer, feeder or seedstock producer is obligated to pay the weight portion of the assessment and pass it on to the subsequent purchaser ultimately reaching the first handler or exporter, who will remit the total assessment. If a person is both producer and first handler, they will be responsible for remitting both assessments directly to ALB.
ASSESSMENTS ARE REMITTED TO
American Lamb Board
23029 Network Place.
Chicago, Il 60673-1230
Assessments must be sent with Form LS-81, the Monthly Remittance Report.
WHO IS ASSESSED
- Seedstock producers
- Direct Marketers
- Ethnic Processing Facilities
Live Weight Assessment = $.007 per pound is paid to the lamb purchaser by the seller at the time of each sale. This pass through method ensures that each person pays a share of the weight added to the animal.
First Handler Assessment = $.42 per head is paid by the packer, or any individual, group, partnership, cooperative or other legal entity that owns the animals at the time of slaughter.
Slaughter – all first handlers are responsible for collection and remittance of the live weight assessment plus the first handler fee to the American Lamb Board. Because direct marketers maintain ownership of their animals at the time of slaughter (their lambs are custom harvested by a processor) they are responsible for remitting BOTH the weight assessment and the first handler assessment directly to the American Lamb Board.
All exporters are responsible for the collection and remittance of the live weight assessment to the American Lamb Board at the time a sheep or lamb is exported.
Imported sheep and lambs are to be assessed on weight gained in the United States. If sheep or lambs are imported to the United States for immediate slaughter, there is no weight assessment at the time of slaughter, but the first handler is responsible for remitting $0.42 per head at the time of slaughter to the American Lamb Board.
AUCTION MARKETS OR SALE BARNS
are required to collect assessments from the producer, feeder or seedstock producer and pass it on to the subsequent purchaser. In some cases (through a voluntary agreement between the seller and the auction market) markets will deduct the buyer’s live weight assessment from the sale and remit it directly to the American Lamb Board.