It is predicted that by 2050 we will have over 9 BILLION people on earth. That is a lot of people! Currently we are not producing enough food to feed that overwhelming population growth. How will we ever be able to do this you may ask? Farmers including sheep farmers need to be sustainable so that we can continue to raise enough protein to feed our growing population. One of the many ways that sustainability can be defined is: “the ability to sustain” or, put another way “the capacity to endure.” As a sheep farmer I want to be a good steward of our land, farm smart so our ground will be left in better condition than when we first started grazing sheep. Farming relies on the land and it is our largest tool to being sustainable. Without proper management and maintenance of our land we will not have the ability to be sustainable to the tune of 9 billion people. For the American Lamb industry, sustainability makes perfect business sense. After all, stewardship of our land, animals, and community is also our livelihood. We strive to provide consumers with high quality sheep and lamb products in a way that sustains our industry, supports our communities, and preserves our land and resources for future generations. The American Lamb industry recently conducted an industry-wide survey of lamb producers in an effort to identify best practices and lay the foundation for continuous improvement. The industry’s overwhelming response showed just how dedicated and engaged these family farms and ranch operations are in the work that they do. We as sheep farmers are committed to practices that protect the environment, improve lamb management, foster animal well-being and generate positive social and economic impact on local communities.