Oregon Sheep Commission

The Oregon Sheep Commission is one of Oregon’s  23 grower-supported commodity commissions. It was originally established in 1977 and was funded through an assessment on the sale of wool. In 2014, the assessment was changed and placed on the per head sale of sheep/lambs.

The purpose of the Oregon Sheep Commission is to support and enhance Oregon’s sheep industry, which in turn contributes to the state’s economic interests. The funds collected from the assessment on the sale of sheep/lambs are specifically dedicated to efforts that:

  • enhance the image of Oregon lamb/wool products; 
  • increase the demand for and consumption of Oregon lamb/wool products;
  • educate consumers about the value of Oregon lamb/wool products; and
  • facilitate research into areas that will assist with production, processing, marketing or use of Oregon lamb/wool products.

In each case, benefits that accrue to the sheep industry will contribute to the state’s economy as a whole.

The individuals who serve on the Oregon Sheep Commission, including six producers, one handler and one public member, make the decisions about which projects will be funded with assessment dollars. Funds are limited to non-branded promotion, research and education.

Oregon Sheep Commission