The American Sheep Industry Association
is proud to have been one of the first U.S. livestock groups to develop animal care guidelines decades ago, including having the foresight to create and release the first version of the Sheep Care Guide
in 1996. Building on this legacy and that of other key sheep production guidelines such as the Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance (SSQA)
program, Sheep Production Handbook
, and the ASI Sheep Handling Videos
, and with the assistance of Colorado State University, the American Wool Assurance (AWA) program focuses on year-round animal care related to sheep production with an emphasis on animal welfare connected to wool production. With 3 levels of certification, buyers can be assured that sheep in the AWA program are receiving a high standard of care.