After the incineration of mad disease infected cattle began last year in Great Britain and Europe, an international shortage of hides developed. As a result, European leather users have bid up the price of hides and some U.S. tanners are being forced to pay as much as $30 more per hide than they are able to charge some of their bigger leather clients.
“We’ve talked a great deal about higher prices coming for leather, but mad cow disease never entered our mind,” says Bob Monday of Monday Doherty Associates, a leather sales firm in Brookfield, Wis. “With less hides available from Europe, there’s been much more competition for available supplies. Some leather users have refused to pay higher prices, accepted only part of the price increase or settled for lower quality materials. Future price negotiations will be tough.”
When someone asks in the future where the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame is located, we’ll be delighted to tell them it’s at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Ky. Up until now, there has been no official home for this unique award program co-sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Museum and American Farriers Journal. By late 2001 or early 2002, a permanent International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame display will be in place to honor outstanding farriers. Leading farrier supply firms are helping underwrite the cost of developing this exhibit.