National Ag Statistics Service: Sheep and goat survey to begin
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is getting ready to conduct the Sheep and Goat Inventory Survey. Conducted each year in January and July, this survey provides critical inventory and production information for all states and the nation.
During the first two weeks in January, producers will be contacted to participate in the Sheep and Goat Inventory Survey. This survey will provide the latest information on conditions and trends in the U.S. sheep and goat industry for 2010.
When contacted by a NASS field office representative, producers will be asked to provide information on the number of breeding and market sheep and goats, lambs and kids born during the previous year, as well as mohair production, wool production and prices. For convenience, producers will have the option of responding to the survey by telephone, mail, during a personal interview or online.
“The NASS survey data are widely used by government and industry alike,” commented Glen Fisher, president of the American Sheep Industry Association. “I encourage everyone who is contacted to take the time to respond as accurately as possible.”
As is the case with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. Results will be published in the Sheep and Goats report scheduled for release on Jan. 28, 2011. All NASS reports are available online at http://www.nass.usda.gov.
Many livestock producers are utilizing stockpiled pasture, hay regrowth and warm- or cool-season annuals to extend the grazing season this fall.